The 31-Year-Old in Charge of Dismantling G.M

NY Times:

**The 31-Year-Old in Charge of Dismantling G.M. **

WASHINGTON — It is not every 31-year-old who, in a first government job, finds himself dismantling General Motors and rewriting the rules of American capitalism.
But that, in short, is the job description for Brian Deese, a not-quite graduate of Yale Law School who had never set foot in an automotive assembly plant until he took on his nearly unseen role in remaking the American automotive industry.

Nor, for that matter, had he given much thought to what ailed an industry that had been in decline ever since he was born. A bit laconic and looking every bit the just-out-of-graduate-school student adjusting to life in the West Wing — “he’s got this beard that appears and disappears,” says Steven Rattner, one of the leaders of President Obama’s automotive task force — Mr. Deese was thrown into the auto industry’s maelstrom as soon the election-night parties ended.

“There was a time between Nov. 4 and mid-February when I was the only full-time member of the auto task force,” Mr. Deese, a special assistant to the president for economic policy, acknowledged recently as he hurried between his desk at the White House and the Treasury building next door. “It was a little scary.”

But now, according to those who joined him in the middle of his crash course about the automakers’ downward spiral, he has emerged as one of the most influential voices in what may become President Obama’s biggest experiment yet in federal economic intervention.

More than a little scary I’d say – I’m terrified.

No kidding! From a bit further down in the article,

Mr. Deese’s role is unusual for someone who is neither a formally trained economist nor a business school graduate, and who never spent much time flipping through the endless studies about the future of the American and Japanese auto industries.

maybe he could watch that old Michael Keaton movie about the Detroit auto plant that gets socked by Japanese competition, or even Roger and Me. that should complete his education.

since GM has a history of bringing in college interns to (can’t think of polite term off the top of my head) uh making their contributions in the engineering, design and management departments this seems somehow fitting that such would preside over her demise.

No wonder GM and other can’t compete with the Japanese, Korean, and German. Foreign owned auto makers normally put engineers in top management position. US auto makers are ran by bean counters.

A “professional student.”

Cut out for the job. Just like a community organizer for President of the United States, wouldn’t you say?

Oh, to be 31 again. :wink:

Everyone is invited to my “see I told you so party”’. Funny thing John McCain’s policy stands were just like the typical Democrat of the 1970’s.

This is atypical attitude of the current ruling party. “You can not take care of this only the government can.” “You can not take care of your medical choices, only the government can” This list goes on!
Less Govenment

A 31-year old!!!???

Why not a classroom of 8th grade boys. They can dismantle anything, and will work for a few cans of Red Bull.

I saw a picture of a future GM concept car in this past weekend’s paper. Tiny little gnat of a car with a body/chassis having road clearance of around 2-3 inches. Hard to believe GM is actually based in, like, Detroit, where it snows, and design a car like that.

The Age of Reason is officially over. The willful idiots have the controls, and have no use for honest and well-meaning critique. Debate, discussion and discourse now rank up there with howling at the moon. Time to save our breath, 'cause we will need it later.


lol! I can’t imagine the Rednecks around here driving one of those electric golf-cart cars…

The 2012 Pelosi GTxi SS/RT Sport Edition

You’ll be seeing me, as I’m keeping my Ford F250, V10 Triton Engine, Extended Cab, Extended bed…usually with a gooseneck trailer following.

After all, THIS is TEXAS! oo-rah!

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