According to Bloomberg.com, the GM executives that breezed into Washington recently in their private jets have now asked that the Federal Aviation Administration remove the corporate jets of their company from its tracking service. This would prevent the public from having access to any of the corporatate plane’s movements or any passenger lists. According to the article–
“”We availed ourselves of the option as others do to have the aircraft removed” from a Federal Aviation Administration tracking service, a GM spokesman, Greg Martin, said yesterday in an interview. He declined to discuss why GM made the request.”
Maybe I’m just a little too cynical, but the feeling I get from this is that GM and the other American can companies are going to continue to do whatever they want to–only now they are going to do it secretly (with our money if the bailout goes through)!
Just for the record, it would surprise me if the bailout went through before Barack Obama becomes President. The Democrats would rather ok the bailout of the auto industries under George Bush so that the Republicans would share the eventual blame, but I’m not sure that will happen. I believe public opinion against the bailout is high, and I don’t think it will pass in a veto-proof margin under President Bush. I don;t think Barack Obama will veto it, so it may have to wait until January (when it will be squeezed into an economic recovery package on the hope that no one will notice!).