Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Granholm/Stabenow call on Bush to meet with auto execs while in Detroit
Maybe if the auto executives make a healthy donation?

Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm called again Tuesday for President George W. Bush to meet with the heads of Detroit's automakers, saying he should make time on Friday when he's scheduled to attend a Clarkston fundraiser for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Michael Bouchard.

In a letter to Bush, Granholm said the automakers had "continued their comprehensive restructuring efforts in the face of unprecedented global challenges."

"Mr. President, I urge you to take some time this Friday to meet with our auto leaders to learn first hand about their efforts, and how even a minimal amount of federal attention will help sustain this vital link in America's manufacturing economy."

Senator Stabenow has sent a letter to Bush, too.

Dear Mr. President:

It has come to my attention that you will be visiting our great state of Michigan this Friday, September 8.

I encourage you to take some time out of your political fundraising schedule to finally meet with the CEOs of the Big Three automakers. And I encourage you to take the time not only to sit down with the Big Three, but to really listen to what they have to say.

I am sad to say that this is not the first time I have had to call on you to make time for the Big Three. My hope is that this trip to Michigan may finally spur you to some action on the matter.

The White House reply?

"To whom it may concern-

On behalf of President Bush, thank you for your correspondence. We appreciate hearing your views and welcome your suggestions. The President is committed to continuing our economic progress, defending our freedom, and upholding our Nation's deepest values.

Due to the large volume of letters and requests received, the White House cannot respond to every message. Please visit the White House website for the most up-to-date information on Presidential initiatives, current events, and topics of interest to you.

Please accept this 8 x 10 glossy photo of President Bush as a token of our appreciation, and rest assured that your concerns, along with your name and address, are now part of our permanent record.

Thank you again for taking the time to write."