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Bluestem Prairie: Where You Can Read Next Fortnight’s City Pages News Today

Posted by Phoenix Woman on January 27, 2014

On January 14, 2014, Sally Jo Sorensen did a post on the hypocrisy of one Stewart Mills III, of the Mills Fleet Farm family, currently running as a Republican against Rick Nolan in Minnesota’s Eighth Congressional District — and she provided detailed proof, discovered by her, that Mills’ anti-Cash-for-Clunkers attitude is of extremely recent origin:

While the headline of Renee Richardson’s 2009 report about the program in the Brainerd Dispatch was lukewarm, the Mills employee interviewed for Car program had a few clunkers of its own states that “there is no question that it was a success”:

Thinned ranks of automobiles on area dealership lots attest to the popularity of the Cash for Clunkers program.

“It worked very well for sales,” said Rick Goble, Mills Motors director of operations. “It was a challenge to administer. There was a great deal of confusion but it was certainly a boost to business.” . . .

. . . Goble quoted the National Automobile Dealers Association’s report that the program started with 30 federal employees and about 200 contract workers, which grew to nearly 5,000 in the last two weeks.

“They started with far too few of people,” Goble said. “Overall, there is no question that it was a success and nobody could have estimated the kind of demand there was, and everything got overwhelmed that’s just the way it was.” . . .

This isn’t the first time Bluestem has seen a split between Three’s anti-government statements and the amount of public investments he puts in his pockets.  Check out last July’s Hurdles, barriers & handicaps: Mills Fleet prince hates ’em, forgets about millions in subsidies, wherein Bluestem looked at the tax breaks and subsidies that Mills Fleet Farm stores have received.

On January 27, 2014, Aaron Rupar of City Pages ran the same story, without crediting Ms. Sorensen:

In light of those statements [attacking Cash for Clunkers], it’s interesting to note that Rick Goble, director of operations for Mills’s car business, Mills Automotive, said back in 2009 that Cash for Clunkers “worked very well for sales… it was certainly a boost to business.”

Furthermore, a July 2009 Mills Automotive ad refers to the company as your “Cash for Clunkers Headquarters!”

And yes, I took a screen shot.

This is not the first time Rupar’s done this sort of thing.


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