Call it the sign of the times. Sholnn Freeman and Dale Russakoff, of the Washington Post report, “Toyota Expects to Be World’s No. 1 Automaker Next Year:”

Toyota said yesterday that it was on track to become the world’s largest automaker next year, dethroning General Motors and underlining how far auto manufacturing has fallen from its once-pivotal place in America’s economy and politics.

Relegated to a rear guard action, John Conyers pledges to help Detroit:

Members from Michigan, led by Rep. John D. Dingell, have pledged to use Democratic control of Congress to help U.S. automakers.

Mean while the rest of the democrat caucus has firm plans to help Toyota:

Instead of coming to Detroit’s defense, other Democrats, including Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois, said Congress will be more inclined to push U.S. automakers in a new direction. Given how far the companies have fallen, members of Congress are likely to target issues of environmental awareness and fuel economy, areas where the Japanese automakers lead.

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) said she wasn’t surprised by Toyota’s growth. “I have long said that fuel-efficient automobiles in America would be the ticket to larger and larger market share,” she said.

Good luck to Representative Conyers in fighting off the democrat wolves like Obama and Boxer. May the Force be with you.

Update and comment:(Bit) Here’s another WaPo story on the same topic

It seems to me rather suspicious that the Democratic members in Congress from Michigan and elsewhere, are picking now to try and help the U.S. automakers. Where have they been the past 30 years?

Oh, that’s right. They’ve been helping, already… pushing legislation after legislation, about the types of cars that Detroit should build… and what kind of cars are these? Increasingly, governmental regulations force the automakers to build cars Americans simply will not buy.  They’ve also been placing unwanted financial demands on them as regards labor law, while trying to buy union votes. And finally, they’ve been busy making sure that fuel for such cars as ARE produced, is less and less available. All the while, the automakers are caught in the squeeze that government created.

“Good government” has been the problem. Now, Conyers, is proposing it as a solution?

As to the future, it’s not like we don’t have a pattern of failure to go by; a quick look at the failure of passenger railroads under the weight of government should give us a clue. Given Amtrak, and Conrail, we should also have a clue as to the ultimate outcome. The proponents of government, run private businesses into the ground, with their legislation. Then they decide they are going to be the salvation to the problem, and perform a government takeover. Of course, because this happens over a period of 70 years, the individuals alive at the time of the takeover don’t see the pattern.

But here it is; All in all, the Democrats in Congress have done just about everything possible to destroy the U.S. auto industry that they possibly could. I fail to see what Conyers has in mind in that circumstance other than the total government takeover of the U.S. auto industry, which, while I’d certainly not put it past the likes of Conyers, I fail to see how such would HELP the US auto industry.

Government has already ‘helped’ enough.