FTC to Host Public Workshop Examining the U.S. Auto Distribution System Workshop Will Explore Competition, State Regulations, and Emerging Trends in the Industry, Project No. P131202 #268

Submission Number:
268
Commenter:
Joseph Solinsky
State:
Minnesota
Initiative Name:
FTC to Host Public Workshop Examining the U.S. Auto Distribution System Workshop Will Explore Competition, State Regulations, and Emerging Trends in the Industry, Project No. P131202
Hello. I'm lucky to live in Minnesota, where it isn't a crime to buy a Tesla, and I was at the State Capitol when this fight brewed with Tesla Motors and MN Auto Dealers' Association. There's over 1,000 here now. I have friends in Texas I tell about the Tesla, and they get excited. Many don't know why it's essentially illegal to buy a Tesla in Texas from Tesla. Although I think it's amusing, Texas has a problem, as do a few other states. The politicians take campaign donations from dealership conglomerates or other dealership-oriented private individuals(look it up on official records, I have) and then, amazingly, vote to make sure dealerships are the only way to buy a car. When I learned this dealership-Tesla fight in Maryland was bank-rolled by General Motors, I wasn't surprised. I'm all for state rights. I am also about investigation, and I think that's where the FTC comes in. If this falls into some sort of organized crime topic (not an expert), please, feel free to treat it as corruption and investigate. That way, the story is about corruption, not some plucky innovators being favored like Tesla, Elio Motors, and new brands (hello, Apple). Look what California did with their environmental board (and the Federal EPA). Nobody wants their name in the papers, and some of this is public opinion. If diligent accountants and investigators at the FTC explore this carefully, it will be historic, and it will let the world know that our Federalist Republic is the best nation on the planet. Thanks for your hard work. Also, feel free to increase the import tariffs on Chinese goods. We'll survive. -Joseph