“I am strongly opposed to the sale of Anheuser-Busch and today’s offer to purchase the company is deeply troubling to me. I have said that while I am supportive of action to prevent the sale there is no immediate tool available at the state level to block it.Ironically, Blount recently criticized Obama for being a protectionist:
“I have directed the Department of Economic Development to explore every option and any opportunity we may have at the state level to help keep Anheuser-Busch where it belongs - in St. Louis, Missouri.”
"Now is not the time to adopt the policies of Herbert Hoover -- of protectionism.The sudden flip-flop is puzzling since Republicans have never been too concerned about sending jobs out of the country any other time. On the other hand, flip-flopping is a Republican trait typical of McCain too, so Blount may still have a chance after all.
Getting back to Anheuser-Busch, the Economist had the money quote about the possible sale:
Could anything symbolise America’s loss of economic supremacy more clearly than for its favourite beer to fall into foreign hands?