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Posts Tagged ‘The Big Three’

Brilliance on the auto bailout from Mark Steyn

Posted by Liberty on December 22, 2008

Can You Still See the USA in Your Chevrolet?

According to Mark, “Route 66 is looking ever more like a one-way dead-end street to Bailoutistan.”

And, he points out:

“General Motors, like the other two geezers of the Old Three, is a vast retirement home with a small loss-making auto subsidiary. The UAW is the AARP in an Edsel: It has three times as many retirees and widows as “workers” (I use the term loosely). GM has 96,000 employees but provides health benefits to a million people.”

I love Mark Steyn’s learned perspective and smart, satirical humor.  Great article!

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Have I said lately how much I love Carpe Diem?

Posted by Liberty on December 20, 2008

I’ve linked Professor Mark Perry’s blog, Carpe Diem before…hmmm, trying to link and WordPress’ hyperlink function is not working right now.  [Normally, WordPress works great.  If you want to start a blog, I highly recommend WordPress.  And e-mail me the link.  I promise I’ll read, even if you’re a lib or a Husky fan]. 

Anyhow, go to http://mjperry.blogspot.com/ because his blog today is incisive as usual.  He’s excerpted an article from the Wall Street Journal by Andrew B. Wilson on how the Conservative principles espoused by Margaret Thatcher helped to pull Great Britain out of economic difficulties in the 1980’s.  [Wow, isn’t that about the time that Ronald Reagan was helping America recover from our Jimmy Carter-induced economic difficulties through free-market capitalism?]  Here’s a brief quote from Mr. Wilson’s article:

“By sticking to her policies of lightened regulation, reduced trade barriers, privatization of a raft of publicly owned companies, reduced taxation, and the adoption of laws to prevent abuses of union power, Mrs. Thatcher achieved something few if any of today’s economists have begun to consider. She achieved a genuine, productivity-led recovery that transformed Britain from perennial basket case into the Europe’s most improved and vibrant economy.”

Naturally, I’m a little sad to think that this economic recovery will not be ours, at least not during the next four years.  The socialist blueprint has been drawn, and time and time again, the house has fallen.  Obama’s going to build his policies on the failed philosophy of socialism, a system counter to all that America was founded on.  It will fail us, too.  So, I guess I love Carpe Diem today for the information that Professor Perry disseminates, not for helping me feel optimistic.

He also has a post entitled “Ford’s State-of-the-Art Factory in Brazil: A Model for the Big 3’s Survival. But The UAW Hates It.”  In it, there are details about an innovative Ford factory in South America.  According to Professor Perry,

“It’s not just above-market UAW wages and benefits, along with overly generous lifetime pensions and health care coverage that have all contributed to pushing the Big Three to the brink of bankruptcy. It’s also the outdated work rules, multiple job classifications, and union inflexibility and resistance to greater efficiency that have crippled the Big Three (see the 22 pound, 2,215 page UAW-Ford contract here).
Isn’t it sad that U.S. automakers like Ford have to go 5,000 miles away to “the global sandbox” Brazil to try out new production methods, instead of introducing cutting-edge, state-of-the-art technology here in the U.S.? Even if GM and Chrysler reduce wages and benefits to competitive levels as part of the $17.4 billion bailout, they still might not survive in the long run if they are prevented by the UAW from introducing lean, flexible, state-of-the-art technology inside the U.S., like Ford has been able to introduce outside of the U.S.”
Sad.  American taxpayers are bailing out the Big Three while the UAW is still alive and well.  And, liberals have the nerve to bitch about out-sourcing.
 
 

 

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Angry UAW members lack the intellectual honesty to examine their own role in the Big Three’s plight

Posted by Liberty on December 13, 2008

Angry UAW members lash out at Southern senators

“Festering animosity between the United Auto Workers and Southern senators who torpedoed the auto industry bailout bill erupted into full-fledged name calling Friday as union officials accused the lawmakers of trying to break the union on behalf of foreign automakers.

The vitriol had been near the surface for weeks as senators from states that house the transplant automakers’ factories criticized the Detroit Three for management miscues and bloated UAW labor costs that lawmakers said make them uncompetitive.”

Senators Mitch McConnell, Richard Shelby and Bob Corker took a stand against the Big Three bailout and now find themselves in the cross-hairs of the union assassins.  These three Senators come from southern states [McConnell from Kentucky; Shelby from Alabama; Corker from Tennessee] that are home to auto manufacturing plants for the Big Three’s foreign-owned competitors and they are all Republicans.  Union hack  Ron Gettelfinger [UAW president] has misrepresented these Senators’ position on the bailout, seeing perhaps a non-existent conspiracy on behalf of the [profitable!] foreign automakers.

‘”They thought perhaps they could have a twofer here maybe: Pierce the heart of organized labor while representing the foreign brands,’ UAW President Ron Gettelfinger said at a Friday morning news conference in Detroit.”

I don’t think that was the aim of these Senators at all.  We’ve just grown so accustomed to politicians that don’t care at all about putting taxpayers on the hook for billions in debt that it’s odd when one of them actually puts the constituents first. 

“But lawmakers and their spokesmen said the criticism is off base. Jonathan Graffeo, Shelby’s spokesman on the Senate Banking Committee, said the senator has consistently opposed taxpayer-funded bailouts.

“He opposed the Chrysler bailout in 1979 when there were no foreign auto manufacturers in Alabama, and he opposed the recent $700 billion bailout of the banking industry,” Graffeo said.

“Bailouts generally don’t work, and this is a huge proposed bailout, and I fear it’s just the down payment on more to come next year,” Shelby said on the Senate floor Thursday night. “These companies are either already failed or failing, and that’s a shame. These aren’t the General Motors, Ford and Chrysler I knew.”

Corker said the alternative he tried to develop would have provided federal money in exchange for restructuring the companies’ debt and making the UAW more competitive in wages with workers at U.S. plants of Japanese competitors.

“Our members wanted to know that the UAW was willing to be competitive,” Corker said.”

That’s right, UAW.  When the question is raised as to why the Big Three can’t compete, look in the mirror.

Incidentally, Senators McConnell, Corker and Shelby, thank you.  We’re going to need to see a lot more of this kind of action in the next few years.  Thanks for showing a little backbone.

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