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April 30, 2009

Quote Of The Day

by Brad Warbiany

You know, Ford is looking rosier and rosier every day, especially now that they know Obama won’t become Chief Auto Designer for the company:

EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson told NPR’s Michelle Norris yesterday: “The President has said, and I couldn’t agree more, that what this country needs is a one single national road map that tells automakers who are trying to become solvent again what kind of car it is they need to be designing and building for the American people.” Norris then asked: “Is that the role of Government though? That doesn’t sound like free enterprise.” Jackson responded: “Well it is free enterprise in a way.”

I don’t think they need a single national road map. I think they can just go ask Toyota and Honda, who seem to be doing a pretty good job designing and building cars that the American people are willing to pay for… And then they need to listen on how to do those things profitably, which is the real key. Americans buy GM cars, just not at a profitable price for GM.

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  • http://qwertyaltofuori.blogspot.com Red

    Businesses should have been let alone to fail or succeed on their own merit. Yes, it would have been painful but not as gut-wrenching as all of this.

  • Merf

    Yeah, well, I guess even slavery is freedom, in a way.

  • tfr

    Couldn’t agree more. After the last couple of big-3 cars we’ve owned, we’ve gone Japanese and I see no reason to go back. I can’t imagine what awful, gov’t designed, union-built monstrosities will be coming out of GM and Chrysler soon.

  • Merf

    Let the betting books open! Will GM and Chrysler even be around in four years, or will they “cut costs” until they put all their suppliers out of business, and then fold because the parts they can afford to buy at the $$$ they are willing to pay are all cheap carp?

    GM is now going into Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, but since the union owns 55% of GM — the union, not the union workers — what will the contract end up looking like?

    Contrary to popular MSM belief, the union doesn’t actually provide any jobs itself. Rather all union jobs are a byproduct of the jobs created by the manufacturers, by GM, Ford, Chrysler, Toyota, and every other company that makes a product or provides a service that people want or need.

    Does the UAW even know this? I mean, they must have at one time, but do they realize it now?

    Certainly, the NEA doesn’t, and look at the product they put out.

  • uhm

    Instead of making cars filled with cheap parts that break they could do something novel and make reliable cars again. I await to see what the Government’s idea of what a quality car is like.

  • Merf

    Uhm, do you really think that the union will do a better job that the company? Or that the gov’t will do a better job, either?

    Both the union and the gov’t are very concerned with keeping the number of people they employ high, without regard to how well those people perform their jobs. About the only thing the gov’t cares about is if you supported the correct side, and the unions don’t really care all that much about that, either, as long as you don’t make waves.

    With attitudes like that, do you really think that they will do a good job making cars?

  • http://pith-n-vinegar.blogspot.com/ Quincy

    Funny how we stopped hearing the word “diversity” once Obama was inaugurated… Now we know why.

  • Merf

    “Diversity!” What a joke! Diversity of skin color and bathrooms, that’s fine, but diversity of IDEAS is what counts!

    MLK, Jr., would be ashamed at what is called “diversity” these days!

    (And at a lot of other things, too, but that’s another post.)

  • uhm

    Merf, we have government regulated cars. They are poorly designed on purpose.

    “Specific regulations cover almost every aspect of the vehicle, including design, production, and operation. Government is directly involved in setting standards for such basic items as engines, bumpers, headrests, seat belts, door latches, brakes, fuel systems, and windshields, as well as the type of fuel that can be used.” http://www.allbusiness.com/sector-55-management-companies-enterprises/740089-1.html

    Ending the regulation would be a start to fixing the automotive industry. That isn’t going to happen.

    I am cynical. The American Soviet will have a chance to make a car without the market influence. I’m relishing to see the inefficient eco-friendly product the American Soviet produces.

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