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By Margaret Currey, December 6, 2008 at 12:05 pm Link to this comment
Some people will drive until all the oil is sucked out of the ground. Some people have never taken a public bus or train.
In my state every day people run into buildings, some how people get the gas confused with the break, when people get this confused maybe they should not drive.
Why not have the auto industry get into making trains instead of haveing them made in Poland and shipped here.
Maybe those fat cats should think of giving jobs to people here and not be so greedy to make a profit at any cost and drive this country into the ground. Soon there will be the very poor and the very rich and then rich will pick up their marbles and go to another country.
So much for love of country that those at the top exibit.
By hippy pam, December 4, 2008 at 11:13 am Link to this comment
And on the broken bodies of the retirees whose sweat and blood made the company a leader….until the jobs were sent to mexico where there are no EPA laws or wage rules….therby breaking the union which set [at least] some standards for fair workdays/fair wages….Are the vehicles any less expensive for being made in another country??????And now there are NO JOBS!!!!!
By GW=MCHammered, December 3, 2008 at 11:48 am Link to this comment
“So what to do? Members of Congress, here’s what I propose:
1. Transporting Americans is and should be one of the most important functions our government must address. And because we are facing a massive economic, energy and environmental crisis, the new president and Congress must do what Franklin Roosevelt did when he was faced with a crisis (and ordered the auto industry to stop building cars and instead build tanks and planes): The Big 3 are, from this point forward, to build only cars that are not primarily dependent on oil and, more importantly to build trains, buses, subways and light rail (a corresponding public works project across the country will build the rail lines and tracks). This will not only save jobs, but create millions of new ones.
2. You could buy ALL the common shares of stock in General Motors for less than $3 billion. Why should we give GM $18 billion or $25 billion or anything? Take the money and buy the company! (You’re going to demand collateral anyway if you give them the “loan,” and because we know they will default on that loan, you’re going to own the company in the end as it is. So why wait? Just buy them out now.)
3. None of us want government officials running a car company, but there are some very smart transportation geniuses who could be hired to do this. We need a Marshall Plan to switch us off oil-dependent vehicles and get us into the 21st century.
This proposal is not radical or rocket science. It just takes one of the smartest people ever to run for the presidency to pull it off. What I’m proposing has worked before. The national rail system was in shambles in the ‘70s. The government took it over. A decade later it was turning a profit, so the government returned it to private/public hands, and got a couple billion dollars put back in the treasury.
This proposal will save our industrial infrastructure—and millions of jobs. More importantly, it will create millions more. It literally could pull us out of this recession.
In contrast, yesterday General Motors presented its restructuring proposal to Congress. They promised, if Congress gave them $18 billion now, they would, in turn, eliminate around 20,000 jobs. You read that right. We give them billions so they can throw more Americans out of work. That’s been their Big Idea for the last 30 years—layoff thousands in order to protect profits. But no one ever stopped to ask this question: If you throw everyone out of work, who’s going to have the money to go out and buy a car?
These idiots don’t deserve a dime. Fire all of them, and take over the industry for the good of the workers, the country and the planet.
What’s good for General Motors IS good for the country. Once the country is calling the shots.
By GW=MCHammered, December 3, 2008 at 5:47 am Link to this comment
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