Friday, February 20, 2009

An idea for the auto bailout

Why doesn't the government use the bailout money to buy cars?
They could replace all the cop cars, executive perk cars, military vehicles (including bonuses for soldiers who have served in Afghanistan) and all the other government vehicles.
The lottery companies could buy a bunch and add them to the prize pool.
It certainly would guarantee auto workers' jobs, plus we'd get something for our money. And maybe it would diffuse the very solid case that can be made by Japan, Germany and other car-making companies that Detroit is getting an unfair subsidy.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Mark... respective governments in Canada and the US won't do this because it make sense and is a good idea.

Anonymous said...

There is this T' shirt they are printing which reads "You didn't buy our crappy cars sooo we are stealing your money anyways"

Meanwhile, the insiders at Chrysler, Ford and GM are secretly gathering all the legal minds they can find in lieu of declaring bankruptcy under Chapter 11. Like auto parts giant Delphi before them, they won't come out on the other side. The death watch of the North America Auto Industry is now on its final countdown.
Maybe we should have paid closer attention when GM used its corporate welfare checques to invest in bicycle companies eh?

rebel
lafontaine on

Ottawa Watch said...

Reb,

You're back up north?

Anonymous said...

What they're doing in Germany makes more sense.
Subsidy to scrap old cars over nine years years old. Stimulates the car industry and gets pollution hogs off the road. German car plants are working overtime to keep with the demand.

http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,,4022047,00.html

Anonymous said...

Yes Mark I'm kind of back n' forth now from north to south with the auto industry in dead RED sunset mode.
do you know they outsourced our jobs to a company that cut our wages in half. They also turned 78 jobs into 28 and our unit at Chrysler now has the highest injuries of any unit in the plant. I'd guess they are getting their monies worth.I'm one of the injured people now fighting with those WSIB sharks for my money. Meanwhile, I found your Great Lakes book last weekend on the shelf at Chapters right next to labour rights advocate Barbara Erhenrich's 'Bait and Switch' I just had to buy both of them.

Oh..Bryson says howdy and is quietly running a Cottage book store and occasionally holds discussion sessions with a collection of enviro activists and anarchists... just what the north country needs most.
;)
rebel lafontaine
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Ottawa Watch said...

Reb,

Let me know when you're in LA and I'll come & see you.

They would never let the kind of shitheaps that you see on ontario roads onto German highways. That's one of the reasons why they can have autobauns with no speed limits.

Anonymous said...

Here is country song making the rounds on the radio these days.
Something we can dedicate to our Federal Minister of Deindustrialization and Outsourcing, Tony Clement

twenty-three-skidoo@hotmail.com
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Shuttin Detroit Down
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SW3ysJQX9Cw&feature=related


In The Real World They're Shutting Detroit Down


My daddy taught me
In this county everyonebs the same
You work hard for your dollar
And you never pass the blame
When it donbt go your way


Now I see all these big shots
Whining on my evening news
About how their losing billions
And itbs up to me and you
To come running to the rescue


Well pardon me if I donbt shed a tear
Cuz theybre selling make believe
And we donbt buy that here


Because in the real world theybre
Shutting Detroit down
While the boss man takes his
Bonus pay and jets on outta town


DCbs paying out the banker
As the farmers auction ground
And while their living up on Wall Street
In that New York City town
Here in the real world theybre
Shutting Detroit down
Here in the real world theybre
Shutting Detroit down


Well that old mans been working
Hard in that plant most all his life
And now his pension plans
Been cut in half and
He canbt afford to dye
And itbs a crying shame
Cuz he aint the one to blame
When I look down and see his
Callused hands Well let me tell you friend
It gets me fighting mad


Because in the real world theybre
Shutting Detroit down
While the boss man takes his
Bonus pay and jets on outta town


DCbs paying out the banker
As the farmers auction ground
And while their living up on Wall Street
In that New York City town
Here in the real world theybre
Shutting Detroit down
Here in the real world theybre
Shutting Detroit down

Anonymous said...

A good indicator is looking at the wages of an auto worker. While being a true blue capitalist Henry Ford still knew there was no sense building cars if the workers couldn't afford them. But I don't think any of his workers drove a Morgan Plus Four Roadster.