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Repairing American industry

Posted Friday, December 12, 2008, at 11:33 AM

Yes, the American auto industry definitely needs repair.

But I'd like to see Congress look beyond just one industry and focus on repairing the American economy across the board, starting with action against all businessess and industries.

Specifically: Force American companies to stop outsourcing jobs and looking outside our borders for cheap labor to import when so many United States citizens need work.

If "the way we've been doing things" works, then why is the economy in this mess?

As for the auto industry, I wonder if the reason they don't seem to pay a lot of attention to making smaller and more fuel-efficient, yet desirable, vehicles is because Big Oil doesn't want its income diminished.

The UAW? I can see both sides. If I were an auto worker I'd want my perks, such as high pay and guaranteed income during layoffs, kept.

But I can also understand Congress wanting pay cuts to equalize American manufacturers' pay scales with Japanese and European car plants in America.

Note, though, that most of those import brand plants are in the "non-union" South. Are Southerners being taken advantage of?


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You made several points so I would like to respond in order.

I dislike and disapprove of out-sourcing overseas BUT the U.S. citizen is going to have to SUPPORT the companies and not go for the cheapest price. Appreciate the total value of paying $10 instead of $7.50 or less. Government can help by promoting "buy domestic", not trade sanctions, which will only anger the nations more than they are now.

I believe more than the "oil industry" it is the American citizen that does not like the small vehicles. In most of them, I feel like I am sitting in a tin can next to huge tractor trailers and the quality is lacking.

We bought our daughter a small car but it had a steel reinforced frame and 10 airbags. No, it was not American.

Most Unions have outlived their usefulness. To justify their dues, they have to try to keep improving the benefits, resulting in overpriced labor compared to the world market.

I have not met a Southern auto worker who did not think they had a good job and good pay. I work with many union plants around the country and in most cases it is constant tug of war between management and unions.

We have to price our services higher when working in a Union plant because things are more difficult and the work goes slower. We are always amazed that they could make money with that constant conflict and apparently, they don't.

-- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Dec 12, 2008, at 1:47 PM

I too understand the UAW workers not wanting a wage or benefit cut but it seems like to me a cut to 28 or 29 $ per hour would be better than no job at all. I saw a while ago GM's announcement that they would be temporarily closing 20 factories to ease the crunch. I know they are all think once Obama gets into office they will get everything they need but the fact is he still will not be able to do anything without House approval.

-- Posted by Dianatn on Fri, Dec 12, 2008, at 2:19 PM

There is a LOT he is not going to be come through with as promised, but I can only wish him the best now.

-- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Dec 12, 2008, at 3:12 PM

Why should the employees of Caltronic be forced to pay the interest on the loans taken out by Congress to bailout the $70,000/year jobs of the UAW?

It was only a "technological glitch" that prevented OUR politician, Rep Bart Gordon, from voting to Support the UAW bailout as he did the CEO Bailout; http://tennesseetaylorfor6th.blogspot.co...

The Bedford County Truck Buyers have paid the inflated wages for too long. Until the UAW is willing to take some realistic pay and benefits cuts to save their own jobs, the people of Peterburg should not be forced to donate their tax dollars to bailing out the greed of the unions.

-- Posted by TNTaylor on Fri, Dec 12, 2008, at 3:44 PM

And the Airlines are next in line for the begging...just wait and see. They will have the same dire state of emergency with massive lay-offs and people unable to get back and forth to conduct business.

Where will it all end? Should we taxpayers get in line for a bailout also (like they would even care if we are bankrupt).

-- Posted by Dianatn on Fri, Dec 12, 2008, at 3:55 PM

The sad thing Diana, is that The Party is calling for cuts in the one thing the Federal Government is tasked to provide: The United Defense of the States: http://tennesseetaylorfor6th.blogspot.co...

While The Party is attempting to save the 70k/year jobs of the UAW with the tax dollars off of 40k(-)/year Tennesseans, they want to put Our Soldiers in the Unemployment lines.

The Party is nationalizing banks and automakers while they let rot on the vine Our Troops and beefing up the bureacrats at the IRS.

-- Posted by TNTaylor on Fri, Dec 12, 2008, at 7:18 PM

Glad to see most agree with what I think of the bailout too.

-- Posted by jaxspike on Fri, Dec 12, 2008, at 7:53 PM

I would have rather have the automakers Bailout then the Wallstreet bailout. But honestly, I hope they all fail.

-- Posted by Evil Monkey on Fri, Dec 12, 2008, at 8:17 PM

Don't ya'll think it is odd that Obama's new Chief of Staff,Rahm Emanuel,seems to be in the middle of the pay to play deal with Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. I am hoping this isn't the change we have to look forward to.

Sorry David I am not trying to throw your blog of subject here but it does seem to be of importance that our new Chief of Staff is a crook before he even enters the White House.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/wo...

-- Posted by Dianatn on Fri, Dec 12, 2008, at 8:21 PM

The congress is more of the problem than they can be the fix,when politicians start forcing private banks to make loans that are Questionable auto makers to build autos that don't sell,and force any other industry to do what the politicians think best then you have the mess that we have now.that is what forces industry either out of business or out of the country.there is too much forcing going on!

-- Posted by the hand on Fri, Dec 12, 2008, at 9:07 PM

"The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves". "What goes around comes around".

If you loan money to someone, some business, some government, etc… that doesn't have the ability to repay you, then your money is lost.

Anybody that believes that the "Big Three" will recover if the Government (the Tax payers) loan them money is dreaming. Yes, I know it will be painful if the car companies go into bankruptcy but that is the best and fastest way for them to recover. A Government (tax payer) bailout will only make the pain last longer and with the same result at the end. A bailout will only mean that the Big Three will continue business as usual until the bailout money is gone and "business as usual" is what got them here in the first place. Once the money is gone they'll be back for more.

Does anybody think Congress knows how to fix this problem? The only thing our politicians know how to do is get re-elected and the way you get re-elected is by giving the people with the money (lobbyist) what they want and telling the rest of us what we want to hear (lies).

Government bailouts won't fix the car company problems… the problem will have to fix itself (bankruptcy).

-- Posted by Farmer Bill on Sat, Dec 13, 2008, at 10:10 AM

I can understand how some of the citizens feel. I am a spouse of a auto worker and yes he is a union member. I have to say I wished my husband did make $70 dollars an hour. The comment about dropping their salary to $28-$29 an hour is what these workers do make. If you want to say they make more then you need to google some of these unions and see what is being posted on their websites. The ones that make the $70 and up or average that are the ones that were elected to fill these spots of the UAW and know how to milk the system. THOSE are the individuals that need the paycut. All I can say about this situation is I hope and pray that the bailout goes through cause if it doesn't then these people will have to rely on the government to be fed and the way that is looking that won't happen much longer either. So it's a catch 22, either bail them out or provide the laid off workers "GOVERNMENT" money anyway so the can survive.

-- Posted by cindyandmarkh on Tue, Dec 16, 2008, at 9:49 AM


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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.