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December 12, 2008

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Somebody get Jack Lessenberry a cold compress. Or a drink. Or perhaps some oxygen.

In all of these weeks of turmoil, wouldn't it have been nice if just once he had written about what it will take to make the Detroit automakers profitable in North America, instead of how to keep things afloat until, say, February?

Let's remember that for years, the Detroit Three were in the Democrats' cross-hairs. More CAFE standards, more union organizing, more taxes and regulation.

Does Jack Lessenberry suppose for a moment that there is, perhaps, a reason why Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina are seeing auto plants built in their states? Hello?

The Republicans in the Senate didn't hold a gun to the head of Ron Gettlefinger. It's simple, really. The Detroit Three need to be made PROFITABLE. They can do so under bankruptcy-style reforms through the Congress, or they can do so under the authority of a U.S. Bankruptcy judge, and a trustee in bankruptcy. It's not good news for the UAW, for sure.

But at least let's deal in a fact-based environment. There is much that could be done to help the Detroit Three that would not cost taxpayer money, but the Democrats would never allow it. One such thing would be the immediate repeal of CAFE. Another would be a hard and permanent rule that the federal government, and not 50 individual state governments, shall rule on auto emissions.

In those respects, make no mistake about it; California Democrats(not Alabama Republicans) have declared war on Detroit.

Gosh, if anyone wonders why Public Radio is now facing cutbacks, budget crises, and the loss of listeners, perhaps it is because, on a regular basis, Public Radio's leading voices use their publicly-sponsored bully pulpits to harass and insult about half of the electorate.

Gosh, Mr. Anonymous, that was interesting! Now explain the massive cutbacks and loss of listeners and voters that your national Republican Party is facing! They declined from 51 percent of the presidential vote to 45.6 percent this time. Wait .. I know... the UAW!

Rep. Barney Frank has made the Democrats' position pretty clear. Making the Detroit Three profitable is not his goal. His one and only goal is to support the membership of the UAW, the Democrats' client organization:

"No. We’re not propping up companies. That’s your mistake," [Rep. Frank, talking to CBS 60 Minutes reporter Leslie Stahl] "We’re propping up individuals. The world doesn't consist of companies. The world is people. The country is people."

If you are devoted to the UAW, your answer to this problem must include the warning that 'bankruptcy is off the table, there can be no survival from bankruptcy.' Whether that is true or not.

Personally, I don't think bankruptcy is a good option and I hope it doesn't happen, but a good reporter, an honest reporter must report on the questionable veracity of the claim that none of the carmakers can survive the bankruptcy of just one carmaker. If bankruptcy results in a massive reduction of debt and labor costs, at a time when fuel prices are low and many consumers are looking for automotive bargains, it may be possible to restructure the industry and return it to profitability.

It was easy for Rick Wagoner and Ron Gettlefinger to proclaim together that nothing in the automotive industry could survive a bankruptcy. They had each other's backs. Wagoner would play along, for the benefit of the UAW, while the UAW rounded up all of its anti-industry political support. But just because they both said it, doesn't make it true. Some good reporting on that subject would seem to be an important issue for this region, wouldn't it?

Blah blah blah. What a bore.

Hurrah on integrating TypeKey/Pad into the blog, though. Looks great.

As President Bush prepares to bail out the Detroit auto industry, maybe Mr. Lessenberry will want to pull this down from the Detroit Metro Times website:

http://metrotimes.com/editorial/story.asp?id=5410

Analysis,

Bush's momentary lapse of bad judgment won't undo his eight year reign of terror. I certainly won't miss King George the Terrible.

According to numerous references the labor cost associated with making automobiles is 10%..The notion that the UAW aka labor costs are the sole reason for the meltdown of the auto sector is based upon what?? Politics?

Our country is confronting a reality of a modern empire in a Global marketplace and what does all that mean?

Industries, Customs, Life Styles, all the realities of an aged modern society is now confronted with the reality of evolution and decay in a world where time and reality continue to tick regardless of who, what, where you are..

Our entire existence right here, right now is under change again the reality is how to deal with it from our personal lives to the public sector..

According to numerous references the labor cost associated with making automobiles is 10%..The notion that the UAW aka labor costs are the sole reason for the meltdown of the auto sector is based upon what?? Politics?

Our country is confronting a reality of a modern empire in a Global marketplace and what does all that mean?

Industries, Customs, Life Styles, all the realities of an aged modern society is now confronted with the reality of evolution and decay in a world where time and reality continue to tick regardless of who, what, where you are..

Our entire existence right here, right now is under change again the reality is how to deal with it from our personal lives to the public sector..

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