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Subject:The auto industry
Time:03:44 pm
Current Mood:annoyedannoyed
Over the past weeks and months, we've been hearing about the Federal Government (both US and Canadian) being asked to bail out the auto manufacturing industry. Now, aside from my general disdain for free government handouts to ANYONE, this one in particular sticks a thorn in my side.

The auto industry has been one of the most outspoken, vehement, powerful lobby groups in the country. They have spend billions to ensure government money, and have used that influence to further power their own interests. The Big 3 American manufacturers have also ensured to crush any new, innovative, or independent auto manufacturing for the past century (see Hudson Motor Car Company, among others).

Electric vehicles, solar power, alternative fuel sources, hydrogen fuel cells, all of these technologies have been readily available for over a century, with the auto manufacturers often taking the government to the supreme court when told to start using them.

These dinosaurs have successfully spelled their own demise. They got in bed with the oil companies, refused change, halted progress, and are partially responsible for the wreck we're in now. And now they want the taxpayers that they've spent the past 100 years fucking to pay to bail them out of their mess!!!

Not to mention, not ONE PERSON has suggested that if the government does bail them out, that all of the money (or even ANY of the money) must be spent on zero-emission vehicles, a concept that virtually no American auto manufacturer is even close to releasing, although virtually all of the Asian and European manufacturers have them on the market already.

I say fuck them. They've been digging their own grave for a hundred years. Let's all get together and cover them with dirt!
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coanteen
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Time:2008-12-04 12:20 am (UTC)
With all that lovely "lifelong employment" they offer, they'd hardly have to bother to lobby - there are whole towns ready to do it for them, for free.
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pfc_rat
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Time:2008-12-04 12:22 am (UTC)
Exactly - these unions have been growing in money, power and greed for years, and they also need to be told that they don't get bailed out.
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coanteen
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Time:2008-12-04 12:35 am (UTC)
I love how the CEOs of the US "Big 3" flew to Washington on their private jets to ask for their bailouts.
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pfc_rat
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Time:2008-12-04 01:10 am (UTC)
The Government should have sold the jets while they were in Washington, handed them the cash and said, "there's your fucking bailout!"
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surrey_sucks
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Time:2008-12-04 12:22 am (UTC)
Yet people who really need help don't get "bailouts"...
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pfc_rat
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Time:2008-12-04 12:24 am (UTC)
Quite right. Billionaires get to bathe in money, and yet the people who are struggling to make ends meet WITHOUT taking government handouts are the ones who have to pay these people's fuckups.
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surrey_sucks
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Time:2008-12-04 12:24 am (UTC)
And, these people can't afford cars in the first place!
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eva_prawn
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Time:2008-12-04 12:58 am (UTC)
It's a sticky issue. I agree that the American auto industry needs to be more progressive and I hate our dependence on oil...but if the industry collapses, so do several Midwestern states, and so do industries that support it (rubber, metals, plastic fittings, etc). There is no easy answer, but creating entire ghost towns of starving blue collar workers isn't it, either. Those are the people who will suffer- as usual, the little guy.

What a damn mess. I really hope we have some New Deal-ish kind of project that focuses on alternative transportation. that would solve a lot of problems and we need mass transit here so badly.
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crankygirlie
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Time:2008-12-05 09:29 am (UTC)
I was just thinking about this today.

They failed. It's their fault. Let them fry. This wouldn't be the first industry to collapse. It's not an emergency. They don't deserve my money.
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