Saturday, November 29, 2008

Let Detroit Go Chapture 11

I shouldn't be, but I am amazed by how swiftly my federal government has put trillions of taxpayer dollars at stake covering up for their lack of oversight of reckless financial dealings.

Now on top of that, American auto makers are going hat in hand so to squander 25 billion dollars of my tax money.

This is just so wrong.

The 25 billion dollars would only prolong the agonizing death of the American auto industry.

A total restructure is needed.

Let Detroit Go Bankrupt

IF General Motors, Ford and Chrysler get the bailout that their chief executives asked for yesterday, you can kiss the American automotive industry goodbye. It won’t go overnight, but its demise will be virtually guaranteed.

Without that bailout, Detroit will need to drastically restructure itself. With it, the automakers will stay the course — the suicidal course of declining market shares, insurmountable labor and retiree burdens, technology atrophy, product inferiority and never-ending job losses. Detroit needs a turnaround, not a check.


, , ,their huge disadvantage in costs relative to foreign brands must be eliminated.

That means new labor agreements to align pay and benefits to match those of workers at competitors like BMW, Honda, Nissan and Toyota. Furthermore, retiree benefits must be reduced so that the total burden per auto for domestic makers is not higher than that of foreign producers.

That extra burden is estimated to be more than $2,000 per car.

Think what that means: Ford, for example, needs to cut $2,000 worth of features and quality out of its Taurus to compete with Toyota’s Avalon. Of course the Avalon feels like a better product — it has $2,000 more put into it. Considering this disadvantage, Detroit has done a remarkable job of designing and engineering its cars. But if this cost penalty persists, any bailout will only delay the inevitable.

Ditch the Union Goons

UAW no Good for Detroit

Is it any wonder that Unions have out lived their usefulness?

With the threat of strike costing billions of dollars Unions have finally reached Nirvana.

But to what end if it causes finical ruin for their hosts?

Automakers' Jobs Bank Program Pays Laid-Off Workers to Do Nothing

Thousands of laid-off auto workers get paid $31 an hour to sit around and do nothing all year under a controversial program that could continue even if American taxpayers bail out the American auto industry.

The program, called "Jobs Banks," has been around for 24 years. Some of the employees at jobs banks choose to do community service, but others do crossword puzzles and watch TV all day -- or just stare at a wall. If you're a laid-off auto worker, it's what comes with your pink slip, thanks to a deal struck in 1984 between the United Auto Workers and the Big Three carmakers.

The program is likely to continue if Congress approves a $25 billion bailout of the industry. But if the automakers go bankrupt, some analysts say, they may be able to eliminate the program, which would abruptly eliminate benefits to the workers in it.

Killing The Goose that laid the Golden Egg