Flame on!

 

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So the American auto industry appears ready to crash & burn, and the Democrats are at it again, trying to get we the taxpayer to bail their sorry asses out.

Now, what is wrong with this picture?

We all need cars and one would think that’s a pretty foolproof industry to be part of. (Not like, oh I dunno, the entertainment business… or the fringes of same.) Sure, these American automakers have had stiff competition from the Asians for as long as I’ve been an adult, but it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that the problem is much larger than that.

Between the fat-cat CEOs and the bully labor unions draining Ford, GM and Chrysler dry, it’s a wonder that they’ve lasted as long as they have. I’ve never been a big fan of unionized labor — or should as I say, as it exists today. I think it was a fine idea in the era before I was born, and it helped make this country strong. But being saddled with overpaid, unproductive labor and then having CEOs outsource so many jobs from Americans, I think it’s probably time to let these companies burn and take them and the unions down with ’em.

I’ve been reading news articles saying that allowing The Big 3 to crash & burn would be “catastrophic” for our economy (like there’s much left to really be catastrophicized in the first place, if that’s even a word). So where were these geniuses when all of the jobs started leaving America in the first place? Am I really smarter than a well-paid CEO in realizing that such a move would eventually come back to bite us in the ass? (I’m looking at you, Wal-mart shopper!)

One of the local talk shows I listen to had some interesting callers chime in on the auto debacle last week. Among them were guys who own auto dealerships (or work for them), who have a lot to lose if these companies assume the fetal position and die off. But strangely, they were of the same mind as me… that it’s time to let these companies reap what they sow! Let ’em burn and figure out a way to rebuild from the ashes of what no longer works.

Personally, steps one and two of that rebuilding would have to be the end of insanely-paid CEOs, and probably labor union, too. You can’t build cheaper cars and compete with the Japanese when you have two vampires sucking the blood from both sides of your neck at the same time.

In general, I think it’s disgusting that the American government has had to step in and bail out the banking industry. We have Bill Clinton and the Democrats to thank for the “brilliant” idea of giving home loans to poor people who can’t afford it in the first place, and now those bad decisions have caught up with all of us and threaten to eradicate our consumerist society as we know it. Did you hear that only days after AIG grabbed a big chunk of that bailout money that they were off in some expensive resort training employees? I mean, isn’t that the kind of nonsensical spending that got us where we are in the first place?

Stop the insanity here and now and don’t bail out the auto industry… at some point, these companies have to learn that they are the masters of their own undoing and finally be held accountable for their actions. Don’t get me wrong… I feel bad for the poor employees who will be affected by this. It’s not their fault that their bosses are idiots, but bailing out yet another industry so we can let them do it all over again is not the answer.

Burn, baby, burn!

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5 Responses to “Flame on!”

 
  1. jonkillough Says:

    Jesus, Bookwalter! Get Limbaugh’s dick out of your mouth; you’re not thinking straight. You sound like an ass-bag from Fox News.

  2. J.R. Bookwalter Says:

    Fox News = “Fair and Balanced”. 😉

  3. jonkillough Says:

    Yes, and my shit smells like lilacs.

  4. J.R. Bookwalter Says:

    It’s true! As many times as he’s shit on me, I always came out of it smelling like lilacs. 😉

  5. jonkillough Says:

    Ha!