January 31, 2009
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Posted by: funky chicken at January 31, 2009 02:06 PM (xyyHG)
Posted by: DrewM. at January 31, 2009 02:09 PM (hlYel)
"We'll help lower mortgage costs and extend loans to small businesses so they can create jobs."Obama did not give specifics about the plan but said he would work with both parties to ensure a strong stimulus bill.
Why give specifics? Barry can do it all with his magical powers.
Posted by: TheQuietMan at January 31, 2009 02:11 PM (OCJ/T)
Posted by: Jimmy at January 31, 2009 02:14 PM (/Ft4q)
Just an idea.
Posted by: shibumi at January 31, 2009 02:32 PM (tZB/c)
It's no surprise the automakers are moving assembly plants out of country. There's no way for them to survive in the States. Too bad they're getting any of my $$ though.
Washington blew it. They could have all but broke the unions in December. Now Obama has them in the Whitehouse.
I see the end game being GM and Chrysler nationalized. Making whatever vehicles Washington wants them to. No matter how ridiculous those cars may be.
Hang in there Ford.... you're the only hope for the auto industry as we know it....
Posted by: ToddK at January 31, 2009 02:34 PM (8enMS)
What's the big deal? It's good to be nice and smooth front and back.
Ohhhh. You dont mean Brazilian...
Posted by: Barack Barry Hussein Soetero Obama Dunham Fuckhead bastard spawn of a white whore. at January 31, 2009 02:42 PM (cW5v7)
Posted by: Harry at January 31, 2009 02:46 PM (RxSlU)
Posted by: Jubal Anderson Early at January 31, 2009 02:47 PM (krKUp)
Posted by: Hmmmm at January 31, 2009 02:47 PM (zplc6)
Just an idea.
Posted by: shibumi
Low-level salaried GM employee & MI resident here - I think you're right: It's their only hope to escape the Unidentified Alien Workforce (as we salary & contract types like to call them).
Posted by: iamfelix at January 31, 2009 02:49 PM (Yjjkc)
Because GM's #1 problem is trying to make cars in America with an American workforce (and voting population) that thinks that they can expect to get lavish pensions, stupid-high salaries and benefits packages buttressed by unions whose overhead adds some $2k to each car.
Either give GM the money and let them do what they want with it, or don't give them them money. This third way of "you better make this money give me a shoe shine and 10,000 new jobs" B.S. isn't going to work. Either you think they're' smart enough to give them 30 billions dollars to magically make everything better, or you're a fucking moron for giving them 30 billion dollars.
Posted by: spmat at January 31, 2009 03:07 PM (5K7Qj)
Posted by: Chas at January 31, 2009 03:16 PM (1XTjz)
Posted by: Scrapiron at January 31, 2009 03:57 PM (XWJh5)
I resurrect my idea of a few weeks ago for a line of bumper stickers to slap on any Obama-sticker-bearing foreign car.
Posted by: North Dallas Thirty at January 31, 2009 04:32 PM (SFs3T)
Posted by: kbdabear at January 31, 2009 06:14 PM (miw86)
Wait, so you're telling me that GM is taking the money given to them by the U.S. government and using it to invest in countries that have better business environments?
Wow, it's almost as if it would have made more sense to create a better business environment right here rather than give them handouts.
But what do I know? I was never a community organizer, so this stuff is way over my head.
Posted by: Jason at January 31, 2009 07:43 PM (sV0Yw)
Posted by: red speck at February 01, 2009 08:18 AM (6RSWl)
Posted by: Plinko at February 01, 2009 09:50 AM (AyPEO)
Posted by: CoolCzech at February 01, 2009 05:43 PM (iafWn)
Posted by: lace wigs at February 01, 2009 10:53 PM (mQXlB)
1- fawgit ´bout nationalization . Brazil is no Venezuela, It´s much larger and it is the second economy in the hemisphere, before Canada. If Brazil starts nationalizing US companies, dude, there´s more US green backs at stake than Irak. Guess the size of the sh...! And Brazilians like Americans. Antiamericanism here sounds as dumb as copycating Americans. We see ourselves like the "poor" Americans ( but that throw better parties, and have better bbq's!)
2- Never read in any paper here about bailout monies coming down south. What we have heard is the GM will use local money for its investments. And, yepo they are profitable here, but only inthelast few years, before that they were always crying and complaining. Poor thing!
3- Most Brazilian cars are small,with small engines, European stile. No chance of succes in the US. Unless you live in New York and know that any chance of driving above 10mph is a blessing!
4- At the moment Brazil is the 4th largest creditor of the US, so there is more risk of Brazil losing money in the US than the US in Brazil. Sad but true!
5- If you have dumb politicians and outright corrupts up there, down here we have a bunch of them, but less sofisticated and even dumber ( kinda like Dan Quayle on steroids!)
6- In times like these, everyone is invited to a caipirinha down here, where the chats are long and the bikinis are very, very small...
Posted by: theguy down south at February 02, 2009 03:35 AM (mXNg7)
Posted by: Do Tell Me at February 02, 2009 02:11 PM (ljDa1)
Maybe Obama is a bigger genius than we thought. Instead of bailing out just America, he's gonna bail out the entire world!
On the other hand, maybe this is an incredibly cunning way to cripple Brazil from ever being a competitor with America by exporting GM's carmaking methodology directly to them.
Posted by: Tantor at February 03, 2009 12:31 PM (NA0pO)
Currently Brazilian cars consume less gasoline, most run on ethanol and/or gas as they are flex fuel, and are less polutant than US made ones. In other words, GM produces abroad what they don´t want to sell in the US. So if they simply exported Brazilian carmaking methodology to their US plants... Meanwhile they keep on the blah blah on fuel efficient cars and electric cars ( which will have to run on Lithium batteries with Lithium from Bolivia, a truly messy leftist backwards, antiamerican, anti you name it, country...) while they could today be selling those models in the US, if they wanted. But oops, they´d have to launch new models, change production lines and dump some of their best selling gas gushers. Guess what, they prefer to keep on telling the joke that US made cars are competitive... not anymore. Sorry to say that, but the world buys European models, no matter if the maker is GM or Chana ( a Chinese maker).
Posted by: theguy down south at February 04, 2009 03:41 AM (mXNg7)
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