So killing GM along with the UAW is acceptable? According to one poster, 7 of 10 GM cars are imported (I know, that's totally wrong, but around 500,000 cars/trucks ARE imported (CYTD 2.35 million sold in the U.S., 1.87 million produced in the U.S.).
P.S. I own a Cadillac XTS made in Oshawa, Ontario...great car (although CAW, I don't know if you distinguish between the two), and my wife has a Cadillac SRX made in Ramos Arizpe, Mexico. Also a pretty nice crossover. The SRX replaced a Buick Enclave (Lansing, MI) which I think I liked more.
Time to bring back what Pat Buchcanan said, because web wtill doesn't get it.
Who killed the U.S. auto industry?
To hear the media tell it, arrogant corporate chiefs failed to foresee
the demand for small, fuel-efficient cars and made gas-guzzling road-hog
SUVs no one wanted, while the clever, far-sighted Japanese, Germans and
Koreans prepared and built for the future.
I dissent. What killed Detroit was Washington, the government of the
United States, politicians, journalists and muckrakers who have long
harbored a deep animus against the manufacturing class that ran the
smokestack industries that won World War II.
As far back as the 1950s, an intellectual elite that produces mostly
methane had its knives out for the auto industry of which Ike's treasury
secretary, ex-GM chief Charles Wilson, had boasted, "What's good for America
is good for General Motors, and vice versa."
"Engine Charlie" was relentlessly mocked, even in Al Capp's L'il Abner
cartoon strip, where a bloviating "General Bullmoose" had as his motto,
"What's good for Bullmoose is good for America!"
How did Big Government do in the U.S. auto industry?
Washington imposed a minimum wage higher than the average wage in
war-devastated Germany and Japan. The Feds ordered that U.S. plants be made
the healthiest and safest worksites in the world, creating OSHA to see to
it. It enacted civil rights laws to ensure the labor force reflected our
diversity. Environmental laws came next, to ensure U.S. factories became the
most pollution-free on earth.
It then clamped fuel efficiency standards on the entire U.S. car
Next, Washington imposed a corporate tax rate of 35 percent, raking
off another 15 percent of autoworkers' wages in Social Security payroll
State governments imposed income and sales taxes, and local
governments property taxes to subsidize services and schools.
The United Auto Workers struck repeatedly to win the highest wages and
most generous benefits on earth -- vacations, holidays, work breaks, health
care, pensions -- for workers and their families, and retirees.
Now there is nothing wrong with making U.S. plants the cleanest and
safest on earth or having U.S. autoworkers the highest-paid wage earners.
That is the dream, what we all wanted for America.
And under the 14th Amendment, GM, Ford and Chrysler had to obey the
same U.S. laws and pay at the same tax rates. Outside the United States,
however, there was and is no equality of standards or taxes.
Thus when America was thrust into the Global Economy, GM and Ford had
to compete with cars made overseas in factories in postwar Japan and
Germany, then Korea, where health and safety standards were much lower,
wages were a fraction of those paid U.S. workers, and taxes were and are
often forgiven on exports to the United States.
All three nations built "export-driven" economies.
The Beetle and early Japanese imports were made in factories where
wages were far beneath U.S. wages and working conditions would have gotten
U.S. auto executives sent to prison.
The competition was manifestly unfair, like forcing Secretariat to
carry 100 pounds in his saddlebags in the Derby.