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    And the truth is -- it has nothing to do with unions OR the automakers. The same US robber-barrons that ripped up our nation's light rail systems in the early 1900s dictated automotive design starting in 1984.

    The disgraceful corruption of putting car bodies on truck frames (SUVs) for the sole purpose of wasting gasoline (since vehicles with truck frames have no emission standards) was utterly depraved.

    Clearly, the oil companies have had their way (and their profits). If there were still anti-trust laws in America -- the oil companies would be bailing out the big three and fully funding the union's pensions.

    Meanwhile, GM and Ford currently build cars all over the world for nations who have had strict emission and fuel-use controls and alternate fuel hybrid requirements.

    Too bad it's prohibited to import the cars they make for sane markets back into the United States. On the other hand, that would not solve the problem for American workers.

    Those Ford and GM plants could be duplicated here effortlessly. They own the successful technology already, after all.

    I'm compelled to agree with the Diarist. On principle.

    In reality, the US market will not be able to afford to support the industry for many years to come. Yet, the money is better spent from the bottom-up among American workers than top-down, bailing out hedge-fund millionaires with off-shore bank accounts.

    The problems we face today cannot be solved by the minds that created them.

    by Pluto on Mon Dec 01, 2008 at 02:30:10 AM PST

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