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  •  Your Auto Industry Analysis is Simplistic (3+ / 0-)
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    Certainly, the quality of domestic cars was poor during the 1970s and 1980s.  But for years now, Ford and GM have matched or exceeded the quality of other companies.  Just look at the quality surveys and see how many Car of the Year awards Ford now wins.  Perception, of course, is tough to change.

    But one of the MAJOR problems with the domestic auto industry is that these companies actually stood behind their pension and health care plans while other American companies ditched them through bankruptcy and other means.

    And, of course, other companies didn't have these legacy costs because they were relatively new entrants to the U.S. car market.

    So, a lot of the problem was the absolutely broken nature of America's pension and health care system.

    And instead of solutions from Washington, all that the workers in America's factories got were increasingly Scrooge-like 401k plans and bare-bones health coverage - or none at all.  And they got trade laws that allowed for more foreign competition and right-to-work laws in lots of states that eviscerated the power of unions that represented them.

    And, of course, the auto industry has always been boom-and-bust.  People don't buy cars when times are tough.  And when the banks crashed, people stopped buying cars at the exact wrong moment.

    Here's the point:  Dingell has stood by pensions, good health care, fair trade and responsible banking laws for longer than many representatives have been alive.

    And while many Democrats have abandoned working class voters, Dingell has stood firm on his core principles.

    by DingellDem on Sat Feb 20, 2010 at 02:47:16 PM PST

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    •  My definition of quality for some time has been (0+ / 0-)

      delivery of safety and performance in the service of consistently and appreciably reducing carbon emissions.  The writing has been on the wall for over a generation about the need for this, and our auto sector (and Dingell) went the other way, with compounded disastrous results.

      This, really, is what I find disqualifying.  (And I appreciate your points on pensions and trade... I wasn't trying to be simplistic, just brief.)

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