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This is a response to the comments on my previous Diary talking about the Ewing interview on CSPAN discussing Detropia.

Ah yes, I have not liked American Cars for a long time. Lately I realize much more clearly how important it is to buy American. I am not a flag pin person I just believe we have to promote local and American businesses for economic as well as environmental reasons. But when it comes to my car and how I feel on the road...I trust my life to Toyota. I don't feel comfortable driving an American car. They are usually built for taller people than myself. Now I know Toyota has had some issues but overall the various Toyota cars I have had have been good to me.  I have been just as frustrated and disillutioned as the next person about the quality and the type of American cars produced over the last 40 years.

However, when listening to the Ewing interview, I felt I was listening to Jim Leher or CNN when Ewing indicated that all sides made mistakes. I know she wants to be objective and fair and balanced, but to detail the "bloat" that Auto workers were receiving and then casually and briefly mentioning the managers/owners short commings did not feel right. The decline of the Auto Industry is not about bloated workers benefits and should not have been hardly mentioned especially with examples. It just feeds into the Right Wing's propaganda that Union workers were over paid. The decline of the Auto Industry is about the owners, CEOs, and boards of the Auto Corporations.

Then Ewing remarks about "another bailout". As if she is openly wondering whether rescuing Detroit is worth it.  The Polish people never wondered if it was worth it to rebuild Warsaw brick by brick after WWII. The decline of Detroit is about Regan's economic policies that have carried forward to through the Presidential Administrations of the last 30 years. The constant mantra to shrink government and therefore ignore the care and feeding of the commons has hit all of our cities. Detroit has simply received a double whammy between the loss of manufacturing and the loss of public spending maintaing the commons. German workers have many benefits and are well paid and we don't hear that they are bankrupting their companies. Even today the corporations are making good profits and yet they are pulling all sorts of shinanigans to make sure workers are paid as little as possible.

Now one possibility that comes to mind is that by Ewing framming things with a very neutral "centrist" perspective maybe more people will watch Detropia and give it a good listen. I do want all political persuations to watch this film. But then someone out there must follow up with the "rest of the story". We need FDR style projects to bring our infrastructure  into the 21st century. We need a REAL New Deal for all of our citizens that gives real help while smartly avoiding government programs' mistakes of the past.

This is where my heart is.....

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    A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself. Joseph Campbell........... Justice is what love looks like in public - Cornel West/MLK

    by leftinhamlet on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 02:43:25 AM PST

  •  For taller people is exactly why we buy American (0+ / 0-)

    My husband got into a Toy and his knees (with the seat all the way back) rested against the dash. Hit a bump and he is knee-capped. There are American cars that he has the same problem with. Saturn he can not even get intom without being a contortionist.

    Personally I think the damage to the industry was decisions to NOT increase mileage, effciency and reliability deriving from CEO thinking that simply worries about this years bottom line. It wasn't the workers at all... They produced. CEOs from countries with less huge car companies simply were trying to get market share by going a different route. Doesn't mean thier product had any intrinsic qualities and no draw backs if the CEOs didn't start cheaping out to make more profits. Those are managements decisions not the worker productivity. Blaming the workers getting a fair protion of profits is simply trying to increase thier own share to the point workers can't buy thier product which  is tunnel vision and ultimately fatal.

    For all the years since the late 70s when gas prices exploded I have asked "what the MPG?" and dealers looked at me like I was a peach pit... You know "yuck, whats this?"  Then they would tell me that the vehicle got great mileage.....DUH low 20s is great mileage? In all the years since then we could have been reducing carbon footprint and smog and ... by increasing mileage and efficiency without knee-capping tall people. But seriously I wouldn't own a Toy or a Kia or ...  I like not loading my husband into a handicap van because a car crippled him (not a car accident but the car design)

    How can you tell when Rmoney is lying? His lips are moving. Fear is the Mind Killer

    by boophus on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 05:07:27 AM PST

    •  CEO DECISIONS AND GREED (0+ / 0-)

      Thanks for the comment....yes I am very short and I agree that I could never figure out why there was not better MPG in American cars. however, the road feel of American cars is different. I feel more confident with the "road management" character of the Japanese cars I have owned over the years. Maybe it's just what I have become used to.

      Yes, its not the workers but management. I believe the Government should have really taken the car companies over, allowed the workers to fully participate in the renewal process and make sure they had a living wage for it. Then released the company back to the private sector as an employee owned company with a publically elected board overseeing the new company.

      I am not sure I have good detailed solutions here but I think the auto industry bail out could have been designed in more of a FDR style rescue for the workers and local economies.

      A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself. Joseph Campbell........... Justice is what love looks like in public - Cornel West/MLK

      by leftinhamlet on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 03:13:31 AM PST

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