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By CaptBilly1Eye ·
Today, I finished reading another depressing article on a Chrysler Franchise Yanking.
http://www.rr.com/home/home/article/rr/9000/8043500/End_of_road_for_4-generation_Chrysler_dealer/1

Perhaps I'm more 'tuned in' because of my 20+ years in the automotive industry or because I lived in Detroit for nearly that long. It just seems to me that we are heading down a very dark road that will ultimately be painfully felt by all of us.

The job losses and future higher taxes should be obvious, but the more insidious and frightening thing to me is the idea that it is now acceptable for a company to ignore legal agreements with private business owners and for our government to back such an action. Like the franchise owner in the article, I too hold the government just as responsible as the company - if not more.

The domino effect that results from the recent events with Chrysler and soon to unfold with General Motors (or should I say Government Motors?) will surely prolong the Recession and end up hitting us all squarely in the wallet.
This will happen due to the great impact the loss of these hundreds of dealerships will have on not only all those employed there, their customer base, other local businesses they do business with, but also on the huge loss of tax revenue for the cities where they reside. The latter seems to have escaped the media and most people.

On that note, be aware social programs that rely on tax revenue never go away. If the taxes they depend on dwindle, the standard course is to find other sources to tap into - other goods and/or services to tax or raising existing rates. Lately, the avenue seems to be heading toward new 'creative' ways to add tax revenue. (see: new Sin Taxes, the proposed VAT tax, the EPA's suggested Cow Fart Tax, etc.)

Even though we may not be directly employed by one of the effected dealerships or the automotive industry, like it or not, that industry is deeply intertwined with our economy. I can't help but believe that the ripple felt by a few now will be the tsunami that hits our own companies and us all in the next few years.

For now, I empathize with those many friends I left behind in Michigan that will soon be out of work. They will soon join the ranks of many other friends that are now laid off - most of whom have been out of work for over six months. I don't see their world getting any brighter in the near future. ...specially when we have a government that seems ****-bent on reducing jobs rather than increasing them. But that's just my opinion.

Does anyone see some type of positive side to this they can share? I could use a 'silver lining.'

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[edited for dang-burn typos]

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That is what the dealers get

by jdclyde In reply to Dark Roads Ahead

for being hard working families instead of union members. You will notice that is the one group that The Obama is not expecting to take major cuts. Payback for the blind lock-step loyalty, huh?

Yet no one is willing to stand up and tell The Obama that this is NOT the change and hope they voted for?

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I'm curious...

by CaptBilly1Eye In reply to That is what the dealers ...

...how many BO supporters now deeply regret their vote.

I can't help thinking more and more will in the next three years.

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The big problem is

by jdclyde In reply to I'm curious...

I don't think most of them CAN be honest enough to admit what a mistake it was.

Both because of the total refusal to look honestly at The Obama as a man and his history, as well as buying into something as stupid as bumpersticker slogans of the empty hope and change that were promised by this snakeoil salesman.

Just because he is HALF black is not a valid reason to vote for or against him. Gender was/is just as stupid of a reason to vote for or against someone. To bad that was all the Democrat party had to offer, first female or first half-black man. Big fricken woop.

Then again, if the Republicans would have put up a REAL candidate it would have made a difference.

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They were and still are in love with a dream

by AV . In reply to The big problem is

Change you can believe in. It was even futile for the Clintons to burst that bubble. The Republicans blew it even though their ideas on the economy and healthcare were better, IMO. They didn't have a rock star candidate and they had Bush baggage.

Mitt Romney would have been the better choice for Republicans, but hindsight is always 20-20 vision.

AV

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Were in love with a dream, now pride keeps from admitting mistakes

by jdclyde In reply to They were and still are i ...

And yes, McCain was a big mistake, hand chosen by the media. i did not vote for him, as he was liberal-lite.

It is a shame how big business news has learned to control the mindless masses, to get the President they wished for.

Now we all are going to pay.

Nuke war a real possibility for the first time in MY lifetime? Yeah, maybe if we just try to understand them they will be nice to us? How stupid. Say it is alright for Iran to have nuke power, but chastise Israel for making houses. Nice perspective.

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Excellent post!

by JackOfAllTech In reply to Were in love with a dream ...

Very well said.

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Be careful what you wish for

by AV . In reply to Were in love with a dream ...

You better believe we are all going to pay dearly for Obama's big plans. Someone's gotta pay for universal healthcare and its not just the wealthy.

The media just has a love affair with the Obamas. Its Camelot all over again. The Whitehouse has a new puppy and a garden. How sweet, but our country is in deep s*t.

The possibility is definitely there for a nuke war in our lifetime. I don't think the US would ever use our nukes, but Iran or North Korea might use theirs. Its not going to be pretty if that happens.

AV

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Possible bright side

by TonytheTiger In reply to Dark Roads Ahead

Maybe people will wake up!

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Good point

by CaptBilly1Eye In reply to Possible bright side

If what comes of this is a more aware voting public that has a deeper awareness of how we are all interdependent and that when someone 'gets' others have to 'give,' then there may be a benefit. I hope we're not wishful thinking and I hope the cost doesn't cause permanent damage.

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From way out in left field.

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to Dark Roads Ahead

I dearly hope that the coming darkness is dark enough to bring people back to recognizing what I call 'the immediate' without dragging us to **** on earth.

Much as I enjoy technology, it's brought us to a point that is dangerous to us in 'the immediate'. Ignore, for the moment, the (probable) fact that a (probable) majority of Americans may well no longer know how to survive without the marvelous accoutrement that is technology. A significant number, if not majority, of Americans live in areas where they haven't the space to do what is necessary for survival in 'the immediate'.

Postage stamp lots for those who do manage to own a single-family dwelling. Condo dwellers haven't even that.

Urban/suburban dwellers more than likely aren't allowed deep wells, never mind that electricity over which they have no control powers them. I could rant on, but I think my point is made. A God-awful dependency trap is in place.

Optimistically, we come through what is coming having learned our lesson. We revive ways of living in 'the immediate'. We lose our reliance on technology, without losing our capacity to enjoy it. But this requires a significant paradigm shift.

Historically, we don't learn from our mistakes.

Aren't you glad I answered?

etu < sighs >

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