Bailout food for thought...Part 1
An abridged letter from Troy Clarke, President of General Motors
- followed by a response from Gregory Knox, President of Knox Machinery, a
manufacturer of precision machine tools which supplies the auto industry.
Next week, Congress and the current Administration will
determine whether to provide immediate support to the domestic auto
industry to help it through one of the most difficult economic times in
our nation's history.
Your elected officials must hear from all of us now on why
this support is critical to our continuing the progress we began prior to
the global financial crisis......................As an employee, you have
a lot at stake and continue to be one of our most effective and
passionate voices. I know GM can count on you to have your voice
Thank you for your urgent action and ongoing support.
General Motors North America
From Gregory Knox,
In response to your request to call legislators and ask
for a bailout for the United States automakers please consider the
following, and please also pass this onto Troy Clark, the president of
General Motors North America for me.
You are both infected with the same entitlement mentality that has
bred like cancerous germs in UAW halls for the last countless
decades, and whose plague is now sweeping the nation, awaiting our new
"messiah" to wave his magical wand and make all our problems go away,
while at the same time allowing our once great nation to keep "living the
The dream is over!
The dream that we can ignore the consumer for years
while management myopically focuses on its personal rewards packages
at the same time that our factories have been filled with the world's
most overpaid, arrogant, ignorant and laziest entitlement-minded
"laborers", without paying the price for these atrocities...and that still
the masses will line up to buy our products.
Don't tell me I'm wrong. Don't accuse me of not knowing of what I
speak. I have called on Ford,GM ,Chrysler,TRW, Delphi ,Kelsey
Hayes, American Axle and countless other automotive OEM's and Tier
ones for 3 decades now throughout the Midwest and what I've seen, over the
years in these union shops, can only be described as disgusting.
Mr. Clark, the president of General Motors, states: "There is
widespread sentiment in this country, our government and
especially in the media that the current crisis is completely the result of
bad management. It is not..."
You're right - it's not JUST management...how about the
electricians who walk around the plants like lords in feudal times, making
people wait on them for countless hours while they drag ass...so they can
come in on the weekend and make double and triple time...for a job they
easily could have done within their normal 40 hour week.
How about the line workers who threaten newbies with all kinds of
scare tactics...for putting out too many parts on a shift...and
for being too productive (mustn't expose the lazy bums who have been
getting overpaid for decades for their horrific underproduction, must we?!?)
Do you really not know about this stuff?!? How about this great sentiment
abridged from Mr. Clarke's sad plea: "over the last few years ...we have
closed the quality and efficiency gaps with our competitors."