The late 70's and 80"s caused Detroit's problems eh? The SAME TIME Nisson was building a HUGE auto plant in Tennessee that is still today quite successful. I guess for YOU that makes sense.Letís begin with what really killed Detroit! Inflation and a very weak Yen!!!!!!!! Why did we have inflation in the late seventies and eighties.......bad monetary policy. Detroit had to use lessor quality materials to manufacture its cars. Japan on the other hand could sell a car in America for 1/3 less the cost, because of this bad monetary policy and free trade with Japan. And the American public felt slighted by American auto companies, so for years all you heard was how much better Japanese cars were compared to Ford, GM and Chrysler and that was true but not because they wanted it so. So in an effort to make better cars with high material cost and less market share, the US auto plants move much of their manufacturing to Mexico where wages are much lower than our minimum wage. But trust had been lost by the consumer and it has taken until this decade for that trust to be regained. However, the silver-lining is we have some really well made American cars now, but getting here bankrupted the auto industry in America.
Now these politicians that oppose collective barging want you to believe that union wages is what killed Detroit and it is a big- big-fu#$ing lie! But from that bad government policy that resulted from tax payers not wanting to pay for the war in Vietnam and the printing of money to pay for it, the auto industry in America was damaged almost beyond repair. Now like all politicians, no accountability for the damage they caused and letís blame it on someone else....and the easy target was the working man and the unions that represent him. So the unions got smeared with the same lack of trust as the US automotive industry did...and the consumer blamed them!!!
Now let turn this to our advantage, lets bust the unions and how better to do that than play the blame game for all the ills in America when the pain that folks were experiencing was the pain of deflation, and let have a new hero Ronald Regan and the republicans. Now letís not forget how he eased the pain, fiscal spending with borrowed money. Now what happened next is interest finally went down and companies began to spend and Clinton looked like a hero as the economy roared. But then came 911 and industry saw another opportunityÖ.war and the spending continued and because of the prosperity of the nineties money was easy and higher wages came not from the employer but from the appreciation of the house and the ability to borrow equity at low interest rates.
Now who caught the blame for the bad before was the unions and remember how good that worked. I hope Americans can see that they have been sold a pile of goods and realize that as a whole they are better than one as opposed to the boot-strap bull sh%t they have been being fed!!!!
PS I like your language. It gets more attention than your logic. In fact as it should.