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    Default 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.

    Dear Employee,
    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.

    Troy Clarke
    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 about the
    electricians who walk around the plants like lords in feudal times, making
    people wait on them for countless hours while they drag 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."

    When the one you love becomes a memory, that memory becomes a treasure.

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    What the hell has Detroit been doing for the last 40 years? Did we really
    JUST wake up to the gaps in quality and efficiency between us and them?

    The K car vs. the Accord?

    The Pinto vs. the Civic?!?

    Do I need to go on? We are living through the inevitable outcome of the
    actions of the United States auto industry for decades. Time to pay for
    your sins, Detroit .

    I attended an economic summit last week where a brilliant economist, Alan
    Beaulieu surprised the crowd when he said he would not have given the
    banks a penny of "bailout money". Yes, he said, this would cause short term
    problems, but despite what people like George Bush and Troy Clark would
    have us believe, the sun would, in fact, rise the next day... and something
    else would happen...where there had been greedy and sloppy banks, new
    efficient ones would pop up...that is how a free market system works.
    It does work...if we would let it work!

    But for some reason we are now deciding that the rest of the world
    is right and that capitalism doesn't work - that we need the government
    to step in and "save us"! Save us, hell! We're nationalizing...and
    unfortunately too many of this once fine nation's citizens don't even have
    a clue that this is what's really happening...but they sure can tell you
    the stats on their favorite sports teams...yeah - THAT'S important...

    Does it occur to ANYONE that the "competition" has been producing vehicles,
    EXTREMELY PROFITABLY, for decades now in this country?

    How can that be? Let's see... Fuel efficient... Listening to customers...
    Investing in the proper tooling and automation for the long haul...

    Not being too complacent or arrogant to listen to Dr. W. Edwards Deming
    4 decades ago. Ever increased productivity through quality, lean and six
    sigma plans... Treating vendors like strategic partners, rather than like
    "the enemy"... Efficient front and back offices... Non union environment...

    Again, I could go on and on, but I really wouldn't be telling anyone
    anything they really don't already know in their hearts.

    I have six children, so I am not unfamiliar with the concept of wanting
    someone to bail you out of a mess that you have gotten yourself into
    - my children do this on a weekly, if not daily basis, as I did at their age.

    I do for them what my parents did for me ( one of their greatest gifts, by
    the way) - I make them stand on their own two feet and accept
    the consequences of their actions and work them through.

    Radical concept, huh? Am I there for them in the wings? Of course -
    but only until such time as they need to be fully on their own as adults
    I don't want to oversimplify a complex situation, but there certainly
    are unmistakable parallels here between the proper role of parenting and

    Detroit and the United States need to pay for their sins. Bad news people.
    It's coming whether we like it or not! The newly elected Messiah really
    doesn't have a magic wand big enough to "make it all go away".
    I laughed as I heard Obama "reeling it back in" almost immediately
    after the vote count was tallied..."we might not do it in a year...
    or in four..." where was that kind of talk when he was RUNNING for the
    office?Stop trying to put off the inevitable. That house in Florida really isn't worth
    $750,000. People who jump across a border really don't deserve free
    health care benefits. That job driving that forklift for the big 3 really isn't
    worth $85,000 a year.

    That couple whose combined income is less than $50,000 really shouldn't
    be living in that $485,000 home.

    Let the market correct itself people. It will. Yes, it will be painful,
    but it's gonna be painful either way, and the bright side of my proposal
    is that on the other side of it is a nation that appreciates what it has,
    and doesn't live beyond its means...and gets back to basics...and
    redevelops the work ethic that made it the greatest nation in the history
    of the world...and probably turns back to God.

    Sorry - don't cut my head off, I'm just the messenger sharing
    with you the "bad news"

    Gregory J. Knox

    Knox Machinery, Inc.
    Franklin , Ohio 45005
    When the one you love becomes a memory, that memory becomes a treasure.

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