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Excellent,blunt, honest reporting.The kind Minnesta politicans of both parties close their eyes to!
Don't worry! Obama and the Democrats have a plan to save American manufacturing: higher taxes. That's right. Higher taxes which reduce the amount of money after taxes that businesses have and which reduce the rate of return from investment will spur more investment and job creation, according to the Democratic Party. Let's not forget the unions are also helping to create jobs for themselves by constantly demanding higher wages, benefits, and life-long pensions. Nevermind the fact that it was the way above market union wages, benefits, and pensions which bankrupted the auto industry in the first place. The auto workers union just negotiated more pay for themselves practically guaranteeing another bankruptcy a decade or two from now.
"The plant was regarded as the most productive midsize truck plant in North America, requiring 19.06 labor hours per vehicle compared with the segment average of 20.33 hours per vehicle, according to the 2008 Harbour Report."So, it would seem that there is less than $1000.00 labor in each vehicle. Even if they cut the workers salaries and benefits in half, it would save only 500 bucks!!!!!The problem, obviously, lies elsewhere!!!!!
"The state's manufacturing payroll is 25 percent smaller than it was in 2000."
Yet by comparison Id suspect you'd find the state's production of high demand dancers and prancers, clay pushers and paint throwers, and video game "artists" is UP by hundreds of percent.
One thing that can't be fixed is geography. We are remote from the center of gravity of auto parts manufacturers. A truck delivering parts has a extra day of driving compared to most other plants. That cost gets added into the final product.
These politicians and bigwigs of the Ford company must think that we are all dumb. Over and over again they would announce that the plant was closing. This would happen when a Governor at the time needed a bounce. Then the announcement would come that the governor or mayor had struck a deal with Ford to keep it open. How many times did we see the headline "thousands of Jobs were saved today with an announcements of "new concessions". DUH! The same thing happened with Northwest Airlines. It was a matter of time before it was over. Dayton couldn't use the ploy because it had run out of impact. Goodbye Ford and Goodbye (I hope) Vikings).
I bought a new Ranger in 2005. So, in some way, I helped save some jobs for a short time. Unfortunately, what I got from my fellow Minnesotans was a pile of scrap. A lemon. Pure trash. Multiple design and manufacturing defects. I didn't have another 20,000 laying around to give Ford another chance. You guys already got my money. Welcome to unemployment.
Another matter that no one has talked of. The cars are selling right now, but it is not because the American people want to buy new cars/trucks. They have to, because their vehicle's have become so old and beaten up that they had to lease or buy a car. Do not look for a big jump in sales because people just do not have the money to do it. When I was buying new cars/trucks it would only take about 3 years to buy a new one and then most people would go out and buy another one. That was back in the 70's and 80's. Just about the time that the American people stopped receiving any real raises. Now, it will take a person to spend 7 years or more to pay off a new car/truck. Most people just cannot do it any more. And those 16 percent umemployed people will not buy one vehicle at all! Just something to chew on.
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