It could be worse...

  • Article by: Scott Gillespie
  • Updated: December 5, 2008 - 4:12 PM

Sure, Minnesota's economy is in the tank, but be thankful we don't live in Michigan.The plight of the auto industry prompted the Detroit Free Press to publish a Page 1 editorial today pleading for a bailout from the taxpayers. Here's my favorite line: "No one here is enthused about the idea of extending government money to a private industry with so many self-inflicted wounds. But the automakers deserve credit for real gains, including products on par with their world rivals and plants that operate among the best in the business.'' Really? Those are the products we're not buying in sufficient numbers to keep the companies in business without a huge assist from the federal government, correct? Interesting argument.

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mazdarulesDec. 5, 08 4:04 PM

I personally could care less if the big 3 go under because it has no impact on my life, I'll just buy a foreign car. The UAW is the big problem because they require higher pay then other car companies. GM pays their factory worker $73/hour when benefits are included. I'm sorry but not factory grunt is worth that much per hour. I probably make half of that with benefits and my job is alot harder than using a screwgun in a car plant.

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chemjohnsonDec. 5, 08 4:35 PM

"It could be worse" is something that I always tell myself. And, because I do I never live my life like the current times are permanent. That is, I live within my means. I ask myself, could I pay my bills if I were to lose my job and have to get something that pays less. The answer for me is yes. For most people it is not. They live a lifestyle that locks them into their current pay scale. When times like this come they have a hard time. Don't get me wrong, I don't live like a monk. It really is about debt, not how much you spend. Spend all you want in fact, just wait until you have the money. I'll be turning 50 this spring, my house is payed for, I have way to many vehicles, and I am just looking for investments. I might start a business (with cash), we'll see. I may just retire early, real early. You see, when you don't pay 8-20 percent extra on everything you buy (although you have to with a house but then that usually 6%) you end up with a lot left over. It does help the poor oold rich folks who told the rest of you that debt was good. I am sure glad you all are so patriotic and drove the economy to it's current glorious condition. Well done all.

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a1batrossDec. 5, 08 7:33 PM

Honestly, folks, it's looking more and more like the former Soviet Union around here. When America collapses into a collection of smaller nations (such as the Republic of Texas and Sarahlaska) there are a lot of people who are rich now and will become ruling royalty in these new nations (again, as happened in places like Georgia and Russia). Naomi Klein's 'Shock Doctrine' explains how the rich become richer by fostering disaster - collapsing America is simply the logical conclusion to this process.

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iamcatholicDec. 5, 08 8:55 PM

yep, it could always be worse, no matter how bad it gets, it can always be worse. takes some people awhile to figure that out.

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carnivoreDec. 5, 0810:52 PM

My first summer job out of high school was in a General Motors plant, but I'm glad now I didn't make a career there. That's not why I'm commenting, though. Just wanted to report that someone advised me last year, "Cheer up. Things could be worse." So I cheered up, and sure enoughh, things got worse. By the way -- Say, Chemjohnson, do you think the smug negativity is necessary? Maybe you could spend some of your surplus going back to school to learn spelling and punctuation ("my house is payed for, I have way to many vehicles"). Oh, well -- seems like any time you get more than four comments deep in one of these threads, the commenters turn to attacks on each other. Sorry I'm no different. It does seem like the right-wing nuts exhibit the worst deficiencies in the use of English. Do they all flunk out of school or just quit paying attention?

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iluvminnDec. 6, 08 5:49 AM

About 15 years ago my child was diagnosed with cancer. Today she is beautiful. America can cure a totally misguided economy, too. What a bunch of pigs we've become with highways, cars, shopping malls, big houses everywhere. Christmas is the season of rebirth. God forgive and again bless America.

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markovDec. 6, 08 8:02 AM

The auto industry will go through what our US Steel industry did in the 70's. Either modernize and compete with the world or close.

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allarson73Dec. 6, 08 2:37 PM

We have it better than 90% of the world. Your chances of being born and living in American are terrible so you can count yourself as one of the lucky ones already. Our lagging economy will devastate already devastated third world countries. A reduction in production means less food for starving, poor children. I don't mind asking for God's blessing but come on, we continue to be the most blessed above all others. I am not suggesting I have reconciled my feelings through action, I am just pointing out how incredibly lucky we are in the grand scheme of things.

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