Saturday, June 6, 2009

Detroit Goes Bankrupt, with Guest Blogger Jim



Just a quick hitter here.

This past week GM announced their bankruptcy. Two months ago, Super B said he had no interest in running the company. Then he fired GM CEO Rick Wagoner, and replaced him with Fritz Henderson. This is obviously a person easily controlled, because he agreed with Super B during a news conference this week on CAFE standards, and stood placidly by as Super B said that the " federal government would refrain from exercising its rights as a shareholder in all but the most fundamental corporate decisions. When a difficult decision has to be made on matters like where to open a new plant or what type of new car to make, the new GM, not the United States government, will make that decision."


Somebody refresh my memory. Doesn’t fundamental mean basic? So we're not going to be responsible for the major fuck ups, but we will micro-manage the shit out of you. That is what this statement says to me, as I read between the lines.

I found it interesting what Super B said next, as he spoke about soon-to-be-unemployed auto industry workers:
"I know you've already seen more than your fair share of hard times. We saw 400,000 jobs lost in the auto industry in the year before this restructuring even began. I will not pretend the hard times are over. Difficult days lie ahead. More jobs will be lost. More plants will close. More dealerships will shut their doors, and so will many parts suppliers. But I want you to know that what you're doing is making a sacrifice for the next generation -- a sacrifice you may not have chose to make, but a sacrifice you were nevertheless called to make so that your children and all of our children can grow up in an America that still makes things; that still builds cars; that still strives for a better future."

Pay attention now, cuz this is where that “HOPE and CHANGE” shit comes into play. The “CHANGE” is your dumb, union, democrat-voting ass being out of a job. Or, having your retirement drastically cut and losing your health care benefits. The “HOPE” is that in 20 to 40 years, things will turn around and maybe your kid or grandkids will have a job. Oh yeah, he HOPES that you will forgive and forget, and reelect him in 4 years.

Feel good about yourself however, because while you're sacrificing your job, house, car, retirement, and the American Dream, the Queen was treated to dinner and a Broadway show by Super B. They took three (3) small jets to NYC for the "date night", which carried them, some friends and THE MEDIA to cover the event. Cost is estimated at between $24,000 to $100,000, before the tip.

Remember, difficult times lie ahead, and he will not pretend the hard times are over!!!!

Waiter, another drink for the queen please.

Si, podemos!

And remember, drones, the beatings will continue until morale improves....


----------------Additional input from MojoSteve-------------------------------

I’m pretty uncomfortable with the Feral Gummint™ running things. They fed them billions and then forced them into bankruptcy and we’re supposed to trust them to back up a warranty? Fuck, if they back up a warranty with the same efficiency used for everything else, I may as well go burn my Chrysler product and start over with a foreign model. At least Roger Penske is buying Saturn, so my wife’s car may yet be safe.


After rescuing Chrysler back in the day, Lee Iacoca has now lost his pension and company car. Thanks for all the help, Lee, but redistribution means your pension now pays some asshole’s mortgage and some poor inner city homeless family of illegals is now living in your car. Yes, we can! Si, podemos!

Maybe the Gummint can bring us a great car like the Trabant? After all, that was the pinnacle of Socialism’s engineering skills, no? A car that you had to raise the hood to refuel, and then mix in the 2-stroke oil and shake it around. There was a fucking ten-year waiting list to buy those shitboxes. We used to see them dead on the side of the road in Germany like so much roadkill armadillo on a near-daily basis. Best use for a Trabi was in U2’s video for “One” and the pastel-painted ones hanging from the rafters onstage during U2 concerts in ‘93.


The government can’t fuck it up too badly, can it? I mean, AMTRAK is such a success, right? Less of a urine smell than Greyhound, at least. And the Postal Service only manages to put my mail in my neighbor’s box six or seven times a month while raising rates quarterly.


Hope & Change, my ass. It’s like the old Toyota commercial...You asked for it; you got it! Obama!

3 comments:

Brooke said...

Excellent post.

I just can't wait for my Trabant... I'm sure it'll be fairly priced, too.

Carol said...

Hey Steve r u on Twitter?
cheers,
@carolzara

The Lightning Man said...

Actually, no...I never felt that what was going on in my life was so important that I needed to give a minute by minute text message feed. Granted, I'm enough of a narcissist to think that people give a rat's ass about what I have to say here, so maybe I should look into it.