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Perhaps we should suggest this to the current Ford management? Quite soon, they will only have small jobs.
Somehow I get the impression that the tough old bastard Ford would have managed to put the company in its feet. The whole debacle started when Detroit tried to copy Japanese production methods, and quality circles and all that. I thought then to myself, what is happening? Have they lost their confidence in theirselves? To imitate the Japanese? What an idea!
I think the major problem is they have to pay for all the Viagra and Lipitor of their retirees.
I read that the average cost of work in Ford (direct costs, no Viagra) is over 70US$ per hour. No wonder they cannot compete. The Onion wrote that they are planning to refloat the Ford A, their last successful model.
Basically, the big 3 US auto makers are being forced to act like a giant social welfare scheme; they cannot possibly compete and we should not blame them for it. They re-locater, when they can, to Canada because the Health Care is there the job of the govt and not the companies. The biggest argument for a national health service in the USA is the economic health of the major corporations, who are contractually obligated to the excessively powerful unions. In this way, one form of socialism leads to another.
The unionization of the big three and the hiring of negroes was both pushed by FDR during his New Deal and WW2. That man is still dragging the US down despite being dead for the last 60 years.
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