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Witness to inefficiency of 3 Little Piggies slams bailouts


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Thanks to my father for alerting me to the existence of this letter from Gregory Knox, President of Knox Machinery, Inc. to Troy Clarke, President of General Motors.  Mr. Knox claims to have observed first-hand what those of us who’ve been against the bailout of the auto industry from the start.  He also makes great points (that many of us have been making) against ALL the bailouts.

Snopes has already verified the legitimacy of the letter.

From Gregory Knox, President Knox Machinery, Inc., Franklin, Ohio 45005

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 dream”.

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 management. How about the electricians who walk around the plants like lords in feudal times, making people wait on them for countless hours while they drag ass so 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.

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 four 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 co nsequences 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 over simplify a complex situation, but there certainly are unmistakable parallels here between the proper role of parenting and government. 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. We really shouldn’t allow Wal-Mart to stock their shelves with products acquired from a country that unfairly manipulates their currency and has the most atrocious human rights infractions on the face of the globe.

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. 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=2 0the 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
President Knox Machinery, Inc.
Franklin, Ohio 45005

Bravo, Mr. Knox!


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January 4, 2009 Posted by | Bailout | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Bailing out UAW Tax Crooks?


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Oh the story of Little Piggie Gettelfinger just keeps getting better all the time.

By now, you’ve likely read all about the the UAW’s $33 million Black Lake Golf Club.  Well, maybe not all.

It seems the UAW isn’t as concerned about all the citizens of Michigan as it is its dues paying members.  Cheboygan County Drain Commissioner-elect Dennis Lennox has issued a press release detailing the UAW’s repeated efforts to avoid paying property taxes on the luxury resort for union bosses.  You can view the press release in its entirety on Michelle Malkin’s blog here.

Apparently, the UAW carries the resort and golf course on it’s books at $33 million when reporting to the federal government but has spent the last 4 years fighting the county’s efforts to collect property tax on that amount.  According to Lennox’s statement, the courts have actually reduced the valuation several times allowing the UAW to receive more favorable tax treatment than other property owners in the county.

Now, this is bad enough considering the UAW fought tooth and nail for the Socialist bailout of GM and Chrysler these past two months, a bailout that picks the pockets of the rest of us taxpayers who pay our fair share.  It gets even worse when you take into account this organization and it’s boss, Little Piggy Gettelfinger campaigned for and donated to the presidential campaign that told us it’s “patriotic” to pay more taxes.  But it gets even worse when you consider exactly what Michigan property taxes support.

Property taxes support schools and local governments in Michigan.  So the UAW, spends union dues (that will soon be coming from our pockets) to support a $33 million luxury resort that has lost $27 million over the past 5 years (WOW!!!) and then has the gall to cheat Michigan schoolchildren out of decent textbooks and educational facilities!  And don’t forget, those local governments are charged with furnishing little amenities like water and sanitation services to those children and their families as well.  Less tax money translates to higher rates for these vital services.

So, let’s tie all of this together. 

The UAW seizes money from autoworkers in the form of dues, then wastes that money on a money losing luxury golf resort so union bosses can “relax” from the pressures of their extortion racket, then proceeds to demand that the US government use taxpayer’s money to supply more cash for them to waste, and all the while takes every opportunity to ripoff the good citizens of Michigan and deny them and their children quality education, clean water, and sanitation services.

And the UAW acts shocked that we didn’t support their bailout.

Unbelievable!


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January 1, 2009 Posted by | Bailout | , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Little Piggies’ Activity 12-19-08

We now know Little Piggy Wagoner was in Detroit yesterday, where he gave a press conference at GM headquarters.  I’m not sure if he took questions from reporters because the only video I can find only shows him reading a prepared statement.

Wagoner thanked everyone at GM, his competitors, Little Piggy Gettelfinger, the President, Congress, etc. for their work in getting Bush to approve the taxpayer bailout “loan”.  He went on to say he is confident GM can meet the requirements laid out by the administration.  (I don’t know if he’s considering Gettelfinger’s threats to challenge the UAW’s part of the requirements.)  He also wants GM to lead the country’s recovery during the economic crisis.  (I don’t know how he can lead it when he’s part of what’s holding it down.)

I wasn’t impressed, but here’s the video so you can judge for yourself.

I still can’t find anything on the whereabouts of Little Piggy Nardelli, but he did send a lengthy letter to Chrysler employees yesterday.  Like I said, it’s lengthy so I won’t clutter this post with it.  You can read the text of the letter here.  It doesn’t do anything to make me feel like Bush’s investment in Socialism was money well spent.  He uses a lot of words to say Chrysler is the victim of a global recession and everyone’s been doing a great job and they should simply keep doing so.  Everything will be fine.

Right.

I haven’t found anything new on Gettelfinger today.  Last word I have on him is still that he plans on pressuring Obama to remove the “unfair conditions” Bush’s Socialist agreement makes on the proletariat.

Remember, at TCOT we’re looking for any info readers may find on the Three Little Piggies.  So if you see them out and about, snap a few pictures or video them (if you can do so without being intrusive) and let us know.

December 21, 2008 Posted by | Bailout | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Little Piggy Gettelfinger Disappointed with Bush Bailout

DETROIT, Mich. (WXYZ) – United Auto Workers President Ron Gettelfinger has issued a statement in support of the bridge loans announced this morning by President Bush.  However, Gettelfinger says he is disappointed by some of the conditions put on the workers.

READ THE STATEMENT BELOW

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“We’re pleased that the Bush administration has acted today to provide urgently needed emergency bridge loans to America’s auto companies and to pursue a process for restructuring outside of bankruptcy. This will keep the doors of America’s factories open, keep Americans working and prevent the devastating economic consequences for millions of Americans and thousands of businesses that would have resulted from a liquidation of operations by one or more auto companies.”

“All stakeholders – management, directors, bondholders, suppliers, dealers, workers – will have to participate in shared sacrifices to help the industry move forward.”

“While we appreciate that President Bush has taken the emergency action needed to help America’s auto companies weather the current financial crisis, we are disappointed that he has added unfair conditions singling out workers.* These conditions were not included in the bipartisan legislation endorsed by the White House, which passed the House of Representatives and which won support from a majority of senators.”

We will work with the Obama administration and the new Congress to ensure that these unfair conditions are removed*, as we join in the coming months with all stakeholders to create a viable future for the U.S. auto industry.”

*emphasis added


Just as we thought.  Bush’s willingness to subvert the will of the Senate and the American people has once again emboldened Gettelfinger just when he was beginning to hint at a willingness to make concessions.

Way to go Comrade President.  (Clap..Clap…Clap….Sigh)

December 19, 2008 Posted by | Bailout | , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

How much did the “3 Little Piggies” make last year?

The 3 Little Piggies have ignored all the warning signs that pointed to the tanking of their

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industry for years.  While Ford was working to restructure and make their business model competitive in today’s market, GM and Chrysler along with the UAW were closing their eyes, crossing their fingers, and hoping things would magically turn themselves around before the money ran out.

Now, we see these “3 Little Piggies” groveling to Congress and the President for us–the American taxpayers to bail them out of the mess they’ve made for themselves.  You heard the story about these CEOs flying to Washington in separate private jets to panhandle, but you might not realize just how much these incompetent CEOs made last year. 

So let’s check that out.

General Motors Corp. CEO Rick Wagoner received compensation worth $15.7 million last year according to this USA Today article.  That was a 64% raise over the previous year for setting his company up for failure.  Even more amazing is GM stock has lost almost 90% of it’s value since its 2007 peak AND GM lost $2.5 billion that year.

Man, I wish they’d pay me millions to lose their money!

Chrysler is no longer a publicly owned company, and CEO Bob Nardelli’s compensation package seems to be a closely guarded secret.  According to this WSJ article, he’s not actually being compensated at the moment, but will receive compensation when/if he turns a profit for Cerebrus Capital Management which owns Chrysler LLC.  Of course, he probably doesn’t need a paycheck right now because he most likely still has plenty of the $210 million he received as a severance package when he left Home Depot, Inc. in 2007.

Anybody else having trouble feeling sorry for these guys?

That leaves us with the UAW leader Ron Gettelfinger.  Apparently, he made a much more modest salary of ~$150,000.  But, he represents the workers costing the Big 3 automakers ~$70 per hour.  Even though he’s sitting alongside the other 2 Little Piggies begging for the government to hand over taxpayers’ money, he doesn’t want to make concessions to get it.  Quite a few taxpayers who make far less than that would probably take issue with using their taxes to maintain that standard of living for UAW members.

If these Three Little Piggies’ groveling for your money makes you mad as Hell, call and/or email the White House and let them know you don’t want them bailed out with your money!

Email the White House at comments@whitehouse.gov .

White House phone numbers: 

Comments:      202-456-1111
Switchboard:  202-456-1414
FAX:                  202-456-2461

December 18, 2008 Posted by | Bailout | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

White House: No immediate deal on auto loans

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WASHINGTON – The Bush administration tossed out no lifeline for the teetering auto industry Sunday and a Republican who blocked $14 billion in loans said it appeared the White House hadn’t decided what to do.

With President George W. Bush on an unannounced trip to Iraq, White House officials said they did not expected to make an announcement either Sunday or Monday.

The administration is considering ways to provide emergency aid to General Motors Corp. and Chrysler LLC, which have said they could run out of cash within weeks without federal aid.

Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said he spoke with the White House early Sunday. “I don’t think they yet know what they’re going to do,” he said. Ron Gettelfinger, the president of the United Auto Workers, said the union had not held discussions with the White House.

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December 14, 2008 Posted by | Bailout | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment