View Full Version : The Voting Is Far From Over

11-18-2008, 11:07 AM
In Townhall.com from Neal Boortz, who hits it out of he park on this one!!

You might think that the election is over -- has been for two weeks now. Not so. Thereís another election tomorrow; and then one the day after tomorrow followed by yet another one. Every day is Election Day in America. Every day we cast ballots. Every day when the tens of millions of ballots are added up we find winners and losers. And youíre right in the thick of it. Yeah Ö you.

This crucial election process is running 24/7 as American consumers cast votes with paper ballots adorned with pictures of presidents. The more votes you get, the longer you get to stay in business. The votes dry up and itís time to go home or come up with another candidate.

I know Iím a bit obtuse here, so if you havenít figured it out yet, Iím edging up to a little discussion of this idea of bailing out the automobile manufacturers. Now first, letís get this little fact out of the way. What the political types in Washington are discussing right now is not really a bailout of the automakers. Itís a bailout of the United Auto Workers. Itís a union bailout. Itís payback for the millions of dollars and thousands of hours union volunteers have poured into (almost exclusively Democrat) political campaigns. These politicians are trying to save union jobs at the current inflated rate .. nothing less.

Just why are these U.S. auto makers in trouble? Theyíre on the ropes because theyíve been losing elections. Automobile buyers have been casting their ballots for the other candidates. They looked at the field, talked to their friends, watched endless campaign (car) commercials on television, and voted. They voted for Toyota and Honda. If they had a pant-full of ballots to cast the vote went to Jaguar, Mercedes and Lexus. True, some voters liked the Big-Three candidates, but not enough. The buyers cast their votes for performance, styling, warranties and value. Somehow they intuitively knew that they would get more value from a manufacturer paying $40 per hour for labor than from one spending almost twice that much. When one automaker spends $17 million on Viagra to enhance worker rather than product performance the product suffers, and the votes go across the aisle.

Comes now the bailout. It would seem that the political class in Washington is not happy with the way you are casting your votes. Youíre exercising a little too much independence here. Those foreign automakers building wonderful cars in non-union Southern states are doing just fine, thanks to your votes. Those tired automakers building some wonderful cars and trucks Ė but a lot of junk as well Ė in the upper Midwest with overpaid union labor are suffering. Theyíre paying 12,000 former union employees to sit on their cans and do crossword puzzles all day long while being paid $31 per hour. Oh come on, youíve heard of theJobs Bank program, havenít you? Do you want to pay for that nonsense? Of course you donít, and you let them know it when you cast your consumer votes.

Well, what happens when the politicians in Washington arenít happy with the way youíre casting your economic ballots? Itís very simple, really. They just use the police power of government to take those ballots away and cast them for you; cast them the way they think you should. You might want to vote for BMW or Honda. They know better. Your vote should go to Chevy or a Ford.

Through this wonderful economic process the worldís consumers pick the winners and losers. They base their choices not on political considerations, but on quality and value. When consumers cast their monetary ballots theyíre not trying to preserve union jobs or please campaign contributors. They have no political axe to grind. They just want honest value .. and $1600 worth of union health costs, paying people not to work and inflated pay for those who do plowed into the price of every car doesnít fit the bill.

Now, with the impending $25 billion-plus bailout of these union engorged automakers the choice will be taken away from the consumers. Now the ballots will be cast based on politics. The automakers will be told to build the cars the politicians want, not the cars consumers will buy. Billions of taxpayer money will be poured down what could be one of the most expensive rat holes in history .. only to delay what may be the inevitable.

Just hold on my friends. This may just be the beginning. In about nine weeks weíll have a president who has shown no love whatsoever for capitalism; a president who truly believes that America is great not because of the dynamic of a free people interacting with one another in a free, market-based economy Ö but who believes that America is great because of government.

The historians will let future generations know how that worked out for us.

11-18-2008, 12:55 PM
Ford sold a bunch of their Mazda stock back to Mazda, for some $540 million in cash. I think Mullaley sees that they are not getting any bailout, and is acting accordingly. They will likely survive, in the long run, but as a smaller company.

I am a Ford loyalist. I drive Fords, various family members have worked there over the years, including my grandpa, who was an engineer there in the 40s and 50s. I don't want to see any of the big three go, because of the impact on my state, but I particularly am attached to Ford. I love their world headquarters building (the glass house), I love the Henry Ford Museum, and I can't imagine my region without them.