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Here is a proposal to think about. What if POTUS, and the US car companies partner up and do some real long term planning?  The goal would be to make our car companies viable in a world market.  This means building product with superior quality, reliability, safety, performance, economy, and looks. Going one step further, I recommend that a new goal be set for this team. Overtake all foreign competition by making US cars competitive, and desirable worldwide. The team would need to plan fifty years ahead.  The actual business of making, and selling cars would be the domain of the car companies. The government’s role will make  it easy for the US manufacturers (like giving them tax incentives, or wage equalizers). Government can also make global trade easier for us, but harder for the competition. There isn’t any reason why GM, Ford, and Chrysler cannot kick ass in the world market provided they compete on a level playing field.

Planning and cooperation of  this nature will never fly in this country. Especially not with the far Left in power. This plan requires cooperation between management, labor, and government. That is not an idea the Left can deal with easily because they are so much against a company actually making money for their investors. Instead our leaders push Fiat, an Italian company,  to save Chrysler. How in the hell will that save jobs for the USA? All it will do is bring in a lot of cheap ass eeni cars that will fall apart in a month. 

Does the idea sound crazy?  Well, it’s not a new one. It is exactly how Japan worked with their carmakers. Look what that tired old  idea produced for them. They started with a single economy model, and dumped the cars in the USA. Once established in the US market, they attacked their quality, and responded to customer needs. Slowly, they advanced model by model to overtake our strongest manufacturing companies. The Japanese government gave the car companies concessions knowing that in the long term it would be better for the people of Japan.

 I never thought the Japanese  would take the luxury car market as easily as they did. Now they are worming their way into the final bastion; the pick up truck arena. Meanwhile, our adversarial relationship between worker, and management continues to build at a fever pitch. All the while,  government doesn’t give a shit unless it is an election year.

Now that POTUS owns GM he can oust the old time UAW guys, and replace them with fresh labor from Altgeld Gardens.

People’s Car 2

2009-Barack-Lucerne People's CarFirst People's CarRemember the first people’s car? That’s the car Hitler established to put a car in every German’s garage. He called it the Volkswagen, aka People’s Car. Now we have our own People’s Car. No doubt the models will carry names like Coupe de Obama, Maliburack, Barack Lucerne, or Camarobama. 

Hitler used the money he raised for the Volkswagen to fuel his  war machine. What is the  POTUS going to do with GM and Chrysler?

POTUS should wise up and turn the management of the car companies over to the zealous UAW leadership. They have bad mouthed GM management about their stupid decisions for fifty years. They especially ranted over decisions  that  earned truckloads of money off the sweat of their labor. I’d like to see the UAW workers designing, and deciding how many units of government mandated fuel efficient cars to build when the customers want horespower, torque,  and speed. I’d like to see the UAW meet government fuel economy and emission standards. I’d like to see how the UAW would handle their fringe benefit programs and actually make a profit competing against the rest of the world’s automakers.

Initially, I ranted that GM, and the UAW should be allowed to fail (Wealthy Middle Class.)  After thinking about it, I changed my mind and wrote about why the government should loan them the money (Give ‘em the Loan!.) In hindsight, I was wrong on the second count. A loan from the government is the same as suicide. Now, we find our country headed for mass ownership of private enterprise companies.

Initially, I thought POTUS would take the country toward socialism, but this is now sounding like Communism (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Communism).  Will the next step be government take overs of all privately owned property?  We all know how that experiment turned out now don’t we? Or do we?

Argue With Me

My Flag Cries EverydayHow much more disgusting can things get? We now have the omnipotent Obama running a car company. What next?  Think about it. How long before the Feds come to your front door to tell you that your position has been replaced by a loyal left wing supporter from the  UAW ? If POTUS can fire a CEO from a private enterprise company, then he can fire you too.

The outrage here is the hypocrisy of the boys in charge. The entire population of elected reps in Washington DC are responsible for all of our problems. Had Bill Clinton not engineered the social change to put every voting citizen into a house, the housing crisis would not have occurred. Had the Congress under the direction of Barney Frank, and Chris Dodd, not pushed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to give away money in the form of  interest only non secured loans,  the meltdown would not have occurred. Yet I don’t see why they are not fired. Why are they not being asked to give back their salaries? They got taxpayer money to do what they did. Every elected official, and their staffs,  should be working for a salary of one dollar per year (POTUS included) until the mess is cleaned up. I bet things would change pretty quick.

Argue with me if you think I am wrong.

Needed Downtime

Barb's Orchid CollectionThis BLOGGER took some needed downtime. Peggy and I went south and east until we hit some serious water, then followed the coast further southward. We were seeking warmer weather, and some colorful spring flowers. We got it all.  Along the way, we stopped to visit friends from another life.  I have a list of friends I want to visit before I die, and I got to see four of them.

We also got to see a section of the country that we’ve never seen before, i.e. the North and South Carolina coast. Peggy lived in Columbia, South Carolina during the nineteen fifties. She was with her husband Ron, while he was in the army.  Our sight seeing began in the small hamlet of Sneads Ferry, North Carolina, on the Atlantic ocean. Sneads Ferry is a fishing town located on the southern border of Camp Lejeune, a U.S. Marine training base.

The couple  we visited built their dream home on Everett Creek  which winds into Stone Bay, then  into the Intercoastal Waterway, and finally the Atlantic Ocean. Barbara, the Lady of the House, is a Master Gardener. She took her training in North Carolina, and was a encyclopedia of horticultural knowledge about local plants. She has been building her new garden for five years. It continues to expand. Inside the house she sports a collection of orchids. Many are in bloom, and are gorgeous.  Gary, the Master of the House, designed and built the home. He is an engineer and it shows in the construction details of the building, and layout. He also added a greenhouse for Barb, and a walkway from the house to the creek . 

White Orchid

 Time flew by rapidly, and the visit lasted longer than we had anticipated. Gary and Barb drove us around Sneads Ferry, and Topsail Island. The town is a blink of the eye, while the island, and beach stretches for miles. The weather was cool and drizzly, so there were not too many hardy souls on the beach; it was empty. We quickly gathered a few shells to bring home, then moved on. We lunched on softshell crab at the Sears Landing Grill in Surf City, and talked about times we spent together.

Gary and Barb recommended we see Charleston, so onward down the coast we drove to Charleston, South Carolina.  The city founded in 1670 is one of the oldest in the United States. We checked into the Mills House Hotel in the heart of the historic district. Built in 1853, it stands as one of the oldest hotels in North America. It was totally remodeled, and updated in 1970. Without doubt, this is a five star hotel.

Peggy and I arranged to take a carriage ride around town in the morning. We passed homes and churches built in the seventeen hundreds. All have been meticulously restored. The entire historic district is on the National Registry, and will remain so in perpetuity. Even though the district is historical and old, it is houses many private citizens, and commercial enterprises. We ate lunch in an old building, once a cotton warehouse, and now a modern sports bar.

Rainbow Row-Charleston, SCCharleston in BloomCharleston HomeCity of ChurchesAfter lunch, we sauntered to the harbor and took a cruise around the bay for a waterfront perspective. One of the porters on the ship lives in a house boat at the dock . He is retired, and fortifying his income working on the cruise boat. He commuted by taking a thirty second walk from his tiny float home across the dock to the sightseeing boat. Peggy and I got sun burn while basking on the deck. She was white knuckling the chair the whole time, not being one for taking boat rides.

Very Large Old HouseBridge to CharlestonMills House LobbyAntebellum HomeWe arrived at the Staybridge Suites in Savannah, Georgia on Bay Street early. Our room was not ready yet so to kill time, we booked a trolley tour of the historical district. What a city! I always wanted to see Savannah, but somehow this part of the country eluded me. Savannah was founded in 1733, by General James Oglethorpe. He was also the architect of the city layout.  The historic district is a beautiful grid of streets  divided into districts by squares or parks. Twenty four distinct little squares define open spaces between congested avenues of row houses and mansions. Twenty two of the squares still exist. Two have fallen prey to civic center development. In between the streets with the squares are larger more elegant boulevrds. The median dividers on the boulevards are filled with pink, white, rose, and red azaleas. Shading the streets are giant oaks, three hundred years old, and dripping with dainty  Spanish Moss. 

Wisteria Laden Home in Savannah, GAPeggy and I roamed the streets from square to square taking house tours, and visiting museums.  Among the more notable homes we visited was the Juliette Gordon Low birthplace. Juliette  founded the Girl Scouts of America In 1912. The house has been preserved, and is in excellent condition. It contains many pieces of the original furnishings. In the Telfair Museum of Art we saw two wxhibitions by black artists. One of them by a man named Robert Colescott has a series of contemporary paintings on display. It is my opinion that this man was on some serious shit while he painted. The second artist, Elizabeth King, displayed a ceramic mannekin head the size of an apple and with infinite realistic detail .  She photographed the head from various angles against a black background; the photos are magnificent. She is a true artist, while Colescott seemed to paint only while high, or maybe he just can’t see too well.

Red Azaleas on River Street, Savannah, GATypical Savannah SquarePre-Civil War Funeral Parlor Pink AzaleasWhite AzaleaReally White Azaleas

Home of Juliette Gordon Low, Founder of Girl Scouts

 

 

 

 

 

 

White CameliaRelaxing in a Square, Notice the ShoesThe Savannah river front along River Street is a string of shops, and restaurants, converted from old cotton warehouses. A Green and Yellow Trolley runs along a track laid in the center of the cobblestone street, reminiscent of streetcars I rode in Chicago during the forties. A container ship passed by as we shopped. Savannah is the second largest container port in the US.  Here is a piece of useless info, the largest export out of the port is chicken; shipped to China.

More to follow.

Really Stacked

My Flag Flies Everyday

My Flag Flies Everyday

Here is another way to look at the size of a trillion dollars. If a trillion one dollar bills were stacked one on top of another, the stack would wrap around the equator of the planet earth 1.89 times.

Subtrafuge

Obama's Spending ChartIn my business, I was taught to look for places to cut costs. This is a graphic world. We can process information easier if we see it graphically. POTUS has been spending money like a drunken sailor, and it’s been bothering the heck out of me. The most recent dialog on the news concerns the massively huge bonus package being given to AIG out of the bailout money from the government.   I agree, one hundred sixty five million dollars is a huge amount of money. It is so large that most people can’t process the number. Most likely because many of us accumulate much less than a million dollars over fifty years of hard work.  Those who do amass that much can retire,  as long as they also receive Social Security. The population is angry that we donate our tax dollars to save a failed company, and then reward the men who caused it to fail with bonuses twenty times larger than a typical nest egg.

What I can’t understand is why the citizens of this good country aren’t upset with the antics of our elected  representatives. The chart above shows it clearly.  All I have done is graph the costs of the federal budget, and the various bailout bills next to the cost of the AIG bonuses. The left side of the chart is graduated in trillions of dollars. I ask you this; if  this chart represented your personal expenses, and you had to trim your spending, where would you look first? Which area would produce the most benefit if it were attacked looking for savings?  Do I have to explain further?  Lee Iaccoa, chairman of the Chrysler Corp wrote that he could cut ten percent out of any budget and no one would notice. Ten percent of the first bar on the chart amounts to three hundred and fifty billion dollars. Any one with a brain could trim that bar deeper than ten percent. If you have a job in manufacturing in the USA you are faced with making cuts of that nature everyday. There are many qualified people who could see where to make cuts. Most of these people are managers, accountants, and engineers. Do we have people from these disciplines sitting in the Capital ?  

Why then, are these morons in the White House and the Capital steering all the news toward the AIG bonuses. Do they think we are as stupid as they are? Do they think the people of the USA are so dumb as to not see through their subtrafuge. It is clear to me they are trying to deflect the news away from massive spending they call “Change You Can Believe In.”  

Here is something to think about; after spending all those dollars shown in the chart all we will have left is “change”  in our pocket.

Leadership is an Art-form

My Flag Flies Everyday

My Flag Flies Everyday

Leadership is an art-form. It takes substantial training, disposition, and intelligence to become a leader. What I am witnessing in the new administration is a lack of real leadership.  My own  tenure in leadership lasted forty two years. I have led projects and departments of many people throughout my career, I understand what it takes to lead. In addition to my professional career, I spent twenty five years as a volunteer in the Boy Scouts of America organization as a Cub Master, Scout Master, District Training Chairman, and more. What I see in our Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner is an inability to put a handle on what it takes to run his department. The job is huge, yet he refuses to appoint anyone to assist him. A good leader is only as good as his smartest people. If he was really wise, he’d find people who could do the job better than him.  I can recommend Eagle Scouts who could lead circles around him. 

POTUS could also benefit from the experience of  private enterprise business leaders. He obviously is not getting it. He must not be hearing what business leaders tell him . If he is listening, he refuses to agree it is “Change He Can Believe  In.”  I truly think he will only listen to advisers who push his socialist program.

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