As I write this blog tonight, I can’t help but wonder how many Americans share the same feeling this evening that their own government has turned against them.
At first it was AIG and company, then the bankers and then the auto companies, and now it is their dealerships who are being taken over and/or forced out of business.
Wake up America, they are coming for you. Maybe not today. Maybe not tomorrow and maybe not even next week or next month, but they will get to you.
How is it that government so boldly went after entities like AIG, the bankers and car companies, like a drug dealer, feeding the weak a drug called money and the moment addiction set in, pulled the plug, changed the game and raised the ante.
That is after all the tactics of drug dealers in the streets in serach of a new victim, and the government in this case is the drug dealer and that is exactly what has been accomplished here.
The government’s behavior is not only like that of like drug dealers, but that of gangs as well. When a gang moves into the hood, they need to increase their membership and so they go through the neighborhood bullying the innocent and the weak, forcing them out of fear to join their gang otherwise suffer the consequences.
For those entities who were unwilling to take government money, like urban gangs, the government forced the madness upon these entities and once they had their foot in the door, they began having their way with the companies and its leadership.
Instead of taking a stand, millions of Americans are following this unjustice quietly and dare I say that just as many are enjoying the abuses heaped on these American institutions by our government.
“Advice to all General Motors dealers: If the phone rings today and Caller ID shows the 313 area code, don’t answer.
It’s likely GM’s Detroit headquarters calling to can you. GM is informing 20% of its dealerships all across the U.S. of A. — about 1,100 Pontiac, Chevy, GMC, Buick and Cadillac dealers, that they’re losing their affiliations. Chrysler did the same on Thursday to 789 of its 3,200 dealers. Part of the forced reorganizations by the Obama administration.
Now some people will smile smugly because back in high school it was the rich kids of those very car dealers who got shiny new cars every year. But fact is, these moves will likely mean joblessness for some 101,000 dealer employees. Plus many others in associated suppliers.
Presumably, since these positions will have been lost, they’ll be added to the 3.5 million jobs the Obama administration will save or create.”
L. A. Times
What many are failing to realize is that when the government is done pistol whipping these corporations and its leadership into shape and once they are sure that these corporations will bend to their will, they will turn their attention to someone else to destroy.
Hence, it is just a matter of time before they have you or me in their sights. It does not have to happen.
In the past 24 hours, many car dealers have received fedex envelopes from GM and Chrysler. The letters in those envelopes said “you are out of business,” “pack your shit and be gone.”
How cold is that America? Most of the dealerships that are being put out of business are not failing. In fact, too many of them are extremely profitable even in these hard times, but they have been told to pack it in. Their dealership businesses are being forwarded will end up in the hands of someone else, far less profitable. What is that about? I ask you, how fair is that?
“Boston – Car dealer Jim Bickford knew he was going to get a letter from Chrysler Thursday. What shocked him were the contents. He had thought his dealership would be safe: It had outperformed Chrysler nationally, it had good customer-service ratings, and it was the only Dodge outlet in Boston.
Yet when Mr. Bickford and his brothers gathered together and opened the letter in silence, they learned that Westminster Dodge was one of the 789 dealerships Chrysler no longer wanted.
‘I can’t fathom it.… I just can’t believe it,’ says Bickford, whose family has sold Chrysler cars since 1977. ‘We live and breathe Chrysler…. We were absolutely shocked.’
As part of its bid to move out of bankruptcy as soon as possible by shaving costs, Chrysler on Thursday announced its plan to cut about one-quarter of all its dealers nationwide. General Motors is expected to take similar steps, terminating its relationship with about 1,000 dealers, perhaps as early as today. The formal list was filed in a Manhattan bankruptcy court Thursday morning.
In three weeks, Bickford will lose his franchise rights, meaning he can no longer sell Chrysler cars. Just a day before the letter arrived, Bickford had received a shipment of seven new cars from Chrysler. If he can’t sell them or any other car on his lot by June 9 – a nearly impossible prospect – he might have to sell them to other dealers for pennies on the dollar.
‘I’m angry. I’m hurt,’ says Bickford. ‘I guess we still have visions of being able to file a protest, and perhaps get some assistance, to have them reconsider their decision.”
And where do you think those orders came from? Think fast because THIS IS WRONG ON SO MANY LEVELS.
Treasury to euthanized GM and Chrysler dealers: It wasn’t us
Anyway, perhaps anticipating some antipathy toward the federal government’s rapidly increasing control of the rapidly shrinking American automotive industry, the Treasury Department issued one of those unsigned it-could-actually-have-been-worse and would-you-believe-this-is-actually-good-news statements that won’t buy anybody any groceries but look good on paper.
Gee, now why wouldn’t Secretary Geithner want his name on this release? …And the statement in full:
Today, General Motors initiated the dealer consolidation plan it laid out in its interim plan on April 27, 2009.
GM’s announcement is part of the company’s larger effort to restructure to achieve financial viability. The Task Force is continuing to work with GM and all its stakeholders and will stand behind GM during this process to ensure that it emerges as a more competitive, viable business in the long-term.
As was the case with Chrysler’s dealer consolidation plan, the Task Force was not involved in deciding which dealers, or how many dealers, were part of GM’s announcement today.
As difficult as these announcements are for the dealers that will no longer be selling GM and Chrysler cars and the communities in which they operate, without the President’s intervention, the entire GM and Chrysler dealer networks could have been lost.
The Administration’s commitment to this industry has given both companies a new lease on life. By supporting a restructuring that results in stronger car companies – supported by efficient and effective dealer networks – this process will not only provide more stability and certainty for current employees but the prospect for future employment growth.
In addition, the Administration is committed to continuing its significant efforts to help ensure that financing is available to creditworthy dealers and to pursuing efforts to help boost domestic demand for cars. These steps will help auto dealers, the auto industry and the American economy.”
Government has their hands in the pie a little too damn deep for my liking and it will be just a matter of time before their hands is in your pocket too.
How is it that Americans are sitting back and allowing our government to destroy American businesses, American families and American lives without a second thought.
Wake up. This is exactly what happened in Nazi Germany. Remember Adolf Hitler? Take a lesson from the history books. We are better than that and we had better stand up sooner rather than later.
Obama wants to be in control. He wants the auto companies to make energy efficient vehicles and he wants to shove them down the throats of the American people. Most of us are happy with our alleged so bad for the environment set of four (4) wheels, but Obama has decided for us and wants to take the right of choice from us in this matter among others.
Our community organizer president is doing the unthinkable, he is putting Americans and American business out of work.
Not only is it unthinkable, it is unforgivable.
He is literally damning us all to hell. How the hell any of these bastards sleep at night is beyond me. SO…..WHO IS NEXT?