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Sunday, November 15, 2009

Don't Boycott GM

I have talked to a few people, and read many more on web forums, who will not buy any GM or Chrysler products because they took a government bailout. Some of these folks also want to stick it to the UAW, who they see as the reason for GM and Chrysler's destruction.

This attitude is self defeating.

The taxpayer money has been spent, and the best (and only) way to recover it is for GM and Chrysler to be successful. A profitable GM will be able to service its outstanding TARP loans, and provide a stock value which will repay the government. Refusing to buy GM cars, while emotionally satisfying, only works against GM's success, and the repayment of the taxpayer loans.

As for the UAW, it is true they fought hard and were successful in the past at winning extremely generous benefits for their employees. But it was the automaker's management which was a negotiating partner, and didn't have the fortitude to keep things more reasonable, even if it meant strikes and nasty public relations. The UAW was doing it's job, fighting for its members. Expecting otherwise is like expecting the wolf to go easy on the sheep.

But with the collapse of the domestic business, and bankruptcy of 2 of the 3 UAW automakers, the UAW woke up in a hurry. The UAW leadership, under Ron Gettlefinger, pushed hard on the rank and file to agree to multiple rounds of contract renegotiations.

If the Detroit 3 can't survive going forward, it is not because the UAW workers are being overpaid. From here on out, "it's the product, stupid".


Anonymous said...

I must disagree. The main reason for the boycott is in the belief of the free market and not in government ownership of private business. If GM sucks so much to go under, and have the parts sold off to become a new business (like the almost Penske-Saturn), ... Great!

I for one encourage everyone to boycott GM and Chrysler. The people didn't want this, and we shouldn't be expected now embrace this. Maybe this will teach our progressive-statist politicians to not force their minority beliefs on America. And maybe Americans will stop electing them too.

Anonymous said...

I won't buy a government motors car ... When they finally go under the resale value will suck.

Jacksonian Grouch said...

that's about as mild a spin describing the movement towards fascism by the current Democrat dominated government as I've yet read.

Or would "return" be a better word to describe it?

Either way, Ace, they're not getting a dime from me.