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Workers at GM and Chrysler Dealerships

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You have to wonder how the idiots at these manufacturer’s dealerships (and the people that work for businesses that support them) feel who voted for hope and change last November. You could argue that it could have happened anyway, but then again, BHO is now running the show. Was it good for you? Was it enough hope and change?
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Written by James Lagnese

May 16, 2009 at 8:09 am

The Straw Man And The Magician

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Sorry for the delay, but I’ve had the flu and then bronchitis.


I wanted to post this a while ago, and usually such stories are timely, but here goes. Lately we have ben bombarded with populist drivel in an effort to create straw men that keep us from dealing with the real issues and real culprits. Much has been made about the management at AIG getting bonuses, but what has been lost in the miasma is that Senator Dodd was the one that put in the bonus structure in TARP which allowed the AIG management to take bonuses. Wether or not you believe that they deserve it is irrelevant because they did something that was legal, and our congress and senate passed, and the president signed. While I think it is ill-advised for them to take the bonuses, they are legally entitled to them. Too add to the drama, some politicians want to haul the AIG head before congress, but wait, he was appointed by congress to run AIG…
Right now, Paul Shanklin was prescient with his rendition of “Barack the Magic Negro”. I am not endorsing the song per se, but Barack is a magician. He has managed to distract with one hand while deceiving with the other. The demonization of wealth, success, and capitalism go beyond just a plain vanilla socialist agenda. It’s about creating a constituency of voters that will keep Barack in power, by any means necessary. If you look at his election, he did not go the normal route that politicians take: Country Club republicans or Limousine Liberals. He took smaller donations from a much larger base. While the wealthy have contributed to political endeavors, their numbers are small and when it comes to actual votes, their voice is also small. When You look at the past, look at Napoleon, Lenin, and Hitler (lets throw in Castro as well), in this context. They used economic populism as a straw man to galvanize people to a common goal, that in the end was detrimental to their freedom, well being and safety. With the exception of Hitler, their policies in praxis actually set their countries back technologically, and financially on the outset and in some cases down the road as well.
Make no mistake, it is not a mistake in anything Obama does policywise and strategically. Tactically, he makes mistakes, but the press covers up for him. With the latest GM debacle, having Wagoner step down was an effort to one, show who was in charge, and two, to create a straw man to blame for the auto industries problems. The auto industries problems are come in a few flavors. One, they have taken on too much debt with the unions, particularly as with the benefits and pensions with retirees, and non-competitive wages. Toyota and Honda clean the big three’s clock over this issues alone. They kept feeding the dragon instead of killing it. Two, there is too much government regulation which has had a negative impact on the vehicles they build. having to put more money into research to meet ever tightening emissions standards is a waste of time. You could argue the japanese car makers did it, and that is true, but they do not have to eat that all by themselves. Lastly, for a long time, they made cars no one wanted to buy and by the time they did, the perception was that they still couldn’t make a car like that. Too Little too late.
Back to Barry. God is my judge, you will see Detroit, at least in the form of GM and Chrysler, be dictated to on what to build by the government (Right now, Go bless Ford). In that context, I think Obama wants the bailout to fail for GM et al and anything else (Can you say Chapter 11?). If the bailouts succeed initially, the government may not have the control that Obama envisions. Obama needs to create a dependent society for his agenda to succeed. That is the key. The society must look to government for solutions to all its problems. To this extent, Obama will even denigrate and subjugate the United States to the will of other countries. His success depends on destroying the idea of American Exceptionalism, of destroying our very truths, and our values in order to substitute his own. Marx called for the destruction of the whole social order and a call to destroy traditions. This is in contrast to the president we had at the turn of the last two centuries: Thomas Jefferson did not bow before royalty, but insisted on a hand shake, as did Theodore Roosevelt, whose presidency established the United States as a first class world power. This president sees us less that we are in the context of the world at large.
Obama is the first president since FDR to want power at any price. Whereas I am not convinced that FDR was a socialist, at least initially, he came to crave and keep the power even if it meant keeping the country down in the face of rational alternatives. Obama is much more ideologically centered than FDR. Obama wants the power all right, but he also has a dream that most of us would not want, but like FDR will create, foment and promulgate conditions for the attainment of both. Obama is both gangster and crusader, whereas FDR was pure gangster.
What comes next, you ask? Expect more diversionary tactics from the Obamessiah Time is of the essence and I bet he will not wait for the midterm elections to enact things such as nationalized healthcare, forced volunteer service, carbon credit climate plan, nationalized banks, wage control, nationalized auto manufacturers, and the The Free Choice Act, to name only a few. More straw men will be created, and if necessary, his henchmen will be thrown under the bus (Imagine Geitner’s prospects in a year) for the purpose of pushing his socialist agenda on the citizens of the United States, putting us in such debt that we will never be able to get out of it and in the process curtailing our freedoms. It will be indentured servitude for the ages, and unwanted obligations that will destroy innovation, ambition and expectations of generations of Americans to come. While the prospect of becoming a quasi-socialist country like Denmark, Sweden or the UK (at best) may be appealing to some of you, I think that you really have lost the perspective of what it means to be a US citizen and what the US stands for. This loss is due to the fact that what is not earned is not appreciated. Read Eric Hoffer if you want a translation, specifically True Believer.
What can we do? Remain vigilant, vote for candidates that are not simpatico with Obama, and Think Freedom. Don’t be fooled by the straw men that politicians will use to sway you and beware of mass movements in general. Your most powerful asset is your vote and it is your only voice. Also beware of movements that offer symbolism rather than real change. Symbolism is but a vent of your frustrations, whereas real change (and not Obamas type of change) requires personal responsibility, and action. Without action we are just playing with ourselves in the corner. No offense to Glenn Beck and his “We Surround Them” non-sense, but that is just an outlet that has no bite and only serves to peacefully quell the masses. The same with these bullshit tea parties. The signers of the Declaration of Independence did so at their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor. They had no intentions of symbolism, especially as it exists today. They were men of action. They were successful. Can you say the same, or is your Playstation and HD TV more important?
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Written by James Lagnese

March 26, 2009 at 5:22 pm

Car Prices: Where’s the Crack?

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I was thinking about purchasing another vehicle, as my current one is pushing on 9 years old and it’s not exactly ergonomically suited for me. In the past, I have owned three trucks and decided to research a few models of SUVs and Pickup Trucks. Considering that the big three are in dire straights, you’d think there would be better deals then there are. What passes for GM’s red tag sale is incredible. I’d like to know what drug these car dealers smoke, inject or snort before the come up with their pricing. It’s no wonder they are in the mess they are in. I can understand the dealers probably have to pay some flooring fees and they have to make a profit, which is a good thing, but considering the inventories they have, they aren’t priced to move and they aren’t. Karl Chevrolet and Stew Hansen Dodge are the worst in my area in terms of pricing (In fact, I am surprised at the disparity in pricing with some vehicles between dealers, albeit too high in price anyway). And it doesn’t seem to make much difference for new or used. A vehicle that is a year old or more isn’t necessarily any cheaper. My take is that they want to make the new cars more attractive in price, but in either case, the prices haven’t dropped to the point where I would buy, and I have a friend that would give me an employee discount voucher, which cuts the price only a little bit (Poor bastards that work for GM. You’d think they’d give them a better break). 
May be I am a cheap fuck, but I will tell you what: I have no car payment now, so why would I want one? In as much as I hate my car because of it’s ergonomics and age, I like not sending several hundred dollars to a lender every month, and paying a higher insurance payment and registration fees. The big three and their dealers haven’t gotten it yet and may be they never will. So my unanswered question is, what can you do for me to want to go from no car payment to increased debt (I could buy it cash, but why? Cars lose money the second they hit the street, so I’d rather have my money getting some interest)? As Scotty once said, “you’re just not worth it.” May be I just need to move somewhere that I can ride my motorcycle all year round and screw the car. The motorcycle is better on gas, cheaper on insurance, and if I have to buy a new one, a lot cheaper than a car. 
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Written by James Lagnese

December 20, 2008 at 2:28 pm

Car Prices: Where’s the Crack?

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I was thinking about purchasing another vehicle, as my current one is pushing on 9 years old and it’s not exactly ergonomically suited for me. In the past, I have owned three trucks and decided to research a few models of SUVs and Pickup Trucks. Considering that the big three are in dire straights, you’d think there would be better deals then there are. What passes for GM’s red tag sale is incredible. I’d like to know what drug these car dealers smoke, inject or snort before the come up with their pricing. It’s no wonder they are in the mess they are in. I can understand the dealers probably have to pay some flooring fees and they have to make a profit, which is a good thing, but considering the inventories they have, they aren’t priced to move and they aren’t. Karl Chevrolet and Stew Hansen Dodge are the worst in my area in terms of pricing (In fact, I am surprised at the disparity in pricing with some vehicles between dealers, albeit too high in price anyway). And it doesn’t seem to make much difference for new or used. A vehicle that is a year old or more isn’t necessarily any cheaper. My take is that they want to make the new cars more attractive in price, but in either case, the prices haven’t dropped to the point where I would buy, and I have a friend that would give me an employee discount voucher, which cuts the price only a little bit (Poor bastards that work for GM. You’d think they’d give them a better break). 
May be I am a cheap fuck, but I will tell you what: I have no car payment now, so why would I want one? In as much as I hate my car because of it’s ergonomics and age, I like not sending several hundred dollars to a lender every month, and paying a higher insurance payment and registration fees. The big three and their dealers haven’t gotten it yet and may be they never will. So my unanswered question is, what can you do for me to want to go from no car payment to increased debt (I could buy it cash, but why? Cars lose money the second they hit the street, so I’d rather have my money getting some interest)? As Scotty once said, “you’re just not worth it.” May be I just need to move somewhere that I can ride my motorcycle all year round and screw the car. The motorcycle is better on gas, cheaper on insurance, and if I have to buy a new one, a lot cheaper than a car. 
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Written by James Lagnese

December 20, 2008 at 2:28 pm

Should GM et al Make Cars in China (or India)?

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The incomparable John Batchelor asserts that GM should make their cars in China. I have been saying this for awhile. They should file chapter 11 and relocate their manufacturing to China. The unions have outlived their usefulness and have been the downfall of the car companies. Honestly, the only reason they are getting such treatment is that the democrats owe the unions for getting Ostalin elected. At this point I don’t know if they can file chapter 11, but they must do something quickly, and groveling to us, while keeping the status quo insofar as how they do business is a bad bet for us.  As they say is is throwing good money after bad. If they don’t get it right, then creative destruction is in order. It is good when unprofitable ventures fail because behind them is another that will be profitable to take its place. I liken it to having a garden where we keep the rotting but still living plants because we do not want to see them die. Meanwhile the same fertile real estate could be used to grow a plant that is healthy and productive. The goal of capitalism isn’t consumerism, but productivity and value. GM, Ford and Chrysler off very little of both. 
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Written by James Lagnese

December 16, 2008 at 6:54 pm

Should GM et al Make Cars in China (or India)?

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The incomparable John Batchelor asserts that GM should make their cars in China. I have been saying this for awhile. They should file chapter 11 and relocate their manufacturing to China. The unions have outlived their usefulness and have been the downfall of the car companies. Honestly, the only reason they are getting such treatment is that the democrats owe the unions for getting Ostalin elected. At this point I don’t know if they can file chapter 11, but they must do something quickly, and groveling to us, while keeping the status quo insofar as how they do business is a bad bet for us.  As they say is is throwing good money after bad. If they don’t get it right, then creative destruction is in order. It is good when unprofitable ventures fail because behind them is another that will be profitable to take its place. I liken it to having a garden where we keep the rotting but still living plants because we do not want to see them die. Meanwhile the same fertile real estate could be used to grow a plant that is healthy and productive. The goal of capitalism isn’t consumerism, but productivity and value. GM, Ford and Chrysler off very little of both. 
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Written by James Lagnese

December 16, 2008 at 6:54 pm

The UAW is to Blame for Failed Bailout

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Senator Coburn of Oklahoma blames the UAW for the failure of the auto bailout. The UAW would not commit to defining when they would have a competitive wage, thereby renegotiating their contracts with the Big 3. What the unions fail to realize that if the Big 3 go under, there will be no wages. The UAW has taken advantage of the car companies with the terms of their contracts, that the Big 3 did go along with, which have brought all of them to the place they are today. Look at this post from Carpe Diem to see the differences in pay and profitability between GM and Toyota. 2007 Profit/Loss GM vs. Toyota: Same # Cars . It’s an eye opener. I say fuck both of them. Now is the time is for some creative destruction. 
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Written by James Lagnese

December 16, 2008 at 7:10 am

Posted in Chrysler, Ford, GM, Tom Coburn, UAW