On GM and Chrysler: Time for Americans to Make a Bold Statement

Know who your corporate friends are.

Since President Obama and Congress won’t stand-up for Americans against the demands of GM and Chrysler, then it is up to all of us to do so.

GM and Chrysler had no problem demanding billions of tax dollars to help their crumbling corporate infrastructures. Then, when that wasn’t enough they demanded more from the federal government and if they didn’t get it, they said they would enter bankruptcy.

Well, when GM and Chrysler enter bankruptcy it seems they still are taking more billions in tax dollars while closing dealerships all over the nation and laying-off thousands of employees. The Obama administration and a bi-partisan Congress appears to let GM and Chrysler do whatever they want to.

Consequently, it is time that Americans make a bold statement to GM and Chrysler by boycotting the products of these two renegade automakers.

Ironically, Ford Motors took an opposite stance. Ford did NOT want any taxpayer dollars to bail-out its manufacturing plants and corporate HQ. Instead, the company intelligently make good decisions to help its own cause by trimming its operations and developing more cost-effective goals. The American people should commend Ford and support its leadership and personnel unconditionally.

It is without hesitation that I recommend that Americans buy from Ford and boycott GM and Chrysler. You don’t have to be Einstein to see which of these companies acts responsibly, ethically and in the best interests of the American people.


  1. pstern

    RT101, obviously I also agree with you. I wouldn’t touch a GM or Chrysler product. I wouldn’t buy their stocks or bonds either.

    I had purchased a few shares of GM as a long term investment for my young son. I would not buy many because I was afraid of this situation happening. Still, we lost the shares when Obama and the Feds agreed to let GM screw us with their bankruptcy.

    And now, Americans still are throwing money to GM even after the bankruptcy. This is not a good decision and certainly present a disturbing mentality.

    I would like to declare bankruptcy and then get a few million from the government to start over — thank you very much.

  2. pstern

    Yes, natural gas.

    The fact that many people have only electricity to use also impacts on the supply and demand principle, which will increase the cost of electricity as well.

    For example, in my home we only use electricity. It is a fairly large home for 5 of us. Consequently, our electric bills from Pedernales Electric Cooperative (PEC) are quite high ranging from $200 per month up to $500 depending on time of year and kilowatt hour usage.

    Electricity costs are continuing to rise, so it will rise even more when the demand increases.

  3. almandine

    I think you mean people changed over to natural gas, not gasoline.

    As far as rates are concerned, many places in the US have little petroleum-based energy, with electricity being their only typical energy source. Should be no problem there.

  4. pstern

    There is one main problem to your consideration. With the cost of electricity sky-rocketing in many states across the nation, you may want to reconsider that proposition.

    I have read studies that indicate electricity consumption is increasing all over and as a result will generate even higher billings of electricity usage.

    Many states have a “hands-off” policy and lax legislation when it comes to electric companies and especially electric cooperatives. These entities already are cashing in on their customers and it will only be a time when costs will increase due to the higher usage of electric vehicles.

    This fuel nonsense may be seen by viewing what occurred during the early 1970’s with the gas vs. oil usage for residential heating.

    For a while oil was the cheaper but dirtier menthod of home heating, but then costs ran through the roof. Many people then changed over to gasoline heating because it was cleaner and less costly.

    But people had to pay for the cost of changing over to gas and in a short time gas starting rising in cost as well until it was far more expensive than oil heating.

    The same thing is going to occur with electricity usage and costs.

  5. CheckerboardStrangler

    The first company that comes out with an affordable electric vehicle that has a gas or preferably diesel powered range extender engine will get my new car dollars.

    I don’t care if it’s GM, Chrysler, Ford or any of the other foreign companies…if it is powered by electric motors, and uses a small and efficient
    internal combustion engine to run a generator to extend the range when the battery charge drops too low, I will buy it.

    That, in my mind, is the most efficient way to send a message to a car company that they are fulfilling my wishes.

    As of this writing, that car company appears to be
    General Motors, because their Chevy Volt uses a
    1.4 liter inline four cylinder gas engine to run a generator that extends the battery range of the vehicle, which will travel up to forty miles on its own.
    Since that is approximately equivalent to my average daily drive, it is theoretically possible that I might not have to fill the tank for up to a month at a time or even longer.

    Should another company beat GM to the market or come out with a more affordable alternative, I will immediately set my sights on their product instead, but for now the GM Volt appears to be the most attractive choice.