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  • What’s Wrong with GM and What is the Government Going to do to Fix It?

    In three words: Everything and nothing. Megan McCardle has more:

    GM’s main problem is not that the market is unreasonably unwilling to finance a potentially profitable company. Nor that it can’t produce an awesome small car that shockingly few people want to buy. (Believe me, as the owner of a tiny, ultra-efficient car, I would that there were higher demand for my rapidly depreciating asset). GM’s main problems are

    1) A terrible, bloated cost structure
    2) A terrible, bloated bureaucracy
    3) A bunch of meh car lines

    Which of these is the government going to solve? That terrible, bloated cost structure supports a bloated union whose jobs are the entire rationale for the government intervention. Leaning on the parts suppliers just risks UAW jobs further down the supply chain. Maybe we can take it out of the budget for copy paper and pencils.

    Forgive me if I am skeptical that the government is going to show GM how to streamline its bureaucracy. Nor do governments historically have a good record as cutting-edge auto designers.

    All the government can give GM is money. Our money. Perhaps we should change the name to American Leyland.”

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    3 Responses to What’s Wrong with GM and What is the Government Going to do to Fix It?

    1. Barb -mn says:

      The best thing the government can do is stay out of it like they should've from the beginning. But they're thugs and they won't. They have no concern of who it's effecting as it is all of America. Part of their agenda, achieved!

    2. Pingback: » Financial News Update - 06/01/09 NoisyRoom.net: “Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. Moderation in the face of tyranny is no virtue.” Barry Goldwater

    3. Diane, TX says:

      My husband and I own a Suburban and a Chevrolet Silverado truck. We have always bought American cars, but no more. We will not support any company that runs to the government for a handout to avoid fixing their problems – that is just UN-AMERICAN!

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