Monday, August 31, 2009

Government Motors to Export Jobs to China

The company formerly known as General Motors announced today that they are forming a venture with the Chinese to produce more cars in China. Wow, I am so glad that now that the government and the unions own GM we are shipping our jobs overseas. To make matters worse, as reported by Reuters....

Vehicles made at the venture will carry the FAW brand and will focus on supplying the China market, but they could be exported under a GM brand through the Detroit automaker's global network in the future, Wale said.
Now, I am not a psychic, but I think you have your out clause right there. These cars will eventually make their way over to US soil. According to that same article, GM already produces several cars over there. Now, I know that I am getting older and they say that memory is one of the first things to go, but wasn't it candidate Barack Obama that said at the 2007 AFL-CIO Democratic primary forum

Q: The flip side to fair trade: how do you convince a working family that’s struggling to get by that buying American is still best for them, when American T-shirts cost $20 and imported ones are $10?

A: Look, people don’t want a cheaper T-shirt if they’re losing a job in the process. They would rather have the job and pay a little bit more for a T-shirt. And I think that’s something that all Americans could agree to.But this raises a larger point, which is:
globalization is here. And we should be trading around the world. We don’t want
to just be standing still while the rest of the world is out there taking the steps that it needs to in order to expand trade. Congress has a responsibility because we’ve got right now provisions in our tax code that reward companies that are moving jobs overseas instead of companies that are investing right here in the US. And that is a reflection of the degree to which special interests have been shaping our trade policy. That’s something that I’ll end.

Is it me, or does that contradict the actions of a government owned company. Wasn't it candidate and president Obama who made all types of statements about demanding that China have labour rights for their workers and enforce safety laws. It was also Barack Obama who said at the third 2008 Presidential Debate

For far too long, certainly during the course of the Bush administration with the support of Sen. McCain, the attitude has been that any trade agreement is a good trade agreement. And NAFTA did not have enforceable labor agreements and environmental agreements.And what I said was we should include those and make them enforceable. In the same way that we should enforce rules against China manipulating its currency to make our exports more expensive and their exports to us cheaper.
Where are the guarantees that these things are being met. IF they were there, Robert Gibbs would have trumpeted them upon high.

And where are the Unions and the media on this. The unions who demonized companies for sending jobs overseas have been quiet since the announcement of this deal today. There has not been a peep out of the UAW. The MSM has barely spoken a peep regarding this deal. It almost seems like they don't want anyone to really hear about it. I wonder why?

In addition, where is the outrage from our congressmen and senators. Seeing as we saw several cutbacks in labor back in July at our local GM truck plant, why isn't there a demand to have GM produce these vehicles here. Where is the demand that GM close its China plants in favor of building these vehicles stateside. This will never happen my friends and the reason is.....because China owns us. The spending by this administration and the Congress has us in so much debt and projected for even more, we have to keep China happy. What better way to keep China happy then build more non eco-friendly cars over there.

To quote the Bard, William Shakespeare, from Hamlet Act 1 Scene 4, "Something is rotten in the state of Denmark".

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