Got this email today (verified by Snopes)
>> GM supplier answers GM President Troy Clarke's "plea" / Great response
>> This is one of the greatest responses to the requests for bailout money I
>> have seen thus far. As a supplier for the Big 3, this man received a letter
>>from the President of GM North America requesting support for the bail out
> > program. His response is classic, and has to make you proud of a local
>> guy who tells it like it is.
>> Dear Employees & Suppliers,
>> Congress and the current Administration will soon determine whether to
>> provide immediate support to the domestic auto industry to help it through
>> one of the most difficult economic times in our nation's history. Your elected
>> officials must hear from all of us now on why this support is critical to our
>> continuing the progress we began prior to the global financial crisis.
>> As an employee or supplier, you have a lot at stake and continue to be one
>> of our most effective and passionate voices. I know GM can count
>> on you to have your voice heard. Thank you for your urgent action and
>> ongoing support.
>> Troy Clarke President General Motors North America
>> Response from:
>> Gregory Knox, Pres.
>> Knox Machinery Company
>> Franklin , Ohio
>> In response to your request to contact legislators and ask for a bailout for
>> the Big Three automakers please consider the following, and please pass my
>> thoughts on to Troy Clark, President of General Motors - North America .
>> Politicians and Management of the Big 3 are both infected with the same
>> entitlement mentality that has spread like cancerous germs in UAW halls
>> for the last countless decades, and whose plague is now sweeping this nation,
>> awaiting our new "messiah", Pres-elect Obama, to wave his magic wand and
>> make all our problems go away, while at the same time allowing our once
>> great nation to keep "living the dream"… Believe me folks, The dream is over!
>> This dream where we can ignore the consumer for years while management
>> myopically focuses on its personal rewards packages at the same time that
>> our factories have been filled with the worlds most overpaid, arrogant,
>> ignorant and laziest entitlement minded "laborers" without paying the price for >> these atrocities…this dream where you still think the
masses will line up to
>> buy our products for ever and ever.
>> Don't even think about telling me I'm wrong. Don't accuse me of not
>> knowing of what I speak. I have called on Ford, GM, Chrysler, TRW, Delphi ,
>> Kelsey Hayes, American Axle and countless other automotive OEM's throughout the Midwest during the past 30 years and what I've seen over
those years in these union shops can only be described as disgusting.
>> Troy Clarke, President of General Motors North America , states: "There
>> is widespread sentiment throughout this country, and our government, and
>> especially via the news media, that the current crisis is completely the
>> result of bad management which it certainly is not."
>> You're right Mr. Clarke, it's not JUST management…how about the
>> electricians who walk around the plants like lords in feudal times, making people wait on them for countless hours while they drag ass…so
they can come in on the weekend and make double and triple time…for a job they easily could have
>> done within their normal 40 hour work week. How about the line workers who
>> threaten newbies with all kinds of scare tactics…for putting out too many parts >> on a shift…and for being too productive
>> (We certainly must not expose those lazy bums who have been getting
>> overpaid for decades for their horrific underproduction, must we?!?)
>> Do you folks really not know about this stuff?!? How about this great
>> sentiment abridged from Mr. Clarke's sad plea: "over the last few
>> years …we have closed the quality and efficiency gaps with our competitors." >> What the hell has Detroit been doing for the last 40
years?!? Did we really JUST >> wake up to the gaps in quality and efficiency between us and them?
>> The K car vs. the Accord? The Pinto vs. the Civic?!? Do I need to go
>> on? What a joke!
>> We are living through the inevitable outcome of the actions of the United
>> States auto industry for decades. It's time to pay for your sins, Detroit .
>> I attended an economic summit last week where brilliant economist, Alan
>> Beaulieu, from the Institute of Trend Research , surprised the crowd when
>> he said he would not have given the banks a penny of "bailout money". "Yes, he
>> said, this would cause short term problems," but despite what people like
>> politicians and corporate magnates would have us believe, the sun would in
>> fact rise the next day… and the following very important thing would happen…>> where there had been greedy and sloppy banks, new efficient
ones would pop
>> up…that is how a free market system works…it does work…if we would only let >> it work…"
>> But for some nondescript reason we are now deciding that the rest of the
>> world is right and that capitalism doesn't work - that we need the government to
>> step in and "save us"…Save us my ass, Hell - we're nationalizing…and
>> unfortunately too many of our once fine nation's citizens don't even have
>> a clue that this is what is really happening…But, they sure can tell you the
>> stats on their favorite sports teams…yeah - THAT'S really important, isn't it…
>> Does it ever occur to ANYONE that the "competition" has been producing
>> vehicles, EXTREMELY PROFITABLY, for decades in this country?... How can
>> that be??? Let's see… Fuel efficient… Listening to customers… Investing in
>> the proper tooling and automation for the long haul…
>> Not being too complacent or arrogant to listen to Dr. W. Edwards Deming
>> four decades ago when he taught that by adopting appropriate principles of
>> management, organizations could increase quality and simultaneously reduce
>> costs. Ever increased productivity through