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I took all dealer owners whose names appeared more than once in the list. And, of those who contributed to political campaigns, every single one had donated almost exclusively to GOP candidates.
Consider the partial list of Chrysler dealership owners, listed below. You'll notice that all were opponents of Barack Obama, most through sponsorship of GOP candidates and organizations, but a handful through Barack's Democrat rivals (Hillary Clinton and John Edwards in 2008, for example).
They got closed because they were the bottom of the barrel.
Originally posted by mysterybee
Did it even occur to most of you that most Chrysler dealership owners might be disproportionately Republican?
That would mean that no matter what way they axed up the dealerships the majority would *always* have been mostly GOP doners.
Call me crazy but I find it highly likely that *MOST* American-made car dealership owners would be politically conservative, and indeed, most wealthier people tend to be conservative as well. After all, most people don't become conservative until they have something they feel like conserving.
Just something to consider.
Chrysler has argued it needs a smaller dealer network to return to profitability. In 2008, it sold about 1 million new cars at some 3,300 dealers. "They've given me no time to sell off (my inventory)," said Robert Engel, who runs two dealerships in Tenafly and Wyckoff, New Jersey. Both dealerships, which employ about 60 people, are profitable, he said. Engel estimates two-thirds of his dealership revenue comes from service, and said he intends to stay open. "Bankruptcy laws are being manipulated to carry out a marketing plan," he said. "If they're going to terminate dealers, it should only be severely underperforming dealers."
Chrysler wants fewer but bigger dealers in central locations near highways that would carry Dodge, Chrysler and Jeep vehicles under one roof, Engel added, but the decision about who survives was "random" and set a precedent of government interference in free markets.
"The Fifth Amendment clearly states you cannot take another person's property without due process or compensation. Even in eminent domain, there is an appraised price on the property being taken by the state."
Anderer said he has been in business for 22 years and employs 48 workers. He intends to fight the plan. "My business is being stolen from me under the guise of the bankruptcy laws, given to another dealer down the street," Anderer said.