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Chrysler shuts down all plants for one month

There are 40 comments on the Hampton Roads Daily Press story from Dec 18, 2008, titled Chrysler shuts down all plants for one month. In it, Hampton Roads Daily Press reports that:

Chrysler is closing all its North American manufacturing plants for at least a month, the starkest move yet taken by U.S. automakers as they anxiously await word about government loans.

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TidewaterLiberta rian

King William, VA

#22 Dec 18, 2008
Mary wrote:
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That's not the problem. The problem is the Unions & the pay rates & benefits & govt regulations that make the cost of our cars too high. But that aside, there are "foreign" cars being built in the country by profitable car companies. And these companies are building better cars.
I have owned three Camry's, each of which was built in Kentucky, each of which lasted 10 years and gave me a quarter million trouble-free miles.
Fairness

Norfolk, VA

#23 Dec 18, 2008
The Egg Man wrote:
<quoted text>Sure, sure, sure. That's what this is all about, anyho9w. "Let's Find A Way T Bust The Freaking Union", regardless of who gets hurt. After all, you all know that unions are the reason for every evil known to man, since they tend to interfere with that no-holds barred capitalism that so many profess to believe in.
Here's one for you all... if the cost of healthcare in this country hadn't gotten so out of hand, our automakers and other major industries would have no trouble whatsoever outperforming many of their foreign counterparts in the world marketplace. I guess that's the union's fault, too.
Unions are a bittersweet legacy of our country, the "can't live with, can't live without" cliche'.

I really agree that healthcare is our next great issue. We, as a nation, can't afford to keep everyone alive at our current level of care. We have made great advances technology-wise but can we afford it??? Health care is ridiculously expensive and I can see a time when Doctors, Nurses, Hospitals and HMO's will be in this same bucket...

“That's cool, man.”

Since: Jul 08

Hampton, VA

#24 Dec 18, 2008
Fairness wrote:
Unions are a bittersweet legacy of our country, the "can't live with, can't live without" cliche'.
I really agree that healthcare is our next great issue. We, as a nation, can't afford to keep everyone alive at our current level of care. We have made great advances technology-wise but can we afford it??? Health care is ridiculously expensive and I can see a time when Doctors, Nurses, Hospitals and HMO's will be in this same bucket...
And the cost of healthcare has the potential of bringing everyone else to the brink of financial ruin for a minor injury or an extended illness. Heck, even with some insurance plans, some people are barely able to afford the medical care part of a pregnant woman carrying a child to term, much less the medical care costs after the child is born. And having kids is supposed to be a desirable thing, not a debilitating disease.
Non-Conserative

Brooklyn, NY

#25 Dec 18, 2008
Sevantish wrote:
The bailout failed because the UAW rejected a plan for the big three to pay their workers the same as other car companies pay in their US factories. The UAW is a big reason the big three are in this financial crisis. The best bet is to allow the big three to enter bankruptcy to restructure their cost of wages and benefits. United Airlines went through this pain and it saved the company. Otherwise, we're going to throw billions of dollars down the toilet and have this problem again in two or three years.
The United bankruptcy made the lawyers $400 Million and the Banks made then that in fees. The employees lost a third of thier pension and a large pay cut, and by the way the CEO had a clause that his pension would not be decreased, was fully funded and seperate from the Union.The bankruptcy laws are now tilted to big business that the workers do suffer.No bankruptcy or bailout, just make better cars
Non-Conserative

Brooklyn, NY

#26 Dec 18, 2008
To keep cars prices down lets just not pay the pensions earned by the workers and invest in the stockmarket. I heard the stockmarket doing well and a good broker like Bernard Madoff will double my money fast. Unions are the root of all evil and the concept of making good money and benefits is just crazy talk and really un-American. I can't wait till day we can't afford to grow old due to promises not kept. Is it happening now and the people who really cause this mess are telling you how to fix it. YEAH, RIGHT
hampton curmudgeon

Hampton, VA

#27 Dec 18, 2008
Mary wrote:
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That's not the problem. The problem is the Unions & the pay rates & benefits & govt regulations that make the cost of our cars too high. But that aside, there are "foreign" cars being built in the country by profitable car companies. And these companies are building better cars.
And Mary, you know all this how exacty???
CNN, Fox, Entertainment Tonight...Leno?

No name

Newport News, VA

#28 Dec 18, 2008
Sevantish wrote:
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It costs what it costs. The government doesn't owe you a cheap new car. Drive used, and if you can't afford that, ride a bike. Get an education, work hard, and eventually you too can afford a new car. If you work at a dead-end job, then go home and watch TV, don't expect an increase in your standard of living.
90% of adults living in poverty in America are there by the choices they make. Immigrants taking the initiative to come to this country seldom stay in poverty for long.
WOW! I didn't know I was an uneducated immigrant who has a crappy job. For the record I have a Masters degree, own my own home, make a good honest living and have a newer car (2007). I don't think the government owes anyone a car! I just think alot of cars/trucks/suvs shouldn't cost as much as they do.
Mary

Virginia Beach, VA

#29 Dec 18, 2008
hampton curmudgeon wrote:
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And Mary, you know all this how exacty???
CNN, Fox, Entertainment Tonight...Leno?
Actually I read about this in the WSJ & heard about it on Bloomberg Satellite Radio. Where do you get your news - from the Huffington Post?
hampton curmudgeon

Hampton, VA

#31 Dec 18, 2008
Mary wrote:
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Actually I read about this in the WSJ & heard about it on Bloomberg Satellite Radio. Where do you get your news - from the Huffington Post?
Sometimes, when Soledad O'brien is taking a pee, and Christianne Amanpour is hunkered down in some cave in Pakistan.
4dtrucker

Newport News, VA

#32 Dec 18, 2008
liveluvlaugh wrote:
See what happens when you don't buy American? It's coming back to bite us!
I agree totally, even if the Uaw worked out less wages for assemblers , do really think the prices of domestic cars and trucks would actually come down?????? Not Hardly...What we have here is free trade biting us in the A S S...as of 2000 a certain local truck plant was making $15000 a minute...anybody wanna argue that, I received the $16000 profit sharing check to prove it.....and these wages statements are total compensation, insurance, pension and such....
4dtrucker

Newport News, VA

#33 Dec 18, 2008
Mary wrote:
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That's not the problem. The problem is the Unions & the pay rates & benefits & govt regulations that make the cost of our cars too high. But that aside, there are "foreign" cars being built in the country by profitable car companies. And these companies are building better cars.
search nissan titan on youtube and watch all the videos of rearends exploding......what a joke
looooooooaded

Newport News, VA

#34 Dec 18, 2008
No name wrote:
I feel if the government does bail out the automakers, the pricing of vehicles needs to be addressed. It is ridiculous that a decent vehicle costs over $20,000! The prices of SUVs are way too high also! Consumers should have not have to pay $400-$500 per month to own a vehicle! Granted I do not pay that for my vehicle, but most people around $400 per month. The auto industry has gotten too greedy! I bet it doesn't take $35,000 to make that Ford Explorer or Chevy Tahoe, etc. Like I said they need to have more affordable vehicles available to consumers!
is it also unfair that a gallon of milk is $5 and a loaf of bread $2.50........it's all relative
Female Driver

Virginia Beach, VA

#36 Dec 19, 2008
looooooooaded wrote:
<quoted text>is it also unfair that a gallon of milk is $5 and a loaf of bread $2.50........it's all relative
The best loaf bread is 7-11 brand.$1.19 a loaf and it's so good you can eat it plain. It's also good for sandwiches.

Since: Jan 08

Newport News

#37 Dec 19, 2008
TidewaterLibertarian wrote:
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No, sorry. We aren't Kool-Aid drinkers over here.
Oh, I see, you don't that has anything to do with it, hmm?

Since: Jan 08

Newport News

#38 Dec 19, 2008
TidewaterLibertarian wrote:
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I have owned three Camry's, each of which was built in Kentucky, each of which lasted 10 years and gave me a quarter million trouble-free miles.
I could care less WHERE they were built, bottom line is what country are these manufacturers FROM, putting up factories in the states was just to get people like you to believe they are "helping" the American people, but its another plan...
Sevantish

Moseley, VA

#39 Dec 19, 2008
liveluvlaugh wrote:
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I could care less WHERE they were built, bottom line is what country are these manufacturers FROM, putting up factories in the states was just to get people like you to believe they are "helping" the American people, but its another plan...
It sure matters to the people working in those factories. The dirty little secret is that many of the big three cars are built with more than 50% of foreign parts. Honda, Toyota, and BMW build cars with more American labor than cars built by the big three.

Since: Sep 07

Leesburg, GA

#40 Dec 19, 2008
They might as well shut down production. This bailout is equivalent to the profits on 11,500,000 autos that they don't even have to make any effort to sell.

“That's cool, man.”

Since: Jul 08

Hampton, VA

#41 Dec 19, 2008
Lee Iacocca wrote:
Looks like someone needs my help again
Both of your old companies
the walrus

Pueblo, CO

#42 Oct 5, 2011
The Egg Man wrote:
<quoted text>Sure, sure, sure. That's what this is all about, anyho9w. "Let's Find A Way T Bust The Freaking Union", regardless of who gets hurt. After all, you all know that unions are the reason for every evil known to man, since they tend to interfere with that no-holds barred capitalism that so many profess to believe in.
Here's one for you all... if the cost of healthcare in this country hadn't gotten so out of hand, our automakers and other major industries would have no trouble whatsoever outperforming many of their foreign counterparts in the world marketplace. I guess that's the union's fault, too.
before unions came around guess who was putting all the money in their pockets, thats right the big greedy fat cat boss, the american worker wised up and was sick and tired of getting what the bird left on the stone, it was all based on a fair days work for a fair wage and protection from the big guy bending you over, the american worker was not asking for the world he just wanted to support his family and have a decent quality of life, as unions progressed in the work force and became efficient the quality of life for many americans was finally realized, union workers were able to buy a home and send the kids to college for better education and in turn creat a smarter work force, granted not everyone was keen to this new idea of unions for the american worker and even today as you heard from the (anti union) EGG MAN who would love to see all unions go away and go back to the good old days when people worked for peanuts and had nothing to show for all the years they gave to their employers, there are those who take pride in doing a good job for the company without unions and that is fine, I have seen many of ASS KISSERS move up in the ranks of the company and that is your choice, myself I will continue to support my union as I reap a good quality of life for myself and my family, hope this will broaden your little mind mr. EGG MAN.

nope

Hampton, VA

#43 Oct 5, 2011
the walrus wrote:
<quoted text>before unions came around guess who was putting all the money in their pockets, thats right the big greedy fat cat boss, the american worker wised up and was sick and tired of getting what the bird left on the stone, it was all based on a fair days work for a fair wage and protection from the big guy bending you over, the american worker was not asking for the world he just wanted to support his family and have a decent quality of life, as unions progressed in the work force and became efficient the quality of life for many americans was finally realized, union workers were able to buy a home and send the kids to college for better education and in turn creat a smarter work force, granted not everyone was keen to this new idea of unions for the american worker and even today as you heard from the (anti union) EGG MAN who would love to see all unions go away and go back to the good old days when people worked for peanuts and had nothing to show for all the years they gave to their employers, there are those who take pride in doing a good job for the company without unions and that is fine, I have seen many of ASS KISSERS move up in the ranks of the company and that is your choice, myself I will continue to support my union as I reap a good quality of life for myself and my family, hope this will broaden your little mind mr. EGG MAN.
You do realize his post is from 2008.

Also would it hurt you to use paragraphs?

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