Auto-parts trade takes another hit

Auto-parts trade takes another hit

There are 29 comments on the The Indianapolis Star story from Feb 8, 2007, titled Auto-parts trade takes another hit. In it, The Indianapolis Star reports that:

Layoffs likely will mount in factory cities this year as the ailing Detroit automakers scale back, buying fewer auto parts made in Indiana.

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lastrep

Indianapolis, IN

#21 Feb 9, 2007
Indiana Brain Drain wrote:
How much population has East Central Indiana lost these last 10-20 years because the state government and business leasers failed to prepare for these events? They aren't managing or governing, they're just milking old "cash cows" without coming up with anything newer and better to replace them. Think!
Why don't YOU come up with something better. It's always someone elses job to make sure you have a job. DO!!
Dave

Indianapolis, IN

#22 Feb 9, 2007
Delldude wrote:
Dave, Dave, do ya think when those little guys from those foreign countries( Japan,China,Korea, to name a few) come in and rape, and pillage our country (just like they did in those previous wars) will they have pity on you, or your family? NOT even if you have a NEW TOYOTA parked in your garage NO! and guess what? its going to happen.
Those people hate our guts,and will eventually break us financially.(Remember your the genius who said buy foriegn Right?)then who will bail your sorry a** out.
BUY AMERICAN,DEMAND AMERICAN MADE PRODUCTS,BUILT AND ASSSEMBLED BY AMERICAN WORKERS and
STOP SENDING OUR AMERICAN DOLLARS OUT OF THE UNITED STATES
I'll demand american products when they're cheaper and greedy unions aren't raising the costs and reducing the quality. I'll send my dollars to the cheapest product, not to support your pension.

Since: Jan 07

Bowling Green, KY

#23 Feb 9, 2007
You can't blame the government for your lack of skill and education. We all saw this coming 10 years ago. I was going to college wondering who all these unskilled people in auto plants where making the big bucks. But I new it would eventually end because companies can't afford to keep paying idiots $30000 or $40000 more than they are actually worth. These factories are shutting down because of the greed of the worker.
Get Real

Indianapolis, IN

#24 Feb 9, 2007
lastrep wrote:
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Why don't YOU come up with something better. It's always someone elses job to make sure you have a job. DO!!
Clearly Mitch's "Economic Comeback" is full of hot air. He is on his third Secretary of Commerce in a little of two years. We need results, not statements like everyone needs to go to IVY Tech or get a job on the farm.
Indiana Brain Drain

Lexington, KY

#25 Feb 9, 2007
Get Real wrote:
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Clearly Mitch's "Economic Comeback" is full of hot air. He is on his third Secretary of Commerce in a little of two years. We need results, not statements like everyone needs to go to IVY Tech or get a job on the farm.
Exactly. Lastrep apparently doesn't understand what a Labor Secretary is supposed to do. This sounds like massive misfeasance, malfeasance, and nonfeasance of duty throughout Indiana government. Leave it to Lastrep and the rest of the silver-spoon social Darwinists to blame the victims.
lastrep

Indianapolis, IN

#26 Feb 9, 2007
Indiana Brain Drain wrote:
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Exactly. Lastrep apparently doesn't understand what a Labor Secretary is supposed to do. This sounds like massive misfeasance, malfeasance, and nonfeasance of duty throughout Indiana government. Leave it to Lastrep and the rest of the silver-spoon social Darwinists to blame the victims.
Evidently most of the brains have drained. You want Mitch to come and hold your hand and wipe your nose for you? Get your own job, don't expect someone else to get it for you. If they did get you a job, judging by your attitude, it wouldn't be good enough. Grow up.
The Unenlightened

Lexington, KY

#27 Feb 9, 2007
B-rad wrote:
You can't blame the government for your lack of skill and education. We all saw this coming 10 years ago. I was going to college wondering who all these unskilled people in auto plants where making the big bucks. But I new it would eventually end because companies can't afford to keep paying idiots $30000 or $40000 more than they are actually worth. These factories are shutting down because of the greed of the worker.
B-rad, you would be so much more credible with your "college" and all if you used "new" and "knew" correctly. What was your major? Japanese? It definitely was not English.
Matt

Indianapolis, IN

#28 Feb 10, 2007
lastrep wrote:
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Evidently most of the brains have drained. You want Mitch to come and hold your hand and wipe your nose for you? Get your own job, don't expect someone else to get it for you. If they did get you a job, judging by your attitude, it wouldn't be good enough. Grow up.
Although I would say it more respectfully, I agree with Lastrep. It is nice that out state government assists in helping put strategies together to create a more business friendly environment for companies, but at the end of the day, they can't be blamed for what is going on here.

If you want to blame anyone, blame those who like to buy things as cheaply as possible (that'd be just about everyone - including me and probably you). You see, the market dictates that these things happen. No one should deny that our manufacturing workforce is paid way more than a workforce in Mexico.

When an executive of a company is convinced that the productivity lost by moving to Mexico are less than the difference in pay between Mexicans and Hoosiers, he has to move that plant. Do you know why? Because his responsibility is to his employer to remain competitive, not to employees to give them a job.

We now live in a GLOBAL market, and that includes the labor market. We can lament it and pout about it, but the truth is that we are ALL better for it. Go in to Wal-Mart and look how cheap all that stuff is! It's that cheap because companies look for the cheapest way to make it. And they do that because if they didn't, you'd buy it for a nickel cheaper at Costco!

I know that people loose their jobs, but that has been going on for ever. How many tanners have lost their jobs making saddles because the heartless industrial revolution took away those steady jobs!!
Need New Paths

Lexington, KY

#29 Feb 20, 2007
The Unenlightened wrote:
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B-rad, you would be so much more credible with your "college" and all if you used "new" and "knew" correctly. What was your major? Japanese? It definitely was not English.
But "B-rad" is right!

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