Thursday, December 4, 2008

Consider This for December 8, 2008-Earl's Gotta Die

Consider This for December 8, 2008-“Earl’s Gotta Die”

“Earl’s Gotta Die” The now infamous Dixie Chick song lyrics have been ringing in my ears every day since the big three auto manufacturers have decided that the taxpayers of the United States need to bail out their industry.

They want an immediate loan of $18 Billion to get to the end of this month. So do I.

Most of the time when you try to help someone with a bad behavior or an addiction by bailing them out of jail or giving them money all you are doing is allowing them to continue their bad behavior. You are not helping them or solving a problem. You are merely funding their continued dysfunctional life.

The words “bail out” ring in my ears also. People who are co-dependent are continually “bailing out” their loved ones from jail when, in fact, all they are doing is enabling their loved ones to continue their bad behavior.

“Wanda looked all around this town
and all she found was Earl”

That is exactly what the auto manufacturers are asking. This week they asked for several billions of dollars to allow them to stay in business for the next couple of months. Of course that does not include a plan to sell more cars. That would be impossible because their market has dried up because no one has any money to buy cars. I am sure that if the rest of the economy would be better then people would have money and they would buy cars. Simply “bailing out” the manufacturers will not stimulate anything other than the executive’s bail out package and to continue the stifling union contracts that make our cars cost more than just about any on this planet.

Earl’s (The auto manufacturers) gotta die.

The biggest joke was this week when the head of Chrysler announced that the failure of any one of the big three auto manufacturers would result in a deep and long economic depression. I am happy that he has such a good self esteem to think that of his industry but there is nothing that he or congress can do about the fact that his industry has been so poorly managed in recent years.

How arrogant of him to say such a thing. We had a great economy because we were all working together to make it strong. Now that the economy is failing we all have to take some responsibility in the failure.

I live in a single story, single family, ranch style home and I would be more than happy to jump out of one of my windows to take my responsibility for the failure. Think about that. What would that prove?

Oil prices have fallen to a three year low this week but gas prices in Summit County still remain more that 50 cents a gallon higher than Denver. Let’s put together an economic recovery program to help the motoring public in Summit County. Hey, welfare is welfare and why not spread it around?

But when will this madness end? We were told that all we had to do was shore up the banks and the credit industry and that did not work. All we got out of that was some weekends of riotous behavior by some of the recipients of the money. After that was discovered they responded by they felt a good expensive party was important to bolster their customers and clients.

I guess my invitation to that party was lost in our wonderful postal system.

I am not so cold to not think about the thousands of workers and their families who would be out on the street if the companies fail. But at the same time to pay billions of dollars just to keep an industry going is a case of the biggest welfare program ever known to man.

“That Earl had to die
Goodbye Earl”

The $700 Billion bail out (stimulus) program by the characterization of Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson has been a total failure and will only shore up a few companies that maybe should die along with the car companies.

“Earl had to die
Goodbye Earl
We need a break”

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