The Economy, the Camaro and other thoughts....
-- got a few notes from people....concerned about the economy and GM and whether or not this will delay the Camaro.
First -- let me make this perfectly clear: this is ME talking - and I am NOT speaking for the company I work for...........MY thoughts:
Let me quote our Chairman: "Bankruptcy is not an option......."
Those are pretty powerful words. I believe he's committed to doing everything in his power to turn this company around -- and the proof is in the cars and trucks we're coming out with.
(Fact: No one has more cars that get 30mpg or better than Chevy -- not Honda, Not Toyota -- not anyone.........................) (sorry -- just had to put that message in there.....)
Rick has lots of people criticizing him -- everyone seems to think they have the answer - the fact is that they don't have all the answers.
Will we ever declare bankruptcy?
Well -- 'never' is a realllllllllll long time -- so I will never say never.........but I think it very very unlikely.
The Economy is indeed in turmoil -- where will it end? No one knows.
That said -- while our business has taken quite a hit, we're moving forward with new products -- and one of them is the Camaro. There are no delays on the new Camaro. None.
Back to the economy...........
I have a real problem with many of our elected officials in Washington...
....I believe we:
-that's you and me-- need to vote a LOT of people out of office -- and we need to do it NOW.
I believe that there are people on Wall Street that need to go to jail. I believe that we need to use the 'claw-back' laws to 'claw back' the outlandish compensation that too many people have been paid. I'm sorry, but NO ONE is worth $50million in my book ...you may disagree and it's your perogative to do so..............
I believe in the United States of America.
I also know that the rest of the world is going thru what we're going thru.........and that is frightening.
I believe we've got some of the best business minds in the world - and I believe you'll see people work hard to solve our problems.
Now -- that said:
- that's you and me -- have some responsibilities.
It is NOT a God Given Right to live in this country and expect to have things handed to us.
-- that's you and me - have a RESPONSIBILITY to get ourselves to the polls on Tuesday, November 4 -- and vote RESPONSIBLY --
By 'responsibly' -- I mean none of this 'straight ticket' stuff - YOU NEED TO DO YOUR HOMEWORK -- and you need to be paying attention to where ALL candidates stand on a variety of issues. YOU NEED to look at the claims being made -- and you need to do your homework to see that some are outlandish...........and you need to understand that EVERYTHING comes with a price...........
-- that's you and me -- have a RESPONSIBILITY to work and sacrifice to see that our way of life is preserved. We must because, you see, many have given their lives so that we - that's you and me -- can have the best standard of living that the world has EVER known. Many millions more gave years of their lives and their health -- for the same reason.
-- that's you and me-- need to look at what's in the best interests of the country -- not just of what MAY be in the best interests of ourselves. (singular)
A personal word about health care:
Two years ago I had a heart problem. I was told that the "widow maker' was over 90% blocked -- and I was put in the hospital and I had stents put in.
It took less than 48 hours to get these stents.......and at the time one of my dear friends in Canada told me that there was a waiting list of over a YEAR for stents in that country.
(this is not a slam at Canada -- if I had to move to another country -- I'd pick Canada in a heartbeat -- love the country - love the people even more!)
Our Hospitals have lots of patients from all over the world - and the reason is this: we have the best health care in the world -- but the problem is the COST of health care.
Wanna know my thinking on WHY?
People can sue for millions for ridiculous reasons.
The older I get, the more I realize what I DON'T know -- but I know this: Pass Tort reform and our health care costs will come back to earth......
The Attorneys don't want this -- and they'll tell you that they're fighting for your rights (and perhaps they are...) but they're becoming very wealthy doing so. (this is not a slam against all attorneys -- esp. those of you who are my friends!!!) But it IS a slam at what I'll call "ambulance chasers"......
OK -- bet a few of you are sorry you asked.
AGAIN -- the opinions above are MY PERSONAL opinions - not those of the company I work for -- and my opinions and $2.50 will buy you a cup of coffee at one of those fancy-shmancy coffee shops..........
(......can someone please bring a fork lift over here and get the soap box out from under me??)