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Damn nice truck.
 

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GM has always been hind tit.
 

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The UAW was always part of the corruption which caused us to pay so much for cars throughout the years. They always got their cut and it was huge! That cost was always passed on to the consumer!

https://www.foxbusiness.com/financi...med-co-conspirito-in-curruiption-probe-report

The man representing the United Auto Workers union has been implicated in a growing scandal involving the Detroit-based union and its finances - coming as another blow to the union’s reputation.

UAW President Gary Jones has been identified as one of the co-conspirators in a criminal complaint accusing Region 5 Director Vance Pearson of misconduct, according to the Detroit Free Press, citing a source with knowledge of the case. The complaint, unsealed Thursday, accuses UAW officials of misspending union funds. Pearson faces charges of embezzlement, fraud, filing false reports and conspiracy and is the first sitting official to be charged in the prolonged investigation, according to The Wall Street Journal.
 

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my buddy says that GM Ford and Fiat/Chrysler are all in on this and it could get dramatic
 

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The democrats are trying to bring the country down from within in the same manner the UAW is trying to bring down GM. I have not driven a GM car since I had a 1973 Chevelle. That was a good car.
 

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my buddy says that GM Ford and Fiat/Chrysler are all in on this and it could get dramatic
Maybe this is why platinum / palladium are done so much while other PMs are up.
 

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Bought the wife a new Toyota Avalon two weeks ago.
No UAW input on it and made in the USA.
Screw GM and the UAW...we have paid their way long enough.
 

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The union members don't realize American can't afford what they are selling.

When you go look and the salesman tells you he can knock 10K off the top WTF is it priced there to begin with. I won't buy a new car for a good reason. They refuse to publish the prices....... only payments & lease costs. If that is that much profit in them they should lower the price and sell more. Middle class factory workers making 80K with unbelievable bennys will soon be extinct.

Can ANYONE tell me how there are honda, kia, toyota, vw dealerships in Detriot? Don't any of them understand they put themselves out of work?
 

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A little known tariff on foreign trucks has protected the UAW for decades

The anti-consumer 25% ‘chicken tax’ on truck imports has insulated Big 3 from foreign competition for 50+ years
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We hear all the time that the US has relatively low tariffs and opens its markets to the world, while other countries impose unfair high tariffs and trade barriers that keep foreign markets closed to US exports. Team Trump frequently points out that the US tariff on foreign automobiles is only 2.5% while Europe has a 10% import tariff and China’s import tariffs on cars were reduced to 15% in May before going back up to 25% as a retaliatory measure following Trump’s announcement of tariffs on $16 billion of China’s products in August. What Trump conveniently ignores is that the US has had a 25% tariff on imports of light trucks (and two-seat SUVs) for more than 50 years. What makes that especially important is that the truck share of the US vehicle market has been above 50% in every year since 1999, except for two years (2008 and 2009) during the Great Recession, and rose during the first quarter of this year to an all-time high of 66.6% (see chart above).
In 2009, Harvard Professor of International Trade and Investment Robert Lawrence wrote a guest blog post on Harvard economist Dani Rodrick’s blog titled “The chickens have come home to roost” about the 1964 “Chicken Tax” — the 25% tariff/tax on imported light-duty pickup trucks, which has insulated the Big 3 (Ford, GM and Chrysler) from foreign competition in the truck market for more than half a century:
Although we call the Big 3 automobile companies they have basically specialized in building trucks (see chart above). This left them utterly unable to respond when high gas prices shifted the market towards hybrids and more fuel-efficient cars.
One reason is that Americans like to drive SUVs, minivans and small trucks when gasoline costs $1.50 to $2.00 a gallon. But another is that the profit margins have been much higher on trucks and vans because the US protects its domestic market with a 25% tariff. By contrast, the import tariff on regular automobiles is just 2.5% and US duties from tariffs on all imported goods are just 1% of the overall value of merchandise imports. Since many of the inputs used to assemble trucks are not subject to tariffs anywhere near 25% — US tariffs on all goods average only 3.5% — the effective protection and subsidy equivalent of this policy has been huge.
What accounts for this distinctive treatment of trucks? An accident of history that shows how hard it is for the government to withdraw favors even when they have no sound policy justification. It all comes down to the long forgotten Chicken Wars of the 1960s. In 1962, when implementing the European Common Market, the Community denied access to US chicken producers. In response after being unable to resolve the issue diplomatically, the US responded in 1964 with retaliatory tariffs that included a 25% tariff on trucks that was aimed at the German Volkswagen Combi-Bus that was enjoying brisk sales in the US.
Since the trade (GATT) rules required that retaliation be applied on a non-discriminatory basis, the tariffs were levied on all truck-type vehicles imported from all countries and have never been removed. Over time, the Germans stopped building these vehicles and today the tariffs are mainly paid on trucks coming from Asia. The tariffs have bred bad habits, steering Detroit away from building high-quality automobiles towards trucks and truck like cars that have suddenly fallen into disfavor.
If Congress wants an explanation for why the Big 3 have been so uncompetitive it should look first at the disguised largess it has been providing them with for years. It has taken a long time — nearly 47 years — but it seems that eventually the chickens have finally come home to roost.​
Related articles on the 25% “chicken tax”:
1. From the Washington Post in 2013:
The “chicken tax” has effectively insulated U.S. truck manufacturers from competition for five long decades. That’s kept prices high and created huge profit centers at Chrysler, Ford, and General Motors — so much so, some argue, that the Big Three have slacked off in developing innovative cars because they’ve become addicted to the easy money offered by pickups.​
2. From Green Car Reports in 2009:
Profits from hundreds of thousands of Ford F-150 and Chevrolet Silverado pickups have stayed disproportionately high because any truck built outside North America had a 25% tariff slapped onto its price (versus just 2.5% on cars). Addicted to that easy money, Detroit stopped paying attention to passenger cars. Which is easy to believe if you’ve driven a 2009 Dodge Caliber or 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt, neither of them remotely competitive with the best compacts from Honda or Toyota.​
3. From Dan Ikenson’s 2003 Cato article “The Big Three’s Shameful Secret“:
Last year, America’s best-selling car was … a truck. In fact, for the last 21 years, the Ford F-Series has been the number one selling vehicle in America ( Chevy Silverado, another pickup, took the number two spot in 2002. [MP: The Ford F-series truck has now been the best-selling vehicle in the US for the last 36 years.]
Americans love pickup trucks. They are rugged and utilitarian, like the American pioneer. They serve our inclination toward industriousness. Pickups embody the American spirit. But the “Big Three” harbor a shameful secret. The industry is not as tough as the “like a rock” image it projects. Behind the façade, the industry fears foreign competition. And it forces its loyal customers to flip the bill for that insecurity.
Foreign-made pickup trucks are subject to a 25% import tariff, a policy heartily endorsed by U.S. producers. So a foreign truck valued at $20,000 costs the importer $25,000 before he can even clear customs. Meanwhile, domestic producers of $20,000 pickups have an artificial $5,000 cushion, enabling them to increase prices without appearing out of line.
At 25%, the import tariff is virtually prohibitive. In 2001, fewer than 7,000 pickups were imported from outside North America. That’s only 0.23% of almost 3 million purchased. Without imports, supply is smaller, choices are fewer, and domestic producers are the only game in town. It’s a veritable sellers’ market, sanctioned under official U.S. policy. And truck buyers — if you’ll pardon the pun — carry the load.​
MP: As much as we hear the constant narrative from Team Trump that America is an open market compared to other countries, and those countries must therefore be punished for their “unfair” trade practices with import tariffs (actually of course it’s Americans who are being punished with higher taxes and prices), the US truck market provides a counter-example of a US market that is basically closed to foreign imports because of the prohibitive 25% “chicken tax.” With a two-thirds market share today for trucks and SUVs, that means that only one-third of the US vehicle market — passenger cars — is really a market open for imports with a low 2.5% tariff rate, while the large majority of our vehicle market is basically closed to imports with the 25% tariff on trucks and SUVs.
Maybe it’s time now to end the “chicken tax” on imported trucks and finally put an end to 50+ years of anti-consumer protectionism for what has become two-thirds of the US vehicle market. Probably not likely though since that share of the market is by far the most lucrative and profitable, and the Big 3 have become “addicted to the easy money” that they are allowed to pick from the pockets of US vehicle buyers with help from their government enablers.
http://www.aei.org/publication/the-...-big-3-from-foreign-competition-for-50-years/
 

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the big unions are led by democrat pawns. the workers just go along for the ride. i'm in one of the largest unions - been watching them work for years. leadership openly advocates for things that hurt the dues-paying membership

leadership openly supports all things leftist - open borders, globalist offshoring of american jobs, globohomo, get whitey....the whole bit
 

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the big unions are led by democrat pawns. the workers just go along for the ride. i'm in one of the largest unions - been watching them work for years. leadership openly advocates for things that hurt the dues-paying membership

leadership openly supports all things leftist - open borders, globalist offshoring of american jobs, globohomo, get whitey....the whole bit
What more do they need than NAFTA? It put them and their customers out of work so they could not afford the products they made.
That's a special kinda stupid.