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#13 of 42 Re: If I were an auto manufacturer, my New Year's resolution would be... [KarenS]
Jan 01, 2012 (3:46 pm)
Fire all union workers. Build plant in right to work states only. Design and build the cars in the US. Without the union intervention and lazy, over paid workers quality will improve and prices will come down opening up competition and creating careers and jobs again in the USA. Unions destroy America.
#14 of 42 Re: If I were ANY auto manufacturer [qbrozen]
Jan 01, 2012 (3:48 pm)
Build it in a non unionized plant and they can.
#15 of 42 Re: If I were ANY auto manufacturer [conanrules]
Jan 01, 2012 (7:46 pm)
If auto manufacturers didn't treat their workers like garbage back in the day, there never would've been a need for a union in the first place.
#16 of 42 Re: If I were ANY auto manufacturer [lemko]
Jan 01, 2012 (8:23 pm)
That's true, but I think the type of treatment you're referring to occurred in the '20s and '30s. From what I know the auto companies treated their employees better after WWII. Unlike in Japan (don't know about Germany), there was always an adversrial relationship between the UAW and management. Fortunately, that's less true in recent years.
#17 of 42 Re: If I were ANY auto manufacturer [lemko]
Jan 01, 2012 (8:39 pm)
There is no need for unions today. Workers have legal rights, ever heard of OSHA for one? Unions create lazy, uneducated, people that feel they are entitled to everything without working for it. People need to learn ambition and pride through accomplishments and not being left back by getting handouts from a lobbyist group that meets with the biggest union thug on a weekly basis, Obama. This liberal mentality that everything should be given to you is a disease and has killed the American economy.
#18 of 42 Re: If I were ANY auto manufacturer [conanrules]
Jan 01, 2012 (8:59 pm)
Aha, I knew it would come down to this, low credibility bitter political babble, and from a source that apparently loves cars made in South Korea, by unionized workers in a domestic auto industry that has been subsidized by their federal government to the nth degree. So much for hard work and not having things given to you, eh.
And to the thread question, two words: add lightness.
#19 of 42 Re: If I were ANY auto manufacturer [fintail]
by steve_ HOST
Jan 01, 2012 (9:11 pm)
Thank you. Anyone else with a resolution or two?
(Posters can take the political talk to the Obama discussion or the UAW one).
#20 of 42 Re: Bring Smokey Yunick's Valev-less Engine Back [steve_]
Jan 01, 2012 (11:47 pm)
"nice conspiracy theory"
"I suspect there's more to the story than the oil companies simply buying him off"
Quite obviously the Big-3 would Not accept Smokey's contract concerning this camless / valveless-engine, that is until his demise, now it's missing in action.
[Much like the 15 layer Optical HD, POOF, it's gone,I suspect in M1-Abrams and F-22's ] the "Good-ol-Boys"[Vaishyas] at the top will only allow us "the ""untouchables, to have what is Forced upon them to give us
I've spent over 5 decades in close proximity or working with Both University presidents and upper echelon personnel.
Private sector is focused on profit, damn the people, damn the environment.
Military sector is focused on:
"In the interest of National Security, the health and well-being any single citizen or group of citizens is of no concern. [SSDD]
If anyone has noticed the news, CAFE Regulations, not increased significantly since 1983.
Obama has signed into effect new CAFE regs, We will have to wait and see if the next President, if Not Obama, nixes them.
One reason, Big-Oil and Big-Auto are Buddy-Buddy, scratch my back and I'll scratch yours..
The responses to so many threads from non-ME, or non-Mechanical Technician types makes me think of the "Stepford-Wives" or perhaps the proverbial Ostrich with his head in the sand.
"Accept what they give us to drive, ask NO Questions"
Go along with Montsanto's GM Products
Think that Ethanol in gasoline is the best alternative to MTBE
BELIEVE the lies regarding Bio Diesel.
Bio*Diesel causes Less hunger in the world than the usage of Corn for Ethanol, check the production rates below.
How can we "Reduce Foreign Dependence on oil if Ethanol uses 3.5-4~BTU's per BTU of Alcohol/Ethanol produced ?
That and the fact Ethanol has 76K BTU/GL, while Gasoline has 115K BTU/GL
Shall we not forget the fuel consumption INCREASE that Ethanol causes.
Both items works well for Big Oil don't you think?
MTBE was a flop, we know that,
There are Other and cheaper was to oxygenate fuel, naphthalene is one of the many.
Why did the EPA jump on diesel autos, demanding a particulate count equal to gasoline cars?
The fact that for each BTU used producing Bio Diesel = 4~BTU's Fuel.
Big-Oil surely won't like that, and we MUST keep them happy.
This argument reminds me of the Tobacco CEO's testifying to Congress.
Each one saying "Tobacco is NOT Addictive"
Someone in power is saying "Using 4-BTU's to manufacture One-BTU of Ethanol is Good For America"
[or good for their "Golden Parachutes]
Which side do YOU believe.
BTW, do you Know who owns the News Corporations ?
If you want news that is Not influenced by Big-Wall-Street types, check out
FSTV and LinkTV
#21 of 42 Re: Bring Smokey Yunick's Valev-less Engine Back [drvette]
by steve_ HOST
Jan 02, 2012 (7:08 am)
I found all kinds of stuff about Smokey's engine in a brief net search, including some patent links. It was a nice idea but it go boom.
Don't forget that Smokey had quite the reputation of being a cheater, as well as a master mechanic.