No it was not. There are a few union members who made out like bandits and a few more senior managers who got to keep their very generous pensions. It was worth it for the president because he was able to sway Michigan and Ohio by convincing people the auto bailout was for them. But for the rest of us, the world would be better off if GM had died in 2009.
We’ve said multiple times that GM is a company which deserved and deserves to die. It is a shame that this company still treads the earth along with the rest of the herd of bailout dinosaurs.
We are just beginning to get the story on why vehicles were not recalled to GM when they should have been. That the vehicles involved might have shown the government sponsored car manufacturer in a bad light had nothing to do with the slow response of course.
GM at this point should be GMC, Corvette, and Cadillac. These make make sense. There are customers for them and the quality of the cars is nearly that of Japanese and German autos. Cadillac particularly has made tremendous strides. It’s no Mercedes Benz or even BMW, but it has gotten consistently better over the last 10 years. The bumpers don’t fall off anymore. (Remember the Coupe Deville?)
Why do you think it was that Volkswagon actually supported the unionization of its workers in its Chattanooga plant? (The workers voted against unionization.) Might it be that there was something in it for the company?
The bailouts were worked for the politically important United Auto Workers. For pretty much everyone else it wasn’t such a good deal.
The GM bailout was really a bailout for the United Auto Workers and their pensioners. A solid pro-Obama constituency the unions were given a colossal gift courtesy of the American taxpayer. A company which made terrible products for decades and which paid its workers much too much, got to live another day because Obama knew he needed to win the northern Midwest in 2012.
That’s right, GM, General Motors, the car company which was nationalized, is sponsoring a “free enterprise tour.”
Look GM, you have embraced crony capitalism at every turn. Don’t you even think for a moment that you can associate yourself with honest business, with free enterprise.
I am a big fan of used cars generally. I just can’t bring myself to buy a new one given the immediate depreciation which occurs once I wave goodbye to the salesman. It’s just too painful for me. I prefer to buy my cars used.
I have written before that unions, especially private unions, are not necessarily bad things.