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"Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them."
Ronald Reagan

"Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it. "
Ronald Reagan

"No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we'll ever see on this earth! "
Ronald Reagan

"There are no easy answers' but there are simple answers. We must have the courage to do what we know is morally right. "
Ronald Reagan

"To sit back hoping that someday, some way, someone will make things right is to go on feeding the crocodile, hoping he will eat you last - but eat you he will."
Ronald Reagan

IN THIS ISSUE

So long Mopar, the General,
and the American Way?
by Mark Neeley

As a business owner in the United States, I have like many of you, witnessed our current economic recession on several levels. I have had many things on my mind that relates to the current recession, but it goes deeper than that. The very thing that motivated me to finally sit down and try to wrestle all of these thoughts into something that was somewhat organized, was the news in the last few weeks of Chrysler’s bankruptcy. More so was the recent announcement that Chrysler had notified 800 of its dealers that they were closing their franchises. Why was it Chrysler that motivated me? I really am not sure other than the fact that I have a history with Chrysler, with their vehicles and mainly the older iconic Mopars.

Actually Chrysler is an American icon itself, for many reasons. It’s an icon because it, like the rest of the American auto manufacturers defined manufacturing in the United States. It’s an icon because Chrysler has been down this road before. But now this whole idea that a company with nearly ninety years of heritage in the U.S. could completely and utterly go way of the Titanic was monumental to me. I realize the Chrysler of today is not the same company that it once was, but it still represents the idea and history of the once proud company. If you doubt that, take a look at its current throwback machine the new Dodge Challenger.

In the last few years, Chrysler has lived off of its reputation built in the past. Twenty years ago, most people had no idea what the word “Hemi” meant, today though they still might not understand the definition of it, they recognize the word and link it to the new Dodges because of a successful ad campaign a few years back.

I listened to the news that day and learned that Chrysler had 30 days to organize its hopeful merge with Fiat so that it can hopefully continue manufacturing, period. What…? Fiat…? Is someone kidding me? Is it April’s Fools? Give me a break, am I missing something or do all of you see a lot of Fiats running around the United States.

This news was more than I could bear, so I began to think about the America I grew up in and how everyday I wake up and its existence seems to sink deeper and deeper into oblivion. And now one of the original big three was facing possible liquidation and oblivion itself. I asked myself? What has happened to this country? I mean what has really happened to this country? Where is the United States that we knew even in the 1980s? You remember the 80s don’t you? Well many of you may not and though I am fast approaching senior citizenship in the next decade or so, I do remember it and very well at that. It was my first real introduction to Chrysler or “MOPAR” as many have heard it called. I remember 1979 after Chrysler had sought a loan from the U.S. government to cover a loss of 1.1 billion.

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