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Ronald Reagan

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Ronald Reagan

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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?
(cont) by Mark Neeley

All Americans need to realize the importance of manufacturing here at home. We can not afford to loose another American manufacturer, not because of the U.S. government, labor, or foreign manufacturers. Around 1800 dealerships closed in the past few weeks because of the rules laid down by the U.S. government for these manufacturers to follow. The opportunity for 1800 new foreign dealerships also opened up. Look for more Toyota, Honda, Nissan, VW and Kia dealers on your future trips through small town America. Those very dealers will have once housed a Chrysler or GM franchise. I do not blame the foreign manufacturers; many of them build great vehicles. They are filling a void and they are trying to sell vehicles. They will also create new American jobs as they have done for so many years, but the one fact that remains which will never change is that they are Japanese owned.

If we continue to loose our manufacturers, we are without a doubt setting ourselves up for eventual defeat, one that will really end our way of life or what remains of it. Offshore manufacturing looked great on paper for along time, but paper didn’t build America, paper didn’t win freedom, and paper doesn’t defend freedom. Blood, sweat, determination, tenacity, grit, steel, and iron did. Planned obsolescence led to low-quality engineered goods and this slowly dismantled a once service oriented powerhouse economy. It was a slow progression that eventually took several decades to accomplish, but today look around you. How many products do you own that you would boast about how well made they are? Many of those products could have been expensive, but they are not immune. Are any of them made in America? And I am not talking about the so called “Owned by Americans” or “Assembled in America” tags. Those might as well say “Made in a Foreign Country”. If it is made in America, it also needs to be made well in America. Many companies live off of a past reputation of well made goods that today does not exist. Their brand was built on high quality and service, but they can only live on this reputation for so long, because the market dies off that knew them as they once were. Since the green movement is so big now, it’s hard to believe that the “green junkies” have not fervently jumped on this band wagon about all the cheaply made three year old products filling the Earth’s landfills. Our history proves that America was not built on inferior products and as we have seen in the past year, it is not growing substantially on cheaply made Asian goods either. The only ones who truly get rich from that philosophy are the Asians. What country is it that our Government continues to borrow money from?

The United States was built by manufacturing the most durable goods and services on the market. They were real machines that were expensive, but ones that you budgeted for and that lasted you a lifetime. The old principle of “you get what you pay for” truly applied back then. When you heard of someone needing a product of similar design, you told them about yours and they too might purchase that brand or one of similar design and the word spread. When you needed to service it, there were individually owned companies that specialized in servicing those particular machines and sometimes they sold the machines they serviced. Soon the entire country was working building outstanding machines to ship around the country and rest of the world because American made meant the best available. The American machines quickly gained an earned reputation that led to growth through their insistence of building quality machines. The reputation was well earned and honest. On the other hand, inferior machines quickly gained an earned reputation and capitalism dictated whether or not those companies would survive or fold. No bailouts. I have heard it said, but “it’s a global market today”, it was in the old days too. The difference is that everyone wanted American goods in those days and they wanted them because they were the best and most durable products one could buy. The other side of the coin was that Americans purchased American products because they knew that what they were buying was a quality product built right here in the good ol’ U.S.A.

As Americans, we have to reclaim our place as the premiere manufacturer of all goods, including and especially automobiles. How did Toyota gain the reputation they have? They did so by building great vehicles and by gaining a well deserved reputation for that fact. We need to remember that Chrysler was building the Hemi when Toyota was still under occupation and GM led the way for innovation for all car manufacturers to follow. Chrysler and GM can do it again, but now is the time for innovation and engineering excellence. Where is the basic stripped down small truck that had a proven inline four or six cylinder that the average Joe could perform routine maintenance on without fear of blowing up the onboard computer? It was simple, cheap and produced nearly 30 MPG for its owners. You remember them; they were built by the Japanese when they first gained a foothold in this country. I actually sold quite a few as a young man working for a local Nissan Dealer, in South Carolina. Chrysler and GM need this type of innovation, not a socialist shakedown forsaking all that is American in ideal and values. We had better think of that on a daily basis, now more than ever and remember that free market capitalism is the key to prosperity. Anyone that opposes these principles opposes the U.S.A. and our way of life. Our constitution established the ground rules that we are to heed to and it must be followed. Our senators and representatives need to be held accountable for their actions. The time is at hand to demand this while they’re in office or else you throw them out of office on the next Election Day. Remember, they answer to the people.

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