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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?
(cont) by Mark Neeley

As this article has been an effort that has been ongoing over a period of weeks, the current news is that GM may soon be owned by up to 70% by the U.S. government and Chrysler might as well be. As Americans, we have to ask ourselves a few final questions. Is this the type of freedom that our ancestors fought for? Is this what our Constitution established? Is this what you want for your children and grand children? Is socialism the key that Obama promised his followers through his “change” stump? Sure it is. I called it what it was prior to the election. Socialism will end the American dream and bring about change that we have never imagined could take place in the United States. Get ready because it is already happening. Do you want that type of change? Does maximum two term limits for U.S. Representatives and Senators sound like a good idea yet? As more time has passed and while I was writing this conclusion, GM finalized their bankruptcy and the U.S. Government is the majority share holder. The taxpayer will have little to say in the matter about the billions of tax dollars spent on the company already or the billions more to be spent. As for Chrysler, here’s what Iacocca had to say:

“This is a sad day for me. It pains me to see my old company, which has meant so much to America, on the ropes. But Chrysler has been in trouble before, and we got through it, and I believe they can do it again. If they're smart, they'll bring together a consortium of workers, plant managers and dealers to come up with real solutions. These are the folks on the front lines, and they're the key to survival. Let's face it, if your car breaks down, you're not going to take it to the White House to get fixed. But, if your company breaks down, you've got to go to the experts on the ground, not the bureaucrats. Every day I talk to dealers and managers, who are passionate and full of ideas. No one wants Chrysler to survive more than they do. So I'd say to the Obama administration, don't leave them out. Put their passion and ideas to work."

What is it going to take to wake up the American people? Is everyone so wrapped up in their 21st century entertainment filled lives that they are oblivious to fact of what is really going on? They are more concerned about celebrity gossip and who won the idol competition? They drive around in their automobiles with their phones tied to their ears totally occupied in themselves. They multi task while trying to drive an automobile, hear their conversation, feed Buffy a chicken nugget and start her DVD over. I see them everyday as they swerve to avoid me when they pull out in front of me in their SUV’s while going about their daily business, too busy to notice what’s going on around them. Apparently too busy to notice what’s happening in their country. As long as it doesn’t affect them personally everything will be alright. Or maybe they just don’t worry about their government; after all they have rights or something to protect them, right?... Right?

If you are an American, you owe it to your ancestors, the ones you probably never knew, but those that landed at places like Omaha Beach and Tarawa to speak up now. Maybe a visit to a World War II memorial or a walk through your local cemetery is in order to remind you of who sacrificed for this country and who fought to defend her constitution. In our shop, we are currently repairing fans that were originally wall mounted on the U.S.S. North Carolina Battleship that fought in the South Pacific during World War II. It’s profound to me that these very fans cooled hundreds of sailors as they fought to defeat the Japanese, so that some guy in Texas could have an opportunity in the future to work on the very fans that were cooling them on their ship. I don’t have to tell you that it is quite an honor to be asked to repair these fans to working condition and while working on them I have thought a lot about the brave souls that fought on that ship to give me the opportunity to own Vintage Fans, L.L.C. in 2009. This past Memorial Day, I worked on the old battleship’s fans for a good part of the day, because I owed it to those sailors. We all owe it to those sailors. This reason alone warrants the last sentence. Socialism has no place in the United States.

Mark Neeley

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