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    I feel that Unions have SOME blame in this, but certainly they aren't to blame for the rising cost of health care, insurance, etc.

    (I guess as a Union man myself, I really understand where they are coming from.) Remember, if it weren't for the union movement, some of the common things working people enjoy today would have never existed. The 40 hour work week for one.

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    Where did all the geniuses making decisions in "our best interests" (aka-the corporate whoremongers AND the Congress/Senate (Dems AND Republicans) think that this "global economy" was going to take us, anyway? Since we had the largest and best paid manufacturing base in the WORLD, what did they think this was going to do to help the U.S.?

    Jobs, factories, millions of workers - all that's left here are the now millions of unemployed.

    And so much for that...

    Imagine a country where everyone should, somehow, get a college degree so that they can get a job in customer service, but only if you speak more than one language, english not required.

    I feel sorry for my kids. At least the four that are in college are smart enough to go for degrees in varying levels of the medical field, because we're all going to need health care.
    But what about engineers, architects, people in the arts...Better learn to speak Cantonese QUICK, and send those resumes to Dubai!

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    My email got a response. I'm underwhelmed by it's content.

    Service Request: 71-729454063
    Customer Relationship Specialist: Jane West


    Dear Mr. Hammel,

    Thanks for your email. While we're disappointed to hear that you feel this way, we understand and ask that you give us some time, and take another look at GM and our products in the future.

    We are confident that we will emerge a leaner, stronger company, offering desirable, high-quality vehicles from the Chevy, Cadillac, Buick and GMC brands. The resulting General Motors will be more efficient. Smarter. Faster. More competitive. With a renewed commitment to cutting-edge automotive technologies, including improved fuel efficiency, quality and design.

    I invite you to stay up-to-date on our promising new future by visiting GMreinvention.com.

    Again, thank you for contacting Chevrolet.

    Sincerely,
    The Chevrolet Consumer Support Team


    Point 1, my last name is not Hammel. I have no idea where they got that from. Had Ms. West been paying attention, my full name (including surname) was easily found at the conclusion of my response. Is copy and paste so hard a function for a GM employee to have mastered?

    Point 2, "we will emerge a leaner, stronger company... The resulting General Motors will be more efficient. Smarter. Faster. More competitive." In a nutshell, this exemplifies my irritation and unending criticism of GM. They look to the horizon wearing rose-colored glasses, and speak of their future as though it were filled with sugar-plum faeries dancing visions of light and hope. (well, they've taken money from Obama, they have to say these things.) But they completely miss the details of the here and now right in front of them. Not once did Ms. West mention my criticism that a GM owned 70-some percent by the Canadian and American governments, and 17% by a union intransigent over solidifying health-care and pension benefits in concrete to a degree than anyone I work with, deal with, or know could ever hope to get from their employer, is an unworkable and unsustainable business business model. It's doomed to failure. So focused on the marketing spin is Ms. West, that she can't even be bothered to call her email correspondent by his correct last name.

    Sorry, I'm done with GM. Never again. Never, ever again, will I ever buy a new GM product. This confirms it: they don't care. Customers are less important than mollifying the "auto task force" Obama has set up, and the customer is less important than an out of control union with a self-satisfied sense of entitlement.

    Never again. Bye, GM. Requiescat in Pace. You're done, and it's merely a matter of time now.

    On the plus side, that means my pre-Obama Corvette will soon become a collectors item, an ode to an era when free-market economic forces still shaped what arrived in showrooms. I may be able to capitolize on that, but don't tell Obama. He really frowns on anyone who makes a profit.

    -Patrick

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick View Post
    Customer Relationship Specialist: Jane West

    Dear Mr. Hammel,

    -Patrick
    Makes you wonder if Ms. West is a Customer Relationship Specialist employed by Obama Motors, but working out of Mumbai!

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    Talk about perspective, I view the new ZR-1 (ZR1?) the LOW point of Government Motors.

    Sure, I love the Vette but think about the genesis of this car. It was a personal toy of an incompetent CEO (remember the "Blue Devil" label early-on?). The car itself is an anachronism in a power race that doesn't exist. Yes, I know that C6's get good gas mileage in stock trim, that's not the point.

    The point is that the fading picture of GM is Rick Wagoner developing the ZR-1 and flying the Corporate jet to DC to beg for money.

    If Rickie would have put a hybrid Corvette together that has the performance characteristics of Lexus' best, that little bumpkin' might still be in charge of a non-nationalized GM.

    Hell, EVEN I can put a blower on a Corvette (and I did, with my '65).


    GM 再见!!!

    (Goodbye GM in Mandarin)

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