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      01-14-2009, 09:40 PM   #1
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Angry Check out what the BIG 3 are up to now !!!

I just read this on msn news, what a bunch of crap. Am I reading this wrong and getting really pissed for no reason. I might be over-reacting, I tend to do this.

Heres the part that got me started

The fear of producing the wrong cars has created a whisper campaign, with industry officials saying they may approach the incoming Obama administration about raising the federal gasoline tax or setting up a system that keeps the price of oil above a certain level.
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WOW. You have to be SHITTING me.

I hate corporate America. I fucking hate corporate America.

How about putting in place a price CEILING instead of a FLOOR?!
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      01-15-2009, 09:02 AM   #3
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The idea of a gas tax isn't a new one. And it wasn't originally brought up by the big 3. But it will certainly help them dictate what to build since it seems as though the only thing that'll keep us americans from buying fuel thirsty SUVs is $4/gal gas.
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      01-15-2009, 10:30 AM   #4
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As usual...blaming middle-class America for all the worlds problems and expecting us to pay for fixing it.
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      01-15-2009, 10:56 AM   #5
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Doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me. The Big 3 have been perennially getting their a$$es handed to them when it comes to fuel economy. As it is, CAFE standards have probably been one of the biggest blows to their profitability and, thus, viability. Given that SUVs were a huge profit center for them, I can't see how pricing gas where frugal, cheap vehicles with low margins would be in demand would behoove them. If anything, I think that would only speed the departure of what clientele they have left to other makes that offer even better fuel economy and quality.

The reality here is that they got caught with their pants down. Instead of taxing the hell out of fuel, perhaps some risk management would be a better solution. They could see that there was upward pressure on the price of oil and they failed to react, thinking it would come to pass. Had they had a contingency plan, they might not have found themselves where they are now.
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