American companies need to realize that their love of profits is fine in the eyes of conservatives … but when they put that love of cash over the love of our great country, we’re going to make waves.
“America First” isn’t just a slogan anymore — it’s quickly becoming a requirement to do business here, as GM just found out.
It’s rare to find a conservative that’s not a capitalist.
We get that the free market and open competition not only made America great, but they also made our country one of the richest nations on the face of the earth.
Capitalism is the fairest kind of economic system on the planet…
Because the market is created by the consumers themselves. It’s a truly beautiful thing.
So, when an American-owned company takes production outside of the U.S. in order to lower costs and increase profits, we’re often OK with it. How you make your money and what you do with it is 100 percent your business — and nobody else’s.
Not only is not anybody’s business, but most people don’t care — as long as they continue to get a quality product for a fair price. That’s all that really matters to the American consumer.
Where we take offense is when you call yourself an “American” company…
Take federal bailout money…
And then close your American manufacturing plants while keeping foreign ones open…
We take that kind of personally.
Chevy … How Could You?
Recently, GM found out just how personally we take them squandering our tax dollars when they displayed one of their “Made in Mexico” cars during open day of the Major League Baseball season.
And did I mention that the car, a Chevy Blazer, was on display at Comerica Park — the home of the Detroit Tigers?
Detroit (or Motor City): the heart of the American auto industry.
They put the foreign-made car on display after the corporation decided to lay off thousands of American workers over the past couple of years — just days after they closed one of their Ohio assembly plants.
Talk about a boneheaded move…
Americans around the nation are angry at GM for their betrayal and Detroit residents are letting them have it.
One fan told a news station: “When you have people that are being put out of work that you should stand behind your product, stand behind the people that support you and put it on display.”
Another resident said: “This is Detroit … Motor City. Why do we have a car from Mexico?”
One of GM’s UAWs weighed in by saying: “It’s very distasteful for people. We’ve done outings to Tigers games. I don’t know if that’ll change or not based on the product sitting on the marque. We have a lot of pride.”
And they’re all right…
GM took bailout money.
They took American citizens’ money and then basically shot them a middle finger and said: “We’re going to do what we want.”
Far be it from me to give a Democrat any kind of free publicity, but Tim Ryan, the Ohio representative for the district of the recently closed Lordstown plant, put it best when he said, “It’s a slap in the face for American workers to showcase foreign-made cars alongside America’s pastime. This tone-deaf display is an insult to their tireless work and dedication to this company. GM should know and do better.”
Is that too much to ask?
Come On GM, Do Better!
With a board of directors that makes almost $60 million between six people, couldn’t they find a way to keep plants open in the country that keeps their company alive?
It’s bad form on GM’s part.
Chevy did the right thing though…
They removed the Blazer display and changed it out for a Chevy Traverse, which is made here in America.
But this is far from over…
If GM wants to survive, they need to seriously realign their priorities. These priorities need to be in sync with the rest of America’s — especially by those in the heartland.
If they aren’t…
Expect to see American-made cars — other than Chevys — being sold.
If they think their profits are in trouble now…
They haven’t seen anything yet.
“We must protect the very things that make America so special – most certainly including our civil liberties. But we cannot do so without strong national security and a thoughtful and informed discourse.” – Mike Pompeo