Watch out for more State sponsored corporate welfare

Instead of going to GM and asking for the money back that they’ve gotten in tax abatements over the years- or making GM actually pay into unemployment instead of using it as a bank account for their crazy layoff schedules, a bunch of “leaders” are going to go drop to their knees asking the General to please stay.

Fact is- GM could be looking at higher gas prices as an opportunity, and gear up to build small, gas efficient cars right here in Dayton. Something they should have thought about doing before paying Rick Wagoner 15.7 million last year.

Realize that the cost of shipping cars (even small ones) from Japan has gone up too, and with the devalued dollar, those cars will cost a lot more. We won WWII in 4 years, no reason GM can’t have a new car on the line in less. If GM can’t do it, maybe we should be sending the bigwigs over to India to talk to Tata motors, offering them the GM plant for free- after we seize it, with eminent domain- including all tooling and machinery, in lieu of payback for their years of enjoying tax breaks and low interest government financing.

Task force to meet about GM plant closure – Dayton Business Journal:
Montgomery County Commission President Judy Dodge and Ohio Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher are co-chairing a regional task force to deal with the impending loss of the General Motors Corp. Moraine truck assembly plant.

The group, Regional Response Task Force-GM Moraine, is working to address job retention, workforce development and site redevelopment in the area.

The 40-member task force is comprised of legislative and business leaders.

Dayton Mayor Rhine McLin, Moraine City Manager Dave Hicks, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and Preble County Commissioner David Wesler are among the leaders on the task force.

“Hopefully, something can come out of this,” Wesler said. “We are making a concentrated effort to keep jobs in the Dayton area.”

GM’s decision to close the plant by 2010 or earlier will eliminate 2,400 jobs at the plant, as well as indirect job losses for suppliers and other services.

Wesler said his hope is to get the plant to stay open.

“I sure hope so,” he said. “We have good politicians that can help out and we have a tremendous workforce here.”

The first meeting of the Regional Response Task Force-GM Moraine is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Dayton Cultural and RTA Center.

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re:Shipping cars from Japan

Toyota probably not as much, but I know that Honda has a tremendous infrastructure in the United States, and probably most of their vehicles sold in the US are made right here. I jokingly mentioned to one of my friends who works for a Honda supplier that there’s probably more American parts and labor in a Honda than a GM, thanks to GM’s relationships in Mexico and Canada.

I love comparing Honda with GM. They both have a lot of activity in the Miami Valley and they couldn’t be more different from a success standpoint. Honda gives their workers great wages, benefits, etc. They have been able to keep labor unions out of their factories by being good corporate citizens to their employees. People who work at Honda don’t leave. Compare this to GM, where the unions have had a combative relationship with management for years, and there is a great discord between the workers and management. GM jobs are good ones, to be sure, but I bet those guys would rather be working at Honda.

I do like your idea for taking the factory, though. That thing is going to be a scar on Moraine for years and years.

Greg Hunter
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GM’s decision to close the plant by 2010 or earlier

I’ll take the under on this one. You cannot make up how stupid and short sighted the Dayton leader ship has and continues to be.

The only drawback is saying I told you so does not pay the bills or change the lot. We should be convincing GE or GM to build railroad cars on that property. We should also convince AK steel to start casting rails and then put all the laid off personnel to work on rebuilding the rail infrastructure. These teams could also tear down all of the houses built in Springboro and Washington TWP so we can insulate the well built small houses in Dayton, Kettering and Huber.

Drexel Dave

What Greg said.