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Sunday, November 16, 2008

Fleecing the Lambs

Savior like a shepherd lead us,
much we need thy tender care;
in they pleasant pastures feed us,
for our use they folds prepare
--Savior Like a Shepherd Lead Us, Hymn

We pretend to work and they pretend to pay us
--Communist worker's saying

Money, the very "coin" of ordinary interaction,
is [hence] of all things
the least understood and --
perhaps with sex -- the object of greatest
unreasoning fantasy;
and like sex it simultaneously fascinates,
puzzles and repels
--F. A. Hayek

Never spend your money before you have earned it

--Thomas Jefferson


As usual, The Onion gets it right in a must-see here: In The Know: Should The Government Stop Dumping Money Into A Giant Hole? Openmarket.org asks if Lada factories were as bad as Detroit's Big Three (Beyond Bailouts.) Answer: no one beats Detroit for profligacy and irresponsibility. Where's My Bailout gives a sense of the scope of the problem.

Ranger is not related to T. Boone Pickins but would still like to weigh in on the energy situation that defines America today. He will analogize current approaches to energy policy to the conduct in the Phony War on Terror (PWOT ©).

Just as the PWOT is unsustainable and based upon faulty propositions so is our energy policy. The false premise is that private enterprise will allow the nation to achieve energy independence at the current levels of current energy consumption. However, if America is to approach energy independence, the program must be national in scope and actuality, i.e., nationalized.

Private enterprise cannot achieve comprehensive coordinated programs. As with our banking system, entrepreneurs seek to privatize profit, while nationalizing responsibility.

All the Sarah Palin fans are ready to call "socialism" and paint Ranger as a Pinko. Well, maybe, but what was the Manhattan Project? Communism, or was it democratic because the objective was weapons development? Surely such operational constructs could be applied to beneficial programs.

Why bail out GM if they have not learned to be competitive in the world market and build fuel-efficient cars these past 30+ years? Everyone says they want a Free Market, but the downside of that is, you sink or swim by the marketplace demand created for your product.

Rewarding incompetence is Ranger's definition of Communism.

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Blogger The Minstrel Boy said...

the saturday before the election i was a guest at a "upper crust" open house out here in my little spot of green in the desert. i heard many hard core republicans bandying about the charges of socialism and communism.

i pointed out that the project which made our desert blossom and turned it into one of the biggest agricultural miracles in the history of mankind was socialism. the canals were dug by the government. the utility which controls the water and power was formed and owned by the residents.

fucking socialism.

Sunday, November 16, 2008 at 2:32:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

We're destined to be the turds in the punchbowl.


Sunday, November 16, 2008 at 2:43:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger BadTux said...

Actually, General Motors *is* competitive in the world market. It's only in the U.S. market that they're not competitive, and a lot of that has to do with the U.S. business environment e.g. shareholder lawsuits that force companies to think only short-term rather than long-term, and takeover threats if a company thinks long-term rather than short-term.

As for Chrysler, they were under German management for 8 years. I don't notice that they're doing any better than GM. In fact, they're doing worse than GM -- GM at least has small cars to sell, even if they're imported from GM's Daewoo subsidiary. So blaming "Detroit" management is nonsense. The Germans couldn't do any better than the Americans at running a U.S. automaker. Which leads me to believe that it's something other than management that is the problem here, given that it doesn't seem to matter whether it's American management or German management. Thus my comments on the U.S. business environment, which rewards short-term thinking and punishes long-term thinking...

- Badtux the Observant Penguin

Monday, November 17, 2008 at 1:25:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger Lisa said...


It's not product and design decisions alone; the industry has overvalued its labor force.

"GM, Ford and Chrysle compensate their workers 52.5% more than the market (assuming Toyota wages and benefits are market), 54% more than management and professional workers, 132% more than the average manufacturing wage, and 157% more than the average compensation of all American workers." See DoL stats here --


Monday, November 17, 2008 at 10:13:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger Podunk Paul said...

As someone who works on autos daily, I think its time for General Motors to pack it up. Forty years of bad cars is enough. Back some years ago, the company had a problem. The V-8 engines in its large sedans tended to come adrift on right-hand turns. When the engine flopped over, it disconnected the vacuum line to brake booster and jammed the throttle open. Sort of scary, especially for the older folks who bought these vehicles out of some misplaced confidence in the company. The General responded with a recall. Bring the car to a dealer and he would tie the engine down with a chain, free of charge. Of course, if you wanted decent motor mounts, that was a bit expensive.

Fuck 'em.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008 at 9:10:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

Easy fix-just don't turn right.!

My Saturn gave good service but it was a basic simple car.One good point for GM is that any shadetree mechanic can usually work on them.
Those were the good old days when cars didn't have computers built in. My new car even talks to me. jim

Tuesday, November 18, 2008 at 10:54:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...


Maybe you're right. But why are GM/Ford/Chrysler needing their bacon pulled out of the fire? Surely this is indicative of fuck up-edness.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008 at 12:47:00 PM GMT-5  

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