SHOW STOPPER come in here now who want to do this want to start out at $30/
I would like to add my own thoughts to the comments on the con- hr – and they have no practical experience. It’s a real Catch-22.
dition of the automotive industry in “Show Stopper: The Demise Personally, I believe all of the factors displayed in the consult-
of the Dollar” (Editor’s Forum, ing firm survey should be taken into account in your day-to-
October 2008). If the auto- day business. Everything that you do should be implemented
motive manufacturers can’t according to this chart. I believe they should all be given the
sell the cars that they’ve same amount of importance.
built, why build cars? In the A lot of what I’m reading here actually points to a lot of the deeper
end, who’s going to pay the problems affecting our country. Nobody wants to take ownership
taxes on all this money that’s of anything anymore. There must be more accountability in this
being dispersed? There’s no country if we’re going to get off square one. We need to start taking
end to the problem. ownership – not only of our job at work, but our job in the home.
I personally think the
solution is to let the auto- Jim Krafjack, JSM Fabrication, South Beloit, IL
motive manufacturers go
belly up. They are over- NOW OR NEVER
spending money and the There are definitely some interesting points – particularly regarding
people who are in charge the self-imposed tariff or border-adjusted taxes – brought out in “Now
appear to not truly know or Never” (Editor’s Forum, September 2008). I do not disagree with the
anything about the busi- FairTax approach, however does it not face the charge that it would be
ness. I just don’t see where regressive in its application?
these companies are being well managed.
Darrell Shaw, Controller
Ed Diemer, President,, Metal Seals and Products Inc. Elite Manufacturing Technologies, Inc.
Willoughby, OH Bloomingdale, IL
CATCH-22 I agree completely with the fair tax pro-
I read “The Industry & Obamanomics” (Editor’s Forum, January posal in “Now or Never” (Editor’s Forum,
2009) and was absolutely horrified and very hurt by the com- September 2008), which I believe would
ments from the consulting firm experts – people who are sup- capture everybody as a consumer. I’m
posed to have an understanding of this industry – and the fact interested in where this stands in terms
that employee qualifications and customer loyalty were at the of implementation and how we can get
bottom of their survey list, along with the fact that there was