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Posted on Tuesday, May 19, 2009 11:30:26 AM by shortstop
Future historians might well look back on events of the last week and see a milestone of decline in the waning saga of American freedom.
The bridge between the free market and a command economy was likely crossed when, at government demand, thousands of car dealerships all across the country were put out of business. They were profitable, they were legal, they were useful, and the White House ordered them closed. A presidential panel, comprised of everyone except car-industry experts, demanded that Chrysler and GM cut off a third of their dealers’ heads.
Hundreds of thousands will lose their jobs. Thousands of businesses will close. Millions of consumers will be affected.
Because the government said so.
If Chrysler and GM want their mandatory bailout money, they must do what the White House says, and the White House says there are too many car dealers. And so, people’s lives will be destroyed, massive investments will be lost, family businesses will be annihilated, the life’s work of countless honest American business men and women will be flushed down the toilet.
And barely a whimper of protest is being heard. The crown has spoken and the subjects bow and scrape.
The argument is that, in the shadow of bankruptcy, GM and Chrysler need to shed the deadweight of underperforming dealerships. The problem with that is that dealerships are not a financial liability for carmakers and that many of the dealerships that have gotten the ax are among the nation’s most profitable.
One Jeep dealer in upstate New York, for example, sells just over half of all the Jeeps in its region. It not only outsells all of the other Jeep dealerships, it outsells all of the other Jeep dealerships combined.
And it has lost its franchise.
Another false assumption is that dealerships cost carmakers money. They do not. They make carmakers money. Even small, low-volume dealerships are a net financial gain for manufacturers. Dealers not only make companies money by selling their automobiles, they have to pay for signs and pamphlets and displays, all of which can only be bought – at exorbitant prices – from the manufacturers.
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From the writings of Columbus to the Mayflower Compact, to the Declaration of Independence, America‘s founders clearly and articulately enshrined bedrock Christian principles in the foundation of this country.
For example, in explaining the purpose of his journey that led to the discovery of the new world, Christopher Columbus said, “It was the Lord who put into my mind–I could feel His hand upon me–the fact that it would be possible to sail from here to the Indies . . . All who heard of my project rejected it with laughter, ridiculing me . . . There is no question that the inspiration was from the Holy Spirit, because he comforted me with rays of marvelous illumination from the Holy Scriptures . . . For the execution of the journey to the Indies I did not make use of intelligence, mathematics, or maps.
It is simply the fulfillment of what Isaiah had prophesied . . . No one should fear to undertake any task in the name of our Savior, if it is just and if the intention is purely for His Holy service . . . the fact that the Gospel must still be preached to so many lands in such a short time–this is what convinces me.” (Source: Columbus’ Book of Prophecies)
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