Thursday, May 22, 2008

Chrysler: Let's Ruin America

Looks like Chrysler has figured out a novel way to move their 2008 model gas guzzlers off the lot. Sign up for their new "Let's Refuel America!" credit card and they'll lock in the price of gas at $2.99/gallon for three years. more here


Tyler said...

stupid fucks quit building large cars

Bello Velo said...

Face it, A lot of Americans are just flat out cheap and this is who they are targeting this towards. Fat assholes who shop @ costco and wal mart.

Soon America's discount card will be revoked.

clintpatty said...

What is wrong with Costco?

Anonymous said...

Your big box retailers all contribute to;

1. Urban Sprawl - they tend to choose stand alone locations far from competition, or any other distractions. They routinely build humungous parking lots and allow RV'ers to live there.

2. Lowering the Overall Standard of Living - Even if they claim to pay well, they don't play fair with a lot of suppliers, and force price concessions on them which leads to lower pay and benefits for the employees of the suppliers.

3. Erode your Tax Base - Most mass-merchandisers move into communities and demand tax concessions from the local government. This is particularily true in smaller communities where the retailer can twist arms because of:

a) The offer of creating local jobs (increasing personal tax revenues for the government).
b) The demand for low-price box stores in most communities.

Your taxes also subsidize many of the big-box workers who can not afford medical or dental benefits, or who are still below the poverty line and recieving welfare while working.

4. Contribute to the growing Consumerism Epidemic - Does anyone need a Gallon jar of pickles? From "We saw consumers who used to buy the spears and the chips in supermarkets buying the Wal-Mart gallons. They'd eat a quarter of a jar and throw the thing away when they got moldy. A family can't eat them fast enough."

You can pretty much substitute any discounter for Wal-Mart in the following two quotes because they all have to compete with Wal-Mart, and that means going offshore. Costco, Target, Sam's, even Sears and other mid-level retailers have to resort to offshore manufacturing, especially when the major players have driven all of the domestics out of business.

"Steve Dobbins has been bearing the brunt of that switch. He's president and CEO of Carolina Mills, a 75-year-old North Carolina company that supplies thread, yarn, and textile finishing to apparel makers--half of which supply Wal-Mart. Carolina Mills grew steadily until 2000. But in the past three years, as its customers have gone either overseas or out of business, it has shrunk from 17 factories to 7, and from 2,600 employees to 1,200. Dobbins's customers have begun to face imported clothing sold so cheaply to Wal-Mart that they could not compete even if they paid their workers nothing."

"People ask, 'How can it be bad for things to come into the U.S. cheaply? How can it be bad to have a bargain at Wal-Mart?' Sure, it's held inflation down, and it's great to have bargains," says Dobbins. "But you can't buy anything if you're not employed. We are shopping ourselves out of jobs."

So there are some of the myraid evils that come of mass mercahndising, pick your poison.

Bello Velo said...

As americans we have a right to buy 75 rolls of toilet paper and massive amounts of food. that is why we are the thinnest, smartest and most generous nation in the world.