[lbo-talk] Junkyard dog hits Motown

Doug Henwood dhenwood at panix.com
Wed May 16 04:42:57 PDT 2007

On May 16, 2007, at 6:56 AM, Michael Smith wrote:

> My point was, it isn't an isolated or exceptional case. I'm not
> sure what the
> reasons for it are. I suspect early domination of the field, more
> even than
> monopoly.

The US auto industry has been subject to strong competition from abroad for more than 30 years, yet still they just kept falling behind. They got a break during the era of low gas prices, when people bought high-profit SUVs, but now that gas is $3, they're losing again. We have lots of skilled workers at every level - and Toyota and Honda have no prob making money in the US. What's wrong? Why have they been so unable to get their shit together?


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