General Motors gets a taxpayer funded $80 billion bailout and is building new assembly lines in Mexico
The Screwing of America - Neither the Democrats nor the GOP give a rat's ass about the average American. The two parties are bought and paid for by special interests looking to ship American jobs to other countries and importing/legalizing millions of new workers to drive down wages and compete directly with American citizens for the jobs that are left.
The Washington Post reports in the division of labor that has long governed North American auto manufacturing, the Big Three and other companies typically have built their top moneymakers in the United States, using their Mexican plants to produce smaller, cheaper cars with lower profit margins.
But that division is breaking down. As Mexico cranks out record numbers of vehicles and attracts billions in new investment, Mexican autoworkers are increasingly able to match the skill and productivity of their U.S. counterparts — and at a fraction of the wages.
On Mexican assembly lines, wages are often six or seven times as low as in the United States. For example, the average pay at one Mexican auto plant is $3.20 an hour.
Mexico is making nearly 3 million vehicles a year.
- General Motors is making its iconic Silverado pickup trucks in central Mexico’s Guanajuato state.
- Audi has announced that it will put its new $1.3 billion North American plant in the state of Puebla — it will be the first time luxury vehicles will be built in Mexico.
- Chrysler makes its muscular Hemi engines at the Saltillo Motors plant Ramos Arizpe in the deserts south of Texas. At another Chrysler plant nearby, $35,000 Ram pickups fly off the assembly line at a rate of one every 80 seconds.
- By 2016 as Nissan, Mazda and Audi add plants and other manufacturers ramp up production.
- GM said last week that it will invest $691 million to boost its Mexican assembly lines.
- Michigan-based auto parts giant Delphi is one of Mexico’s largest private employers, with more than 50 plants and 50,000 employees.
To some, particularly the United Auto Workers union and many of its 1 million active and retired members, the trend confirms dire predictions of U.S. industrial decline brought on by the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement. Although U.S. assembly lines have recovered some jobs since the federal bailout, the industry’s long-term labor pull is southward to Mexico, where organized labor is feeble and rock-bottom wages are the rule.
See more at The Washington Post.
Ross Perot in 1992 on NAFTA and the "Giant Sucking Sound"
Never again was a 3rd party allowed into a Presidential debate to challenge the Washington D.C. Elites on live TV with real questions about real issues that matter.
When Perot ran again in 1996 the "Conservative" GOP and the "Liberal" Democrats refused to allow him on the debate stage for the American public to hear and decide for themselves.