Letter By Michael D. Vaughan
of Dawsonville, GA
The Senator from Alabama, Richard Shelby, said on
Meet The Press that we do not need to subsidize GM, Ford, or Chrysler
that would be corporate welfare.
Republican Shelby of Alabama knows that the state
of Alabama believes in corporate welfare. Alabama has given Billions
in corporate welfare to foreign auto companies. Japan and Europe
subsidize their auto companies also.
1. Free Land
2. No Taxes for 30 years
3. Millions to train the workers. In the southeast, Alabama, Mississippi,
South Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, etc. these southern states
have subsidized foreign auto plants. Georgia has given over $400
million in incentives to KIA.
4. Non Union Right to work states are creating Share The Wealth
low paying jobs because an auto worker in a foreign plant in the
USA with a family of four would pay no Federal Taxes. 70% of the
workers have no benefits and make $13 an hour.
5. If you replace union jobs with non union jobs like we have for
the past 25 years, you will share the wealth by creating jobs that
will pay $13 an hour and no benefits therefore if they have a spouse
and 2 children they will not pay any federal taxes because of low
6. Japan and Germany have national health care. This is what the
Republicans have called socialized medicine. Health Care is a major
reason GM, Ford, and Chrysler cannot compete. In Japan everyone
pays for health care including all businesses and corporations.
Individual Japanese pay based on ability to pay or their wages.
Toyota's rate per employee is 80% less for health care than GM's
because of National Health Care.
The Japanese government subsidizes Toyota, Honda, Nissan and several
other products that are manufactured. I you do not believe these
facts, then Google on your computer "Industrial Policy of Japan"
and check out Wikipedia, a free nonpartisan web site.
During the hearings for the American Auto Companies
Republican Senator Bennett of Utah stated that the USA may need
an Industrial Policy for the American Owned Auto Companies like
Japan does for their auto companies.
The Japanese government and the Bank of Japan work
hand in hand to provide loans, subsidies, grants, tax concessions,
government contracts, foreign exchange rates to make sure no one
in the world can compete. What the Japanese government has done
for autos, cameras, radios, tv, and other small electronics is similar
to what the USA has done for our farmers.
Also during the auto hearings on TV Japan has provided
billions for the research and development of the hybrid autos and
advanced batteries for Toyota, Honda, and Nissan. Europe and China
have provided the same assistance for their auto companies.
All the Billions of profit for their autos sold
in the USA goes back to Japan. Not here. America needs to stand
up for the American owned companies and keep the billions in profit
here in the USA.
In conclusion, American auto workers cannot compete
in America because of the Tax Free Subsidizes and Free land for
foreign auto companies in the USA and a better health care for business
The second largest auto market in the world is China
and the #1 auto sold in China is GM and the largest market in Europe
is Russia which GM is the #1 selling company. GM builds cars in
Germany but not (guess where) in Japan.
Protecting their own country.
Retired GM auto worker for 31 years
Michael D. Vaughan