巴马大哥的话真的不靠谱

今天曼昆又给巴马总统挑毛病了,关于他对GM的政策。当初收购GM时很多人批评这个政策说,政府去管理一个企业效率低下,恐怕GM会越搞越差,浪费纳税人的钱。巴马总统说,政府并没有兴趣去管理GM。收购后的GM将由一个私人团队管理,他们有权决定怎么去管理GM,怎么使公司扭亏为盈。
 
然而曼昆用两个例子给了巴马大哥一个嘴巴子。(曼昆也太不讲情面了,这已经不是第一次了,一点儿面子也不给总统大人留。没办法,谁让巴马大哥声称曼昆之流的高收入者是本届政府的重点打击对象呢。)第一个例子是关于GM新项目的选址。本来管理层选了中国一个地方,但迫于政府压力,改在了密西根。谁都知道密西根的成本要比中国高很多。由于工会的存在,就算和美国南方的几个州相比,密西根的成本也不是一般的高。这个决定显然不是管理曾处于让公司扭亏为盈的考虑决定的。第二个例子是说GM要关闭一些卖车代理。而一个被通知即将关闭的代理因为国会议员的干预,起死回生,逃过一劫。既然公司当初选择了关闭这个代理,自然是他不能给公司带来利润:谁也不能傻到把自己正在下蛋的母鸡杀了,把不下蛋的留着。然而正是这样一个不下蛋的母鸡,由于国会议员的干预,被保留下来了。代理自然高兴,不过纳税人要为他们的存在买单了。下面是曼昆帖子的全文。
 

Monday, November 02, 2009

Government Motors: Update

President Obama’s plan:

What we are not doing — what I have no interest in doing — is running GM. GM will be run by a private board of directors and management team with a track record in American manufacturing that reflects a commitment to innovation and quality. They — and not the government — will call the shots and make the decisions about how to turn this company around.

So how is that working out for you, Mr President?

In May, even before the government’s ownership became official, lawmakers erupted when GM disclosed it planned to produce a new subcompact car at its factories in China. Under congressional pressure, GM dropped those plans and promised instead to retool an existing U.S. facility in Michigan, Wisconsin or Tennessee for the new model.

Lawmakers from those states demanded and received high-level meetings in Washington to quiz GM on the criteria for site selection and to tout their states. GM in the end picked a site in Michigan.

That same month, GM dealer Pete Lopez in Spencer, W.Va., received notice that GM was giving him just over a year to shut down his Chevy, Pontiac and Buick dealership, which he’d acquired two years earlier. GM’s move to shutter more than 1,300 dealerships — about one-quarter of its network — was central to its restructuring because it cleared out underperforming showrooms and brought the network more in line with its shrunken sales.

With an assist from his mayor, Mr. Lopez took his complaint straight to one of his state’s senators, Jay Rockefeller, the Democratic chairman of the powerful Commerce
Committee.

Sen. Rockefeller sent a letter to GM headquarters on Mr. Lopez’s behalf, according to a staff aide. He arranged for Mr. Lopez to come testify before a Senate panel in early June, alongside GM Chief Executive Frederick "Fritz" Henderson. The senator introduced the two men, giving Mr. Lopez a chance to make a personal pitch.

"He couldn’t have been nicer," Mr. Lopez said of the GM CEO. "He said to me, ‘We’ve made some quick decisions and now we’re going to look it all over again.’ "

The GM chief executive put Mr. Lopez in touch with Mark LaNeve, then the company’s top official for North American sales. The dealer received a response on the last Saturday in June while fishing on a lake near his house.

"Mr. LaNeve called and said, ‘I’ve got some good news for you. We’re going to save your dealership,’ " Mr. Lopez recalls. He says he owes it all to Sen. Rockefeller.

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One response to “巴马大哥的话真的不靠谱

  1. [quote]China uses American spending power to enlarge its private sector, while America uses Chinese lending power to expand its public sector.[/quote]by Tyler Cowen at NYTimeshttp://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/29/business/economy/29view.html?ref=business

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