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Letter from a Dodge dealer
American Thinker ^ | 5/19/09 | American Thinker

Posted on 05/19/2009 10:29:47 AM PDT by American Dream 246

My name is George C. Joseph. I am the sole owner of Sunshine Dodge-Isuzu, a family owned and operated business in Melbourne, Florida. My family bought and paid for this automobile franchise 35 years ago in 1974. I am the second generation to manage this business.

We currently employ 50+ people and before the economic slowdown we employed over 70 local people. We are active in the community and the local chamber of commerce. We deal with several dozen local vendors on a day to day basis and many more during a month. All depend on our business for part of their livelihood. We are financially strong with great respect in the market place and community. We have strong local presence and stability.

I work every day the store is open, nine to ten hours a day. I know most of our customers and all our employees. Sunshine Dodge is my life.

On Thursday, May 14, 2009 I was notified that my Dodge franchise, that we purchased, will be taken away from my family on June 9, 2009 without compensation and given to another dealer at no cost to them. My new vehicle inventory consists of 125 vehicles with a financed balance of 3 million dollars. This inventory becomes impossible to sell with no factory incentives beyond June 9, 2009. Without the Dodge franchise we can no longer sell a new Dodge as "new," nor will we be able to do any warranty service work. Additionally, my Dodge parts inventory, (approximately $300,000.) is virtually worthless without the ability to perform warranty service. There is no offer from Chrysler to buy back the vehicles or parts inventory.

Our facility was recently totally renovated at Chrysler's insistence, incurring a multi-million dollar debt in the form of a mortgage at Sun Trust Bank.

HOW IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA CAN THIS HAPPEN?

THIS IS A PRIVATE BUSINESS NOT A GOVERNMENT ENTITY

This is beyond imagination! My business is being stolen from me through NO FAULT OF OUR OWN. We did NOTHING wrong.

This atrocity will most likely force my family into bankruptcy. This will also cause our 50+ employees to be unemployed. How will they provide for their families? This is a total economic disaster.

HOW CAN THIS HAPPEN IN A FREE MARKET ECONOMY IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA?

I beseech your help, and look forward to your reply. Thank you.

Sincerely,

George C. Joseph President & Owner Sunshine Dodge-Isuzu


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Extended News; Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: Florida
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1 posted on 05/19/2009 10:29:47 AM PDT by American Dream 246
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To: American Dream 246
Shut up and take your free health care, prole.

L

2 posted on 05/19/2009 10:31:43 AM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: American Dream 246

It’s called change.


3 posted on 05/19/2009 10:31:47 AM PDT by BipolarBob (It takes a Kenyan village to raise a US president.)
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To: American Dream 246
Change you can believe in. Here it comes.
4 posted on 05/19/2009 10:32:56 AM PDT by WakeUpAndVote (Vicks.)
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To: American Dream 246

Some folks are going to start going Bowman pretty soon I think.


5 posted on 05/19/2009 10:33:02 AM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: American Dream 246

I wonder how many of his 50+ soon-to-be ex-employees voted for Obama?


6 posted on 05/19/2009 10:33:44 AM PDT by Russ (Repeal the 17th amendment)
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To: American Dream 246

To: George C. Joseph
President & Owner
Sunshine Dodge-Isuzu

From: Chrysler Corporation DBA Obama Motors

Tough sh*t.
Deal with it.

Love and kisses
Obama and Company


7 posted on 05/19/2009 10:34:03 AM PDT by GeorgiaDawg32 (I'm a Patriot Guard Rider..www.patriotguard.org for info..)
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To: American Dream 246
HOW CAN THIS HAPPEN IN A FREE MARKET ECONOMY IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA?

Install a sleeper with an agenda to take down the country, and there you have it.
8 posted on 05/19/2009 10:34:35 AM PDT by novemberslady
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To: American Dream 246

Obama will soon be everyones nightmare as this example indicates.....


9 posted on 05/19/2009 10:34:36 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: American Dream 246
Not to far fetched! Pictures, Images and Photos

Private business is counter-revolutionary.

10 posted on 05/19/2009 10:34:41 AM PDT by Snickering Hound
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To: American Dream 246

This is heartbreaking.


11 posted on 05/19/2009 10:34:42 AM PDT by mockingbyrd (Dick Cheney gets results!)
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To: American Dream 246

thanks obummer, may we have another?


12 posted on 05/19/2009 10:34:57 AM PDT by US_MilitaryRules ("We live in an amazing, amazing world, and it's wasted on the crappiest generation of spoiled idiots)
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To: American Dream 246
HOW IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA CAN THIS HAPPEN?

Yes We Can. Details unimportant, justification unecessary.

13 posted on 05/19/2009 10:35:09 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Russ

I wonder how many of his 50+ soon-to-be ex-employees voted for Obama?
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Probably 60% or so.


14 posted on 05/19/2009 10:35:57 AM PDT by unkus
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To: American Dream 246

Private business is the states enemy!....


15 posted on 05/19/2009 10:36:13 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: American Dream 246

His business is being stolen from him by the government for no cause. This is outrageous!


16 posted on 05/19/2009 10:36:22 AM PDT by pgkdan ( I miss Ronald Reagan!)
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To: American Dream 246

This is absolutely sad.


17 posted on 05/19/2009 10:36:39 AM PDT by US_MilitaryRules ("We live in an amazing, amazing world, and it's wasted on the crappiest generation of spoiled idiots)
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To: American Dream 246

OBAMA IS A DISASTER!


18 posted on 05/19/2009 10:36:53 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: American Dream 246

And yet he’s a deadbeat by the standards of many on FR for not paying those bills.


19 posted on 05/19/2009 10:37:08 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: WakeUpAndVote


20 posted on 05/19/2009 10:37:15 AM PDT by RasterMaster (DUmocrats - the party of slavery, sedition, subversion, socialism & surrender)
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To: American Dream 246
FACES OF CHANGE!


21 posted on 05/19/2009 10:37:21 AM PDT by WakeUpAndVote (Vicks.)
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To: American Dream 246

Today, Rush had soundclips from another dealer. Guy was from Long Island, I think. Roughly the same tune.


22 posted on 05/19/2009 10:38:17 AM PDT by wbill
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To: Russ

Entrophy is a state of “change” also and everyone believes in entrophy.


23 posted on 05/19/2009 10:38:20 AM PDT by BrianInNC
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To: mockingbyrd

meanwhile, over at the UAW hall we have this.....The gov’t using our TAX dollars to reward their UAW friends............So the RICH guy who owns the dealership has if confiscated and goes broke along with his employees, while the UAW members who have nothing invested in Chrysler but their time get the following.................

Those whose years of service and age exceed 85 or who are 60 years with at least 10 years can retire with a $50,000 taxable lump sum plus a $25,000 voucher for a new Chrysler vehicle.

A Special Early Retirement option was expanded at the two Missouri assembly plants, Kenosha and Twinsburg to workers from ages 50 to 62 with 10 years or more of pension credited service. They can retire without their earned pension benefit being reduced for retiring early. At Sterling Heights and Conner Avenue, that plan is open to those between ages 55 and 62 and 10 or more years.

An enhanced voluntary termination of employment for those with between one and nine years of seniority offers a taxable $75,000 lump sum and a $25,000 vehicle voucher. Those with 10 or more years can receive a taxable $115,000 lump sum and the $25,000 vehicle voucher. Everyone accepting this offer continues receiving their Chrysler health care coverage, minus dental, for one year after leaving.

Finally, workers at the Fenton Assembly plants who don’t qualify for the other plans but who would become eligible in the next 24 months can receive 85% of their base wage until they are eligible to retire.


24 posted on 05/19/2009 10:39:25 AM PDT by milwguy (........)
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To: American Dream 246

Since the average Chrysler dealer sells about 1 new car a day it is my guess that the gentleman in question makes most of him money on service and used cars. The problem becomes on site inventory - if he’s smart he can break even on the new inventory and find a way to ramp up his used car business until he finds a manufacturer who ‘wants’ him.

Elections have consequences people.
Change you can believe, yes you can.


25 posted on 05/19/2009 10:39:36 AM PDT by BlueNgold (... Feed the tree!)
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To: American Dream 246

Who was this letter addressed too? Maybe this gentleman can go to one of Obamas town hall meetings— this is who the letter should go to but I guess he is blaming the car company


26 posted on 05/19/2009 10:39:38 AM PDT by bzybee
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To: WakeUpAndVote; BipolarBob; StarFan; Dutchy; alisasny; BobFromNJ; BUNNY2003; Cacique; Clemenza; ...
Excerpt from letter:

Our facility was recently totally renovated at Chrysler's insistence, incurring a multi-million dollar debt in the form of a mortgage at Sun Trust Bank.

HOW IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA CAN THIS HAPPEN?

THIS IS A PRIVATE BUSINESS NOT A GOVERNMENT ENTITY

This is beyond imagination! My business is being stolen from me through NO FAULT OF OUR OWN. We did NOTHING wrong.

This atrocity will most likely force my family into bankruptcy...*snip*

Change you can believe in. Here it comes.

Yep.

27 posted on 05/19/2009 10:40:46 AM PDT by nutmeg (DemocRATs: The party of tax cheats and other assorted crooks)
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To: American Dream 246
My name is George C. Joseph.

Filthy kulak...arrest that man!

28 posted on 05/19/2009 10:43:14 AM PDT by Petronski (In Germany they came first for the Communists, And I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist...)
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To: Russ

check their bumper stickers


29 posted on 05/19/2009 10:43:47 AM PDT by tired1 (When the Devil eats you there's only one way out.)
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To: American Dream 246
Welcome To Obama World, where what is yours...IS MINE.

THIS IS CALLED REPERATIONS! Get used to it, WHITEY. This crap HAS TO STOP!

30 posted on 05/19/2009 10:44:41 AM PDT by gathersnomoss (General George Patton had it right.)
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To: American Dream 246

This man is beseeching our help and the best we can do is shake our heads and commiserate?!

What can possibly be done? Let’s put our heads together and figure something out, because I’m sick to death of the shrugging ‘oh, well!’ attitude. If the shrug is due to not knowing the answer, well, then admit it, and get to work trying to find an answer.

I admit that this one has me stumped at the moment, but I do not give up hope.


31 posted on 05/19/2009 10:44:52 AM PDT by PuzzledInTX
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So if McDonalds decides that a franchisee isn’t selling enough burgers and refuses to renew their franchise agreement - is McDonald’s being cold-hearted or are they being smart business people?

Look at the numbers for dealership by dealership new car sales and you will probably agree that Chrysler had way too many franchises. A thinning of the herd was necessary.


32 posted on 05/19/2009 10:45:01 AM PDT by BlueNgold (... Feed the tree!)
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To: novemberslady

Budda bing.


33 posted on 05/19/2009 10:45:38 AM PDT by gathersnomoss (General George Patton had it right.)
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To: PuzzledInTX

Go to FL and buy a Dodge from him...
That’s the only help that matters.

Or wait a few weeks and get a sweet deal on an almost new Charger!

Anyone in the market for an Isuzu?


34 posted on 05/19/2009 10:46:19 AM PDT by BlueNgold (... Feed the tree!)
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To: mockingbyrd

IT is VERY heartbreaking but it paves the way for all those shiney new Chinese cars that people will be driving soon. sad, ain’t it?


35 posted on 05/19/2009 10:46:22 AM PDT by MissDairyGoodnessVT (Mac Conchradha - "Skeagh mac en chroe"- Skaghvicencrowe)
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To: American Dream 246

How was the decision made to pick out the dealers that are being closed?


36 posted on 05/19/2009 10:46:54 AM PDT by Voter62vb
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To: American Dream 246
From the oil embargo of the 70’s until now; FORD, GM & MOPAR had ample opportunities to face their foreign competition, build & market a better product and they failed miserably. They have no one to blame but themselves. I will continue to purchase MADE IN USA vehicles but I don't want to hear any "pity me" remarks from the Big Three or their dealers!

Semper Fi,
Kelly

37 posted on 05/19/2009 10:47:15 AM PDT by kellynla (Freedom of speech makes it easier to spot the idiots! Semper Fi!)
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To: American Dream 246
HOW IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA CAN THIS HAPPEN?

Class warfare... voter fraud... RINO nominee... Socialism...
How many of yuor worker's autos have "Obama" stickers, sir?

38 posted on 05/19/2009 10:48:28 AM PDT by theDentist (qwerty ergo typo : i type, therefore i misspell.)
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To: American Dream 246

It is no longer a free market economy, not by a long shot.


39 posted on 05/19/2009 10:48:44 AM PDT by Melinda
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To: American Dream 246

Fascism : it still doesn’t work.


40 posted on 05/19/2009 10:48:49 AM PDT by mysterio
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To: American Dream 246

Dear Sir: I only hope you voted Republican and dont have to blame yourself for this mess. You have been Obamanised.

For the first time in 250 years a President has taken charge of auto companies , banks, and mortgage firms, if he were a Republican president the country and th media would be up in arms. Unfortunately the media is as much to blame for this travesty as anyone else, and it isnt over yet.

Pretty soon he will take charge of Health Insurance and his brownshirts will take charge of Communities.

I feel sorry for your loss , but I know that pretty soon you will be joined by almost every tax paying American, you are simply in the forefront.

Hope and Change , Obama has taken your hope and changed your life, much as he changed the lives of poor black DC kids yesterday, when he took the voucher system away.

What a guy, and yet thousands cheer him ,poor ignorant fools. They just havent been nailed yet.

This story will soon face GM.

Menatime this poor men and his employees just got the Dodge Ram rammed up their butts.


41 posted on 05/19/2009 10:49:23 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: WakeUpAndVote

I know that the automakers’ problems and the bailout fiasco didn’t start with the election/inauguration of Obama but if any of those people voted for Obama then my sympathy factor drops precipitously.


42 posted on 05/19/2009 10:50:30 AM PDT by relictele
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To: theDentist
How many of yuor worker's autos have "Obama" stickers, sir?

Excellent point.

43 posted on 05/19/2009 10:51:49 AM PDT by nutmeg (DemocRATs: The party of tax cheats and other assorted crooks)
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To: American Dream 246

A question and a statement.

1. Who is this actor playing Tom Paine in this video that keeps popping up here. I can’t believe the real Tom Paine was that annoying and full of himself. I think I saw this actor in a sausage commercial.

2. It is terrible that innocent workers are suffering for the sins of their management and union. Too bad there isn’t someway of squaring the circle that those who deserve punishment get punishment and the innocent “worker bees” don’t lose their jobs, families, livelihoods and futures.
This is the sort of thing that makes even the most devout falter in their faith.


44 posted on 05/19/2009 10:53:15 AM PDT by seatrout (I wouldn't know most "American Idol" winners if I tripped over them!)
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To: Venturer
I feel sorry for your loss , but I know that pretty soon you will be joined by almost every tax paying American, you are simply in the forefront.

Just stop it! It is as though we are to just give in and give up. Never! This does NOT have to happen to every American, and it won't if we can help it. Now please help!

45 posted on 05/19/2009 10:53:35 AM PDT by PuzzledInTX
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To: Voter62vb
How was the decision made to pick out the dealers that are being closed?

There was a dealer on the east coast who was in the top 2% nationwide in revenue - it's on the chopping block. There was the suggestion that campaign donations were the reasoning - but there was another post here that says in the west, a dealer who supported libs is on the list.

There seems to be no rhyme or reason.

46 posted on 05/19/2009 10:54:16 AM PDT by IYAS9YAS (Obama - what you get when you mix Affirmative Action with the Peter Principle.)
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To: American Dream 246

The best thing this man can do is send a letter to all his employees who supported Obama and hold them accountable for the change.


47 posted on 05/19/2009 10:54:24 AM PDT by Melinda
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To: Voter62vb
How was the decision made to pick out the dealers that are being closed?

Obvious. He’s a Republican.

48 posted on 05/19/2009 10:54:38 AM PDT by Pontiac (Your message here.)
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To: American Dream 246

I’ll wait a day to send this to a few friends. By then it may be shown to be a fake letter. I mean, come on. This kind of thing only happens in the Soviet Union, Venezuela, and Ayn Rand books. Right?

(April 1st was really hard this year. Almost impossible to tell the real stories from the fake ones.)


49 posted on 05/19/2009 10:55:21 AM PDT by 21twelve (Drive Reality out with a pitchfork if you want , it always comes back.)
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To: Voter62vb

I believe one of their criteria was to get rid of one-brand dealerships.

So if you just sold Dodges, but not Chrysler or Jeep, you were on the chopping block.

Can’t recall where I heard that, might have been on Cavuto (no web source in any event).


50 posted on 05/19/2009 10:55:27 AM PDT by Betis70 (Keep working serf, Zero's in charge)
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