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EDITORIAL: Free-market Ford laps Government Motors
The Washington Times ^ | April 1, 2011 | Editorial

Posted on 04/01/2011 5:41:07 PM PDT by jazusamo

Bureaucrats can’t run a car company, let alone the whole country

Ford Motor Co. beat General Motors in March sales, another small but significant victory of private enterprise over government micromanagement. Since the 2009 government takeover of GM, competition between the two leading domestic auto manufacturers has taken on strong ideological overtones. It serves as an ideal test case, a microcosm of the competition between two worldviews, the automotive equivalent of North vs. South Korea. Right now, the good guys are winning.

Ford has been giving GM a run for its money since the competition began. In October, Ford recorded a 68 percent increase in its third-quarter net income, the sixth straight profitable quarter during the worst economy since the Great Depression. The blue oval passed Toyota to become the second largest auto brand sold in America. In March, Ford sold 212,295 vehicles, beating GM by 5,674 units - only the second time since 1998 that Ford won the monthly sales race. It did this without the supposed “benefits” of government intervention, except to the extent government minders have kept GM from maintaining its historically dominant position.

March sales numbers also highlight the lax public response to the Obama administration’s continued emphasis on “green” technology. One of Ford’s mainstays is the F-series pickup, sales of which are up 25 percent over the previous year. This full-sized truck gets 19 miles per gallon, very fuel efficient for a pickup in its class but not exactly a poster vehicle for environmentalists...

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Editorial; Government
KEYWORDS: bailout; ford; freemarket; gm; govtmotors
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Ford chose capitalism and clobbered socialist Government Motors and Obama.
1 posted on 04/01/2011 5:41:10 PM PDT by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

Ford is selling trendy hybrids too, but not an all-electric unit.


2 posted on 04/01/2011 5:44:00 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Hawk)
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To: jazusamo

The government will escalate attacks and sabotage of Ford.


3 posted on 04/01/2011 5:45:00 PM PDT by Navy Patriot (Sarah and the Conservatives will rock your world.)
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To: jazusamo

I won’t buy GM or Chrysler. That leaves Ford. I would love to buy a luxury car in the Lexus/BMW class but Ford doesn’t make one. That sucks.


4 posted on 04/01/2011 5:45:06 PM PDT by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: jazusamo

I think there is an unannounced boycott of Obama Motors.


5 posted on 04/01/2011 5:46:57 PM PDT by screaminsunshine (Obama Sucks)
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To: jazusamo

My kid works for FORD as a factory certified tech, he’s been busy for months. Lot’s of cars being serviced and new ones being prepped for delivery.

I’m considering buying a FORD for the first time since 1977. My last FORD was a Pinto...enough said. :)


6 posted on 04/01/2011 5:48:01 PM PDT by alice_in_bubbaland (DeMint/Ryan 2012!!!!!)
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To: Navy Patriot

It wouldn’t surprise me that Obama and thugs will do everything they can to mess with Ford. The UAW has already told Ford they want everything they gave up to Ford back.


7 posted on 04/01/2011 5:48:15 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

Ford, like, rules, baby!


8 posted on 04/01/2011 5:48:29 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: jazusamo

That’s actually amazing, given the huge subsidies in fleet sales GM is getting from the feds and from the stimulus funds to state governments.


9 posted on 04/01/2011 5:48:52 PM PDT by ModelBreaker
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To: saganite

Aw, get yourself a “country Cadillac” (pickup truck). Some of those are decked out pretty fancy.


10 posted on 04/01/2011 5:49:10 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Hawk)
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Please bump the Freepathon and donate or become a monthly donor!

11 posted on 04/01/2011 5:49:29 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo; JoeProBono; a fool in paradise

12 posted on 04/01/2011 5:51:33 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: screaminsunshine
I think there is an unannounced boycott of Obama Motors.

I agree. There's an awful lot of ticked off people because their taxpayer money bailed GM out and it looks like they may go under again.

13 posted on 04/01/2011 5:51:54 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: saganite

Have you checked out the Lincoln MKX? Would give my left testicle to have one of those but out of my price range.
I look to buy the new Focus maybe next year.


14 posted on 04/01/2011 5:52:28 PM PDT by Doulos1 (Bitter Clinger Forever!)
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To: jazusamo

I hope. I only hope.


15 posted on 04/01/2011 5:52:48 PM PDT by screaminsunshine (Obama Sucks)
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To: alice_in_bubbaland

Thanks. Glad to hear things are looking good for Ford from an inside source.


16 posted on 04/01/2011 5:53:44 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: Revolting cat!

Thanks for assisting with the rules. :-)


17 posted on 04/01/2011 5:55:31 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo
I want Ford to resume production of the GT....Gawd, I want one!


18 posted on 04/01/2011 5:57:23 PM PDT by stboz
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To: jazusamo

19 posted on 04/01/2011 5:58:21 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (Obama is the least qualified guy in whatever room he walks into.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

LOL. I’ve got a ‘91 F-150 and it will be with me until it dies. Or me. Whoever comes first. But that’s my truck and my wife won’t set foot in it.


20 posted on 04/01/2011 5:58:28 PM PDT by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: Revolting cat!

21 posted on 04/01/2011 6:00:23 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (Obama is the least qualified guy in whatever room he walks into.)
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To: Doulos1

I drove a Lincoln last year and wasn’t impressed. Ford has neglected the Lincoln marque, even treatened to do away with it back in the day when they thought Jaguar would replace it. I’m leaning toward a Japanese model and it’s too bad because I would prefer to buy a Ford.


22 posted on 04/01/2011 6:01:14 PM PDT by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: stboz

Those are beautiful, hate to think of what one would cost if they made them again.


23 posted on 04/01/2011 6:02:15 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo
Sadly, Ford doesn't deserve our support either.

Why Bill Ford wants a gas tax

I heard him interviewed on the radio a few weeks back and he hasn't altered his position.

Sorry Bill, I don't feel the need to pay more money at the gas pump so your company can invest in fuel efficient cars. If it's so darned important why not levy an internal "Ford Tax" on the dividends of your shareholders and use the proceeds to develop the small cars you love so much? Leave my family's finances alone!

24 posted on 04/01/2011 6:02:53 PM PDT by whd23 (Every time a link is de-blogged an angel gets its wings.)
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To: jazusamo
If I ever buy a "new" car again, it will most likely be a Ford. just to make a point.
26 posted on 04/01/2011 6:11:06 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: HiTech RedNeck
F-150: Luxury, American-style.
27 posted on 04/01/2011 6:12:42 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: saganite

Everything you said is true, but with a new line coming out in 2012 I think most Fords can compare with most international car makers “apples to apples”. Heck, many ‘American’ cars are made in Mexico, while most Jap’ cars sold here are made here in USA. Go figure. Good luck. God bless.


28 posted on 04/01/2011 6:14:51 PM PDT by Doulos1 (Bitter Clinger Forever!)
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To: saganite

Ford, BMW, Toyota Took Secret Government Money
Jalopnik ^ | 12/5/10 | Justin Hyde

Posted on Sunday, December 05, 2010 11:47:58 AM by null and void


29 posted on 04/01/2011 6:18:34 PM PDT by Debi911
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To: Debi911

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2637728/posts?page=63


30 posted on 04/01/2011 6:19:45 PM PDT by Debi911
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To: jazusamo
The UAW has already told Ford they want everything they gave up to Ford back.

Ford should pull a Boeing and tell the UAW to pack sand...and start moving operations to right-to-work states.

31 posted on 04/01/2011 6:20:29 PM PDT by SC Swamp Fox (Aim small, miss small.)
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To: jazusamo

2010 Ford Focus EcoNetic Gets 74 MPG

http://dieseldig.com/2009/09/16/2010-ford-focus-econetic-gets-74-mpg/

For some reason, these European Fords are not permitted to be sold in the US. This is not a future car...it is a car currently being sold in Europe. I believe the problem is some kind concern over its being a “diesel” engine. It is very clean, new-diesel technology.

Ford would kick GM’s butt if they could bring this car to the US.


32 posted on 04/01/2011 6:23:10 PM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain & proud of it: Truly Supporting the Troops means praying for their Victory!)
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To: SC Swamp Fox
tell the UAW to pack sand...and start moving operations to right-to-work states.

Exactly! It would cost Ford to do that initially but it would ensure their success down the road.

33 posted on 04/01/2011 6:25:58 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: xzins

I’m not familiar with the problem but they are diesels from what I understand. There’s been a couple other posters refer to them in other threads.


34 posted on 04/01/2011 6:28:53 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

It is a super-clean diesel engine that compares with any other engine on the road....especially when one takes into account the 70 mpg.

I believe the real problem is that 70 mpg would SHOCK the auto fuel industry.


35 posted on 04/01/2011 6:35:00 PM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain & proud of it: Truly Supporting the Troops means praying for their Victory!)
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To: xzins

I just finished reading the article you linked, good piece, should have read it before I posted.

I think you’re right about the mileage SHOCK!


36 posted on 04/01/2011 6:37:33 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

No super-sized batteries to replace for thousands of dollars every 90,000 miles; no neat plug into an outlet recharging; no pretense that it’s green as could be.

Just a clean diesel engine getting 70+ mpg.


37 posted on 04/01/2011 6:43:08 PM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain & proud of it: Truly Supporting the Troops means praying for their Victory!)
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To: jazusamo
Ford chose capitalism and clobbered socialist Government Motors and Obama.

Rubbish, and this article is rubbish as are most of the comments here. This subject is complicated and the reasons for the situation GM finds themselves in has a lot more to due with bad luck and timing then with some sort of affinity for government.

Both car companies have had their ups and downs over the last few decades. Ford to their credit brought in Mulally in 2006 as CEO and Ford made some really sound financial decisions regarding Mazda that put them in a better cash position when the recession hit in 2008. GM made a big commitment to improving quality and new technology in early to mid part of 2000s or so and the CEO Rick Wagner, invested heavily in new models and technology. GM didn't have nearly as much cash to weather the storm of the 2008 recession and had to go chapter 11. But Ford lost big money during the same period. They were just in a better position to absorb the shock of the government caused recession. But Ford didn't have better product. They didn't have better technology. I'd argue with anyone that GM has better and more advanced product with more to come.

It would have been better for GM to go through a standard Chapter 11 bankruptcy but I don't believe that was in the cards with Obama being elected. It was Obama who forced the resignation of Rick Wagner, a guy who did a lot to turn GM around. The Washington Times simply didn't invest any effort in this lousy editorial. It's a lot more complicated than their simple and lousy editorial.
38 posted on 04/01/2011 6:43:57 PM PDT by truthguy (Good intentions are not enough.)
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To: jazusamo
GM had been sufficiently hollowed-out and gutted by its own management that anything short of wholesale bankruptcy with sale of assets to more responsible owners simply wouldn't work.

New owners would have come to the business with OTHER assets as well as connections to financial resources ~ the government trick left GM with little more than the $25 billion Obama had promised them for development of high efficiency vehicles.

The inevitable is catching up with GM. This time next year they will be GONE.

39 posted on 04/01/2011 6:47:40 PM PDT by muawiyah (Make America Safe For Amercans)
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To: xzins

I believe it is BMW that also has a very high mileage diesel engine that they are not allowed to sell here. I’d buy one if I could.


40 posted on 04/01/2011 6:54:38 PM PDT by sheana
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To: jazusamo
I own some Ford, but I don't own any GM stock.

Nevertheless, I want to see all of our auto companies succeed. It made me sick when I heard Hugh Hewitt urging Americans to buy Jap cars. I couldn't believe it. America has been good to guys like him and I don't understand why his type hate to see American companies succeed.

America first.

42 posted on 04/01/2011 6:59:47 PM PDT by Walts Ice Pick
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To: sheana

Yes, they do. Saw it on the web last week. BMW 116D, I believe.

I’ve heard rumors that VW has designed an 2 passenger, aerodynamic, 1 liter diesel that gets over 150 mpg. It is not an electric car either.

We’ll wait to see on it, though. Just rumor now so far as I can tell.


43 posted on 04/01/2011 7:04:40 PM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain & proud of it: Truly Supporting the Troops means praying for their Victory!)
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To: jazusamo

I drove Fords all of my life until recently. Front end repairs and transmission replacements on the trucks were difficult and expensive enough, but having front ends properly aligned became a no-go. Ford dealers just wouldn’t do that complicated job right and kept hinting about selling new vehicles instead.

I’ll stay with straight axles and older engine block designs, as our economy enters the fan of inevitable sovereign debt crisis.


44 posted on 04/01/2011 7:05:05 PM PDT by familyop ("Nice girl, but about as sharp as a sack of wet mice." --Foghorn Leghorn)
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To: xzins
I’ve heard rumors that VW has designed an 2 passenger, aerodynamic, 1 liter diesel that gets over 150 mpg. It is not an electric car either.

here it is: http://www.gizmag.com/vw-shows-170-mpg-tandem-diesel-hybrid-two-seater/12833/ ....


45 posted on 04/01/2011 7:12:58 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass (You do not have to smear (Pharaoh / Imam) Obama w/ lies....the truth does a fine job. :)
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To: All; jazusamo
Anyone who missed the thread from this morning Obama: Losing $84 billion is success is about the $45 billion tax break GM got on top of the bailout meaning taxpayers aren't losing far more than Obama and Congressional oversight admit.
46 posted on 04/01/2011 7:18:26 PM PDT by newzjunkey
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To: xzins

Well I don’t think I will switch from a Jag to a VW but I would think about a high mileage BMW. Lol


47 posted on 04/01/2011 7:20:13 PM PDT by sheana
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To: jazusamo
General Electric agreed to buy 12,000 Chevy Volts over the next four years. Other Obama corporate cronies are likely adding Volts to their fleets.

There appears to be a correlation between the advent of GM’s glorified golf cart and Obama’s war on domestic fossil fuel.

http://www.cnbc.com/id/40132643/GM_s_Chevy_Volt_Gets_Early_Boost_From_GE

48 posted on 04/01/2011 7:20:21 PM PDT by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: Navy Patriot

Just like they did to Toyota.


49 posted on 04/01/2011 7:20:42 PM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: muawiyah
GM had been sufficiently hollowed-out and gutted by its own management that anything short of wholesale bankruptcy with sale of assets to more responsible owners simply wouldn't work.

Absolute crap. GM was in process of reorganizing their company. They were on the right track. They got rid of Hummer, Saab, Oldsmobile, and most painfully iconic Pontiac. They only have 4 brands now (Chevy,Buick,Cadillac, GMC). Is this hollowing out or was it restructuring to be more competitive?

New owners would have come to the business with OTHER assets as well as connections to financial resources ~ the government trick left GM with little more than the $25 billion Obama had promised them for development of high efficiency vehicles.

More crap. You have zero evidence of this. It's pure speculation on your part. If GM had gone Chapter 7 there would have been NO NEW OWNERS in this environment. It would have been the end for this iconic company. Who was gonna step up and absorb this company? And what would they have done differently that GM wasn't already doing?

The inevitable is catching up with GM. This time next year they will be GONE.

Even More Crap. GM is profitable now and has a huge amount of amazing new vehicles in the pipeline. They will be stronger at this time next year unless the economy gets really worse.

Bottom Line: GM was making the necessary changes to be competitive when they got clobbered by this ugly recession which was caused by government. GM simply wasn't fast enough. If not for this recession GM would not have needed government assistance. Ford sales were way down in the same time period but they had more cash to weather the storm. But Ford does not and did not have better product. Both have excellent products now. GM will eventually be back in private ownership. It will be sooner than most believe.
50 posted on 04/01/2011 7:22:04 PM PDT by truthguy (Good intentions are not enough.)
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