Who would you pick for the Car Czar?

Jared Hamilton
Regardless of the bail out, or what the government finally decides to do. Who would you recommend as the Car Czar and why? Off the wall suggestions are ok, and you can name more than one person... much like a board of trustrees. Just back up when you throw a name and out, with why they would be good. (or if you want tell us who WOULD NOT be a good Czar to oversee the restructuring of the industry.)
Michael Sweigart
.Ralph Nader. /discuss amongst yourselves //coffee talk ///obscure?
Jared Hamilton
I dont know much about Nader, so Id like to hear why you threw his name out... but after a little bit of online research I think he would worsen the situation, not help it. Nader supports the repeal of the Taft Hartley act, which was essentially created to balance union power between employers and unions. Some argue the act is controversial but among many other things it stops unions from: • forcing employers to hire union workers to perform unneeded or non-existent tasks (a practice known as featherbedding) • refusing to bargain in good faith • prohibited unions from directly making contributions to candidates running for federal offices it also permitted states to enact right-to-work laws, which outlaw compulsory unionization. see: http://www.answers.com/topic/taft-hartley-act Im not sure at a time when the Unions have caused such excess burden on the Big 3 that appointing a Car Czar who feels we need to give
Michael Sweigart
Jared, Although the Nader pick was sort of tongue in cheek, he is a no nonsense sort of guy who has no problem calling the kettle black. The unions are screwing the industry over with the cost per car going through the roof, constant strikes for more money, benefits, packages all the while the US product line becomes more costly to build. The difficult part is picking a non-politician to run that position but in reality the decision will never get to pass anyways. It's the regulation and full control that the government already gave to UAW that already put the nail in the coffin years ago. It has just taken this long for the body to slowly stop twitching. We have let the fox guard the henhouse.
Jared Hamilton
I completely agree with you, its sad. I saw today that the cost per hour (including benefits) for GM factory workers averages $78, and for Toyota it averages $35. The number floating around the media is about a $2,000.00 cost per car difference. Yikes, no wonder they cant compete. How about Jack Welch or Mitt Romney? Jack is one of, if not the most celebrated CEO of history. (Fortune Mag named him Manager of the century, not a bad compliment) He led GE to increase revenues from 26 billion to 130 billion, with market cap going from $14 to $410 billion. Quite remarkable. Mitt was a wildly successful Venture Capitalist, leveraged buyouts. He took over smaller or floundering business and reinventing them into giants. He built domino's pizza, staples, sports authority and others. He is known as a business turnaround artist, and was brought in as the CEO of the WInter Games in SLC when it was failing, and successfully turned it around. Since he didnt get the presidential bid he's got some time on his
Michael Sweigart
No matter who it is, if it even comes to fruition, it's the equivalent of rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic. The damage is deep, and the fixes that need to be put in place would never get approved by UAW without them having some sort of bright light revelation involving a higher deity. Call it Car Czar, but the first one if there is one will be a sacrificial lamb.

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