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December 2008 Vol. 2, Iss. 14

 
Dear Subscriber;

In this last 2008 edition of the BEST newsletter the main topics include:

  • PCB Repair Training Videos
  • Laser Machining of Electronics

I have also inserted below a review of the pros and cons of one of the biggest topics of the day....the automobile industry "bailout". See the article below for some thought-provoking disc.ussion points on both sides of the issue.

We thank all of our customers for your support in 2008 and hope  that 2009 brings you and yours much happiness.

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Pros and Cons of the Auto Bailout

As of this writing there is still lots of debate taking place at kitchen tables, locker rooms and restaurants about the auto industry "bailout". Here are some pros and cons...
Pros Why the bailout is necessary
- Approximately 10% of US employees are employed in the auto industry or by its suppliers/dealers. Of this, the Big three and their suppliers employ more than 2.5 million people, amounting to nearly 2 percent of the nation's work force. So by having them undertake massive cost cutting layoffs could result in a sharp spike in US unemployment and further depress consumer spending. It will virtually wipe out the Detroit economy. Supporters of the bailout say it is critical in stemming massive unemployment and downward spiraling of the US economy.
- GM, Chrysler and Ford (F) are iconic brands and letting them fail will further shatter market confidence.
- A bailout with strict conditions will allow a government mandated restructure of the US automakers and forcefully overcome resistance of the strongest union in the nation, the United Auto Workers (UAW) union, that has strongly pushed back on change to the relatively generous terms it is used to operating under.
- The pressure on the US automakers is intense and the fear of failure (or bankruptcy) is making financial institutions reluctant to lend to them and their customers.
Cons - Why the bailout is a bad move
- Throwing good money after bad. Spending billions of taxpayer dollars with no promises to reform the root causes of US automakers' chronic lack of competitiveness will end up being a massive waste of funds.
- By extending the bailout to the car industry, it will be only a matter of before other struggling sectors and industries line up for their share of bailout funds.
- It is questionable how effective government funded bailouts have been. The financial sector bailout plan - TARP - has already spent half of its $700 billion budget and little has changed in the economy which continues to worsen. While the financial sector will recover in the long term because it is more efficient, it is questionable if any amount of help will be able to help the chronically under performing US automakers.
- Some free market advocates have argued that Bankruptcy may be a more effective way for the US automakers to restructure operations. They will emerge smaller, more focused and operationally effective without using tax payer funds. The risk with this strategy is that customers stop buying cars from the bankrupt automakers and will instead turn to the viable foreign owned companies like Toyota and Honda.

 
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Detroit Bailout?
 
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