Auto Rescue Plan – $17.4 Billion

December 22, 2008

The White House decision to honor and acknowledge the plight of American workforce is praiseworthy.

During tough economic times, important decisions made to protect national interest is the best action for a nation dealing with crisis in all fronts.

Failure to avert the collapse of the huge manufacturing sector would have led to dire consequences with ripple effect on national and subsequently global markets.

For all those concerned about the erosion of free market system,

They must realize that the free market system with no oversight or regulations was heading towards a free fall denting the economic infrastructure with respect to financial and manufacturing sector.

The revival of sluggish economy is dependent on stabilizing the commercial sector providing millions of jobs that are in steady decline due to mismanagement, lack of accountability and corporate greed in many instances.

Therefore, the recent governmental intervention is necessary to restore investor and consumer confidence at all levels which in turn would contribute to the anticipated economic stimulus.

However, it is disappointing to note that the White House has unfairly targeted the United Auto workers (UAW) union with disproportionate demands such as,

Ref: Various news reports…

1.“The UAW union asked to rework contracts to make wages and work rules comparable with those at nonunion plants in the United States owned by foreign automakers by December 31, 2009.

2. The UAW asked to accept stock rather than cash for the billions of dollars of pension and retiree health care liabilities shifted from the companies to the union.”

The success and failure of any organization lies with management of capital and resources available to the head of the company responsible for the entire workforce.

Stock performance is dependent on the viability of the company based on executive decisions leading productivity to profitability.

Hence, shifting the entire burden of liabilities to labor rather than management reflects cohesion with the corporate executives primarily responsible for the precipitous losses suffered by the manufacturing sector.

With the loan granted to GM and Chrysler, it is imperative for not only these two automakers but also the entire auto industry to move towards energy efficient preferably environment friendly automobiles to free the nation from energy dependence and environmental hazards.

Overall, the rescue plan is the step in the right direction to protect nearly a million jobs in the auto industry.

Such action to salvage the American workforce will pay off through consumer spending, an essential catalyst for economic recovery.

As for the bailout precedence, it is noteworthy that the grim reality of accelerating unemployment and liquidity freeze in the credit market prompted similar action.

Finally, it is incumbent on the financial institutions to respond to the urgency of the economic revival by reinstating responsible lending practices to businesses with sound management focused on profitable ventures.

Thank you.

Padmini Arhant