Monday, October 18, 2010
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Maslow had it right!
Famed Psychologist Abraham Maslow developed his hierarchy of needs in the 1940’s and the 1950’s. The five levels of human needs have been an important part of motivation, leadership and management since it first was published. We need to look no further than this great piece of work to understand what is wrong in America.
The five levels of needs are as follows:
1. Biological and Physiological needs - air, food, drink, shelter, warmth, sex, sleep, etc.
2. Safety needs - protection from elements, security, order, law, limits, stability, etc.
3. Belongingness and Love needs - work group, family, affection, relationships, etc.
4. Esteem needs - self-esteem, achievement, mastery, independence, status, dominance, prestige, managerial responsibility, etc.
5. Self-Actualization needs - realizing personal potential, self-fulfillment, seeking personal growth and peak experiences.
The principle is that humans work and live through each level of needs consecutively. That is, once level one is fulfilled a human will move to level two and so forth until they reach level five. Of particular importance is that when a lower level of needs is no longer fulfilled a person will revert of trying to fulfill that need and not the level he/she had reached.
In a simple example, when someone is having their house repossessed, you cannot expect them to focus on a world currency, health care for all, or even a war to help other nations. Yet, the latter items seem to be what our Government is focused on achieving.
Seemingly the vast majority of the electorate in the country has reverted to levels one and two. The examples of why they would be clinging to these levels are truly so numerous they cannot be all enumerated. A couple of examples: Laws are not enforced (immigration, GM bankruptcy, voter disruption, health care law exemptions, home foreclosures, bank fraud, etc.). Belief in our Government’s ability to properly respond and manage the country (Katrina, BP oil spill, bank bail out, unemployment, lobbyists, healthcare). Unemployment continues unabated and there are no programs in place to create jobs.
Many have said that we are not “on the same page”; the taxpayers and Government. Truly we are not on the same page and the hierarchy of needs explains why and what needs to be done by the Country’s leadership. As in any business or in any management role, the leaders must lead at the level of their constituencies. If your employee is worried about losing his job because his employer might go out of business, you do not encourage him by talking about strategic initiatives of the next five years. No, you spend the time explaining and demonstrating that the Company has a bright short term future and he should not be concerned.
In contrast, what we see daily is a Governmental leadership that has a “don’t worry be happy” attitude. Instead of leading on the level of the hierarchy in which the electorate lives our leaders seem to be focused on their personal self actualization while telling the followers that it will get better soon. President Obama’s proclamation that we should “buck up” only confirms that he is happy at level five and can’t be bothered with the predicament of the masses.
When a collective we, are managed on the level at which we live that means we are all on the same page and we are working together to move everyone to the next level. This is not hard to do, it is more empathy and a willingness to show compassion by acknowledging the level on which the followers live and taking some actions to ensure the followers that the leaders are working to solve the problems.
Imagine if tomorrow you woke up and the Government was working on real American jobs. Suddenly they would be leading at the level on the hierarchy that you can agree with. Imagine if it was announced tomorrow that Pontiac was reinvented and 60,000 jobs would result. On the same page? Of Course. www.savingpontiac.org
Friday, October 1, 2010
Does it strike you that America has become a Walmart with no employees and no security but the doors are open? What other country allows border crossings to steal jobs? What other country allows currency imbalances of up to 40% that results in jobs leaving the country? What other country allows its oil and gas to be plundered for less than market rates to be sold back to its citizens for $4 a gallon? What other country allows its middle class to be plundered to make sure China and India are happy?
It is a yard sale with the owner permanently at lunch. Arianna Huffington has it right; we are a third world country. The analogies are plain. Whether it is blood diamonds in Africa, Bauxite in Jamaica, or rain forest timber in Malaysia, we are allowing our country to be similarly plundered. And this all at the expense of the American public.
Turbo Tax Timmy has all the right causes and in fact seems to understand them. With understanding a backbone does not come. It is time to stop this nonsense and return to a modicum of nationalism that can restore our pride and more importantly restore our economy and the middle class. Ask yourself; Does China or Germany allow the rest of the world to strip their resources? Of course not! And guess which countries are doing "just fine" in this worldwide downturn.
America is a country not a yard sale. Our priorities should be to Americans not to "the world". While I agree that these problems are not the doing of President Obama, he is the President when we have reached the tipping point and must actually do something to stop the wholesale destruction of this nation and for the good of the world. America must take its place as the consumer for the world and not the yard sale for the world. It is time!!!
Please visit savingpontiac.org for more of the facts.
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Unemployment is down and the economy as well as exports is growing. Why? Manufacturing. The US has let it's manufacturing base dwindle and we are struggling because of it. In fact, it is the exact reason the administration's stimulus did not work. There was no manufacturing base to stimulate to create goods for Americans. Instead we sent the stimulus money to China for imports.
We must save every jobs we can!
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
It seems easy to us that by saving Pontiac and using the assets that the taxpayers already own, we would see American jobs right away and the Administration could show real job creation instead of some sort of credit that may or may not create jobs.
Just my thoughts. Have a wonderful day!
Saturday, September 4, 2010
Growth in Jobs Beats Estimates, Easing Concerns
I do not know what Country the Author lives in but it cannot be the United States. Middle Americans must fight with the Mainstream media over concerns about unemployment...this is outrageous.
I read a Woody Allen quote this morning that says it all: "That's one thing about intellectuals: They've proved that you can be absolutely brilliant and have no idea what's going on."
We need to take every; every jobs opportunity available and more specifically on manufacturing. Why can the media, like the NYT, understand that we need jobs not absurd headlines.
Have a wonderful weekend!
Monday, August 16, 2010
The Stimulus Works! Just not in
The New York Times ran an interesting opinion piece today entitled “Return of the Killer Trade Deficit”. The conclusions were both fascinating and, frankly, unfounded.
In this article the American trade deficit was essentially blamed on others; specifically
The trade deficit is not a living thing or even a tool of other countries. The
In the last year, unemployment in
Just like the bailout of AIG to the tune of $165 Billion there is a direct flow-through pipe to foreign countries for our stimulus spending. When we bailed out AIG, within minutes the money was wired to overseas banks that were the so called counter-parties. Similarly, when the stimulus money was put into the hands of the general public in the form of a Keynesian demand stimulus, it did create demand; just not for American goods because we no longer manufactured the goods demanded.
Our Country abandoned managing trade policies and started assuming that the world economy would act rationally with the admission of China to the WTO in 1999 and adoption of NAFTA and similar free trade agreements. We are, however, still individual teams known as countries competing for an economic trophy. The choices of Germany and China were to protect and grow their manufacturing base and thus create a way to manage their economy in the face of world wide recession and they recovered quite nicely (won the trophy).
Blame is pointless for the past. Our leadership now must acknowledge we made bad choices and change our direction. As an old boss used to say: There are three rules of decision making: 1) Never make a decision until it is time; 2) when the time comes make a decision; 3) If the decision is wrong, change it! It is time to change our trade policies and change to support manufacturing again in the
Friday, August 13, 2010
Friday, July 30, 2010
So our Administration is worried about jobs. Or at least they would have us believe that. Let’s look at the reality.
The Obama administration recently said that the car bailout saved 1,000,000 jobs. How many jobs were killed in the process? By demanding that Saturn and Pontiac be ended it is estimated that at least 120,000 jobs were destroyed. As a practical matter, all the 1,000,000 jobs would not have gone away. If the various divisions of General Motors had been sold or spun off let’s estimate that ½ half of the jobs would have survived and ALL of the pension liabilities would have been left behind in a proper bankruptcy process and would have required no bailout money.
Had we not bailed out GM, and allowed the bankruptcy process to work as designed, it is likely that 500,000 jobs would have survived out of the 1,000,000 and it is likely that the 120,000 from Pontiac and Saturn would have survived so that is a net loss of 380,000 jobs and no bailout money and no bailout of GMAC and no bailout of the pension plans that will eventually occur. So let’s say that ultimately the total bailout cost $120 Billion. That is about $316,000 per job saved. That is $120 Billion that could have been spent on creating new jobs and encouraging investment in
Then we have the Healthcare legislation that passed recently. In a story in June of 2010 the family owned White Castle Restaurants indicated that the cost of healthcare may put them out of business. This one family owned business represents 10,000 jobs. How many others are just like them?
Following Healthcare there is the problem with the threatened Cap N Trade legislation. In this Hannity piece from Obama’s time as a candidate for President, it is obvious that if he gets his version of the legislation passed it will kill many American jobs (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wzNUZVv0A0&feature=player_embedded ). President Obama admits that the cost of electricity would skyrocket and we would bankrupt coal powered plants.
Next is the effort to thwart Congress in the immigration legislation. This article (http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/jul/29/memo-outlines-backdoor-amnesty-plan-for-obama ) in the Washington Times indicates that there are active efforts to by-pass congress to create an Amnesty program for all who are here illegally. What does this do to trust in our Government and the business atmosphere?
Finally, out of nowhere a moratorium on Gulf Oil Drilling appears from the administration. In this article from the Huffington Post (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/06/21/gulf-oil-spill-job-losses_n_619238.html ) it is estimated that 1,000,000 jobs will be lost over 5 years.
It is unfortunate that the policies of this administration and the underhanded manner in which it conducts business will force unemployment to reach higher levels and there will not be a recovery for many years to come. We at www.savingpontiac.org have relentlessly encouraged the Administration to give
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
No Plan. Did You Notice?
What is the economic plan for the recovery of the
It can only be assumed that the Administration’s plan is that the original stimulus package would carry the economic recovery. We know that is not working and for all appearances will never work to recreate jobs on the scale necessary for recovery. Are deficits a problem? Sure they are but whether they go up or go down the result will not create jobs.
Our country’s economic makeup has gone through some structural changes over the last 20 years that have been ignored. The lack of management of these changes was conveniently obscured by two bubbles that allowed the appearance of well being but were really nothing but an opportunity for our citizens to incur huge debt balances on imaginary assets. The bubbles obfuscated the inconvenient truth that we were becoming a nation without sustainable jobs and a disappearing middle class.
There are 4 inescapable problems that face our recovery that not one of those talking heads will address. Why? Because they are tough problems that none of the so called leaders want to lead a plan for fixing this economy.
The first two problems and likely the most difficult and at the same time controversial are that we have let a full 1/3 of the manufacturing jobs leave this country since 2000 and that we continue to allow a 25% to 40% currency imbalance with China to exist. 6,000,000 manufacturing jobs have disappeared since
As our country began to evolve into the so called service economy from one based on manufacturing we began the decline in our ability to manage our economy. Much has been written about why the “stimulus” failed. The easy answer to that is that under the Keynesian rules, injection of money into the economy should increase demand and create jobs. What Mr. Keynes did not anticipate is that those injections would only increase imports because the goods were not made within the economy that was stimulated. As
Similarly and in the same context we allow the currency differential to promote foreign manufacturing of the goods consumed in this country. Obviously, manufacturers in the
The third issue is the bleeding ulcer known as Fannie and Freddie. Why is no one talking about these debt bombs in our economy? The taxpayers have paid, already, $145 billion to keep the mortgages and guarantees afloat. It has been estimated that this cost could reach $1 Trillion. That is only a few hundred million less than Obama’s projected deficits for 2010 and 2011 but no one will talk about it. And, oh by the way, these cost are not part of the projected deficit but none the less will become part of our national debt.
As demonstrated with manufacturing, the big cause of ignoring this issue is that
Finally we are continuing to let jobs slip through our fingers. While it was a bit pricey, President Obama underwriting the solar businesses a couple of weeks ago is the right thing to do. Without the Government underwriting, these businesses would likely have gone overseas. As taxpayers we bought GM. Remember that? There are about 120,000 jobs in the remnants of Saturn and Pontiac and those mothballed plants we own. Why would we not recreate these American jobs instead of continuing to send these jobs overseas?
What should we plan? For the first two items, Andy Grove had a wonderful piece recently that detailed the necessity of having a tariff war with
As for Fannie and Freddie, there is a simple plan that could be instituted. Our citizens are struggling with foreclosure and mortgages that are underwater. As so many times we have elected to support others; not our taxpayers. It is apparent that our politicians would prefer to pay out 100% of the unsupportable mortgage guarantees rather than stop foreclosures with a 25% haircut to the bond and mortgage holders. This answer does not add to the deficit. Do we really believe that our credit rating will be diminished? In comparison to whom? Is
Finally, we must plan to underwrite every sustainable job we can find. The previously mentioned Pontiac and Saturn jobs are two that are on my mind. We already own the assets and the minimal Government finding required would result in real jobs not census takers. (see www.savingpontiac.org) .
Summarily, I believe it is scary that we cannot have a discussion about the real problems that face us. Of course wars and deficits are important. We seem however to be stuck on these things rather than those that could create a genuine recovery and could help the taxpayers of the
Friday, June 4, 2010
Another fan, Harry T. wrote the following this week:
I'd like to thank all of you for the time and work you have invested in saving Pontiac.
I, myself, am a rabid Pontiac fanatic. Every car I've ever owned has been a Pontiac; all but one has been a musclecar. If I may, so you can see what I mean, I've owned the following (all used) in order from first to current:
'66 Le Mans
'70 GTO (white)
'70 GTO (black)
'77 Trans Am
'84 Trans Am (currently)
As you can see, I've lived and breathed Pontiac.
Love you guys...thanks so very much!!!
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Monday, May 3, 2010
Thanks to all and have a wonderful week!!
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Monday, April 19, 2010
GM has no chance...they make 4 out 5 worst rated on reliability cars today. And they owe the Union and The Government over $60 Billion while they continue to lose $1 billion per month. All the while Texas just keeps on keepin' on!
Thanks to all for your support!!
Monday, April 12, 2010
Saturday, April 3, 2010
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
You Pontiac fans are great....this is true dedication.
We can only thank you and do our best to bring this incredible brand back. Your support (and tats) are the way we will get there!
Thanks to all and have a wonderful Thursday!
Thursday, March 18, 2010
I looked at that last blog and realized that I was a little too serious so the picture of Brittany comes out drivng a '67 GTO to lighten things up.
I think we are making progress with all out contacts and our letter writing campaigns. I am equally certain that the Healthcare matter has gotten in the way of consideration of anythings else by the Administration.
As always thanks for sticking with our efforts and have a wonderful and blessed Thursday!!
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
With all partisanship aside, there seem to be too many teams to count. And, what game they are trying to win. Right now the citizens of our Country seem to be saying we should focus on the economy and jobs. Our administration seems to be focused on everything else. Healthcare, Immigration, Financial reform, and Education all need focus but they do not seem to be where the electorate wants to focus. It will take determination and laser like resolve by everyone in this country to fix the economy and the jobs problems. Most importantly is how and with whom we spend our money.
Consider three recent examples of the mindset that exists and must change:
- Gm has elected to send somewhere between $2.6 billion and $3 Billion of taxpayer money to Europe for Opal's recovery and Cadillac marketing. This is taxpayer money that we need to spend in the US to help our economy!
- In February Diane Sawyer reported that: Nearly $2 billion in money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has been spent on wind power, funding the creation of enough new wind farms to power 2.4 million homes over the past year. But the study found that nearly 80 percent of that money has gone to foreign manufacturers of wind turbines.
- Yesterday it was reported that: Hillary Rodham Clinton's State Department is spending $5.4 million to buy fine crystal stemware for American embassies -- but it won't give the US economy much of a boost. (The contract went to a Swedish Company)
Where is the dedication to spending to support America? Where is the outrage of the Unions and Government officials? If we cannot expect our Government to spend to support our American economy and the jobs in America, where do we turn? In 1941 did we ask anyone other than Americans to build tanks and aircraft carriers? After 9/11, did we ask other countries to implement The Patriot Act or repair the damage on the hallowed ground in NYC?
Let's get back to the business of America, using the American team that has pulled us through so much in the past. The economy and jobs need the team work of everyone; not just some of us. Join with us at www.savinpontiac.org and sign our petition to save 60,000 American jobs.
Have a wonderful Tuesday!
Monday, March 15, 2010
We have contacted McCarthy's office and we would suggest those who are members here and those that are interested in creating American jobs should do the same.
His web site is http://kevinmccarthy.house.gov . Also, please see the Newsweek article about him here: http://www.newsweek.com/id/234929 .
As we have said we are non- partisan. If a Republican or a Democrat wants to create these Pontiac jobs, we would support that effort!
Thanks to all and have a wonderful Monday and a blessed week!
Monday, March 8, 2010
I seems that General Motors forgot the purpose of the TARP funds. They were to provide stimulus at home...That is the United States of America.
In the last week, GM announced that they would commit $2.6 billion to the remake of Opal in Europe. We knew it was coming but didn't make us feel any better. Now they have announced an effort to promote Cadillac in Europe. I guess if they aren't selling in The US it makes sense to compete with BMW and Mercedes in Europe....com'on man! Just more taxpayer dollars over seas.
Savingpontiac.org believes these amounts should be spent at home for US jobs....Don't you?
Have a wonderful, safe and blessed Monday!!
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
In February 2010 Buick sold 9,121 units which was a 47% increase over 2009. This is still only 64% of what Pontiac sold in 2009. Similarly Cadillac had a 32% increase in unit sales but yet was only 65% of Pontiac sales in 2009.
The point of this is that Pontiac is a valuable asset that has been taken away from the taxpayers who own this important brand.
Thanks to everyone and hope you had a great Wednesday!
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
In a stunning announcement, General Motors, has detailed a plan to triple it's commitment to Opal in Europe to a total of $2.6 Billion. This is taxpayer money spent to help America. I am trying to figure this out. (http://tinyurl.com/yb8s8lg)
There is a great article on The Huffington post by NYU Professor Gomory about why we need manufacturing capacity in the US. (http://tinyurl.com/yc6kw6w) Did I miss the part about our tax dollars rebuilding Europe? GM has committed our taxes to India, China, and Europe while spending huge amounts to close Saturn, Pontiac, and Hummer in the US. It just seems wrong!
Thanks to everyone and have a safe and blessed Tuesday!
Monday, March 1, 2010
I ran on a great article from two very distinguished writers this morning posted on Politico.com (http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0210/33444.html
David Walker and Lawrence Mishel run two of the most influential foundations in America. Each has, perhaps a different view on recovery, but both agree that we must create jobs now! Just what we have been saying at Savinpontiac.org.
Please read the article and enjoy the views of these two great scholars!
Have a wonderful Monday!
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Please visit Kevin's site at http://www.kevinmorgandesigns.com
We have made some important connections in the Government over the last week. In addition, we have found some very important and influential sponsors for our project!
Thank to each of you for following and believing in our project.
May God Bless you and have a wonderful Thursday!
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Sunday, February 14, 2010
We continue our relentless crusade for the resurgence of Pontiac and I hope each of you are drawing in new members daily!
Thanks for sticking with this valiant cause we hope saving 60,000 jobs will come to fruition soon!
Have a wonderful and blessed Sunday!
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Phil mentioned that he once drove a 1973 grand prix so today's picture is of that car. We thank Phil for the support and we will be looking for additional ways that we might work together.
Everyone have a wonderful and blessed day. My appreciation for all you do!
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
We at Savingpontiac.org have proposed creating jobs just for those people that feel that pain. We are relentlessly pushing to get the plain and simple solution implemented! Save Pontiac, create 60,000 jobs!!
Members, stay with us, help with the jobs we know can be created and push your congress members! Have a wonderful Tuesday!!
Sunday, February 7, 2010
With all respect, we are apolitical. If the Democrats, Republicans or the Tea Party want to help create 60,000 American jobs; we are behind them!
We are about American jobs and saving the Pontiac brand. We do not advocate for any candidate or any party.
Thanks to everyone for your continuing support. A great Super Sunday to ALL!!
Saturday, February 6, 2010
We agree with Bob and have suggested that we use the assets we have in the interim; that is, until we can get to the transition. Using investment tax credits for older facilities and assets that are available would provide the transition time and jobs until we get to the Herbert solution.
Saving Pontiac would be among those interim solutions and would provide jobs for that interim period.
thanks, Bob for the piece and thanks to all our readers for your support. A wonderful and blessed Saturday to all!!
Friday, February 5, 2010
This morning we have contacted Scott Brown's Chief Of staff, Steven Schrage. Scott has said we need jobs. Saving Pontiac is the perfect platform for him to build a legacy of truly supporting Main Street. We will see!
Very rainy and cold in The ATL today. Hope you do not get too much snow where you are today! Have a wonderful and blessed Friday!
My thanks to everyone!
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
- Wall Street Journal - 2/3/10
Pathetic...and what is our leadership doing? worrying about Healthcare. If there is no middle America, there is no one to pay for any healthcare!
Saving Pontiac is 60,000 middle American jobs now! The President can show leadership with two pen strokes but yet he would rather talk about Infrastructure that will take years to produce jobs!
Thanks everyone and have a wonderful and blessed Wednesday!!
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
As our administration continues to search for jobs and considers alternatives that take years to become effective, they continue to overlook our opportunity. We have embarked on an effort to contact those who have influence in hope that our President has the courage to lead job creation without congressional help.
Please write or call your congressman to urge that we resurrect Pontiac!
My thanks to all...have a blessed Tuesday!!
Sunday, January 31, 2010
"I am a graphic designer from Canton, Pennsylvania. I have designed many things, one of my personal favorites is a Concept Trans Am based on the Chevy Camaro Concept. The Concept T/A has made it into several Magazines including Hot Rod, High Performance Pontiac, Pontiac Enthusiast, Popular Hot Rodding & Smoke Signals."
We are honored to have Kevin working for our goal and we are adding his site to our friends list. We continue to grow!
Great Sunday to all...Thank you for your support!
Saturday, January 30, 2010
This is as outrageous as it gets. We have million of people unemployed and Obama is at a basketball game. Do the unemployed get Saturday off for basketball from being unemployed?
I will not say anymore but that this is truly unbelievable.
Have a great and blessed Saturday and thanks to each of you for your support!
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Ford has shown what an American car Company can be...Great customer response; quality products and Profitable. There is more room for car Companies in America.
The Ford news is energizing and exciting for us and for others in this business. Our team is very focused on replicating the success of Ford and we need is a "go" from our President.
60,000 jobs right now! Why not?
Thanks to everyone....have a wonderful Thursday!
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
GM finally made a great decision for the taxpayer by getting rid of Saab. This was going to cost taxpayers at least $100 million if they had not gotten rid of it.
GM has already wasted about $500 million or more by closing down Pontiac and Saturn; not to mention destroying about 120,000 jobs in the process. When do we stop this nonsense? When do we get our property back to use for American jobs?
Don't give up, keep fighting for these venerable brands and American jobs! Thanks and have a blessed Wednesday!!
Friday, January 22, 2010
We started a news story process with the Nashville Tennessean yesterday. let;s see if they pick it up...moving national next week.
We are making great progress and each day I want to take the time to thank everyone of you that supports Savingpontiac.org!!
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Scott Brown has taken the country by storm. We are confident that the voters will begin to see that we need to use all the assets we have in the proper way. Like Pontiac and the Spring Hill plant.
We have a new politically connected new sponsor that we are hopeful will be able to move the needle with the Administration. Stay on board and contact your representative. Now is the right time while the political sands are blowing!
My thanks to everyone!!