Barry the Builder is Closing Car Dealerships

Just think of all those folks who spent the last election chanting the slogan of an Australian Muppet for small children.

GM to close 1100 Dealerships, the day after Chrysler announced closing 789 dealerships.

Now usually, “under performing” dealerships are offered for sale or closed.  This isn’t happening which brings us to how this came about.   It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out where these orders are coming from, Mr. Fix-it in the Oval Office.

When our favorite local liberals come crashing in telling us that its “economics” and “the management” made these decisions, I sincerely hope those of you who know better will educate them otherwise.   But in case, here’s a delicious quote to chew on by Treasury Secretary Geithner:

As difficult as these announcements are for the dealers that will no longer be selling GM and Chrysler cars and the communities in which they operate, without the President’s intervention, the entire GM and Chrysler dealer networks could have been lost.

The Administration’s commitment to this industry has given both companies a new lease on life. By supporting a restructuring that results in stronger car companies – supported by efficient and effective dealer networks – this process will not only provide more stability and certainty for current employees but the prospect for future employment growth.

Here’s how Barry the Builder with his tax evading side-kick is fixing the economy.  These closures will mean joblessness for some 101,000 dealer employees. Plus many others in associated suppliers.

Presumably, since these positions will have been lost, they’ll be added to the 3.5 million jobs the Obama administration will save or create. (Andrew Malcom)

From the Sales Manager to the Lot Attendants, from the parts counter worker to the mechanic all we can hear is “Yes We Can”


  1. former car salesman says

    What about the sales tax 1,789 dealerships generate for their local municipal government and state?

  2. Sam Fitch says

    you mean 2 years ago. not much sales tax recently.

  3. On February 7, a post on this blog approvingly noted Rep. Shadegg’s vote against the auto bailout:

    “Congressman Shadegg has introduced a couple bills that will help real Americans, not the auto industry. Nice to see there are still some good ideas coming out of Washington.”

    So are you in favor of helping the auto industry or not?

    By making this an either/or proposition — either you help “real Americans” or “the auto industry” — you seem not to realize the two are related.

  4. So I fail to understand your logic. Obviously, the government did not “bail out” the auto companies against their will. You quote the treasury secretary saying that if the government hadn’t aided these companies, it’s likely all or most dealers would be out of business. Is that untrue? Can you explain it better? Can you propose an alternative that might have averted these dealer shutdowns? What should have been to avoid this?

  5. I just am trying to understand: Are you saying the federal government ordered the car companies to close down the dealerships? Why would the government do that? What advantage – political or economic – would that be to the administration?

    Would a McCain administration have handled this differently?

    Would you have liked the government to have forced the auto companies to keep these dealers open? Isn’t that a more managed economy – perhaps even “socialism” – than you usually advocate?

    Again, these are honest questions because I admit I do not understand your point in attacking the administration here. What would you have had them done differently? Was there an alternative?

  6. Veritas Vincit says

    The auto industry has been “helped out” before, and they didn’t do what was necessary.

    May sound harsh, but I would have simply left GM, Chrysler and Ford alone. You may or may not know that 18 months ago Ford completed and put in operation the largest and most modern automotive facility in the world, in Brazil. And, with $1B of the bailout funds, GM is currently building its version of the largest and most state of the art automotive facility in the world, again in Brazil. With $1B of your tax dollars.

    As for the dealership closures? I would suggest if you know a dealership owner that you ask them what happened. I know two major dealership owners (multiple brands) and not all of these closures are voluntary and not all these closing dealerships are in financial trouble either.

    The administration is simply completely restructuring the US automotive industry, very much like their move on the banking industry a couple of months ago. Chase can’t even give back the bail out funds – they’ve tried. National Bank of Arizona didn’t want the funds in the first place; taking the money wasn’t an option they learned.

    Had these industries been allowed to fail and restructure “naturally” without bail out funds, they would have emerged healthier after the turmoil. As it is now, instead of letter the rosebud open naturally, this administration has forced the rose to open – and the results in time will be just as abysmal.

  7. Veritas Vincit says

    I mean regarding National Bank, NOT taking the money was no option, they were told to take it.

  8. Iris Lynch says

    Is there a possibility that China will continue to loan us money OR perhaps not call in our loans (and ruin the dollar preemptively?)if we help ruin the car mfgrs so they can sell us theirs? Maybe? NAHHH.

  9. Veritas Vincit says

    Actually Iris, that makes sense given what Barry the Builder announced today. Why does it smell like scuttling the US domestic dealership networks in time for Chinese high mileage imports (as an exchange for not calling in the debt)?

    Any bets on what your kids will be driving in 2012? See the USA in the Chinese way…

  10. Good info. Where can I get more information about this. keep it coming. ta

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