Chavez to automakers: Share the wealth, or else

posted at 11:00 am on December 26, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Hugo Chavez takes yet another step towards turning Venezuela into Baja Cuba with a warning to foreign automakers manufacturing vehicles in his country.  Chavez told Ford, GM, Toyota, and Fiat to share their technology with domestic automakers or get out of Caracas altogether (via QandO):

Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez has told car companies they must share their technology with local businesses or leave the country.

Mr Chavez gave the ultimatum to Toyota, Ford, General Motors and Fiat during a public address.

If the demand isn’t met, he said: “I invite you to pack up your belongings and leave. I’ll bring in the Russians, the Belorusians, the Chinese.”

Chavez had a message especially for Toyota to add:

Mr Chavez attacked Toyota in particular, saying it was not producing enough four-wheel drive vehicles, which are used for public transport, and ordered an investigation.

I wonder how Chavez’ buddies in Hollywood would like that?  Chavez is unhappy that Toyota doesn’t produce enough gas-guzzling, carbon-emitting 4WD vehicles.  That doesn’t exactly square with his demands at Copenhagen that the major industrial powers kneecap their own economies by cutting back on carbon emissions, does it?

Well, actually, it’s entirely consistent, once one realizes that Chavez doesn’t give a damn about greenhouse gases and the environment.  Chavez saw Copenhagen and AGW in the same way most of the Third World dictatorships did — as a means to leverage Western post-colonialist guilt into a massive redistribution shakedown scheme.  The Caudillo of Caracas sees the foreign automakers building cars in Venezuela in the same way.  He wants to force the four global manufacturers to transfer their skills to his own people for no compensation, then nationalize the industry the same way Chavez did with the oil industry.

Unfortunately for Venezuelans, the result will be the same as Chavez’ previous nationalizations.  The four automakers will eventually leave Venezuela, and perhaps be replaced by Russian and Chinese automakers — although Russia and China may not be all that keen to work under a confiscatory regime, either.  The quality of autos will drop, because after all, people who have the opportunity and means to buy Toyotas, Fords, and Fiats rarely choose Russian or Chinese cars for a reason.

Venezuelan misery will continue as long as Chavez continues his path to national destruction through Castro-style socialism.  Every move Chavez makes is entirely consistent with that one goal.


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Chavez Obama to automakers: Share the wealth (with unions), or else

Could be a headline here.

jgapinoy on December 26, 2009 at 11:09 AM

This has an eerily familiar ring.

LibTired on December 26, 2009 at 11:09 AM

Wonder how much Chavez owns?
You know, wouldn’t surprise me at all if some of this tarp money ended up in secret bank accounts.

JellyToast on December 26, 2009 at 11:10 AM

Sean Penn was unavailable for comment …

darwin on December 26, 2009 at 11:10 AM

Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez has told car companies they must share their technology with local businesses or leave the country.
Mr Chavez gave the ultimatum to Toyota, Ford, General Motors and Fiat during a public address.
If the demand isn’t met, he said: “I invite you to pack up your belongings and leave. I’ll bring in the Russians, the Belorusians, the Chinese.”

LOL! Russian, Chinese & Belorusian Cars seriously Hugo? They have all failed designing cars……If I were GM, Toyota etc I would pack up and come back to America! As they see trying to save money by exporting to cheaper labor is becoming expensive!

xler8bmw on December 26, 2009 at 11:16 AM

Now why do I think,that someone in Obamas Administration
called up Chavez’s goons,and suggested that idea!!

canopfor on December 26, 2009 at 11:16 AM

“The right of a nation to kill a tyrant in case of necessity can no more be doubted than to hang a robber, or kill a flea.”
– John Adams – Constitution of Massachusetts: Declaration of Rights (1780)

Speakup on December 26, 2009 at 11:16 AM

Let me guess: Chavez told the automakers he was the only thing standing between them and the pitchforks.

Rational Thought on December 26, 2009 at 11:19 AM

Nothing new for GM. Ford should leave ASAP.

mchristian on December 26, 2009 at 11:20 AM

I liked his “Socialist Grocery Stores” concept.

He sold it under the same rationale that Obama did for the public option. That government run “markets” can provide healthier food, more cheaply than the private stores which will provide “competition” to the private stores and lower prices all around.

And won’t that be delightful?

Skywise on December 26, 2009 at 11:22 AM

Too bad Ford won’t build anymore factories here. They simply can’t. Union demands and threats, plus exorbitant taxes simply make it unprofitable to build in the US.

darwin on December 26, 2009 at 11:23 AM

although Russia and China may not be all that keen to work under a confiscatory regime, either.

Tell me now, who were the folks that didn’t want to share in Copenhagen ?

J_Crater on December 26, 2009 at 11:24 AM

Venezuelan misery will continue as long as Chavez continues his path to national destruction through Castro-style socialism. Every move Chavez makes is entirely consistent with that one goal.

Wasn’t Chavez first term due to a fair, democratic, election?
If so, could you not say, the people of Venezuela got what they voted for?

Kinda reminds me of another country somewhere. Just can’t quite bring up the name right now.

Buyers remorse can be a bitch.

donh525 on December 26, 2009 at 11:26 AM

Ugh,Nancy Pelosi will probably make a plea,for a bizillion dollar Bailout Stimulus Package to bribe,oops,I mean per
suade Chavez not to go all Socialist on them!!

Oh,I just had a brilliant idea,how about sending Maxine
Waters,who threatened to take over the oil company’s as
a go between,er broker a deal with DevilChavez!!

canopfor on December 26, 2009 at 11:27 AM

Early morning thread theme music!!

Paul Shanklin’s ditty,Elvis singing,

In a Hugo!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZzKUt4OtE8

canopfor on December 26, 2009 at 11:30 AM

What I see here basically is a bunch of dummies in Venezuela. How can people allow somebody like Chavez to change the rules of the country. Venezuelans should take a history lesson from Hondurans and do as they did. Exiled the bastard.

royzer on December 26, 2009 at 11:31 AM

I wonder how Chavez’ buddies in Hollywood would like that? Chavez is unhappy that Toyota doesn’t produce enough gas-guzzling, carbon-emitting 4WD vehicles. That doesn’t exactly square with his demands at Copenhagen that the major industrial powers kneecap their own economies by cutting back on carbon emissions, does it?
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canopfor on December 26, 2009 at 11:34 AM

Hey, it’s socialism. I’m sure things will be Ok. After all it’s worked so well every other time it’s been tried.

Oldnuke on December 26, 2009 at 11:34 AM

Venezuelan misery will continue as long as Chavez continues his path to national destruction through Castro-style socialism. Every move Chavez makes is entirely consistent with that one goal.

Since the Hot Air machinery ate my first post I’ll try again.

Wasn’t Chavez first term due to a fair, democratic, election?
If so, could you not say, the people of Venezuela got what they voted for?

Kinda reminds me of another country somewhere. Just can’t quite bring up the name right now.

Buyers remorse can be a b!tch!

donh525 on December 26, 2009 at 11:35 AM

***
Maybe Hugo Chavez and his economic adviser (aka Parrot!) are going to introduce their new model transportation soon. Aka Burro Cart Model 1602–comes with “go anywhere” four hoof drive. It has a small carbon footprint–but a big P**P footprint and pollution problem.
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John Bibb
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rocketman on December 26, 2009 at 11:35 AM

Leave now. Let Hugo’s car companies get their tech from the Rooskies. The sooner the people there get used to living like a 3rd world country, the sooner they may want to make some changes. I’m sure there are other SA countries that will be glad to get Ford, Toyo and others to come in.

Kissmygrits on December 26, 2009 at 11:35 AM

I have zero sympathy for the car companies. They took the risk.

I never quite got their confidence.

Hope it’s easy to either move those plants or do as he says.

Cause that’s their own business choice.

AnninCA on December 26, 2009 at 11:37 AM

Send him the plans for the Pinto.

Ronnie on December 26, 2009 at 11:39 AM

All this really means is that the American car makers and Toyota are no longer providing the bribes to and funding Chavez’ offshore accounts, something the Russians and Chinese are quite willing to do… anywhere in the world.

Follow the money.

TXUS on December 26, 2009 at 11:42 AM

Kinda reminds me of another country somewhere. Just can’t quite bring up the name right now.

Buyers remorse can be a b!tch!

donh525 on December 26, 2009 at 11:35 AM

donh525: I’m going to give you a hint,its between Mexico,
and Canada!:)(I’m kidding).

canopfor on December 26, 2009 at 11:42 AM

Chavez is way behind the curve. He needs to learn from our own homegrown THUGS!! Look what’s happening right here at home!

Michigan Forces Business Owners Into Public Sector Unions
After hemorrhaging members for decades, labor unions have hit upon a new way to shore up their annual dues revenue.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703478704574612341241120838.html

katy on December 26, 2009 at 11:45 AM

“The right of a nation to kill a tyrant in case of necessity can no more be doubted than to hang a robber, or kill a flea.”
– John Adams – Constitution of Massachusetts: Declaration of Rights (1780)
Speakup on December 26, 2009

His stanglehold on power will guarantee that only his death (natural or otherwise) will bring about leadership change in Venezuela. He will never be voted out. At least we still have that option here…for now.
A good man, at 1500 meters, with a .338 Lapua Mag can create hope and change for an oppressed people.

Extrafishy on December 26, 2009 at 11:45 AM

Send him the plans for the Pinto.

Ronnie on December 26, 2009 at 11:39 AM

Or the Vega and Pacer

xler8bmw on December 26, 2009 at 11:46 AM

Obama and friends

BallisticBob on December 26, 2009 at 11:50 AM

Mr Chavez attacked Toyota in particular, saying it was not producing enough four-wheel drive vehicles

But just last week in Copenhagen, Chavez was railing against the production of CO2. Doesn’t 4WD produce more C02?

ProfessorMiao on December 26, 2009 at 11:52 AM

donh525: I’m going to give you a hint,its between Mexico,
and Canada!:)(I’m kidding).

canopfor on December 26, 2009 at 11:42 AM

Nope canopfor, You’re exactly right!

donh525 on December 26, 2009 at 11:52 AM

Chavez was railing against the production of CO2. Doesn’t 4WD produce more C02?

ProfessorMiao on December 26, 2009 at 11:52 AM

No more than Hugo himself.

thomasaur on December 26, 2009 at 11:57 AM

BallisticBob on December 26, 2009 at 11:50 AM

Love it!! LOL

katy on December 26, 2009 at 11:59 AM

donh525: I’m going to give you a hint,its between Mexico,
and Canada!:)(I’m kidding).

canopfor on December 26, 2009 at 11:42 AM
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Nope canopfor, You’re exactly right!

donh525 on December 26, 2009 at 11:52 AM
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donh525:)

canopfor on December 26, 2009 at 12:01 PM

It really should bother you Leftists that Obama is sounding a lot like Hugo Chavez….

Or is it Hugo Chavez is sounding a lot like Obama?

Either way it should bother those that support these National Socialists

Chip on December 26, 2009 at 12:06 PM

But just last week in Copenhagen, Chavez was railing against the production of CO2. Doesn’t 4WD produce more C02?

ProfessorMiao on December 26, 2009 at 11:52 AM

Hugo needs a Yugo!

donh525 on December 26, 2009 at 12:07 PM

Obama and friends

BallisticBob on December 26, 2009 at 11:50 AM

BallisticBob: LOL,Osama almost looks a tad like Clooney!!:)

canopfor on December 26, 2009 at 12:07 PM

Send him the plans for the Pinto.

Ronnie on December 26, 2009 at 11:39 AM

Or the Edsel.

donh525 on December 26, 2009 at 12:09 PM

Katy @ 11:45
That sure is a depressing article. It demonstrates again on how many fronts our culture is being attacked, by well funded groups that have figured out how to get more taxpayer dollars funneled to them.

GaltBlvnAtty on December 26, 2009 at 12:12 PM

I’m just waiting for the headline that says “Obama Tells U.S. Car Makers To Obey Chavez”.

Cybergeezer on December 26, 2009 at 12:13 PM

Seriously, NAFTA opened things up. These corporations chose to move plants.

They are responsible for where they moved.

I have ZERO sympathy if they get taken over, even.

I was amazed by the business choices of the last decade.

Now, either we left them live with their decisions or not.

Enough already. Good business means you weigh off choices.

If you made the wrong call, then deal.

AnninCA on December 26, 2009 at 12:17 PM

“…to share their technology with domestic automakers…”

There are Venezuelan automakers? What type of vehicles do Venezuelan automakers make?
What technology do they want? The wheel?

albill on December 26, 2009 at 12:18 PM

Next thing ya know, all them folks will be cruzin’ round town in spiffy ’55 Buicks and the “junk yard editon” of the retired NYC Checker cabs, just like Cuba!!

Penn and his ilk will be sooooo proud.

GoldenEagle4444 on December 26, 2009 at 12:18 PM

If you made the wrong call, then deal.

AnninCA on December 26, 2009 at 12:17 PM

You talking about the 2008 elections?

donh525 on December 26, 2009 at 12:20 PM

Venezuelan American misery will continue as long as Chavez Obama continues his path to national destruction through Castro Democrat-style socialism. Every move Chavez Obama makes is entirely consistent with that one goal.

Dandapani on December 26, 2009 at 12:20 PM

Polly want a clunker?

shaken on December 26, 2009 at 12:21 PM

GaltBlvnAtty on December 26, 2009 at 12:12 PM

Best medicine would be to simply expose this cancer far and wide.

katy on December 26, 2009 at 12:24 PM

Dandapani at 12:20
Agreed, and the American misery is will not just continue, but will expand, with new aspects being introduced regularly by Obama’s administration. We have not yet felt the lash of the Regulation Czar.

GaltBlvnAtty on December 26, 2009 at 12:24 PM

VenezuelanAmerican misery will continue as long as ChavezObama continues his path to national destruction through Castro-style socialism. Every move ChavezObama makes is entirely consistent with that one goal.

FIFY

chemman on December 26, 2009 at 12:25 PM

We could sell Hugo the rights to Rambler.

chemman on December 26, 2009 at 12:29 PM

Extrafishy on December 26, 2009 at 11:45 AM

Reach out and touch someone from a long ways away. Nice.

chemman on December 26, 2009 at 12:30 PM

chemman on December 26, 2009 at 12:29 PM

Hey now, easy on the Rambler.

Bought one for 75 bones back in the mid 70′s and that thing ran like a champ up until I had a head on with a walnut tree.

BallisticBob on December 26, 2009 at 12:35 PM

Seriously, NAFTA opened things up. These corporations chose to move plants.

They are responsible for where they moved.

AnninCA on December 26, 2009 at 12:17 PM

Exactly! They made a legitimate decision of their own free will to flip their countrymen the finger, and moved to a nation with less freedom in the name of profit.

And now they’re being threatened with even less freedom, in a way that’s really going to hurt their precious bottom lines, and the execs are probably manning the phones begging for somebody to come bail them out. Buff tucking feans for them.

Dark-Star on December 26, 2009 at 12:53 PM

well Ford can leave GM ca not without Obama premission and he will not give it. GM plants now blelong to Chevaz bought and paid for with USA taxpayer money.

unseen on December 26, 2009 at 12:53 PM

And now they’re being threatened with even less freedom, in a way that’s really going to hurt their precious bottom lines, and the execs are probably manning the phones begging for somebody to come bail them out. Buff tucking feans for them.

Dark-Star on December 26, 2009 at 12:53 PM

The American CEO in his/her drive for profit forgot the one thing that made them the wealthest companies in the world. It is called the US consitution. It is that papper that enabled the American company to grow to become what they have become. It was the USA army in Japan and the US consituion that enabled Japan to become the biggest and the best. They sacrficed that for profit and now they are screwed

unseen on December 26, 2009 at 12:57 PM

I wished this could be a learning lesson to all those in this country that salivate for this kind of socialism.

It won’t work, and will only make your situation, and everyone’s worse.

capejasmine on December 26, 2009 at 12:57 PM

I smell sulfur.

OxyCon on December 26, 2009 at 12:58 PM

I have zero sympathy for the car companies. They took the risk.

I never quite got their confidence.

Hope it’s easy to either move those plants or do as he says.

Cause that’s their own business choice.

AnninCA on December 26, 2009 at 11:37 AM

Ann, They got their Start here in the USA, back when it was free and taxes were low. It will be hard for them to move their technology people to a country like Ireland because Americans tend to want to stay here, they remember the old days.

Oh, you meant Venezuela! Sorry, I thought you meant….Never mind.

GunRunner on December 26, 2009 at 1:12 PM

once one realizes that Chavez doesn’t give a damn about greenhouse gases and the environment.

Neither does Obowma. Only so far as any legislative changes have to do with his legacy.

Chavez and The One share many characteristics.

FireBlogger on December 26, 2009 at 1:27 PM

Take a hard look people because Hugo Chavez’s Venezuelan Socialist Paradise is exactly the direction that Obama and the radical left are trying to push this country in. Chavez is a modern day Mussolini who IMO is going to end up either starting a war in South America amongst his neighbors or just like Mussolini will be lynched and hung from the nearest lamp post once Venezuelans finally get sick of his Marxist BS.

Hellrider on December 26, 2009 at 1:27 PM

I have zero sympathy for the car companies. They took the risk.

I never quite got their confidence.

Hope it’s easy to either move those plants or do as he says.

Cause that’s their own business choice.

AnninCA on December 26, 2009 at 11:37 AM

I do have some sympathy for the car manufacturers. The fact that they took bail outs, and their predicament now, is all based on union greed. You don’t need even a high school diploma to work on the floor of an auto manufacturing plant, and they make twice as much as an airline mechanic, who MUST have schooling, and training to work on aircraft. UAW workers get cadillac plans, airline mechanics get what’s offered, and depending on choice and what they can afford. The unions in most airlines don’t force the kinds of demands on the airlines, that the UAW forces on GM, Ford, and Chrysler.

The fact that automakters took bail outs, is based in large part, because of the demands by workers, and their unions. They drove these companies down by their own greed. Now , in return…they get rewarded with ownership, and executive positions, and keep their premium pay, and plans.

I’m not fond of unions, but I’ve seen enough to know, that a few unions, and we know who they are, the bad apples, spoiling the bunch, as they get the spoils.

capejasmine on December 26, 2009 at 1:27 PM

Marxist societies have a sole method of economic growth: conquest. The locals at first like the big strong tyrant stealing first from the rich and then from neighbors and sharing some of the the loot with them. The only downside comes when they are opposed by righteous armed men willing to fight them to the death. That bastion of righteous armed men willing to fight for freedom and democracy around the Free World is now in a paralyzed state with Smiling Obama’s snake venom penetrating all of its former institutions. (Chavez smells sulpher when Americans are resisting his conquests). Today Chavez has no natural predators around to stop his planned conquests. And therefore Chavez has ordered Toyota to start producing much more military grade transportation. Hmmm.

jimw on December 26, 2009 at 1:37 PM

And, President Chavez can go to hell. Soon Castro will be dead. This clown has already taken Castro’s place in the pantheon of idiot dictators of the western hemisphere.

SC.Charlie on December 26, 2009 at 1:42 PM

I still think there will come a point when the people of Venezuela are going to say enough is enough of The Evil Clown and his antics and he ends up having bis carcass dragged through the streets and then later hung from a pole.

pilamaye on December 26, 2009 at 1:43 PM

Seriously, NAFTA opened things up… and I have zero sympathy for the car companies. They took the risk. Annin CA

What part of North America is Venezuela in? I agree with you somewhat, however, because a political risk assessment was made by these car companies, and someone thought that the potential profits did override the risk at the time. The car companies should be forced to face the results of that decision. But I also agree that union and regulatory issues here tipped the scales towards building in South America – and to that extent we in the US are equally to blame for the decision to move production out of here.

Unless and until we get the US government out of the business of picking winners and losers, subsidizing favorites and punishing or hindering those without political clout – the US and businesses will be forced to make calculations about moving jobs overseas and we as a country will continue to suffer economically.

The FairTax really is the only hope we have to get out of the mess we have gotten ourselves into.

RSLockett on December 26, 2009 at 1:54 PM

Today Chavez has no natural predators around to stop his planned conquests. And therefore Chavez has ordered Toyota to start producing much more military grade transportation. Hmmm.

jimw on December 26, 2009 at 1:37 PM

This is an excellent point. As a silly American I was confused why Hugo would want more 4 wheel drives (I was thinking Demand, don’t the customers just order 4 wheel drives? Silly me!). Jim, you nailed it. Hugo is putting Venezuela on a war footing.

GunRunner on December 26, 2009 at 1:57 PM

If Toyota, Ford, General Motors and Fiat had any stones they would close up shop, literally overnight. IF the Venezuelan public is allowed the opportunity for protest (which is likely as it would fit chavez` model of misdirecting outrage) the respective CEO`s should tell em to go cry to their benevolent Banana dictator.

NY Conservative on December 26, 2009 at 2:02 PM

Like Castro, the V. population seems unwilling or unable to get rid of him. Sad!

jeanie on December 26, 2009 at 2:08 PM

I smell sulfur.

OxyCon on December 26, 2009 at 12:58 PM

That’s the pungent aroma emanating from “el Presidenté’s” piehole alter-orifice.

tpitman on December 26, 2009 at 2:21 PM

The fact that automakters took bail outs, is based in large part, because of the demands by workers, and their unions. They drove these companies down by their own greed. Now , in return…they get rewarded with ownership, and executive positions, and keep their premium pay, and plans.

I’m not fond of unions, but I’ve seen enough to know, that a few unions, and we know who they are, the bad apples, spoiling the bunch, as they get the spoils.

capejasmine on December 26, 2009 at 1:27 PM

and yet the CEO and upper management still get multi-millions in pay. that is the bargining chip the unions use to get the better contracts. It’s greed throughout the entire system. as long as the management continues to want bigger and better pay the workers and the UAW fell justified to request their own bigger and better contracts. Neither the management nor the workers care about profits. If they did it would start at the top and filter down. The fact is that GM, Ford, and Chrysler were making billions in profits and everyone was happy until the good times ran out. then the CEO’s and board decided to continue to recieve their millions in pay they had to go offshore.

the fact is that instead of plowing those profits back into the company the CEO’s, management, workers and board decided to live high on the hog. All were wrong and the only way to stop it is to allow the entrie company to fail and get new leaders and new workers who understand that profits are to grow the business not to get fat, dumb, and happy off of.

unseen on December 26, 2009 at 2:28 PM

Venezuela’s auto market is already a disaster due to Chavez’ market distortions. This threat is boilerplate leftist scapegoating of private enterprise for a government created problem:

May 25, 2009 – …Domestic car production has slumped and Venezuela’s socialist revolution has curbed imports of new cars, leading to waiting lists of more than two years. Sales have plunged 61.5% this year compared with the same period last year, according to the Venezuelan Automotive Chamber.

Demand is as high as ever. Venezuelans elected President Hugo Chávez but they are among South America’s most avid consumers. They have had a long love affair with automobiles, not least because subsidised petrol is cheaper than water. These days cars also offer a hedge against 30% inflation…

… Venezuela has no national car brand but hosts assembly plants for the likes of Ford, GM, Hyundai and Toyota.

But instead of expanding to fill the import gap the factories have withered, selling 8% less this year compared with the same period last year. This is mainly because they cannot pay foreign suppliers. A fixed exchange rate pegs the bolívar artificially high against other currencies and to pay foreign suppliers companies need special permission to access dollars. Tumbling oil revenues have forced the government to choke off the supply of dollars, leaving car-makers owing creditors $2bn (£1.3bn).

RadClown on December 26, 2009 at 2:30 PM

And Barry, Rahm and Dave are diligently taking notes.

Cylor on December 26, 2009 at 3:10 PM

The fact is that GM, Ford, and Chrysler were making billions in profits and everyone was happy until the good times ran out. then the CEO’s and board decided to continue to recieve their millions in pay they had to go offshore.

the fact is that instead of plowing those profits back into the company the CEO’s, management, workers and board decided to live high on the hog. All were wrong and the only way to stop it is to allow the entrie company to fail and get new leaders and new workers who understand that profits are to grow the business not to get fat, dumb, and happy off of.

unseen on December 26, 2009 at 2:28 PM

Ahem. A picture or two is worth a thousand words. Ford didn’t take any money, and the unions are not giving Ford any slack — probably because Ford is a competitor to a company (GM) the union owns.

You need to look at the reality rather than your “the fact is” types of statements, as Crowder did.

As for living high on the hog, the owners are entitled. If they drive the companies into the ground, their companies will fail, and new and better ones will arise. Government intervention only makes this less probable — GM and Chrysler are still building the same cars they built before the fiasco — the ones that supposedly do not meet American tastes. Nothing has changed, as Obama handed those companies over to a Union and a foreign automaker respectively. And Ford still builds the F-150 — the best selling vehicle in Ameerica.

unclesmrgol on December 26, 2009 at 3:25 PM

Perhaps Ford, Toyota et al should consider a quiet move to Bogota, Columbia.

Annar on December 26, 2009 at 4:50 PM

I smell sulfur.

OxyCon on December 26, 2009 at 12:58 PM

That’s the Chavez cataclysmic converter.

onlineanalyst on December 26, 2009 at 4:55 PM

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Let’s send Comrade Hugo something sportier. How about a 1984 Pontiac Fierro–the car from hell? I spent way too much time under one fixing it. Holes in pistons, cracked cylinder head, oil leaks, brake failures, parking brakes that wouldn’t keep a standard shift car from rolling down hills if it slipped out of gear, etc.
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Enjoy, Comrade. Park it near the cliff as you and your novia–or parrot–enjoy some lover’s lane romantic action and take in the view a thousand meters below. Make sure you use the parking brake for safety–it will hold if you or your novia happen to kick the gearshift during action! And for PETA–don’t worry about the parrot–he can fly to safety through the sunroof on the way down.
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John Bibb
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rocketman on December 26, 2009 at 4:59 PM

This is actually pretty funny.

Chavez has rewritten history to the point where he no longer understands what happened.

The car companies went there to help the previous governments and people that had to import all vehicles. Every last one of them. Now Hugo wants to go back to the past, and import every car into Venezuela. Manufacturers like Toyota will simply step aside, close their plants in Venezuela, and let Hugo import all the cars he wants too! They make more money on the ones they import anyway!

Those that fail to learn from history are DOOMED to repeat it!

Freddy on December 26, 2009 at 5:13 PM

A Yugo in every driveway!

DamnCat on December 26, 2009 at 5:24 PM

Perhaps Ford, Toyota et al should consider a quiet move to Bogota, Columbia.

Annar on December 26, 2009 at 4:50 PM

If they aren’t already preparing to do so, they’re stupid.

Government Motors would surely like to, but will probably be forced to stay put by the Obamateur Administration.

Spiny Norman on December 26, 2009 at 5:39 PM

AnninCA on December 26, 2009 at 12:17 PM

Ann knows something about businesses and investment decisions? Seriously? Well, color me shocked.

Ann, honey, before you keep vomiting that spew out of your mouth here, I’d suggest you think about a few facts that you seem to have either ignored or forgotten:

* The UAW is like a systemic cancer on American automakers. Have you not wondered why foreign car companies choose to locate their plants in non-union states when they decide to place a new operation in the US? I mean, beyond the leftist “because they hate US workers” bullsh!t. For example, when BMW opened its plant in Spartanburg, SC back in the early 1990′s, that region was tickled pink that it was chosen by BMW, especially since it was suffering from the decline of another type of manufacturing, textile mills – which, incidentally, were union shops. Hmmmm…

* Those so-called “bad decisions” you are talking about were made back in the mid-1990′s. Perhaps the political landscape in Venezuela might have been a bit different back then, as in, say, actually supportive of foreign investment? And just perhaps Hugo was doing everything he could at that time to encourage foreign investment in his little country?

I know, I know. Your mind simply won’t process information like this. It’s much easier, after all, to stick with the Leftist meme: American automakers hate their workers and closed plants at home to make more eeeevill $$$ on the backs of innocent workers somewhere else.

By the way, what brand of car do you drive, Ann? Is it an American brand? Was the car certified as being “made in America” per its percentage of parts sourced within the US? Do tell, sweetie.

Here’s a hint: some Toyotas and Hondas are more “American” in terms of locally sourced components than are cars made by the Big Three. I remember being amused when I learned that the Toyota Avalon I owned back in the late 1990′s was more “American” (over 90% US-based parts content) than the Ford Crown Victoria (only 70% US-based parts content). Its battery and radiator were made by Delco.

Wanderlust on December 26, 2009 at 5:45 PM

Seriously, NAFTA opened things up… and I have zero sympathy for the car companies. They took the risk. AnninCA

What part of North America is Venezuela in?

RSLockett on December 26, 2009 at 1:54 PM

Heh. I noticed that, too.

Is AnninCA aware that Ford and GM also have manufacturing plants in Germany, Britain and Australia? Is that because of NAFTA?

Spiny Norman on December 26, 2009 at 5:47 PM

What a gigantic moron this guy is. Really Hugo? Chinese, Russian and Belorussian automakers? Why not get some Zimbabwean and Nepalese watchmakers while you’re at it?

madne0 on December 26, 2009 at 5:51 PM

The point being is that the Ford, GM, Toyota and Fiat plants are there to produce vehicles for use in Venezuela and other parts of South and Central America, not to be exported back to the US (avoiding high costs of domestic manufacturing…). If these vehicles had been built in the US and exported to South America, hardly anyone would be able buy them, due as much to massive local import tariffs as to a higher price to begin with.

Spiny Norman on December 26, 2009 at 5:56 PM

What I see here basically is a bunch of dummies in Venezuelathe U.S. How can people allow somebody like ChavezObama to change the rules of the country. V<enezuelansAmericans should take a history lesson from Hondurans and do as they did. ExiledImpeach the bastard.

royzer on December 26, 2009 at 11:31 AM

I still think there will come a point when the people of Venezuelathe USA are going to say enough is enough of The Evil Clown and his antics and he ends up having bis carcass dragged through the streets and then later hung from a pole.

pilamaye on December 26, 2009 at 1:43 PM
FIFY

Wolfen on December 26, 2009 at 9:20 PM

“The right of a nation to kill a tyrant in case of necessity can no more be doubted than to hang a robber, or kill a flea.”
– John Adams – Constitution of Massachusetts: Declaration of Rights (1780)

Speakup on December 26, 2009 at 11:16 AM

The beauty and majesty of our forefather’s wisdom can be seen in this ballsy statement that still carries global and local relevancy.

Alden Pyle on December 26, 2009 at 10:16 PM

Dear Mr. Chavez,

Vete para el carajo, hijo de puta feo y cabron. Me cago en tu madre, maricon.
Oh, yeah, and have a nice New Year, pendejo.

princetrumpet on December 26, 2009 at 10:20 PM

Ford, Toyota, et all should move their plants from Venezuela to the American south. The states will be happy to have them, and they won’t have to be subjugated to the unions.

wildcat84 on December 26, 2009 at 10:33 PM

The beauty and majesty of our forefather’s wisdom can be seen in this ballsy statement that still carries global and local relevancy.

Alden Pyle on December 26, 2009 at 10:16 PM

George Washington if he were alive today would be leading a rebellion against our current regime.

wildcat84 on December 26, 2009 at 10:34 PM

I suggest the automakers pack up and move to Honduras. Now there’s a safe bet of a country!

Sultry Beauty on December 27, 2009 at 7:07 AM

Chavez, has bird for a friend because he has a bird brain.

I am sure the Bird is his most trusted agent, except when he does not get his cracker. Then he spills his entire vocabulary for the world to hear.

MSGTAS on December 27, 2009 at 8:35 AM

Hmmmmmmm… Did Barry and Hugo grow up in the same neighborhood?

petefrt on December 27, 2009 at 8:56 AM

Take the hint auto-makers, but rig the plants to burn down as your flight out of Caracas lands at home.
He won’t mind if they leave, but they will have to leave their technology, destroy it…
To add insult, refuse to ship any replacement parts to him, let rot what remains of your products in his nation.
Foreign Cooperations should take great care in dealing with Chavez, they should all pull out, he will at some point take control of their dealings in Venezuela. Tell him where to go, and how far to stick it.

M-14 2go on December 27, 2009 at 1:28 PM

When Chavez took over the oil industry he found that the foreign companies not only left, but they took the technology knowledge that was needed to keep the industry going. Seems he had a learning moment there.

Franklyn on December 27, 2009 at 4:44 PM

Leave the tooling, wipe the hard drives. That’s what they’ll do. Just grab their ball and come home. Venezuela’s economy is crashing, inflation is still running at 30%, and unemployment remains high. This move guaranties these bad numbers will only push higher. We don’t need to worry about Hugo. Hugo needs to worry about Hugo.

Phil-351 on December 27, 2009 at 7:55 PM

Send him the plans for the Pinto.

Ronnie on December 26, 2009 at 11:39 AM

Better yet, give Hugo a Yugo! Now that’s a slogan…I can imagine the government run advertising propaganda now!

Liberty or Death on December 27, 2009 at 8:17 PM

How wonderful. Hugo Chavez is taking lessons from Obama…what a country.

Wills on December 27, 2009 at 8:47 PM