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Jeff Stahler

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  1. Ottodesu

    Ottodesu said, over 3 years ago

    Well, the Rest Of The World was trying really hard for many years to drop big hints as to what the American auto industry should be doing, but the main reaction was to protest to Japan for being unfairly competent.
    Anyone remember when this happened in the 1980s?

  2. touvant

    touvant said, over 3 years ago

    this guage coming to a city near you.

  3. ghenley

    ghenley said, over 3 years ago

    This has little to do with the car companies but with liberal (and union) policies that coerce management into unsustainable pension benefits.

  4. narrowminded

    narrowminded said, over 3 years ago

    In 1961 Detroit had the highest per capita income in the nation with 1.8 million residents. That’s when the progressives took hold. 50 years later Detroit is bankrupt with a million fewer residents 60% of which are in poverty and nearly half are functionally illiterate. Only 1/3 of high schoolers graduate.

    Regressive progressivism

  5. Rockngolfer

    Rockngolfer said, over 3 years ago


    That would be Eisenhower, Nixon, Reagan, Bush 41 and Bush 43.

  6. 3hourtour

    3hourtour GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago


    ..and the tooth fairy isn’t real,either…

  7. mikefive

    mikefive said, over 3 years ago


    You forgot Kennedy, Johnson, Carter, and Clinton. The U. S. education system was top of the line until the federal government got involved in local and state schools.

  8. Ottodesu

    Ottodesu said, over 3 years ago


    Do you have any idea what the pension benefits are for the German auto workers?
    I could tell you, but you wouldn’t believe me.

    I never was very pro Union in my country, but in the USA they were rather useless.

    You folks are in the second decade of the 21st Century and still don’t have a nationalised health care system.
    And your workers make less than those in other First World countries.

  9. magicwalnut

    magicwalnut GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago


    No, Mike. The education was top of the line until intelligent women found out that they could have more satisfying lives by becoming doctors, lawyers and CEOs instead of teachers. Some of my grandkids’ teachers can’t spell worth a darn, and think that anything divided by zero is zero. And now some of those teachers are teaching other teachers how to be teachers.

  10. lisapaloma13

    lisapaloma13 said, over 3 years ago

    Not if you’re dead because you can’t afford health care.

  11. Justice22

    Justice22 said, over 3 years ago

    The loss of the auto industry resulted from many things. most have been noted here, such as the lack of nationalized health care and the greed of the CEOs and unions. One thing not mentioned was the taxation policies of our government. In the 70’s, over 50% of the cost of a new car went to taxes. Taxes on a Japanese auto consisted of about 15%. Today, it still holds true as local taxes are set aside for foreign auto makers to build their plants in a state. Plants such as Honda’s are modular and the company threatens to move their plants to other states if they aren’t given more tax breaks. States competing for business are actually hurting themselves by "playing the game. =lower wages, taxes and education quality.

  12. mikefive

    mikefive said, over 3 years ago

    “Is this true ?
    Or is it just more childish blame game ?”

    Perhaps it would be better to take the time to examine the coincidental increased involvement of the federal government (starting in the 50’s) and the slow decline of the quality of education. This accelerated in the 70’s. The only other consistent factor I’ve found in this decline is the increase of the influence of the educational psychologists and sociologists. I realize that you could have used these same reasons to refute my assertions to try and show the boon the above groups have given us, but I understand that cheap shots are much easier to post.

  13. mickey1339

    mickey1339 GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    This is a link to an article in Wikipedia that goes through the history of the city since the 1950’s and outlines the problems very well. The scary part of this is when you look at their total debt at 18 billion dollars, half of it is unfunded pension obligations and retiree health care benefits. Detroit’s problems go far beyond just unions and benefits, but it is a very significant part of the problem. As one looks around America, this is a common issue that is being repeated from the state level all the way down to municipalities.

  14. mikefive

    mikefive said, over 3 years ago

    “A real study of the causes of the decline of education….”

    First, I didn’t even do an internet search.
    Second, I wouldn’t give my comment the dignity of an opinion. It is pure speculation based on a lifetime of occasional observation and watching my ex having to comply with the changing standards required of the children.
    Third, I don’t think that the conditions (unless they’re really bad, sieve for a roof, cold, etc.) under which kids are taught would have that much of an effect on the quality of education.

  15. Darsan54

    Darsan54 GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago


    Livin’ up to your name !!!

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