Ford Focus Is Number One Worldwide

GREAT NEWS! According to forbes.com, the Ford Focus, assembled in Wayne MI, will become the most widely sold auto in the world this year, passing the Toyota Corolla.

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One magazine bleats out an opinion and this indoctrinator of unionized nothingness, is sold , lock, stock, and barrel !?

So, if you read Mein Kampf, you'll become Nazi.
If you read Mao's, Little Red Book-you'll become a communist killer of millions ?
And, if you read either one of SantaObbamma's two ( 2 ? ) autobiographies, you'll become a job killing, dog eating , coke head , who is either Indonesian Royalty or Kenyan Royalty ( even Obozo, is confused on the issue ) ?

Advise: do not read opinions ever again otherwise, you'll morph an opinion identical to it !

Think-robotic behavior, be a good little what ever Obbammy, wants you to be...what would you be best at ?
Killing jobs ?
Killing net worth's of real American's ?
Killing home values ?
Killing the American Dream ?

You choose...

Since 2005, the Ford Focus has been assembled in Wayne, Mich. Even though it’s built in the U.S., the Focus’ domestic-parts content – the amount of American-sourced parts in the car – has been decreasing over the years; it now sits at 50 percent for the 2009 Focus.

The Focus has gone from 75 percent domestic-parts content in 2007 to 65 percent in 2008 and now 50 percent. This isn’t unheard of with new cars, and it can change from year to year. In our American-Made Index we require at least 75 percent domestic-parts content to qualify; the 2007 Focus was ranked fourth in our June 2007 index. Source-ask.car.com

Any statement I make is the opinion of me exercising my first amendment right to freedom of speech. Freedom of speech in the United States is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and is generally permitted.

Let's see...half of the parts are American, AND the auto is assembled in Wayne, MI. That means the glass is MORE THAN "half full"!
But, be negative, Fred. That's what you do best!

Fred needs an intervention. He finds no pleasure in life. There is good news over the holidays!

Ford will be paying $8000 profit sharing for its average workers. GM $7000. Glad to see the American auto industry is making a comeback with our President's help.

And the news gets better!

Government prepares to sell General Motors stock
http://news.yahoo.com/government-prepares-sell-general-motors-stock-2308...
The Treasury Department said Wednesday that it will sell its remaining stake in General Motors by early 2014, writing the final chapter of a $50 billion bailout that saved the auto giant but stoked a heated national debate about the government's role in private industry.

Statements made are the opinion of the writer who is exercising his first amendment right to freedom of speech. Freedom of speech in the United States is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and are generally permitted.

Why don't you quote the third paragraph of your citation?

MikeyA

"Taxpayers are sure to lose billions of dollars in the deal, even though GM has bounced back from the darkest days of 2008, when it almost ran out of cash."

The "Final Chapter" doesn't always make for a happy ending.

If man has no tea in him, he is incapable of understanding truth. ~Japanese Proverb

What you see as negative I see as providing all the facts to a story. Sorry the truth of the matter upsets your narrative.

Any statement I make is the opinion of me exercising my first amendment right to freedom of speech. Freedom of speech in the United States is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and is generally permitted.

Ford Focus will be the number 1 seller in the world!! I smell a nice bonus for UAW Ford employees! That means more money to buy beer and pot to be enjoyed at break time before going back and building more of those fine autos!

IIRC, they said that for the government, (we taxpayers) to break even, they would have tp get around $70 a share. It's currently trading at around $28 or so.

"We're all riding on the Hindenburg, no sense fighting over the window seats"-Richard Jenni

Its amazing how those who claim to be patriots -- America's faux patriots -- revel in America's failures and look for reasons to attack American successes.
Fred, Mikey, Galt...Keep praying for disaster. I hope this makes you happy.

I am the epitome of a patriot. One time a colleague of mine asked me how I could love America so much, but buy Hondas. I told her that unions aren't American--they are outgrowths of Socialism. Unions exemplify the concept that all workers are equal--which they are not. Therefore, I refuse to buy a UAW car. There are plenty of non-UAW American-built cars.

I love an American success story. You know--the ones where individual workers are rewarded for doing well. Where workers aren't forced to spend their money on membership dues over which they have no control as to how it's spent. Stories like the Honda and Toyota plants in the U.S.

The car SUCKS...damn that Mike Rowe

One reason why I purchased a Ford Fusion was because I liked the Focus so much, but I wanted a slightly bigger vehicle. I love my Fusion!

It was assembled in Mexico

This MUST be wrong.

How can any company even exist without Mommy Gubberment helping them with bailout money?

Don't blame me,
I didn't vote for a
socialist.

the resident union reprobates answers that one !

They wouldn't know the answer if it hit them in the face at close range !

Hmmm, how does a company work without government assistance ?!

Laughing almost to the point of pain....Henry Ford, Dow, Rockefeller, Carnegie, -all had the SBA, helping to guide them all !?

ON THE GROUND NOW & MY SIDES HURT !!!!

Dale, I have sacrificed quite enough for my country that I don't feel my patriotism should be questioned. For your information I actually own a Ford Focus.

I don't believe a persons patriotism lies within what they drive or what companies they support. For that matter I could question your patriotism based up your antipathy toward Walmart, as American a company as Ford or GM.

What I don't support is bailouts. If you look at my past comments you will see that I've been consistent on this from banks to car companies. I feel failures teach lessons and thus make us stronger. We learned nothing from the financial crisis and the third paragraph of wolfie's citation proves that. Disagree, prove me wrong then. But spare me your pathetic "lack of patriotism" crap. It is intellectually unsound and I would expect someone who considers them self an educator would make a more cogent argument then that.

MikeyA

to our country. I'm also glad to know that you drive a Ford Focus. I love my Ford Fusion! I apologize to you, personally, but not to the others I mentioned.

As far as Walmart is concerned, Sam Walton was a savvy business man and a patriot. His children have taken the company in a very different direction since is death. Sam Walton tried to stock every shelf of every Walmart with American goods. I'm not sure exactly how accurate these numbers are, but I have read that about 80% of the goods in Walmarts upon Sam's death were made in America. Now, the estimate is that only 20% of the goods sold in Walmarts are made in America.

But this gets worse. Many U.S. companies, even some which had supplied Walmart for years, have been asked to sell Walmart goods at prices below their manufacturing costs. When they complain that they can't possibly produce the goods at the price Walmart desires, Walmart officials ask them how they can cut their manufacturing costs. They conclude that they must lower their labor costs, even if they run non-union plants which pay low wages here. Walmart merely states that they can no longer pay more than the lower price they have quoted. Because Walmart has such great buying power, companies have responded by closing their plants in America, and opening them in foreign countries where wages are lower and they also save because environmental laws are not enforced there. The Walton siblings only care about making more profit. They are among the greatest of faux patriots!

Actually you did. You said "faux patriots" revel in disaster and the you claimed I hoped for disaster.

To be frank I don't revel in disaster but I am expecting it currently, there is a difference.

And you label Sam Walton's children faux patriots yet you seem to know nothing beyond their business model. They have expanded their company employing many millions along the way. People who have limited education and thus very limited employment opportunities. Many other hardworking Americans invested their retirements into Walmart stock and seen their nest eggs grow. Now if you disagree with their business model, don't shop or invest there. But your disagreement does not give you any insight into their patriotism.

Just as the economic philosophy that Fred, GZ, or I choose is not representative of how much we are willing to give for our fellow Americans.

MikeyA

I apologized to you. I severed you from the group! SHEESH!! After I read your comment, I was sorry that I included you to begin with, OK?

The Walton siblings do NOT create jobs in most cities where they open. They TAKE JOBS from other businesses and employ some of the same people who lost jobs at other places at a lower pay scale and employ many who used to have full time jobs elsewhere as part time employees at Walmart. For example, around the time Walmart opened its Toledo stores, Farmer Jack's and Foodtown and KMart all closed stores here. As an example of what Walmart pays its employees, starting COSTCO workers earn about the same hourly wage as the average worker at Walmart. Generally, Foodtown and Farmer Jack's workers were union, but KMart and COSTCO are not.

I will continue to call the Walton siblings faux patriots because -- unlike their father -- they care not at all about stocking American goods. All the Walton siblings are among the top ten richest Americans, but there is not enough money in the world to satisfy them! They have forced supplying companies to move American jobs overseas! That's one step below outright treason! Please don't defend them!
I have never made one purchase in a Walmart. I have only entered one, and that was before they opened any Toledo stores because I wanted to see one myself. And I will never invest in that company as long as their business practices remain the same. I have found other excellent companies in which I invest.

Dale,

I accept your apology personally but you are continuing to commit the same character attacked based upon nothing.

"The Walton siblings do NOT create jobs in most cities where they open. They TAKE JOBS from other businesses and employ some of the same people who lost jobs at other places at a lower pay scale and employ many who used to have full time jobs elsewhere as part time employees at Walmart." There is nothing wrong with competition. And again, you advocate more government control. The problem here is not Walmart it is the government. Walmart takes advantage of the tax abatements and incentives that government creates. So by using your own logic it is the government who is unpatriotic. This line of logic is insanely retarded.

"For example, around the time Walmart opened its Toledo stores, Farmer Jack's and Foodtown and KMart all closed stores here.". All could have competed with Walmart. Why didn't Meijer's close? "but KMart and COSTCO are not." So they should have been able to compete. KMart has also lost billions for years, this is not due to Walmart at all but rather KMart's lack of quality vs price. You are using a correlation to prove a cause and effect. That is not how correlations work. If that were true Oatmeal causes cancer because people who eat oatmeal get cancer at higher rates. The same is true of Foodtown, I can quote many from this site who attacked Iott when he ran for congress for the way he ran Foodtown.

"I will continue to call the Walton siblings faux patriots because -- unlike their father -- they care not at all about stocking American goods." How do you know it's not because American goods cost too much to stock? The actual genuis behind Walmart's business model, which I've studied as a logistician, is they unlike all the other businesses you mention, has no inventory.

Walmart has no "warehouses" nor are they supplied by a third party storer-supplier. Everything on their shelves they do not pay for until it's bought. Kroger, FJ, and Foodtown all have warehouses of their own or they pay to manage their inventory. In the retail business and especially food business inventory represents a lag upon profits. Hence why you see so many after-Xmas sales today, they need to clear their shelves.

Walmart does not have this problem. They guarantee that X number of product is moved within X number of days. When a box of Corn Flakes sits on their shelf it costs Walmart no money. Walmart only pays for that box when you scan and pay for it. The lack of overhead from inventory virtually GUARANTEES Walmart a profit. You say your Dad owned a small business. How much money would he have made if he only had to pay for what was on his shelf after he actually sold it?

Walmart and Amazon have dominated the market because they have rethought the logistics behind retail. Everyone is copying them. Target has survived against Walmart because they allow Amazon to handle their online logistics. All of the businesses you mention are failing because of this.

"but there is not enough money in the world to satisfy them!" And what number are they thinking of right now? Again, something you do not know.

"They have forced supplying companies to move American jobs overseas! That's one step below outright treason! Please don't defend them!" I defend them and you every day. Don't tell me what to do. If you think this is treason you have no idea what treason actually is.

"I have never made one purchase in a Walmart. I have only entered one, and that was before they opened any Toledo stores because I wanted to see one myself. And I will never invest in that company as long as their business practices remain the same. I have found other excellent companies in which I invest." And you have that right as I have the right to support them or shop there as well as invest, just as they have the right to employ who they choose the way they choose but somehow for you it's fine but for them it's treason.

MikeyA

to their father's legacy. Once again, you have to be careful how you interpret things. When I wrote of your defending the Walton siblings, I was referring your written comments, NOT your military service.

I'll let others judge who is right about Walmart. And, just because a business has no warehouse, does not mean they haven't paid for every item in that store BEFORE those items are sold. Walmart has VERY LARGE stores, so they don't need central warehouses. Duh!

Having been in a retail business, I can tell you that most such businesses build up their inventory before the Christmas shopping season, then reduce their inventory with sales for a wide variety of business oriented reasons.
I have consistently bowed to your expertise in military matters. But I will not accept a lecture about business from someone who only "studies" it and has not lived it!

Tough titty. Globalism means driving costs downward; that includes wages. The global mean wage is about $2/hr. That must be matched in the United States. All those who resist will be undermined eventually. It's really only a matter of time.

You predict a slave-like worldwide economy. I desire workers worldwide to earn enough money to live with dignity. I will work for the rest of my life for better wages and working conditions for workers worldwide. GZ -- you predict a world in which the families of a few very rich people will be perpetually on top, while almost everyone else will be peons! How negative, sad, and unrealistic that is!
I do NOT believe in Socialism. Incentives are needed to maintain a vital economy based upon capitalistic principles. However, workers can be paid a living wage and mega-millionaires will still be mega-millionaires. As a matter of fact, during the Clinton Presidency, when federal income taxes were somewhat higher on the richest Americans, mega-millionaires made more money than ever before, because the stock market went up like a rocket. They paid a slightly -- and I emphasize SLIGHTLY -- higher rate of taxes, but on much higher incomes! I NEVER begrudge paying income taxes, because it means that I earned enough money to pay those taxes! I do find it quite unfair that my wife and I paid a higher percentage of our incomes in federal taxes than did many mega-millionaires like Willard Romney.
When common workers, worldwide, earn more, they spend more on goods which companies large and small sell to them. Then, everyone benefits. "Trickle-up" economics works so much better than does "trickle-down!!" You and other conservatives may mislabel "trickle-up" economics as "Socialism". I label "trickle-up" economics as good common sense!

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