On the Goals – US Auto Industry Bailout Notes No. 1

Goals

1) Re-establish and maintain going forward a viable domestic US auto industry capability that can successfully compete domestically and globally.

2) Minimize the net disruption to the US economy while transitioning and recovering.

Goal #1 Implies:

- products that consumers want to buy
- reasonable profitability above the cost of capital
- private ownership
- robust product development and R&D
- efficient internal processes and supply chain mangement
- competes successfully globally
- New executive leadership

Goal #1 Does not Imply:

- any particular target of total sales
- any particular target of jobs retained
- any particular target of brands of models retained

Goal #2 Implies:

- Chapter 11 Bankruptcy
- USGOV assistance post-Chapter11
- Quick – not drawn out

Goal #2 Does not Imply:

- Chapter 7 bankruptcy
- Heartlessness
- No layoffs
- No plant closings

More to come.

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