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Yarmuth Stands Up For American Taxpayers

August 23rd, 2010 by jake · 10 Comments

What was that about Congressman John Yarmuth being ignorant on matters of, you know, everything?

Here’s a statement from Friday:

(Washington, DC) Today, Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-3) called on the current and incoming CEOs of General Motors Company (GM) to immediately reconsider opening new facilities in Mexico while that company remains indebted to American taxpayers.

“While the leadership of GM may believe such a decision makes economic sense and helps boost profit margins, it ignores the fact that your company would not exist today were it not for the support of American taxpayers,” wrote Congressman Yarmuth in a letter to GM. “Along with these dollars, GM should also have accepted a responsibility to put America’s economic recovery first, and not that of any other nation.”

Earlier this month, GM announced it would begin production of a new line of vehicles and engines at a plant in Coahuila, Mexico, generating 390 jobs south of the border.

In December of 2008, President George W. Bush announced GM was one of several American automakers that accepted federal aid, ultimately receiving nearly $50 billion in financial assistance.

“The automotive workforce is critical to the manufacturing base of the American economy,” wrote Congressman Yarmuth. “It is both an economic and moral imperative to the American people that these jobs are kept in the United States.”

Good, no?

See the full text of Yarmuth’s letter after the jump…

Dear Chairman Whitacre and Mr. Akerson:

I am writing to strongly urge that General Motors Company (GM) — a recipient of nearly $50 billion in taxpayer funded federal financial assistance — reconsider offshoring its jobs to Mexico at the expense of American workers.

In December 2008, as our country faced one of the worst economic crises in its history, President George W. Bush announced that more than $17 billion in taxpayer funds would be allocated to support the ailing American automobile industry. The intention of that decision was simple and supported by members of both parties: to pull a signature domestic industry back from the brink of extinction and save millions of American jobs. GM subsequently received more than $30 billion in additional federal financial assistance. Yet earlier this month, your company announced it would move the production of a new line of eight-cylinder engines and a new vehicle to Coahuila, Mexico, creating 390 jobs not in America, but south of the border.

While the leadership of GM may believe such a decision makes economic sense and helps boost profit margins, it ignores the fact that your company would not exist today were it not for the support of American taxpayers. Along with these dollars, GM should also have accepted a responsibility to put America’s economic recovery first, and not that of any other nation.

The automotive workforce is critical to the manufacturing base of the American economy. According to a recent report by the Center for Automotive Research, 1.7 million automotive-related jobs impact over 8 million jobs in the private sector. It is both an economic and moral imperative to the American people that these jobs are kept in the United States — where my constituents and hardworking Americans across the nation footed the bill that saved GM.

Therefore, I strongly urge you to reconsider offshoring American jobs with U.S. taxpayer dollars, and instead focus on repaying your debts at home by helping get our citizens back to work. I appreciate your attention to this urgent request and will await your response.

Sincerely,

John Yarmuth
Member of Congress

Tags: Business · Congress · Economy · John Yarmuth · Taxes

10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 JimL // Aug 23, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    Someone please tell Mr. Yarmuth that he doesn’t have to look at Detroit for companies that are off-shoring contract work. We have dozens of companies here in downtown Louisville and Jefferson Co. that have laid off local workers in order to offshore their work. Where I work (within Jefferson Co.), we have more offshore workers on our team than local workers. Where has been the outrage over this reallocation to outsource the work force that has drastically escalated in the past 3-4 years? Where has been Yarmuth’s outrage over the lost of local tax dollars? When is Yarmuch going to stand up for local employees that are being outsourced?

    Sounds like Johnny is doing some political jockeying to me.

  • 2 jake // Aug 23, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    Sounds like someone at a major national bank needs to start sharing evidence with Jake of offshoring local jobs.

  • 3 thomas paine // Aug 23, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    what’s most important to american taxpayers is that GM sell cars and generate profits. It is better positioned to do those if it can manufacture them wherever it feels it gets the most value for the dollar.

  • 4 JimL // Aug 23, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    Sounds like someone is abusing their right as an Admin and performed a DNS IP trace. So Jake, do we have to spoof IP’s due to lack of trust?

  • 5 jake // Aug 23, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    Uh, that’s information that’s front & center when commenting.

    It’s not a right – I own this site.

    If you spoof IP or DNS information, your comment’s not gonna get posted.

    You’ll note that I didn’t identify you or your employer. Didn’t even mention the screenname you’re using of “JimL” – but if you don’t like that I maintained your anonymity, I can remedy the situation.

  • 6 JimL // Aug 23, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    Screen names are front and center. Jim L. is my real name. IP addresses are not front and center to everyone. You are logged in as Admin, so understandably this information is available to YOU.

    When people post on forums they expect a level of trust from the moderator/site owner. I don’t recall reading an EULA saying that the “owner” of the site can and probably will reveal information about a poster.

    Is that how this site works? If so , then I won’t waste my time here anymore.

  • 7 ChristopherM // Aug 23, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    JimL, did we bail your company out of the crapper? If not, then you’re kind of missing the point of his letter.

  • 8 jake // Aug 23, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    I say all the time that I out people who do anything illegal on the site, needlessly trash someone or personally attack without merit. And I have done so two or three times in three years.

    You’re pissed that you got called out in a – gasp- vague comment suggesting you should provide information that you apparently have so I could – gasp – discuss major job loss in the area.

    You’ve commented here a great number of times and still haven’t been outed. I doubt it’ll happen unless you’re doing something ridiculous.

  • 9 Bruce Maples // Aug 23, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    Couple of comments in re IP addresses and such –

    First of all, if you’re worried about your employer finding out what you’re saying on here, DON’T POST USING A WORK COMPUTER. Sheesh.

    Secondly — if you truly thought you’d get in trouble for saying something, you’ve got three choices:
    1. Don’t say it.
    2. Figure out a way to say it that won’t get you in trouble.
    3. Say it and be ready for whatever consequences occur.

    FWIW.

  • 10 Talkfan // Aug 24, 2010 at 11:43 am

    “…your company would not exist today were it not for the support of American taxpayers. Along with these dollars, GM should also have accepted a responsibility to put America’s economic recovery first, and not that of any other nation….”

    Or perhaps GM should have been required to do this, Mr. Yarmuth. Were you and your colleagues relying on their…honor? Is it that to which you appeal now?

    Earth to Yarmuth (not that he doesn’t already know this): US auto companies have been offshoring factories and jobs for decades and they have no intention of stopping now, your letter notwithstanding. You and your colleagues in the House majority had the opportunity to make the ending of this practice a condition of the aid GM was given, but you didn’t. You had leverage and you chose not to use it.

    Why not?

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