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-- says that congress grilling GM and Chrysler executives today over the closing of thousands of car dealerships throughout the country executives defending their decision to congress saying they had no choice.
The cuts leading thousands of people out of work after the carmakers accepted billions in taxpayer dollars don't forget you -- and 60%.
General Motors with us now is the secretary of transportation Ray -- mr.
secretary thank you so much for joining us would greatly appreciate -- a lot of people are wondering.
Why is that so many dealerships around the country being shut down because after all the dealerships are the ones that are on the -- they can buy their products from Chrysler and GM and they sell and they don't sell on the dealership suffer not Chrysler and GM why so -- shut down.
Because -- that the company decided that some of these dealerships just were not as productive.
As maybe they would have wanted look at.
But should German regulations and undersecretary get to decide that a minute it's my business I think I would want to decide Obama to shut -- down or not not to have Chrysler or GM -- shut down.
Look at the companies providing the products and that they should have some say and you know which what would show rooms are open and which aren't let.
You know it's kinda interesting here that people are being critical of the company's per trying to make the reductions that will get them death.
Begin to make more money and you know on the other hand you know people are saying all things being run by the government would say just -- -- -- is shutdown these dealerships.
It was the company's.
Look at the government had nothing to do with that the auto task force had nothing to do -- that the president did not direct.
Which you -- -- should be closed that was done by the company executives in order to get the profitability yet.
That that's what people are asking for -- asking for these executives to begin to make some hard decisions.
These are hard decisions but they were made by the company a hard decision to have you have got a lot of people a lot of jobs mr.
secretary -- want to go on to this the whole lobbying thing General Motors about that they will continue to lobby congress it's a big part of what they do.
The question a lot of people have.
Is that would get taxpayers that are now paying these lobbyists it's a government run company.
Taxpayers are paying the lobbyists to lobby the government did just doesn't.
Well look at I mean the auto executives.
Have been on Capitol Hill -- -- appeared before committees and you know they've answered the questions and I think now that they've heard from congress you know maybe they'll they'll think differently about this.
I'm not sure that when they came up on Capitol Hill today this was really on their radar on their agenda and that I think that theft.
You know perhaps they won't think differently about this because you look at four days and any and all thank you god forbid did not take any federal money and now for a look at the Chrysler and GM which is owned by the government -- that you wait a minute -- -- go up their lobby on Capitol Hill.
And -- lobbying.
The government and the government -- our competitors there I mean it's of fairness issue right.
Well look as if you know you you all are gonna look into this I think congress is going to look into it and I think the our car manufactures that are receiving.
Significant loans from the federal government won't be thinking about it too and you know that this this is an issue that I think was raised today that we'll get people thinking about.
Whether it's the right thing to do mr.
secretary any third ahead of pay for all this amendment to the question that I have is if if you go to a lot of small car -- history shows us haven't sold very well I haven't been very profitable.
What's been supporting a small cars in history is the big cars the trucks in the suvs he did get rid of the suvs and you go to the small cars how does General Motors and Chrysler become profitable.
By making cars that Americans want to drive you know when these companies work.
I guarantee you that Chrysler and GM have gotten the memo on the idea.
That the reason that they haven't done so well it's because they haven't produced products that people want to drive in the early days of the company's.
They -- produce the cars that people want to divide and now they're going to get back to that that they may get it now they know.
What kind of automobiles people want they know what kind of gas mileage they're going to have to produce and Americans look at them Americans will respond to that and I think.
I think this is been a hard lesson.
For the American automobile manufacturer but they get it now but the cafe standards over the past thirty years have been very little to lessen our dependence on foreign oil.
I've got to go transportation secretary Ray LaHood -- Great pleasure thank you very much.
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