To be fair, I think we are both Americans, and this is happening in Australia, so neither of us are technically a part of the "we" in question.My name is George C. Joseph. I am the sole owner of Sunshine Dodge-Isuzu, a family owned and operated business in Melbourne, Florida. My family bought and paid for this automobile franchise 35 years ago in 1974. I am the second generation to manage this business.
We currently employ 50+ people and before the economic slowdown we employed over 70 local people. We are active in the community and the local chamber of commerce. We deal with several dozen local vendors on a day to day basis and many more during a month. All depend on our business for part of their livelihood. We are financially strong with great respect in the market place and community. We have strong local presence and stability.
I work every day the store is open, nine to ten hours a day. I know most of our customers and all our employees. Sunshine Dodge is my life.
On Thursday, May 14, 2009 I was notified that my Dodge franchise, that we purchased, will be taken away from my family on June 9, 2009 without compensation and given to another dealer at no cost to them.
Last edited by Voidwar; 05-22-09 at 01:44 PM.
Oh, and this is in Florida.
No. It is perfectly clear as written.
Yes, all of America would be a lot better off if the government had kept its nose out and let the free market work.
He did go to the newspapers. That's where the letter was first published.
I do have ONE huge question: WHAT SPECIFIC INDIVIDUALS IN THE GOVERNMENT CALLED THE SHOTS ON CLOSING DOWN MR. JOSEPH'S BUSINESS (AND NO DOUBT OTHERS)?
Perhaps some of you could research that.
The letter does not state, nor does the article, nor does anything I can find, suggest that the government told Chrysler to close down or transfer any dealership. If you can find proof that the government is behind this, I will apologize to you for doubting you, but I suspect I won't have to. This was a move made by Chrysler to try and cut costs, which is necessary because they are losing money. This is not the governments fault...well, not directly anyway, you could possibly argue that deregulation was a contributor to the financial meltdown which led in part to Chrysler's problems.
Note, I work in the auto industry. Chrysler and the other big 3 auto makers(and Toyota and other foreign auto makers) do not treat those it deals with well. Has not ever, and probably won't. First thing that happens when Chrysler starts to lose money is they go to their parts suppliers and tell them that they will no longer pay the agreed upon price for parts, that if you want to keep selling them, you have to cut your cost by X %. If you cannot afford to do that, you are just out of luck, Chrysler pulls the contract and gives it to some one else.