FRONT PAGE CONTRIBUTOR
GM: A Bad Investment
Unless You're China
It’s been nearly four years since General Motors (GM) declared bankruptcy and was bailed out by American taxpayers. So what has $50 billion bought us?
Working Mother magazine recently released their list of the dozen “Best Companies for Hourly Workers” for 2013. Among those listed was GM who, in their own press release, described the honor as “recognition of employers that have the best policies and programs for promoting women and a dynamic work life culture.” However, closer inspection of where the company has chosen to invest appears to indicate that the promotion of women does not rank highly among GM’s priorities. In fact, allegiance to the country that built them also does not seem to make the list at GM.
As Bill McMorris noted last year:
GM has increased its manufacturing capacity in China by 55 percent since emerging from bankruptcy thanks to a $50 billion bailout from taxpayers.
The automaker is also the industry leader in its partnerships with state-owned enterprises in China, having expanded to 12 joint ventures after their bailout; which doubled their presence in the country. 70% of their products are built outside the United States. Why take so much money from the American people and then set up camp in China? According to GM, it’s part of a “longstanding philosophy of building where it sells.” 40% of GM’s global sales volume come from markets in China, Russia and South Korea.
GM’s relationship with the communist government of China seems to be about more than sales though. In late 2010, the auto maker sponsored a Chinese propaganda film after CEO Dan Akerson confirmed GM would “continue investing aggressively in China.” He later went on to praise the “cultural revolution” that took place in China, saying:
Whoever comes after me — it’s going to be a more important appointment than mine because he or she will have to carry on a cultural revolution here,” Akerson said. “It’s just like the Communist party in China in the 1960s: There has to be a cultural revolution here.
The “revolution” Akerson referred to, for those who don’t study communist tactics, was responsible for the brutal murders of millions while communism rose to power in China.
As if their admiration for communism wasn’t enough, GM’s overlooking of how women in China are treated is mind-boggling. Not only are they forced to obey a “one child” policy, but female infanticide has gone on for so long that men can no longer find women to marry. As reported by Fox News:
Twenty-five million men in China currently can’t find brides because there is a shortage of women,” said Steven Mosher, president of the Population Research Institute in Washington, D.C. “The young men emigrate overseas to find brides.”
The imbalances are also giving rise to a commercial sex trade; the 2005 report states that up to 800,000 people being trafficked across borders each year, andas many as 80 percent are women and girls, most of whom are exploited…. Mosher, the first American social scientist allowed into China, puts much of the blame on Beijing’s one-child policy, which took effect in 1979.
The policy encourages late marrying and late childbearing, and it limits the majority of urban couples to having one child and most of those living in rural areas to two. Female infanticide was the result, he said.
“Historically infanticide was something that was practiced in poor places in China,” Mosher said. “But when the one-child policy came into effect we began to see in the wealthy areas of China, what had never been done before in history — the killing of little girls.”
In recent years, female infanticide has taken a back seat to sex-selective abortion or female feticide, due to the advent of amniocentesis and ultrasound technology as well as other prenatal sex selection techniques, many of which are now readily available in clinics and doctors’ offices.”
The BBC explains further:
Female infanticide is the deliberate killing of girl babies.
It is also described as gender-selective killing or “gendercide”. (Similar words like ‘gynocide’ and ‘femicide’ are used to describe the killing of females of any age.)
Female infanticide is more common than male infanticide, and in some countries, particularly India and China, is likely to have serious consequences on the balance of the sexes in the population.
The reasons behind it are almost always cultural, rather than directly religious….
Governmental policies have also increased female infanticide as an unpredicted side-effect. For example, when the Chinese Government introduced a One Child per Family Policy there was a surge in female infanticide. Families needed to have a son because of their higher earning potential, so a girl baby was an economic disaster for them, and there was a strong motive to ensure that girl babies did not survive.
If a baby girl does manage to survive being born in China, often times she must then struggle to survive in one of the state orphanages, in which the population is reported to be 95% female; boys there being mentally or physically disabled. According to a British TV documentary, the condition of the state orphanages are so poor that they have been dubbed, “Dying Rooms.” In fact, Americans that choose to adopt Chinese babies are often times not allowed to visit the orphanage of their child. Instead, the orphans are brought to the prospective parents at their hotel.
While the anti-women culture in China is not news, it is worthy to note that it is a major part of the communist country that GM’s CEO aspires for his company to resemble. Currently being full business partners with China in 12 separate companies, it would appear GM is well on their way. So if the end result of bailing out GM was to hand more power to China, then the job has been done. Unfortunately, if you live in the United States and/or are female, it doesn’t appear that GM vehicles were made for you.