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Old 01-07-2009, 10:23 PM   #1
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Automotive News: U.S. Senator Bob Corker emerged as a harsh critic of General Motors and the UAW during Congressional debate over an industry bailout last year. "GM is spiraling downward," said the freshman senator in November. But Corker was once an enthusiastic proponent of GM - or sure sounded like it. A video circulating on YouTube shows just how enthusiastic he was.

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Old 01-08-2009, 07:17 AM   #2
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And have you listened or watched Sen. Corker lately? He is anti-bailout, anti-GM, anti-Saturn, Anti-American! if you ask me! Corker is as useful as a Troll on SaturnFans.

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Old 01-08-2009, 10:05 AM   #3
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Without being there, I would guess Sen Corker's optimism was probably directed at the 2007 VUE Green Line which along with its non-hybrid form, would have been the only Saturn product being built at Spring Hill at the time (ION ended 3/29/2007). Back then there were also rumblings of the Mode 2 Green Line and the plug-in; neither of which have come to market yet.

Shame that a plant that could once produce Delta and Theta platforms simultaneously is relegated to produce just one Lamdba vehicle.

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Old 01-08-2009, 01:32 PM   #4
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Default Re: Video: Senator Corker's Enthusiastic Tour Through GM's Saturn Plant in 2007

April, 2007 was a long time ago in car years. Since that time the Saturn plant has been gutted, and after a $330 million re-tooling, was making the Chevy Traverse. I suppose Spring Hill is on hold, like the rest of the GM plants right now.

Bob Corker was our mayor here in Chattanooga before become a U.S. Senator from Tennessee. You won't find a more savvy, concerned or caring businessman anywhere. He was exciting about SATURN at the time, not GM. I'd love for him to visit the plant today and hear his reaction to the GM we know now.

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Old 01-08-2009, 06:54 PM   #5
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Default Re: Video: Senator Corker's Enthusiastic Tour Through GM's Saturn Plant in 2007

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Without being there, I would guess Sen Corker's optimism was probably directed at the 2007 VUE Green Line which along with its non-hybrid form, would have been the only Saturn product being built at Spring Hill at the time (ION ended 3/29/2007). Back then there were also rumblings of the Mode 2 Green Line and the plug-in; neither of which have come to market yet.

Shame that a plant that could once produce Delta and Theta platforms simultaneously is relegated to produce just one Lamdba vehicle.
We are in agreement. But I can't help how much of the Senator's recent remarks are posturing for Nissan and Volkswagen (which he also represents) and what portion is genuine disgust for GM's present situation. I'm willing to give Corker the benefit of the doubt, because in the beginning Saturn held promise but today it's a whole new ballgame (though the cars are much more stylish than ever).


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Old 01-08-2009, 07:49 PM   #6
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Default Re: Video: Senator Corker's Enthusiastic Tour Through GM's Saturn Plant in 2007

Pretty good evidence of a duplicitous Republican spinmeister in action! You can bet that if his commercial Real Estate empire needs a helping hand, he'd be singing a different tune than he did with GM.

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Old 01-08-2009, 08:24 PM   #7
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This guy is a piece of ****. I guess the lavish parties with German hookers and money under the table from vw changed his opinion.

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Old 01-09-2009, 06:53 AM   #8
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Default Re: Video: Senator Corker's Enthusiastic Tour Through GM's Saturn Plant in 2007

I'm not giving Coker the benefit of the doubt. This IS all posturing for VW. He is a wealthy developer and property owner. Everything he does is direct toward improving the wealth of himself and his buddies. He knows that the location of the VW plant in Chattanooga is going to make him richer even given the current economic recession. He is doing everything he can to boost VW at the expense of American automakers.

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Old 01-10-2009, 04:26 PM   #9
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I am from Tennessee and I am very proud of Sen Corker.... The UAW officials are a bunch of thugs......(not the members, the UAW officials have not represented the members for 30 years). I am in the IAFF (firefighters) and our union is the same way....the Union Officials only care about themselves.......and the members are nothing more (to them) than money whores.

I own a saturn and chevy and I think if GM should file bankruptcy and come back as a much smaller company that may actually make money without my tax dollars funding this out of date Giant.....

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Old 01-12-2009, 12:10 AM   #10
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I am from Tennessee and I am very proud of Sen Corker.... The UAW officials are a bunch of thugs......(not the members, the UAW officials have not represented the members for 30 years). I am in the IAFF (firefighters) and our union is the same way....the Union Officials only care about themselves.......and the members are nothing more (to them) than money whores.

I own a saturn and chevy and I think if GM should file bankruptcy and come back as a much smaller company that may actually make money without my tax dollars funding this out of date Giant.....
But it's OK for your tax dollars to go to VW. What do you think government incentives are magic? Incentives are just another way of transferring money from Government to Private Industry. Before you you triumph the wonders of VW and throw a lot of state dollars at them, I'd suggest learning about VW's last attempt to have a plant in the US in New Scranton, PA. Lasted barely 10 years and Pennsylvania never got back it's incentives.

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Old 01-12-2009, 10:54 AM   #11
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Hi bkskatersd,

I am sorry you misunderstood my post.... I was not supporting VW at all, I am against the government bailing out any of the car companies......

I assume the tie you made is the Corker is supporting a VW plant in Tennessee, I don't know. But I would not support the use of Government funds to build this plant also....

Memphis sold their soul to get a failing NBA team,,,,, I was against that to.....

Businesses should succeed and fail on their own,

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But it's OK for your tax dollars to go to VW. What do you think government incentives are magic? Incentives are just another way of transferring money from Government to Private Industry. Before you you triumph the wonders of VW and throw a lot of state dollars at them, I'd suggest learning about VW's last attempt to have a plant in the US in New Scranton, PA. Lasted barely 10 years and Pennsylvania never got back it's incentives.
Chattanoogan powerbrokers have been pushing for an auto manufacturer to come to town ever since the old VAAP site was cleaned up and rebadged as Enterprise South. More government money than you can possibly imagine has been involved in the VW project.

Long story short, the VAAP site used to be home of a government munitions plant. It was actually a 7k acre site that was set aside for TNT production back in WWII. As you can imagine, the leftovers from decades of TNT production were rather nasty which lead to a federal Superfund cleanup of much of the site. The city of Chattanooga and the government of Hamilton County teamed up to buy a part of that old site after it was cleaned up. Tens of millions were sunk into the project before anyone even showed interest in building on the property.

Enterprise South's boosters have been trying like hell to get any auto plant they could get on the site. We failed to land Hyundai and Toyota, but we got VW. An interesting point to consider: why were those auto manufacturers shopping around for land on which to build production lines? Did Enterprise get any looks from GM, Ford, or Chrysler? Probably not.

You have a point about Corker, but keep in mind that the US Govt sort of shafted Chattanooga when they slowed and then halted TNT production at the VAAP, leaving us with an environmental eyesore. It's a wonder that land is good for anything these days. As far as incentives go, it's a well-known fact that our city government is full of incentive-whores which is par for the course in city governments all across the nation. We threw a ton of money at Blue Cross Blue Shield so they would stay in town. They get a brand spanking new building on top of Cameron Hill as a bribe to prevent relocation. Where they would have gone is anyone's guess, but nobody even wanted to ask that question. It should come as no surprise that our local officials rolled out the ruby-studded red carpet for VW; so did every other city vying to host VW's latest plant. It's a calculated risk, and it may or may not pay off, but you can be damn sure that our local officials would have treated the Big Three the same way had they seriously shopped around for land at Enterprise South (though union politics might have come into play, but that's another matter altogether).

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