expatriate and JTapia both make excellent points.
If more tax incentives are made available to American businesses, they would be allowed more profit to grow their companies. This would in turn, cause more companies to hire employees through growth.
I have been in a position where I had to let good, hard working people go due to a lack of work. As a part of upper managment, there are many people in our government that would say I am an evil, heartless person for doing that. They would have you believe that I only did it out of greed. That's only, because they didn't have to see my sleepless nights, and being physically sick for doing what I could to save a company and salvaging as many jobs as possible. I also didn't see them cut their own salary to nothing (for several months) in order to help the company they work for survive. Even now, I'm working at less than 50% of my normal salary.
As far as the UAW is concerned, there are many folks (me included) that think the union folks have it too easy. Those $21 and $75 an hour numbers are quite a bit off though. It's actually around $14 per hr for wages and $36 per hour with benefits. The only folks that make over $100,000 per year are the skilled labor when they work a lot of over time. With that being said, I certainly believe the UAW could make more consessions to salvage their jobs.
Now we should talk about the tax incentives received by Honda, Kia, Toyota and Mercedes right here in the US. They were all given huge tax incentives and in some cases our own government built factories for them here in America. They did not do so for any of the American car companies.
We should also look back to see what started this mess. It was gas prices at $4.00 per gallon. The Democrats allowed this to happen on thier watch. By not allowing offshore drilling and keeping our own oil off limits, they let foreign entities control our gas prices.
With all of this being said, it's pretty tough to compete with foreign labor and allow American workers to maintain our quality of life. After all, China and Korea have most of their labor start working when they're still children for wages that are unacceptable by anyone's standards. While Mexico certainly isn't as bad as China, one only needs to visit a few assmbly plants there to see their quality of life. I don't think any of us would like living in their box and pallet shacks or work for their wages.
With all of this being said, there is still a lot of waste by the "Big 3" in their management.......If only I were the "Car Czar." It's really too bad Obama appointed Car Czar's that know absolutely nothing about what they're doing. It's really quite disgusting to all of us that have been working in the industry for so many years.