Mitt Wins Something!

Unfortunately for him, Mitt wins for PolitiFact’s “Lie of the Year,” for his desperate, last-minute push to win Ohio by claiming that Chrysler was moving American jobs building Jeeps to China.

6 comments on “Mitt Wins Something!

  1. FLPatriot says:

    The real funny part is that Fiat, the parent company of Jeep, is looking to produce Jeeps in China for the Chinese market. This will remove the need to produce them in America and will reduce the number of jobs being created by the expanded sales Jeep is expected to see in China.

    It would then be logically to see that if a Jeep could be made in China cheaper than in America that they could move their manufacturing there completely, as has been discussed by Fiat.

    “The volume opportunity for us is very significant,” Manley, who is also president of the Jeep brand, said in an interview at Chrysler’s Auburn Hills, Michigan, headquarters. “We’re reviewing the opportunities within existing capacity” as well as “should we be localizing the entire Jeep portfolio or some of the Jeep portfolio.”

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-10-21/fiat-says-china-may-build-all-jeep-models-as-suv-demand-climbs.html

    • Chinese Jeeps are going to be made in China, and American Jeeps are going to be made here. That is their business plan. Mitt totally made up any plans to move existing American Jeep jobs to China. The section you emphasized, about localizing production, is consistent with that.

    • FLPatriot says:

      So you thank that once they see how much cheaper it is to make Jeeps in China that they won’t move production there? Then again, now that Michigan is a right to work state, and others are soon to follow, maybe we can get the cost of production down in America and the jobs can stay here.

      But when the head of Fiat says that they will evaluate weather or not they should localize their Jeep production entirely or in part to China, that means there is a chance it will move. Did Mitt exaggerate the situation for campaign reasons? He sure did. Just like Obama and every other politician did this year. Was it a lie? No.

      If you want to talk about lies during the campaign I can provide you with plenty of real lies from the guy who won the election, so maybe Romney should have lied more and he might have gotten more votes.

      • First, Mitt took an announcement that Chrysler was going to build Jeeps in China for the Chinese market and turned that statement into a lie that Chrysler had announced they were moving American jobs to China. How often do you see a private company protest a statement from a presidential candidate, yet not just Chrysler, but GM and Ford protested this one as a flat-out lie? They called the possible president a liar.
        Second, if it didn’t make sense to build cars here, no one would do it, but both foreign and domestic car manufacturers continue to make cars here. Wages/benefits have changed dramatically for newer workers in the industry in order to keep us competitive.
        The bottom line is that Mitt was desperate, he tried to scare the voters of Ohio, but they didn’t buy it.

      • FLPatriot says:

        Time will tell. If Jeep does not produce any vehicles in China that end up being sold in America then you can call Mitt a politician (or liar if you prefer, no difference really), but if Jeep does I will expect an apology on your blog.

      • Mitt said that Chrysler was moving jobs now to China. At the time he said that, they were actually hiring more here.

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