Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Toyota Plant We Lost May Never Open

Arkansas was in the running, but Mississippi won the contest to host a new Toyota plant. Now Toyota says that their North American operations are not profitable and they are taking a second look at the decision to build a new plant.

From my original article from 2007 when the announcement was first made that Tupelo (home of the pro-Christian American Family Association) would get the plant and not Marion.....

"In our recent elections, Arkansans opted against a more values-driven ticket in favor of what they perceived as a business-oriented ticket who could "get the job done". There is not a doubt in my mind that if the people of Tupelo had been the only voters in our elections that they woulod have choosen the opposite candidates. How ironic it would be if Arkansas in part lost this multi-billion dollar business project because the secular and Shinto Japanese liked what they saw from the Christian-affected Tupelo culture and the political activism of the AFA."

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

It sounds like the Mississippi plant will still open eventually, but the California plant looks doomed-- for the same reason most businesses are fleeing California: their anti-company climate:

"...the UAW contract 'is one consideration, but not the single deciding factor.'"

But if the federal government gets their way, every state will share in the misery of having unions, and Toyota may never open the Mississippi plant.

Also important is that the California plant was from a previous partnership between Toyota and GM, and Toyota brass know better than to partner with the US government.

We have become an economic laughing-stock.

6:30 PM, July 22, 2009  
Anonymous ChuckT said...

If by "we" you mean the U.S., then I concur, due to the buttinsky attitude and actions of the Obama administration, but I would also add that Arkansas has been a manufacturing laughingstock for decades. Why is it that auto plants are being built all over the south (TN, AL, MS, GA) except in Arkansas? Does the fact that practically every other state in the south has switched to Republicanism with some political checks and balances have anything to do with it? Hmmm. . . . let's see if we can piece this mystery together. One party, good 'ol boy control does not bode well for the State of Arkansas.

9:30 AM, July 23, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Arkansas had Huckabee in power for 10 years I believe it was.

Why were plants not flocking to AR during the 10 year period of "checks and balances?"

Could it be because Huckafraud was no check and balance at all?

9:48 AM, July 23, 2009  
Anonymous ChuckT said...

For the record, a two-term Republican governor (plus ~2.5 extra years b/c of the previous Democrat governor's federal indictment) does not cause a shift of party control away from the legislature, the judiciary, state agencies, banks, utility companies, schools, hospitals, most local governments, churches, and most of the private sector. The fact is Huck, just as WR & FW before him, could not completely undo decades of damage caused by one-party control, and the corruption, fraud, nepotism, cronyism and rascalism that accompanies it. (See Mutt Jones, Steve Clark, Ben McGee, Lloyd George, Bill McCuen, Mike Todd, and let's not forget Jim Guy Tucker).

If you're still unconvinced, that's fine; I'll simply remind you that Huck was only one of seven Constitutional officers, all of which, with the exception of WPR, were Dems. One (or even two for a short time) out of seven Constitutional officers does not a complete shift, or even a balance, in political power make.
Huckafraud? Horsefeathers.

One does have to wonder why plants aren't flocking here with the Dems in charge . . .

1:04 PM, July 23, 2009  

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