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What if there had been no GM and Chrysler bailout

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Chrysler Group assembly workers lower the frame onto the chassis for Chrysler Jeeps, Grand Cherokees and Dodge Durangos at the Chrysler Jefferson North auto plant in Detroit, Michigan April 28, 2011. 
Credit: Reuters/Rebecca Cook
Chrysler Group assembly workers lower the frame onto the chassis for Chrysler Jeeps, Grand Cherokees and Dodge Durangos at the Chrysler Jefferson North auto plant in Detroit, Michigan April 28, 2011. Credit: Reuters/Rebecca Cook

KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- Here is something to think about this Labor Day weekend.

What would the state of Michigan have looked like today if the U.S. Government  had let General Motors and Chrysler be sold for scrap?

Upjohn Institute Labor economist George Erickcek thinks the state would be emerging from a very difficult time of transition and high unemployment, higher than anything we actually saw, as Ford and foreign auto firms picked over the remains of the two automakers.

Ford would be going gangbusters and Michigan’s worker base and plant capacity would have resulted in other automakers eventually taking over and reopening some the newer and better GM and Chrysler plants.

But we would not have seen the recovery that has occurred, and last year's presidential election might have gone much differently if the Obama administration had not been able to beat up on MItt Romney over the bail out issue.  

 

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