Just one of many examples of the results of letting these bumbling idiots from D.C. get involved.sanfordandson wrote: ↑Tue Oct 09, 2018 12:53 pmhttps://www.yahoo.com/news/ford-plans-l ... 34096.html
Ford Motor Company is reportedly preparing to initiate major layoffs after suffering a blow to profits of at least $1 billion due to tariffs enacted by President Donald Trump.
The nation’s largest automaker hasn’t yet revealed how many workers will be affected. But a report by Morgan Stanley estimated that as many as 12 percent of the company’s 202,000 workers worldwide could be cut, NBC reported.
Layoffs will center on Ford’s 70,000-strong white-collar workforce as part of what the company is calling a “redesign” of its staff in an ongoing $22.5 billion reorganization, according to NBC.
Trump’s tariffs and the retaliatory tariffs they triggered are taking a toll on the U.S. auto industry.
Ford CEO Jim Hackett told Bloomberg last month that tariffs on imported aluminum and steel alone dealt a blow to company profits.
“From Ford’s perspective the metals tariffs took about $1 billion in profit from us,” Hackett said. “The irony of which is we source most of that in the U.S. If it goes on any longer, it will do more damage.”
The ongoing trade war is expected to continue to hurt the company’s bottom line. Earlier this year, Trump said that “trade wars are good, and easy to win.”
Ford announced a shift earlier this year to produce almost exclusively SUVs and trucks. Those vehicles continue to grow in popularity and are more profitable.
Its only passenger car will remain the popular Mustang, but production of the iconic brand could also be hurt if profits continue to fall.
The automaker said last month that it was ditching plans to sell its new Focus crossover vehicle in the U.S. The Ford Focus Active is manufactured in China. Because of the U.S.’s new tariffs on imported cars, it’s no longer profitable for the company to sell it in America, officials said.
“This is the first of potentially many vehicles that will disappear from the U.S. market” due to the trade war, Kristin Dziczek of the Ann Arbor, Michigan-based Center for Automotive Research warned.
First, we let them print money out of thin air through the Fed, eroding the dollar which imposes US market pressure to raise wages in lieu of that eroded dollar which puts MORE pressure on manufacturers to search out cheaper places to make so many of these products like the Focus because they'd be TOO EXPENSIVE to make in the states.
THEN, we let them apply a tax on those SAME products, making it either AT LEAST EQUALLY as expensive as American made products (which would be overpriced IF the tariff had NOT been applied) OR UNAVAILABLE because it's no longer profitable to sell here.
When TF are we going to tell these people to SIT DOWN, SHUT TF up, get OUT OF THE WAY and the the market sort this shit out?!
I wonder how DT is gonna talk his way out of this one...?