• Mar 25, 2009
Nicole Pentis is a high school junior in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan who has been making videos for five years. When C-SPAN sent out a call for students to make a video address to President Obama and tell him what they thought were the most pressing issues facing the U.S., Pentis grabbed her camera. Her subject: the turmoil in her own home – the imploding auto industry.

In her eight-minute vid entitled "Auto Industry for America's Past, Present, and Future," Pentis lists the numbers and makes her case for what the auto industry means for America, and uses a history lesson and interviews with several industry workers to back it up. Admittedly, the numbers she uses are debatable, but it can't be argued that the vid is heartfelt. Click the link to have a watch.

[Source: Detroit Free Press]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      She looks like a right minger.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Bloke,

        Geek's lacking of global slang knowledge is hardly an indication of his knowledge or travel experience.

        Do you stay up to date on the derogatory names for women in every country you visit? That is a unique hobby if true. You must be fun at parties.
        • 5 Years Ago
        ....but I agree she is rather skeezy.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ahhhh... pardon my mistake, Bloke. I should have realized with a username like "Bloke" that you are possibly British.

        When I visited London, I didn't hear the term "minger" thrown about, so it's a new term for me.

        Oh, you're also very classy... I assume all the "right mingers" fawn over you.

        LOL!

        Not.
        • 5 Years Ago
        And that's "minger" with an "m" for "mother", the letter in the alphabet which comes after "l" and before "n".
        • 5 Years Ago
        Geekengineer, get on a plane and travel the world a bit ... and ask a few people.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Must have been hell for her with a last name like that.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I guess they start brain washing them early to like cars made in Mexico with parts from Canada.........yanno those so called "american" cars
        • 5 Years Ago
        Exactly Frylock. Thank you.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I didn't realize there would be ignorant gm and chrysler fanboys on this blog. While I won't dispute GM and Chrysler in the past have made more cars in North America that's not really important. What's important is that BMW, Nissan, Toyota, Mercedes-Benz, and many more "foreign" automakers also manufacture in the United States and build cars that people actually want to buy. Even Ford realized this and has made drastic changes to avoid the current state that Chrysler and GM. Maybe you haven't realized this but GM is a global company, its not entirely limited to the US (hence it asking for bailouts in so many other countries as well). But my real question for you is why is our government intervening in a failed business model. Have you actually driven or scene a recent car from those two automakers? Or are you simply recalling cars from their past "glory days"? Because I've driven many a chevrolet and dodge and let me tell you its no surprise they are in the state they are in. And in regards to those precious jobs that everyone is worried about losing, guess what with GM and Chrysler gone, the other automakers can expand their operations under a sustainable business model and guess what, create jobs! I don't feel bad for these companies, this was forty years coming.
      • 5 Years Ago
      From Frylock 350 (Post #4): "The war on terror is a black hole of money that has yielded no results. If we simply quit meddling over there we would never have become the "Great Satan" to begin with."

      I suppose you would prefer the Iranians, the Russians or the Chinese "meddel" over there, thus controlling the sea lanes and access to the worlds greatest cash crop, oil? Oh I'm sure those countries would play fairly and ensure the free world would have access to oil, the true lifeblood of the global economy. SOMEBODY will control the situation over there, and I'd rather it be us.

      You see, there is a reason we are "meddeling" as you put it over there...we found the oil, we drilled for it, we built the shipping terminals, and then we GAVE it all away to the countries that rightfully own it all, and asked only in return that we be able to ensure it flows freely to the rest of the world.
      So when you start your car in the morning, say thanks to the men and woman of the US 5th Fleet, home based in the Persian Gulf for decades.
      Thus endeth your lesson in political science...neophyte.
        • 5 Years Ago
        If it is good to meddle why was a shoe thrown at the president as a thank you gift?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I agree that portions of Detroit need to be repurposed and a percentage of the worker population re-trained for other skills/industries.

      In this country when there are economic upswings, companies expand, build more facilities, increase their employee base, apply for more lines of credit and increase their production levels. In short the company takes on a lot of financial liability when it grows, liability that could potentially kill the company in the event of an economic downturn.

      GM has grown over the last few decades and now it is simply unsustainable. No amount of tax payer money will fix the problem. When you drive to the mall and see 65%+ of the cars are BMW, Mercedes, Honda, Accura, Toyota, Lexus, Mazda or VW that is a clear picture that GM can not survive at it's present size. Instead GM should swallow it's pride, admit that they can only go after a portion of the automotive market that is not dominated by imports and then try to slowly regain market share over time with quality products that consumers want. Only when they gain market share and experience increased demand should they expand back to previous levels and not until then.

      kudos to the girl for having the drive to make the video. I agree that she should make an effort with her appearence. That does not mean she gets dolled up like a slut. It means wash & comb your hair, brush your teeth, you know basic hygene. Those of you saying that she does not need to conform to social standards - Tell you what, dress like a slob at your next job interview, dont comb your hair, look like pig pen and tell me how it goes.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Michelle Moore? I look forward to watching "Rick Wagoner and Me"
      • 5 Years Ago
      @mcspeed-

      "When you drive to the mall and see 65%+ of the cars are BMW, Mercedes, Honda, Accura, Toyota, Lexus, Mazda or VW..."

      No, when YOU drive to YOUR mall. Your perspective is utterly skewed, as is the accuracy of your opinion (and that's all it is), by doing a parking lot survey in yr tiny corner of the world. Where I live, MORE than 65% of the parking lots are filled with the Domestic 3. Do I take that to mean that they are doing alright?

      "GM should swallow it's pride, admit that they can only go after a portion of the automotive market that is not dominated by imports and then try to slowly regain market share..." Good g0d, yr a genius! What do u think they've been trying to do with all the layoffs and new products? Only to get hit with the biggest economic downturn in almost 80 years. Toyota, model of corporate perfection, is losing money. Did they suddenly start building lousy cars nobody wants?

      "It means wash & comb your hair, brush your teeth, you know basic hygene." When u learn how to spell "hygiene," I MIGHT pay attention to yr comment about it. All the dumba$$ remarks about the girl's looks just show most of the guys commenting must still be in high school. If she was hot, you wouldn't care what she was saying.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'd hit it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      and girl- you is so ugly - you scare my money away
      • 5 Years Ago
      Agreed. The author is poorly informed, overly emotional, and completely misunderstands the basic premise of a free-market economy. But then again, what could be expected from a 17 yo girl?

      I do wish my president would spend the 8 min of his day watching this cry for "gimme mo money".
      • 5 Years Ago
      @Boxer

      "which could destroy the whole country" Where TF did u get this? Off Limbaugh? I have lived through 3 wars, and the spending on them was supposed to wreck "our future." Savings and Loan bailout (and it truly was a bailout - none of that money got paid back)? Ditto. Reagan's historic deficits? They were supposed to sink us too. POINT: All the government spending in the 6 decades of my life hasn't brought the country down. Helping the auto industry won't either.

      "Government bail out is not the answer." As u and every other crackhead who spouts this line (and I use the term b'cus yr head is up yr crack), "bail out" is not the correct term. It's "loan", to be paid back, with interest. Before u were born, the federal govt. helped Chrysler with what, at the time, was the budget busting amount of $200-million. The free-marketers screamed bloody murder then, and Chrysler paid the money back, early, with interest.

      "then the labor workers who are crying such crocodile tears need to pony up with the concessions to keep their industry afloat." What rock have u been living under? Do u read this blog? Or the newspaper? UAW has coughed up billions in wage and benefit concessions, including allowing all 3 domestic mfgrs to fund the VEBA pension fund (which relieves the automakers of ALL future pension obligations) with STOCK. Yr a free-marketer, u must think this is brilliant. When the companies go BK, the VEBA fund goes under and the U.S. Govt., oh, I mean TAXPAYER, gets hundreds of thousands of new pensioners on the dole, courtesy of the Pension Guarantee Corporation.

      "actually get lean, mean, and hungry, and start doing efficient business." Again, more inaccurate spew. Look at the tens of thousands of employees laid off by the Domestic 3, the dozens of plant closings and subsequent supplier devastation. U haven't been paying attention.

      @Geek (appropriate name). U debate me on semantics. Go get a job in the auto biz (if u can find one) so you MIGHT know what yr talking about, get some life experience, and call me in 20 years, college boy.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'd rather see more diverse industry being funded to boost the economies in the midwest. They've become completely reliant on GM, Chrysler and Ford. This is why that area has crumbled. Why would we want to keep beating a dead horse?
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