• Sep 7, 2009
Ron Bloom's role in the bankruptcy and re-emergence of Chrysler and General Motors has proven that his experience driving negotiations with the United Steelworkers union is portable. Pushing the two automotive giants through restructuring in an impressively quick manner has given the Obama administration the impression that Mr. Bloom (far left) is a good choice to head up a manufacturing overlord position which will focus on building that sector of America's economy back up. An appointment announcement is scheduled today at an AFL-CIO picnic in Cincinatti, Ohio, where both President Obama and Bloom will appear.

Bloom's credentials in manufacturing go back further than just his recent automaker involvement. As special assistant to the president of the United Steelworkers union for ten years, Bloom looked out for union jobs during a deal between Wheeling-Pittsburgh Corporation and Esmark, compromising where necessary, and stringing profanity together when needed to meet his objective.

Bloom is going to need as many fancy swear words as he can muster to stanch the bleeding in manufacturing. Many believe the United States will never have as robust a manufacturing sector as it once did. Even with our shrinkage in manufacturing, Bloom indicates that the United States shouldn't forget how to make things just yet, and that the Obama Administration wants an "innovative, vibrant manufacturing sector." In that vein, monies from the stimulus package are going into environmentally-focused programs such as electric vehicles, as well as helping automakers to retool by giving low coast loans.

[Source: Detroit News | Image: Chip Somodevilla/Getty]



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      • 5 Years Ago
      By your comment you are implying that anyone that doesn't like or agree with the president is what? A racist? Give me a break. First of all the man is half white and half black. This is the 21st century, the only thing holding our society back is over sensitive babies crying racism when we are perfectly capable of judging the man or woman in front of them on their character and not their skin color. Once you can get past that hang up and honestly evaluate what he and his unelected, unconfirmed by congress, czars are trying to do to OUR country you will see this is not what the founding fathers had in mind when they signed the constitution. The simple fact is these czars are accountable to no one but this president and that is not how our system works, if he believes in them so much let them be confirmed by congress. Shouldn't be too difficult considering democrats control both houses of congress should it? The ability to question our elected leaders is what makes our country great.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So it is impossible to just not like Obama's policies?

      I am a libertarian, neither party comes remotely close to my political ideology. The Democrats want to control your money and the Republicans want to control everything else. I tend to care more about my money than the rest, hence why I voted for McCain, but I was hardly happy with him.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It has nothing to do with "bashing" and "hate". The POTUS and his un-elected team of "assistants", along with Ms. Pelosi and Mr. Reid, are in the process of turning this fine country, (along with it's automobile industry), into one, nationalized, government run, socialist, entitlement society, without the blessing of hard working Americans that pay them.
      Thankfully, this will change in '10.
      If I weighed 350lbs, I would not seek counsel from someone who weighed 400. Likewise, if my business needed help, I would avoid a group of people who have never satisfactoraly run one, indeed have proved themselves incapable. (Can you say "Amtrak" or "US Post Office"?)
      I would add that I would take great offense, (and do), at having such inept morons force their ideology on me.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The manufacturing czar is going to have a pretty tough job in this administration. The only real solution to stopping the bleeding in American manufacturing is to loosen environmental restrictions. Since the public has more or less decided that it would prefer clean air and water to jobs, that's what we get. Most of our heavy industry has moved to countries that don't prevent companies from spewing filth and by-products into the waterways.

      Until China's citizens demand cleaner air, it doesn't matter what this czar does. Jobs will leave until there is no where else left where it's cheaper to do business.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Jared, the MEDIA picked the term czar. The term the White House is using is "Special Advisor to the President"
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      • 5 Years Ago
      So breaking countless securities and business laws while doing nothing to loosen the union's strangle hold on the automakers is a marketable skill? Where do I sign for that job!?
      • 5 Years Ago
      So many threads here turn political.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "the Unions recieve a majority share just for fun and the stockholders" That share was to paid for retired workers health-care
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Muscle Car era occurred before the bean counters took over Detroit and went with a program of current profitability at the cost of future consequences. We gave the UAW whatever they asked for to maintain current production. By the time the consequences arrived, someone else would have the problem. Pickup trucks and suvs are extremely profitable, so why worry about fuel economy and small car development. Lets concentrate on our bonuses this year. By the time oil begins to run out, current management will have moved on and some one else will have to deal with reality. Sounds kind of way politics hace been handled during the same period of time. Well the future is here and reality has to be dealt with. Thats why there is a new bunch in charge of Detroit and the voters chose new leadership in this country.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Tim: You ask, "Does anyone actually think communism works?"

      The answer is, YES, Obama thinks communism works.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If that were a picture of republicans, they would all be wearing red silk "power" ties, with lapel pins.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think AB needs stay away from politics.
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