Message sent by Ford opening new plant in India?
Ford India's President and Managing Director Michael Boneham (R) and Ford India Executive Director, Product Development, Asia Pacific and Africa Kumar Galhotra (L) pose after a ground-breaking ceremony for a new Ford plant.
September 7th, 2011
05:51 PM ET

Message sent by Ford opening new plant in India?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Here's just one more example of where the jobs have gone: Ford motor company says it's broken ground on a $1 billion manufacturing and engineering plant - in India. It will employ 5,000 people when fully operational. In India.

Translation: That's 5,000 additional jobs in India while America struggles under 9.1% unemployment.

The Ford plant is expected to open in 2014 and produce 240,000 vehicles and 270,000 engines a year.

This will be Ford's second plant in India. So far Ford has invested $2 billion in that country. It's also one of seven new plants that Ford is building in China, Thailand and India. It's not unusual for manufacturers to build plants where the customers are... happens all the time.

Ford says the new Indian facility will help them reach the goal of increasing worldwide sales by 50% to 8 million vehicles a year by 2015. They say they're expanding in markets - like India - that have the most growth potential.

Makes perfect sense. India likely has more people itching to buy cars than the U.S., with its rapidly vanishing middle class.

And therein lies the problem. People in America who don't have jobs are less likely to buy a new car. As President Obama prepares to address the nation with his jobs plan tomorrow night, the American worker is facing a real uphill battle.

Unemployment is at 9.1% nationally, underemployment is even higher... and last week we learned that there were zero jobs added to the economy in august. Zero.

Here’s my question to you: What message does it send that Ford is opening a new plant (with 5,000 jobs) in India?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

That we live in a global economy. The company I work for here in the U.S. is from Germany, yet they employ several thousand people here and thousands more in other countries. We're just one link in a manufacturing chain that gets parts and services from other businesses in the US. Global economics is here to stay. Maybe instead of worrying so much about jobs we're losing to other countries we should grow up, and start innovating again. There's a newly emerging world market just ripe for us to sell things and ideas to.

Bob in Bellmore, New York:
The message Ford is sending is the same every big business sends: they are concerned about their bottom line and not American workers or the impact on our country. Big business cares about business and not people.

Lee on Facebook:
We need India more then ever. It's going to be huge! Good job Ford putting the American brand power overseas.

That shows progress on Ford’s part. The American society has changed; we are now an information society not a manufacturing society. Why can't we accept this change, and evolve to fulfill this need? Education and training is not an excuse anymore with Pell grants and federal student loans to help with financial burden. We need to evolve to fix the problems in this country.

Jesse on Facebook:
American companies don't care about Americans. Leave everything up to the private sector and you might as well start writing an obituary for the U.S. right now.

Pat in Michigan:
It means we might get jobs working at the help desk for Ford here in America.

soundoff (235 Responses)
  1. B. Mckenzie

    Ford is sending the same message GE sent when it decided to move its Wisconsin-based X-Ray & Healthcare business to China....."bottom line of profits trumps our American patriotism as well as any commitment to U.S. where we both started our businesses...so what U.S. is economically struggling....we ONLY care about profits." That's the message I'm hearing from both such companies!

    B. Mckenzie
    Aurora, IL

    September 7, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
  2. Paul, Parry Sound, Ontario

    Ford's message to workers is: "Thanks for serving us loyally for more than a century. Your efforts built this company.
    Now, get lost."

    September 7, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
  3. John from Alabama

    Jack: I have never owned a Ford automobile, and my father had a Ford Model A, and a 1963 Mercury Stationwagon. I will not own a Ford for sure now. Ford is not loyal to the people who help build their brand, Americans, hard working Americans. I hope Ford gets ran over by GMC and Chrysler, and Ford loses is competive edge. This nation needs 5000 jobs, but Ford likes India more than the United States of America. Buy products made in America is a slogan, but it should be buy only products built by Americans.

    September 7, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
  4. Lori - PA


    An American car company that well knows those 5,000 jobs are needed in the United States is building a plant in India? So much for caring about your fellow American citizen. If I can ever afford to buy a new car (not happening anytime soon), it won't be a Ford.

    September 7, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
  5. Dan K

    The message is 2-fold!
    1. Ford does not care anything about it's American work force, Just it's profit!
    2. Fords management is inept compaired to Honda's as Ford says it cannot make money in Detroit and Honda builds a new plant in Detroit and makes big profits!!!
    I was going to buy a new car but it will not be a Ford, I can guarantee that!!!!!
    The Ford is made in Mexico of 15% American made parts and 99% Mexican labor! The Honda is 85% American made parts and 100% American labor!!!!!!!
    Dan K Owens Cross roads, Alabama

    September 7, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
  6. Carla Wood

    Jack, Ford follows another former All-American automaker in basically telling American workers to shove off. Their finance company, GMAC, is now Ally - and they farm out all their customer service to foreign countries. Mostly India. In trying to straighten out the mess they made of my account, I've talked to people in India, The Philipines, Costa Rica, China, Japan. Meanwhile, Americans can't find work here at home, and Ford and GM will make bigger profits and pay fewer taxes.

    September 7, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
  7. Rick McDaniel

    No..........that was to be expected. They already have a number of foreign manufacturing plants, and of course, new ones will either be in India or China. i suspect China is already in existence.

    The wholesaling of America...........to foreign countries, is a disease with no end, it would seem. The way to solve that, is to place penalty taxes on all products made off shore, and returned to America for sale here, by American companies.

    Then they have the choice of moving everything off shore......and having Americans boycott their goods, entirely, or bringing their manufacturing back to the US, at least for the goods sold here.

    September 7, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
  8. J.D.

    The message any American corporation sends when they outsource jobs is "screw you," or . . . in some cases . . . "thanks for the bailout, suckers," and, P.S., "we're not going to pay any taxes, either."

    September 7, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
  9. Loren

    Are you assuming that the plant is for export products? Ford does have sales around the world and U.S. automobiles are not exported in large numbers due to the size of the domestic market. Ford can be addressing local market needs with the plant. I don't see any message from Ford.

    September 7, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
  10. Russ in PA

    Perhaps Ford is telling us what we already know: India is more of a free-market society than today's USA, and jobs will seek locations where companies can be most efficient and successful. The US is fast becoming a country that would prefer to spy and control it's citizens than allow them the freedom to work and live as they wish. It would prefer to spend it's resources fighting endless wars and bail out cronies. Welcome to our future...

    Ron Paul in 2012...

    September 7, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
  11. Steve

    The message is very simple. Ford can't afford to pay the union wages in this country. Also can not afford to pay high priced engineers in this country. Union workers here in the states are making $50 per hour with benefits. In India and China they're
    making $2 per hour without benefits.
    I know for a fact auto engineers in India are making $6,000 year. Auto engineer doing the same job here in the states is making $100,000+. If you owned a large company/corporation, you would do the same.
    Greedy unions are destroying this country and pricing themselves out of a job. As you heard Jimmy Hoffa say he and Obama's army has declared a war on all Republicans. What he should have said in realty , he declared a war on all middle class non union workers in this country. The minority (20% union workers) are declaring war on the majority (80% non union)
    middle class. Does that make sence? I don't think so. The majority is not going to get fooled this time by these union spinners.

    September 7, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
  12. Jk from Minnesota

    The big corporations want their workers to toil for meager wages and longer hours so the corporation's bottom line impresses Wall Street and the CEO's get rewarded with bigger bonuses. It's Corporate greed at it's best, Jack. I wonder what they will do or expect from the US Taxpayers when there is not any middle class to buy their products?

    September 7, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
  13. pb1941ok

    I think that ANYONE that has received bailout money should be banned from moving anything out of the country. It was OUR... the taxpayers, money that got them out of a jam, and they should be loyal and patriotic enough to keep any jobs they want to create here in the USofA!!! If they don't already have that as a clause to qualify for the bailout money in the first place, it was a giant overight on this administration. I may have to rethink my past 40-year preference for a Ford, and my next Explorer will me something not Ford.

    September 7, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
  14. Karl in Flint

    Very simple Jack, it's the same message the Republicans have been sending American workers for the past ten years.It's the proverbial "bird" followed by a familiar expletive. If a large enough number of American workers actually figure this out, perhaps there won't be as many Republicans left in office or Ford dealers left across America.

    September 7, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
  15. Greg in Arkansas

    The message is quite clear:
    Profits for stockholders that drive NEW Lincolns are more important than pay checks for American employees that drive worn-out pick-up trucks......let's hope the Indian auto workers will be able to buy those vehicles because NON-Working Americans won't need ANY new vehicles.......EVER......

    September 7, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
  16. Karl K.

    It makes sense for the new plant to be built in India, since it will cater to Ford's African and Asian markets. However, Ford's 2010 profit ($6.6 billion) was the highest it's been in over a decade, and the company will spend $1 billion alone on this new plant. The GOP claims that corporate tax cuts will spur job growth, but corporations aren't lacking in funds as Ford's new investment proves.

    September 7, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
  17. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    Ford is sending a message they don't give a damn about America. They could care less how many people are suffering here in their own country. If governor Perry wants to throw the word treason around he should use it to describe Ford Motor company's actions. It actually makes me sick to my stomach when I hear the republican party telling us that if we give companies more tax breaks, this will stop jobs from going overseas. What happens after that having the American workers pay reduced to 10¢ an hour? To me this is just a form of extortion. What would happen if another world war would start up? Who would they make parts for? There is no loyalty anymore.

    September 7, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
  18. david

    proof that the u.s. has already fallen and our govt lies and encourages liberal economic policies that empower 3rd world cultures who conspire against innocent virgins

    September 7, 2011 at 3:03 pm |
  19. David of Alexandria VA

    It says that if you want to compete in the global marketplce, you have to think global. Ford is selling a lot of cars in India, only makes sense that they make a bunch of them there. If Americans bought more Fords domestically, Ford would hire a bunch of Americans to build them - Toyota, BMW and others have done the same thing in the USA.

    September 7, 2011 at 3:03 pm |
  20. Oscar Smith

    It shows how much regard or desire corporate America has for improving any economy other than their own. It's pretty obvious it's nothing but a greed based decision. But then, I hope you weren't expecting anything else.

    September 7, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
  21. Ed from Texas

    The message is that's where the customers are. State governments are cutting back, the Federal government is reducing spending, and American consumers are scared to death about their jobs, so they aren't buying. Getting the economy going is more important than short-term austerity.

    September 7, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
  22. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    Ford to Amreicans, "We don't care what happens to America, we only care about our bottom line and Wall Street". Maybe Americans should show Ford what we think of them and not buy any of their cars or trucks.

    September 7, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
  23. Peg from NY

    A lousy message. Boycott Ford...they are boycotting the American workers.

    September 7, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
  24. bob z fr ,pa.

    to me it seems we need more laws concerning imports and taxes on co. that send jobs over seas

    September 7, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
  25. pat in michigan

    It means we might get jobs working at the help desk for Ford here in America.

    September 7, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
  26. Kenneth from California

    We don't love America, and we are leaving it.

    September 7, 2011 at 3:15 pm |
  27. Richard Oak Harbor, Wa

    There might be a trend for 2012 which encourages a more balanced approach to foreign trade agreements. If Ford can lay off thousands of US workers to move their manufacturing to India why aren't there trade agreements that would replace that auto manufacturing plant with an Indian auto manufacturer interested in selling their cars on the American market?

    September 7, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
  28. Noel Sivertson Roswell New Mexico.

    Call us when you get your act together...

    September 7, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
  29. Barbara Leavitt

    What kind of message? Do not buy a Ford.
    Henderson NV

    September 7, 2011 at 3:18 pm |
  30. lou

    That we live in a global economy. The company I work for here in the US is from Germany, yet they employ several thousand people here, and thousands more in other countries. We're just one link in a manufacturing chain that gets parts and services from other businesses in the US. Global economics is here to stay. Maybe instead of worrying so much about jobs we're losing to other countries we should grow up, and start innovating again. There's a newly emerging world market just ripe for us to sell things and ideas to.

    September 7, 2011 at 3:19 pm |

    tampa, fl better get that old "will work for food" sign out or start applying for work at one of the "foreign" car plants that make cars here in America. Sad day when you want to buy an American car and have to purchase a foreign car to do it.

    September 7, 2011 at 3:26 pm |
  32. Raymon Horsley

    Warren Ohio. I just finished looking for and purchasing a car. I was very interested in the Ford Fusion. When I looked at the sticker in found that the car was made in Mexico with most of the parts coming from China. I decided to purchase a Toyota made in the US with most of the parts also made here. It is fine for Ford to open a plant in India as long as they don't try to sell me the product here. Let them sell the car in India.

    September 7, 2011 at 3:28 pm |
  33. Ray E. (Georgia)

    It's Economics 101. If you demand 30 dollars an hour but the system will only pay you 20 dollars an hour you either work for what the sytem will pay or you get laid off, maybe permentantly. Or it could be that Ford is making cars for folks in India..

    September 7, 2011 at 3:28 pm |
  34. Justin

    That shows progress on Fords part. The American society has changed, we are now an information society not a manufacturing society. Why can't we accept this change, and evolve to fulfill this need? Education and training is not an excuse anymore with pell grants and federal student loans to help with financial burden. We need to evolve to fix the problems in this country.

    September 7, 2011 at 3:28 pm |
  35. lilmagothy, annapolis

    It means that the "job creators" are still saying "Thanks for the handout, America, but screw you." GE pays no federal tax on its US income and rewards us by moving its entire x-ray division to China. The auto industry gets bailed out and sets up shop anywhere but here. It's time that the corporate pimps in congress took a long hard look at the tax code and started penalizing these companies that outsource the jobs and profits and rewarding those that choose to business here, but don't hold your breath waiting for it.

    September 7, 2011 at 3:34 pm |
  36. Ron WPAFB

    It is an admission that money trumps Nationalism! There is no Patriotic heartbeat in Corporate America and yet we give them tax Breaks?? Until you, Jack and your CNN colleges ask Ford and Congress why. It seems to me the Tax breaks are creating Jobs, IN OTHER COUNTRIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! How can the Republicans not recognize how wrong TRICKLE DOWN IS? How stupid can the American People be to elect one more Republican? Why can't you ask those questions!
    That being said, lets really look at this repeating story. The education in Business is "Make More Money", has our workers so poor they can't afford American products, as few as they are. So to make more money we ship jobs overseas so we can keep the cost down. Foreign workers with money build what we can't compete in due to cheap labor and turns around and sells to us. Thus we can't afford anything, we have no jobs, and we go into debt so we can send more jobs overseas to give our CEO's sinful bonuses for just doing their jobs and they don't even have to be profitable! Wow, and we can't see the problem?????? I give up!

    September 7, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
  37. Tom in Orlando

    Ford is sending the same message that many other US companies have already sent. This country and it's people come second to big business profits. Whats more, our Tea-publicans seems to have joined the side of big business.

    September 7, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
  38. Mitoosense Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    Harry Reid buys windmills from China with Stimulus tax dollars and Bob Gates buys Russian helicopters and gives them to Afghanistan Military. If Ford wants to build a factory in India I say great. Then they can send us more of those cracker jack engineers that make really crappy TV's Quit complaining Jack

    September 7, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
  39. Joe R - Houston

    Ford opening a new plant (with 5,000 jobs) in India instead of the US sends this obvious message:

    The US government is more stupid than the Indian government.

    September 7, 2011 at 3:46 pm |
  40. David Doherty

    If you want American companies to stay in America, which they themselves would like to do, the corporate tax rate needs to be lowered to what the rest of the worlds average is. Americans keep blaming corporations for moving off shore when in fact it's the crazy tax system which is forcing them to move so they can stay competitive.
    Dave from NH.

    September 7, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
  41. Rex in Portland, Oregon

    It is legal for Ford to make a profit in India, and it is obvious that manufacturing cars for Inda in Michigan would be counterproductive if not impossible (Indian laws). The jobs created in Inda by Ford are not jobs that are possible in the USA. You must distinguish between foreign marketing and the common practice of outsourcing manufacturing and importing the goods to US markets. This latter practice is pure greed and is unpatriotic and should be illegal, but under the principles of reaganism, bushism, and clintonism are quite common and pervasive.

    If you must attack corporations please at leasst distinguish between the ones which do continue to manufacture here and those who, for profit only without regard for the welfare of the US, EXPORT jobs and/or the profits made.

    September 7, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
  42. Dan in Aluququerque

    The same messae that all of the big corporations send, trying to add to their profits by building cheaper plants and hiring cheaper workers It's hard to say what the answer is. It has been going on for a long time. On one hand, we can't not compete in a global economy. Isolationism is doom. Perhaps we deal with it by eliminating tax cuts on overseas operations to raise Tax revenue and help develop businesses of our own in the middle class with jobs that stay at home Also remember that those corporations don't keep all that money overseas.. We just have to figure ways to get them to let loose of some of those profits, stop the brain drain, educate our children for future technology and rebuild our infrastructure. A daunting task if we work together, impossible if we don't.

    September 7, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
  43. Joe

    Ford's message is the same as our do nothing Congress, which is we only care about taking care of the rich and wealthy, and the rest of America can dig our ditches. Special interests control our politics, so until we place heavy tariffs on all goods originating in foreign countries we will continue to have a bought and paid for Congress which produces laws favoring SPECIAL INTERESTS. Eliminate lobbying, fake free trade laws, and a corrupt campaign finance system, and then perhaps we will have corporations and government representatives who will DEMONSTRATE TRUE PATRIOTISM, because until we have these changes as far as I am concerned too many American Corporations and Congressmen have no business being near the 9/11 memorials.
    Joe, Binghamton, NY

    September 7, 2011 at 3:54 pm |
  44. Annie, Atlanta

    The message? They're going where a middle class exists, and they can sell their product. I don't have a problem with what Ford is doing. India and China have a surging middle class, just like we did, before our politicians gave big business carte blanche, all in the name of greed. It will swing back once Americans are the world's cheap labor. That appears to have been the plan for decades now. This is what we get when we vote against our own best interests. Will we ever learn? No.

    September 7, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
  45. Gail, Plano TX.

    It says this: Sorry America, but we are a corporation, and India's laborers do not cost us as much as you do. We are about profit. And employing American workers who get pensions, and health care, well those days are long gone. We go where we can make the most money, and it's not the good ole USA!

    September 7, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
  46. RickFromDetroit

    The message is that the auto market in this country is shrinking while it is expending by leaps & bounds in India & their neighbor China. Two of the biggest problems in this country is that 30 years ago the Big Three plus American Motors accounted for 97% of the domestic market. Today they account for 40?% and this is due to all of the imports that have flooded the market. All is not lost though, most of the imports now have plants in this country and the only thing that is really "IMPORT" is the name and Corporate location. Also, the Big Three are expanding in Europe and Asia and have built plants in Thailand, China, Russia, Germany, and who knows where else. The imports move here and do business and we move there and do the same.

    Also, the shrinking middle class can't afford new cars like they did 30 years ago, and our government is only concerned about the upper middle class and wealthy. Stimulating the middle class and lower income areas of the economy would increase cars sales and make the American Car Market more interesting to Car Manufacturers. I think we are playing Russian Roulette by catering to all of the wealthy, and we are turning the U.S. into a third world country.

    September 7, 2011 at 3:58 pm |
  47. Ed from California

    It plainly says that it pays to import back into the U.S. Ford along w/other American companies who are taking full advantage of our taxpayer funded, tax breaks that allow any American manufacturer to build offshore, and import those products back here and make more money than ever before. It's so nice of Ford to take full advantage of their cheap labor and their very relaxed safety and no regulations that allow them to make a huge profit. Built Ford tough!! Ford must have great lobbyists.

    September 7, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
  48. Bill in New Mexico

    Same as GE moving their X-Ray Division to China.

    It is top secret messages! That's why the top 500 American companies do not publish what percentage of plant is overseas and what percentage of plant is in America!

    These top secret messages are:

    The American worker is overpaid!

    The American worker is under-educated!

    It is much more economical to move plant overseas!

    In ten to twenty years there will be no job left in America.

    America is a poor third world country, and just does not realize it yet! But, we Americans had better learn how to adjust to a new life style, yesterday!

    That's why America's growing debt is only going to become impossible to pay off.

    America does not have 10 years to wallow in its $ 14 trillion dollar debt!

    September 7, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
  49. Reggie

    Jack, that tells us that Ford has no confidence in the U.S. economy with Obama as president. Obama's inability to get jobs going here in America because of his incompetence and lack of knowledge of how to lead a great country like ours. Democrats wanted to make history by having having a inexperienced man take over as presdent because he is black. Well history has been made and what it tells us is that America is no longer what it used to be while under Obama's watch, Obama has been our downfall and if he is not voted out in 2012, you will see other companies moving their jobs out of America. So people please wake up and in 2012 lets get a new leader elected before our country gets any worse.

    September 7, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
  50. john thomas

    They are telling Americans not to buy a ford. Do you think Henry Ford would turn over in his grave? Probably not. Wasn't he a republican?
    John Thomas, Fl Keys

    September 7, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
  51. Alex in Bremerton, WA

    It means that Ford has good business sense that will profit them and their stockholders which is the ONLY responsibility any corporation has. What Ford has done is not illegal and, unfortunately for the vanishing middle class, many other erstwhile American companies have already moved their operations to countries where labor is cheaper and protecting the environment is not a concern.

    September 7, 2011 at 4:01 pm |

    Blame Obama. That's what you guys do anyway. It's not Ford's fault. It's Obama's fault.

    September 7, 2011 at 4:04 pm |
  53. Ed

    The message is "We cannot continue to work in the USA and make profits, so we are going to move some operations to a cheaper country. So long America, thanks of electing Obama and making the decision easy

    September 7, 2011 at 4:06 pm |
  54. Dave, Orlando, FL

    Ford is sending a message to America that you would not be able to read on your broadcast. But perhaps we should send Ford a message instead. Unfortunately, only Obama and Congress can do that. If we as car buyers boycott Ford, Obama and Congress will only bail them out with our money. We can not win here, we are so screwed with this president.

    September 7, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
  55. Patsy, Texas

    So, Jack, you almost answered your own question: ".. its not unusual for manufacturers to build plants where the
    customers are..".
    What you didn't say was that Ford is also investing billions on their F-150 in N. America, is making major upgrades
    in Norfolk, Va and Kansas City, has spent $170M on Michigan plant, and $155M on Ohio plant, and has added
    1200 jobs in Chicago and 1800 jobs in Kentucky. There is more, but suffice it to say that Ford took NO bailout
    money while striving to make a come back on their own.
    So, ask Levi Strauss, who shut all plants in America, as well as Radio Flyer, what they said to their workers.
    Or, ask the hundreds of companies that have been outsourcing for years, such as Amway (friends of Koch Bros),
    or AOL, or Honeywell, or Dell (tech support), or even Mitt Romeny and his well publicized stint at Bain, what
    they told their workers.
    Times are very tough, but Ford does not appear to be sitting on billions like other companies are. Those companies
    who could hire but refuse to hire should be asked "what are you waiting for" – Rick Perry? The pay-to-play guy?
    You would be better served investing in your employees.
    Thank you.

    September 7, 2011 at 4:09 pm |
  56. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    The only message it sends is that we have a global economy, the question is are we prepared for it?

    We have Toyota, Mitsubishi, Volkswagen, and other foreign car making plants giving American jobs in this country, do they need to close up and go back home?

    The auto manufacturing job monopoly we once had has been gone. The middle class jobs this and other manufacturing gave us are drying up or at the least painfully limited, which is why Obama said shortly after he took office we need new and different manufacturing, that would be renewable energy. Yet, people scream at this change, the opposition stops all progress towards this new field, we are indeed in a self made death spiral, a kind of vortex you see when you flush the toilet.

    September 7, 2011 at 4:13 pm |
  57. Kevin in CA

    It's the same message that's been sent by big business to the American worker for the last decade. That is: Globalization and unfettered capitalism render you to expensive.
    Even minimum US wage is 10 times higher than China / India. Efficiency and currency manipulation can not make up the difference. Additionally, getting rid of all regulations and taxes will not make up the difference. The conclusion is that without protection, the US standard of living is going to continue to go down ... and that's the not-so-subtle message being sent.

    September 7, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
  58. Thom Richer

    Ford is in over 30 countries. Not one Ford vehicle is 100% "Made In America." Therefore, in my mind, they are not an American company and their product(s) are not American made and are "foreign" automobiles. To blatantly and arrogantly pose in Indian headdress touting their second plant in India is not just a slap in American workers and Ford car buyers faces, but a middle finger stuck in our faces with a big grin on Ford's face. It is just another typical government (Congress and White House) and corporate screwing of American workers. In order for American workers to buy American the product has to be 100% made and assembled in America by American labor. If not, it is not American made and it is time for the Congress to stop allowing American businesses to go off shore. No company moves out of the country without Congressional and White House approvals. Don't blame China, Japan, India, etc. for taking over our country as they could not do it without our government's okay. Keep that in mind when buying and voting.

    Thom Richer
    negaunee, MI

    September 7, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
  59. James

    (Denver) Ford had promised 7000 new US jobs over the next 2 years here in America. Has that changed or are they still going forward with those plans as well? Corporations acting with business sense is a good thing. Lowering the corporate tax rate in the US would make us more competitive and create more jobs. Corporate corruption and corporations purchasing an unlevel playing field through governmental connections– these are the evils of corporate power. Building in India isn't evil. It just makes sense. Corporations aren't going to pay more in taxes no matter how high we tax them. They're just going to pass those costs onto us through the effect the tax has on prices and their inability to hire as many workers. We should oppose corruption, but also promote good business sense.

    September 7, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
  60. Bill kl

    5000 jobs? Wow I know ford wants to show profit, but 5000 jobs is 5000 more jobs that the employees of the u.s., didn't get to add to their resume's last quarter! Why couldn't ford show a profit by opening this plant in the united states. People are to the point that they wool take less benifits and less power hour just to work. Just to keep the jobs on the hands of legal immigrants and multiple generation immigrants (Americans).It is real easy to check the immigration status.come on ford how can it be cheaper to build then ship a car back to the u.s., give me a break! Give us a break! Give America a break!

    September 7, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  61. Evinia Bruce

    Jack ..why do you keep asking these rhetorical questions ?..when the answers are obvious ..what mwssage does it send? the usual ...corporations and Big Business
    doesn't give a daman about Americans or creating jobs or helping the economy ...
    ...how do the Republicans DARE say Obama hates Americaa??? he's doing his best to "fix" the mess ..but it's beyond repair ......you nitwits are in BIG TROUBLE...
    .from B.C Canada [the country you "don't want to be like!! you should be SO lucky!!!]

    September 7, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  62. Bob Hansen

    Jack, the message from ford is this...screw you America...we are all about making huge profits and we don't care how we do it. Americans need to send a message back to ford and EVERY corporation that has taken their business overseas....We aren't buying. And our government needs to start penalizing them for what they are doing. Did I just say that? Our government? Penalize them? Sorry just lost my mind for a minute.

    Bob in Florida

    September 7, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  63. rob

    Message is Obama admin is handcuffing business and thus not creating jobs. So if you want employment, to grow your business or no union thugs controlling your business move to India.

    September 7, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  64. Rob in NC

    Get out while the getting is good. Also, go where there are little/NO taxes and save a bundle. Welcome to America, land of the free and home of those brave enough to stay or too poor to leave. Rob in NC

    September 7, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  65. John from California


    It says exactly what every other big global company says, "We believe in profits a heck of a lot more than being American." Translation, greed over country.

    It reminds me of what Ross Perot said "listen for that sucking sound, that will be jobs heading out if NAFTA is signed." That agreement started it all as far back as Reagan and Clinton all the way to today with Bush and Obama. It will continue until greed is no longer more important than country and I don't see that happening anytime soon with our business leaders and politicians. Do you Jack?

    September 7, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  66. Mark Ropp

    Figo is the number one selling car in India with exports to China, South Africa, and Mexico. India Ford sales are up 40% for the year. With Americans insatiable appetite for larger vehicles I don’t think it would be a viable business move to build a new plant on US soil, manufacturing a car Americans wouldn’t purchase, only to layoff 5000 employees in the future.

    September 7, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  67. Terry in Virginia

    It's Catch-22. Ford eliminates jobs here then wonders why Americans stop buying their products. Well, maybe I can make it more clear for them: build plants here in America, hire American workers, and Americans will buy Ford.

    September 7, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  68. Nina Fox

    Ford and other large corporations pander to the American public that they will hire and increase jobs. Which they are doing, just not in the USA. The real message is…we want more money and we don’t care about Americans!

    September 7, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  69. Mark

    Jack, It simply says that FORD is interested in making a "profit" and not interested in going broke by paying greedy American Union workers huge hourly wages and outrageous medical benefits that they do NOT have to pay in India. The American Unions have brought this on themselves by demanding higher and higher wages and benefits. I don't blame FORD one bit!

    September 7, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
  70. Michael

    I think Ford is showing an unpatriotic attitude toward the U.S. along with G.E. who recently stated about engineering job creation in China. I guess it shows that some large corporations just don't care about U.S. job creation but just look upon the U.S. as a market for their products without realizing that if there is no jobs there is no money to buy

    September 7, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
  71. Gigi Oregon

    It tells me the Republican party might want to reconsider killing American jobs here and no taxes for the rich. There won't be much left when all of corporate America becomes global. And those of of us who get out early before Canada and Mexico close their borders to us when looking for work pickin cotton, lettuce and shoveling snow...

    So this is what a Republic is like... "I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United states of America and to the Republic for which it stands one nation, under the Republican party..." a company just up and leaves taking years of tax money with them and our country in ruin. And then tells us it's God Blessing us...

    September 7, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
  72. Becky Bitner

    Ford makes perfect sense. You must go and grow where the action is. Besides, with Union's still demanding packages above $50 an hour and the threats of continual strikes, who can blame Ford. I bet most American's in the Middle-Class would be happy with a $30 an hour package. Yet, as long as wages are less globally, America will remain in decline.

    September 7, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
  73. Wilhelm von Nord Bach

    I have absolutely NO problems with Ford or any other manufacturing corporation building their product in India for the INDIAN MARKET because it should still create some US jobs for parts and accessories.

    BUT IF they start re-importing those cars and trucks back to the US and shutting down plants here, THEN I have a BIG PROBLEM with them.

    September 7, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
  74. Jim


    Do you wonder if some of those cars will end up selling in the U.S. for several hundreds or thousands of dollars less than they would if built by American workers? When folks in foreign countries are willing to do the work for lower wages and fewer benefits, and consumers in this country are eager to buy the resulting cheaper products, it's pretty easy to see why Ford is opening a plant in India. It leaves American automotive and other manufacturing workers with a pretty ugly choice. They can either work for the same pay and benefits as a worker in India or they can retrain to gain different skiils or they can remain part of that 9.1%. That college degree in a technical field just keeps looking better and better.

    Reno, Nevada

    September 7, 2011 at 4:45 pm |
  75. Jan From DE

    That I will continue to buy Chryslers and Chevys.

    September 7, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
  76. Roy Birdzell

    A very simple one really Jack, either we Americans accept the realities of the new global economy and adapt, or we lose even more jobs. GM just didn’t go in to bankruptcy because of mismanagement and/or just the vehicles they were producing. They went into bankruptcy because of salaries, benefits, taxes, government regulations, and union work rules made it impossible for them to be competitive, let alone make a profit. It is unfortunate that we must accept less to compete now in this new global economy, but we can, but only if we ignore the social engineering do-gooders and build upon our strengths. Americans are among the hardest workers in the world, we have the most stable social and economic environment of any country, our infrastructure is one of the best, and we have more energy resources than any other nation in the world. Instead of having spent billions upon all this alternative/green energy that is way before its time and can only subsist due to the government subsidies, we had put those billions in to development of better coal and oil extraction, and cleaner coal, oil, and gas burning to prevent pollution, we would now be energy independent. Technology good have been developed for just that, but we let the elitists convince us of otherwise. If we lower taxes on business, do away cost consuming regulations, have cheap energy, we can not only compete with the world at large, but probably lead the world in economic productivity. And, that would allow those same businesses to have the resources to pay their employee’s salaries and benefits that might be less than our ideal, but better than the less developed world.

    September 7, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
  77. Larry,Springfield,Ohio

    There are no unions to deal with in India!!

    September 7, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
  78. Ken Victoria BC

    Hello Jack. I think you answered the question with the statement that vehicles should be built where they are sold. I am not sure but does the Canada-USA auto agreement offer that balance. If so is that not a WinWin situation.

    September 7, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
  79. Phil, jersey

    There needs to be decentives and incentives for the businesses keeping jobs and hiring here. Everybody has to implore for these companies to stop sitting on money and be patriotic and hire Americans. First Republicans said if Bush tax cuts were kept, then businesses would hire and they did nothing but change the subject after the president kept tax cuts in place. I would take a risk on hiring Americans, knowing that I was helping America and would ultimately be blessed for doing the right thing.

    September 7, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
  80. Dave - Phx, Az

    It tells me that Ford does not want me to buy their vehicles. Ford is happy to sell their vehicles to Indian's now, and they do not need my business. Business is so good that they can just take our jobs overseas and their CEO makes more than their company paid in taxes last year. What a joke. I will never spend another dime with them,

    September 7, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
  81. Corinto, El Sobrante, CA

    Did we bail-out FORD? I hope not, otherwise that will be a hit on our faces. FORD, America buys your cars, shame, shame, shame on you FORD, taking American jobs overseas. Made in America? not anymore

    September 7, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
  82. Carl

    Their message is screw the American people, our message to them, stop buying their worthless cars!!

    September 7, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
  83. Bob

    It means that Ford wants to sell more autos and trucks in India, which is a fast-growing market.

    September 7, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
  84. Arlene, Roselle, Illinois

    Am I wrong but don't they still have ships that carry cars to and from places. Why can't the cars be
    made in the good old USA and be shipped overseas, might cost a little more per car to the owner, but
    if they want to ride in a car instead on the back of a donkey or camel sounds like a win win situation.

    September 7, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
  85. Curt, Avon, Indiana

    Jack, it simply means that Ford is going to build cars for people who need and can afford them. India and China are rising to the top of the food chain while America is quickly becoming the next third world country. Look at us Jack, poorly educated, violent, drug addicted people who have little hope of anything good happening in their lives except another illegitimate child.

    September 7, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
  86. abby in Texas

    Ford is sending a very simple message: Profit before people. The leaders of corporations ceased caring about the nation in which their corporations got their start. The leaders of corporations care only about profit.

    September 7, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
  87. Paul From Austin Texas

    It is yet another move by a large company to go where they think cheap labor is. Now this could be a big mistake for Ford. People of India are well educated and are not afraid to try to get top dollar for their labor and or skills. Ford in India and GM in China. In the near future many of the people of both countries mentioned will think Ford has always been from and India and in China the people will think GMC stands for General Motors China. Our large companies need to rethink to keep jobs here in the USA or soon the will have no US customers.

    September 7, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
  88. Dennis north carolina

    Ford is building cars all over the world so they can sell to these markets. The cost of labor in this country would make the cost to high to sell in this market. ford is not the only U.S. company nor the only U.S industry which does this type of planning. the cars that they make in India or china will stay in their country.

    September 7, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
  89. dave in nashville

    A message congress and the president cannot seem to hear.

    September 7, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  90. Gary

    It should mean that Ford cannot sell cars or parts made in India in the US.

    September 7, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  91. Paul From Austin Texas

    The message it sends is now so many corpartions are USA companies only in name and all only care about the bottom line. Not who they hurt or destory. The US has helped many countries move above the third world as we rapidly approch it. It is a very sad message Jack very sad.

    September 7, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  92. Scott from Billings, MT

    I don't see it any differently than when Toyota, Honda, or other foreign companies open plants here. This new Ford plant in India will create jobs here through the supply companies that make various parts for Ford. Not the kind of news Americans want to hear, but none-the-less, a reality of the global economy.

    September 7, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  93. Larry, Boston MA

    Build where labor is cheap and demand is high. Makes sense to me. That's why technology research and development and education are crucial. We cannot compete with today's products. We can with tomorrow's. And it's not just Ford. Take Apple- employees 50,000 in the U.S. and ten times that number manufacturing their products overseas.

    September 7, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  94. Carolyn , LA

    As in most things, we need only look to The Godfather for the answer. In the immortal words of Michael Corleone, "It's not personal, Sonny, it's business." Just like it's our economic business when we shop at Wallmart for inexpensive imported goods. Follow the money is always the rule ... or more accurately, follow the money saved.

    September 7, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  95. curtis in philadelphia

    At best Ford's message is a slap in the face, at worst its a kick in the, well, you know.

    September 7, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  96. Scott Stodden

    The Message Is Crystal Clear And That Is That Nobody Can Afford To Operate And Run A Business In America! There Is No Growth, No Jobs, People Are Struggling! Its A Sad For America!

    Scott Stodden (Freeport, Illinois)

    September 7, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  97. Jeff In Minnesota

    Just so I'm clear in what you're saying Jack is that our companies should forgo revenue opportunities elsewhere in the world to focus on a market that is not going anywhere? It's painfully obvious that you do not understand business in today's world. If Ford does not go after markets that are growing, Ford will end up like the Dodo, and that would be dead. And how would a US without Ford or other major corporations work? The bottom line is that it wouldn't work and there would be even more jobs loss, even worse they would be those high paying jobs that would be lost. The new Ford facility is for making cars closer to India and China, not for importing cars to the US. Ford wants to be competitive in these markets because it was late to the party in those markets. You're trying to compare apples to oranges. I usually like your topics on the issues, but this one is just one meant to whip people up into a frenzy over something that is not a problem.

    September 7, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  98. deborah ballweg Seibert, co

    The unions should be ashamed of themselves for causing this to happen. They will be the ruin of our country. They hav already sent manufacturing overseas and now it's the auto industry. What's next?

    September 7, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  99. Randy

    The same message that GE, apple, Microsoft, cisco, and hundreds of other so called "American" companies have sent the American people. "Go suck an egg". I get the corporate talking point that circulates the bought off media that the only obligation the company has is to the mythical godsend shareholders. But the COUNTRY has an obligation to the other 98% of the people who pay taxes and are "shareholders" of the united states. Trade tariffs anyone?

    September 7, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  100. Dolores Surprise AZ

    It sends the same message all the big corporations are sending....send jobs out of the country so they can make big bucks while the Americans suffer with no jobs here. They are not interested in this country, only in lining their pockets with millions and paying their CEO's a sinful salary while Americans lose their jobs, homes and self esteem. Big corporations are the problem with this country....This country should come before their big profits.

    September 7, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  101. Rudy Padgett

    That is a thank you from ford to the American taxpayers for bailing them out. Someone is trying to break the Unions.

    Rudy padgett
    Roanoke, VA

    September 7, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  102. Jeff Reed

    They are sending the message that America is hostile for new business. Bigger government means more government workers trying to justify their jobs by meeting quotas to keep their budgets.

    They go harass middle class businesses (EPA) and make it impossible to be profitable or compete with foreign factories who do not have to play by the same rules.

    The threat of litigation, penalties paid, EPA requirements, and cost to insure workers for health and other benefits keeps employers from expanding.

    Obamacare and the EPA are the two main reason I won't higher new employees or expand my business. As it is now, It is cheaper for me to shut down, go over seas and start back up over there.

    Socialism doesn't work. Ford is just doing what any good business would do. Protect its share holders and look for markets it can grow in.

    September 7, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  103. David , Laguna Niguel CA

    It says Jack, that government regulations and unions have have forced manufacturers to move production overseas. Excessive government regulations and high taxes add to their costs, and unions have raised salaries and benefit costs to unrealistic and unsustainable heights in today's global economy. To add insult to injury they limit the output the workers can produce to about a half days work and the quality is below what is produced in other countries.

    September 7, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  104. John D

    Jack, the message here is that American corporations no longer care about America.

    September 7, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  105. Jim

    The message is loud and clear that American Corporations are only interested in profits and could care less what happens to America and its citizens. Sadly young men and women lose their lives for these money hungry people who won't give them a job when they come back home.

    September 7, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  106. Rudy Padgett

    If they open a plant in India, then the American people should stop buying Ford products.

    Rudy Padgett
    Roanoke, VA

    September 7, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  107. Lori - PA


    An American car company that well knows those 5,000 jobs are needed in the United States is building a plant in India? So much for caring about your fellow American citizen. If I can ever afford to buy a new car (not happening anytime soon), it won't be a Ford.

    September 7, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
  108. Michael in Albuquerque, NM

    Trade policies in India require products to be produced in India if you hope to sell there. If America had a similar policy, our jobs would still be in America.

    September 7, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
  109. Renee Peoria,Ill

    It means if you really wanted to get ahead in the 21st century you should have been born in India. The 20th century was ours but we're fading fast. And we can thank that wonderful emotion – greed.

    September 7, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
  110. Kevin SD CA

    Really! They don’t want to deal with drunk, stoned union workers who are so regulated that they can’t be crossed trained to go to the restrooms on their own without demanding extra entitlemnets!

    September 7, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
  111. Cal

    It send the message that no matter what we do for corporations, no amount of tax loopholes or anything else, they are going to use their offshoring tax breaks (which the Republicans fully support) to find cheap labor. And then they turn around and brag about their patriotism.

    September 7, 2011 at 5:45 pm |
  112. Curmudgeon in Centereach

    Ford is sending the same message that so many other large corporations have sent, and we continue to pussy foot around. They are fed up with the burden of taxes, regulations, and unrealistically inflated labor costs and pensions. Here's their message: "You need us, we don't need you."

    September 7, 2011 at 5:45 pm |
  113. Carol

    For me to apply for a small business loan and open a turban shop in the airport next to the international flight departure
    terminal, Jack.

    September 7, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
  114. David

    That Ford only cares about their stockholders. If a stockholder is an American, then they are helping Americans. Buy Ford stock and help yourself.

    September 7, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
  115. Pete in Milton, FL

    The message is that there's a demand for Ford vehicles in India, and its cheaper and easier to build them where they'll be sold, rather than built somewhere else and then shipped. That's it. Get a life.

    September 7, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
  116. Sandstone.

    "Sad News! Jack... This one? Surely it is better than with SAAB's problems in Europe. At least some ot the USA work force will stay employed, even if it's in another country. Can this increase more space for those still home??
    Wish you well Jack!

    September 7, 2011 at 5:51 pm |
  117. Adam

    Jack, it is a sign that the cronies of the broken party system have to be replaced with competent individuals who care about their country and its people rather than corporate welfare. The government loans Ford money? They repay it and show their gratitude with nice new jobs overseas.

    September 7, 2011 at 5:51 pm |
  118. Mark

    Good for them! As long as the Democratic party wants to keep taxing corporate America (read: anyone with more money than them), you're going to see more of this outsourcing. Democrats just don't get economics.

    September 7, 2011 at 5:53 pm |
  119. Mark in Houston

    Jack, what Ford and many others are telling us is; you don't buy enough and you're too expensive to hire. The larger message is simply...adios middle class, we're not coming back to the US, you're toast.

    September 7, 2011 at 5:54 pm |
  120. andy Fairfax, VA

    Time to change our tax laws to include taxing the profits derived from American company's overseas sales. In fact, it's time to ensure that corporations pay their fair share. (Along with all the millionaire and billionaire republican contributors.)

    September 7, 2011 at 5:55 pm |
  121. Gerry

    Sounds like Ford owes this administration and the American people an explanation. Also, I don't hear any opposition from the labor unions?

    Ash Fork, Az.

    September 7, 2011 at 5:58 pm |
  122. Leland R Hominy, OK

    Businesses will go where there are customers eager to buy and with money to spend, and for a while now, as well as for the foreseeable future, unfortunately the U.S. doesn't fit that bill anymore.

    Basically what this tells you is that companies like Ford are pretty much giving up on the U.S. as a primary market. That means they're leaving a sinking ship in their opinion.

    September 7, 2011 at 6:05 pm |
  123. JR Moore

    GDP in India is growing over 7% and in China, over 9%"g, and this is a continuing trend, while the USA's GDP is "growing" anemically, 1.4%. Ford is a for-profit corporation and it will persist only so long as it can maintain/grow its bottom line. If you were Board & CEO, where would you consider putting new plants?

    September 7, 2011 at 6:09 pm |
  124. Rich McKinney, Texas

    Wow Jack, Didn't you get the word last week. Time warner is also thinking about out sourcing to India. How is your Hindi these days? In all seriousness you can not blame a company that moves somewhere else to make a profit if it can not make one here. Labor is cheaper in India and they have a market for their product with less taxation and fewer restrictions. That is a sign of the times. Take a look around your own house and see just how much of it's contents are made in America.

    September 7, 2011 at 6:13 pm |
  125. Shaun

    Oh look, big corporations sending jobs over seas surprise surprise.
    Is this even new anymore?

    September 7, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
  126. Joe

    I wont be buying a Ford.

    September 7, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
  127. Sid

    Might it be as simple as Ford wants to do business there.

    September 7, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
  128. Karl in Flint

    Ford is telling the greedy unions in the US that they can be even more greedy.

    September 7, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
  129. Jon From Tempe, Az

    Well the message seems a bit ambiguous to me. Earlier today CNN had a story on how Toyota is going to start manufactoring the Camry in the United States. Ford is now leaving. Seems like a paradox to me.

    September 7, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
  130. gilbert

    we need to move to India

    September 7, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
  131. Jarrod in Saint Louis

    A terrible message, Jack. It's just another example of how big business cares only about profit and not the American people. I say for every plant built overseas, one should be built here.

    September 7, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
  132. Bethaney

    Do we need another plant in a foriegn country? Why not have another in the U.S. oh that's right, we like everyone else doing our jobs for us.

    September 7, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
  133. Viktor Ka

    If more than 20% of corporation's expenses are over-sea's expenses (whatever the expenses are: supplies, customer support, development, etc) than this corporation has to pay additional 10% tax from the profit.

    This will make the corporation to think where to expend their business (over-sea or in USA) and will make small and medium businesses stronger and more competitive to the big corporations. We have to make sure that 'Made in USA' can compete with 'made in China' and 'Made in India'. We have to make sure that customer support to American customers is provided by Americans. We have to change the dogma that Americans are consumers and the rest of the world sells to Americans. We can work and we want to work.

    September 7, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
  134. Gary H. Boyd

    Jack, if Obama and his administration doesn't see Ford's decision in this matter as a complete repudiation of governmental over-regulation, union's excessive demands and an increasingly uneducated workforce, they must have their heads where the sun doesn't shine. Ford, like all companies, are profit oriented - it's what business is all about. The fact Obama's never been in business, held a non-political job, or paid employee salaries, illustrates America's ship of state is being guided by incompetence.

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona

    September 7, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
  135. CSD

    I'm all for every job we can create here in the US, but let's not be hypocritical. Ford needs to do what is best to be competitive in the market and protect itself from dollar valuation changes. PLUS remember, Nissan, Toyota and Honda all have plants here HIRING alot of AMERICAN workers. This isn't the 50's.

    September 7, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
  136. Joseph Kraatz, Oceanside, CA

    There is a simple solution to this. Any corporation based in the U.S. traded on the stock exchange will be taxed 50% of their profits for each plant they open in another country. This should send a message.

    September 7, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
  137. Roger in Ohio

    Jack, Ford's decision continues to demonstrate that we have a Global Problem, not a US problem. The soultion to the problem is a Global economic solutiuon. Here in the USA, we have retool for the things that we can be the best at in 10 years. We won't recover old manufacturing jobs.

    September 7, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
  138. Chris Hund

    It's time for me to sell my home, pack my bags, and move to India. Kansas City, MIssouri

    September 7, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
  139. Mustapha

    A blunt proof of another looming recession.

    September 7, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  140. Beau

    America goes broke, and people without jobs. Yet Ford sells out to another country when we need jobs here. What is going on with this world? Its very upsetting and frustrating to think that making more vehicles is supposed to help but no one can afford to buy new vehicles. Wake up!

    September 7, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  141. Cee.La

    Ford sends the same message that many companies have sent, we only care about profits and we dont care that the American tax payer bailed us out in our time of need.....we have looted the treasury and are off to greener pastures......

    September 7, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  142. Alice - New Haven, CT

    I don't mind that companies build outside of the U.S., it's when they do it at the expense of our country because of the corporate greed that's rampant. I will be boycotting any company that makes goods outside of the U.S. and tries to sell their goods here. That may leave me with nothing to purchase since we don't manufacture anymore but at least I'll be saving money. The unfortunate thing is – I have the hardest time finding anything in the stores that are made in this country.

    September 7, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  143. Beverly

    Ford opening another plant in India helps the stockholders which helps the company...which does NOT help the country...so the country is being weakened by these types of decisions...we don't need to worry about terrorists.

    September 7, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  144. V Smith

    It means that when America becomes a third world country it too may get a new Ford plant.

    September 7, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  145. rusty hinges

    bought fords all my life. last year i decided to buy an american made car–bought a toyota!!

    September 7, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  146. Don F

    Simple message. This will not end well, for US.

    September 7, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  147. Sal

    Simple. India's people are willing to buy cars, America's are not. It is understandable that Ford is not creating the plant here. If they were to create the plant here in America, it would create 5,000 jobs; but will it be worth it in the long run? No it wouldn't because they would lose profit most likely and close the plant down. Which would be a waste of time.

    September 7, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  148. Mohan

    Ford is just making a point that its going places. We should not forget that in recent times its majority of profit comes from Asian markets, and it would not make sense to build card in USA to be sold in Asian markets. Capitalism rules – that's the message Ford is sending !!

    September 7, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  149. Jason B.

    It is understandable that Ford would want to grow business in a country where people are actually buying things. But for the love of Pete, it would sure be nice for American companies to create even a teenie weenie pool of jobs here. Maybe some happily employed American will go buy a car, or clothes, or a towel, or ANYTHING discretionary that will get this economy moving.

    September 7, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  150. Mary S.

    I bought Ford to support the American worker. Now Ford is made overseas and to purchase a car made by Americans, I'll have to purchase Kia (made in a Georgia plant). Ford should be ashamed and I will no longer drive Ford.

    September 7, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  151. Will Francisco

    As many problems economically, environmentally, and politically as big corporations in America have caused maybe we cut the corporate tax rate to 15%, so that companies want to be here! If we close the corporate tax loopholes and regulate the business practices we save the job creating companies some money, and increase income tax dollars by getting Americans back to work.

    September 7, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  152. Mark from Boston

    It says 2+2 is STILL 4.
    If your competitor doesn't have to deal with all the regulations, taxes, and legacy costs as you do,
    you have to decide to either go out of business, or lower your costs. Ford & GM's Unions had the opportunity to keep the jobs here by compromising – which they refused.
    So, the moral of the story is, "People in glass houses shouldn't throw stones."

    September 7, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  153. ted wa.

    it show how smart the founders were. The feds would not have allowed the exporting of jobs if their money came from import and export tariffs

    September 7, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  154. Hollis

    Jack this is a perfect example of how off some politicians are no in touch with reality. Truth is when these companies bring in huge profits they dont create jobs, instead they create ways to make more profit.

    The cycle continues....

    Cutting taxes on these companies will NOT create jobs, they will take the money and run.

    This is a perfect example of that.

    September 7, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  155. Amit

    The message is, the only bright future in the US is for investors, not workers. What we have more than anyone else is money, and even though the number of rich people here is shrinking, rich investors can still fiddle while the country burns (or sinks into the bog).

    September 7, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  156. Chuck Presto

    Jack, of course Ford is building plants in India, Thailand, etc. How do you expect them to be competitive in those markets? Ford is also adding jobs in the US as well. They have to be competitive. Would you expect them to build a small car in the US and export it to India and Thailand? Get real.

    September 7, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  157. Mike J.

    It's very simple. Public sector, private sector, UNIONS are ruining this country. Ask the state of California, the United States Postal Service, Chrysler, Government Motors. Companies can't afford to pay a work force for not working (pensions).

    September 7, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  158. ron mich.

    It means that this government should tell Ford Motor Company to pack its bags and everything else it owns and MOVE to India along with all the jobs it has taken over there and while they are at it, Keep all your products that they make there Over There. We will not import their crap over here if we ARE NOT GOOD ENOUGH FOR THEM TO KEEP THEIR JOBS HERE and employ the very people who made them whAT THEY ARE TODAY........

    September 7, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  159. Miran

    For their next bailout, they should ask India!

    September 7, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  160. Allen Minnesota

    We need to make tax breaks only for corporations in USA only! nothing for off shore companies. Also make anything coming into our country to meet alll the regulations & rules our manufactures do. Plus add tax to make it fair trade to countries that abuse their women,children & all employees for labor.

    September 7, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  161. Ruth, Peshtigo, Wi.

    Wonder what Henry Ford would say about this. He was the first to pay a good wage to people building cars in the United States.
    Time to end any tax breaks or other incentives to big corporations that don't create jobs in the U.S. They have no loyalty to the U.S. Hard to think of them as people like Roomney said they are.

    September 7, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  162. Ron- Burlington, Ontario

    Jack... this recession froced companioes to become more efficient and cut costs to survive. They learned that people outside of North America are willing to do the jobs at a fraction of the pay. So what is the motivation for these companies that went off shore to bring back those higher production costs back home? Those jobs are lost forever. You can see that by the fact that many companies are reporting record profits in this tough economy . Face it Jack. The old ways won't work in this new world. Would a 25% flat tax on business and individuals get this thing moving?

    September 7, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  163. Dean

    Ford is spending that money in India to sell cars in India which will increases their worldwide sales. If your point is that the money should be spent on a new plant in the USA, those cars cannot be shipped to India because the Indian consumer cannot afford them. American labor costs are too high. Ford doesn't need a new plant in the USA....consumers are buying all the cars they can afford now.....and then some!

    September 7, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  164. Jim, Ga

    It means they are building cars for the country's that have few regulations. With emissions and crash requirements, cars cost too much here. They are simply supplying what they will use. May be wrong, but I'm not even sure cars like that can even be built here to be shipped there. Too many regulations here for car companies, all due to a few schmucks are stupid and want laws to do everything for them ie: Backup cams in all SUV's and Picups, just because a few people got backed over. No one in the US wants to be responsible for their actions.... blame it on the other guy.......

    September 7, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  165. Tim Vetter

    What it says is that corporations have picked America's bones clean and are leaving the carcass and moving on. What it says is that Ford has forgotten Henry I's big lesson: if the man who builds it cannot afford to buy it, you're in trouble.

    September 7, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  166. ggwindsor

    with so much hate in america in 20 years it will be the new middle east -the wealthy see this and making a move for the future

    September 7, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  167. Lee in Chicago

    Gee, Ford created jobs in India! People blame Obama's failure of creating jobs in US. Big corporations do not care about the unemployment rate in the US. They go where profits are. That is more reason for closing corporation tax loopholes! The loopholes give them money to be invested in other countries and created jobs elsewhere. What do American people get? Nothing!

    September 7, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  168. Hashmayne

    it shows the greatest country in the world is falling. They can't take care of their people, but they can take care of the Indians. I think Canada is the final destination, they have a 7.2% unemployment rate.

    September 7, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  169. Brad in OK

    No unions in Inda
    No high corporate taxes in India
    No heavy handed regulations in India
    No silly lawyers looking for easy lawsuits in India.
    No Obamacare in India
    America is no longer the "Land of the free"

    September 7, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  170. teddybear

    I am selling my Ford stock, I drive a Ford ,Have for many years,never again. Let them take their jobs and shove them. I am not driving a foreign car. It must be a union made American car.

    September 7, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  171. Ben

    Ford is a corporation, and corporations are legally required to maximize profits for their shareholders. One message, therefore, is that India offers a more profitable place to open a new plant. This is presumably because labor, construction, and regulatory costs are lower in India.

    Another, more important, message is that America is not business friendly, and we need to reexamine our priorities. Do we want more jobs or do we want to increase the cost of doing business in the US?

    September 7, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  172. Nittu Thomas

    It is heartening to see US companies like Ford being picked as the one to fill demand in rising global demend – in countries like India. I think that this is positive and is great news – to see that the emerging markets crave for US products. This is great news for the Indian consumer who gets high quality product and for US, as we get a share of the market and the benefits that come with ownership of this market's profits, which will include jobs, through in an indirect way. I ay win-win!

    September 7, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  173. Michael W

    Ford opening a plant in India is a message that there is zero incentive in our country to employ our own until Labor Unions are abolished. Get rid of Labor Unions and the US will certainly regain manufacturing jobs again. All of the "stimulus packages" thrown at the American people are nothing more than temporary. Expand the oil and gas industry in the continental US; the only free enterprise left in our country and put millions of more people to work.

    September 7, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  174. santo

    The message is clear. One more example of how deregulation has endured from the Regan administration, and the American way hasdeclined(although unnoticeable till 2008). Its quite simple really. America has lost core values that founded this great country. Those values are respect, honor, responsibility. None of which are noticeable in our congress, senate, and presidential office. Let them just keep getting paid for work that hasn't been done correctly while other people suffer because of it. That's is the NEW American way.
    Santo reading pa

    September 7, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  175. H

    Ok Jack .. so if US companies open factories and expand in India , also US suffering from huge employment " thats paradox" ; why they still issue 55 k green card yearly , i get green card and move recently to NY and i cant find work for 5 month now , so wheres the american dream ??? even i have advance skills and international certificate and experience ,, really i dont understand .. is it end of American dream ????

    September 7, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  176. Mark R.

    I'm done buying Fords. I hope my fellow Americans find something else to buy and drive.

    September 7, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  177. Sulo in Ottawa Canada

    We can't have it both ways. The Japanese opened plants in North America once they had an established market here.
    Our manufacturers are doing the same. Lets let market forces prevail and not circle the wagons. We know thats not
    a good tactic or strategy.

    September 7, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  178. Freedom Marc from MN

    Good for them, at least some American innovation is succeeding. If this surprises anyone, where have you been for the last 7 years? Why wouldn't they go where taxes are cheaper, labor is cheaper, and the market is bigger? The American People can turn this around (i said american people not american government). The things not working in our favor is the defecit, high taxes, and government interventionism in the economy.

    September 7, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  179. Liza Montelongo

    Ford choosing to open a plant in India has now become part of the problem instead of the solution. In order to improve the economic catastrophe, we need job development and we need to bring jobs back to the US. If companies continue to make "bonehead" moves like this one then we shouldn't buy their product.

    September 7, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  180. Andy

    It tells you Jack, that we are stuck in a viscous cycle,created in part by globalization and our politics. While it is inevitable that we (the U.S) is bound to compete with the rest of the world economically, our politicians could do more to mitigate the impact of globalization on our economic reality. They of course will not do nothing, as THE Donald, would say, "China and India are eating our lunch" only in this case, they are eating our jobs" smh!

    Pittsburgh, PA

    September 7, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  181. Reggie

    This follows the disappearance of the manufacturing industry in the US, Ford is also looking for profits vs patriots for the US capitalism at its finest. We don't see foreign companies are not leaving there countries to come to the US.... sorry time to buy Toyota

    September 7, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  182. larry in newyork

    Jack it tells me that Ford doesn't care about us. It is now time for the American people to send a message back. Boycott the Ford Company. Quit buying the new and old fords and protest the Ford dealerships. Get te message out there and let them know how you really feel.

    September 7, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  183. Izet in Utica NY

    They all start the same way-plant by plant.Then years from now there will be no Ford plants in the USA so let boyccot Ford.

    September 7, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  184. greg Lancaster,tx

    if you want to sell rice to Koreans you got to grow it in Korea. if you want to sell any stuff to china or india you got to build a plant in china or india, build it there and let them steal the technology. if you want to sell anything to America you are quite welcome to build it wherever you want to in the world and give your middle finger to American workers. To those people free trade is just cover for creating as many jobs as possible for their citizens. America is the only nation in the world that allows its working class to be blatantly exploited that way. Me, I'm just waiting for the revolution. One of these days Americans will wake up to how badly they have been betrayed by our ruling class. I wonder if our Army, national guard and police forces will fire on us like as in Syria or join us as in Egypt. I hope Kent state is not an example of what will happen in our American spring.

    September 7, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  185. Erick

    The same message that it has been sending for the past decade – businesses only are concerned about there bottom line. Patriotism doesn't factor into business decisions. This is why tax cuts for corporations don't necessarily benefit Americans. Jobs are created were the cost of production is cheapest. Businesses don't care about child labor laws, product safety, worker safety, or the environment. Greed is what motivates and will dictate were corporations setup shop.

    September 7, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  186. Tim

    Well Jack it just shows the big corporations care little to none about regular Americans. They would rather get their tax break and no shipping cost than help 5000 people who need it all so they make a bigger profit. We don't see other countries factory's over here do we.

    September 7, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  187. P Edward Murray


    It means that many of our American companies are committing Treasonable offenses against America and American Citizens!

    It means that Americans must act now to stop the outflow of American jobs by boycotting these companies as best as they can!

    It means that we are going into a Depression!

    I HATE companies who outsource because my entire office was downsized, sold and then outsourced 6 years ago.

    Jack, I fear for America and my fellow Americans!

    May God help us AND

    to Ford:

    "UP YOURS"!

    P. Edward Murray
    Yardley, PA.

    September 7, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  188. Glenn

    If you are in Business You got to go where the money is. are economy has tanked. it would'nt be economicly fiesable
    to build a Car plant where you could not recoup your money and make a profit. the name of the game is money.

    September 7, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  189. George Crown

    The indian auto builders don't get the union $70 an hour. Hmmm!

    September 7, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  190. Arin

    The message is clear, America needs a new cash cow. Our GDP is around $24 an hr per person, therefore we need more innovative ways to produce something that the rest of the world wants and will pay for like commercial space travel. America no longer needs Ford automobiles anyway, most of us drive foreign.

    September 7, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  191. David Kaminski

    Jack...how liberal can you get? Of course the vehicles need to be built in India. Did the US consumer not demand that BMW's, Nissan's, Mercedes, Toyota's, etc. be built in the US. How much larger is the Indian market....it would be unconscienable not to build vehicles for THEIR market in THEIR country!

    September 7, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  192. Ron Hall

    India limits imports. Harley Davidson is also building a plant there. So while we send all of our Customer Service and help desk jobs over there, they won't take our imported automobiles and motor cycles. This free trade deal has to go both ways or it doesn't work. Corporate greed is sending our jobs to Mexico, India and other places they can get cheap labor. Whirlpool has pretty well moved to Mexico and the GOP wants to have a tax holiday so all these companies can bring their foreign profits home.

    September 7, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  193. Mike M

    Are the 5000 workers in India unionized??

    September 7, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  194. Ed in Sacramento

    It sends the message that working American's don't need those "dirty" manufacturing jobs anymore. Now we have five million new jobs in the "clean" and "green" sectors....don't we Jack....thought I heard that somewhere?

    September 7, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  195. Daniel AM

    I am not sure what is being said in public is the same as what is being said in the board room. Businesses making decisions on economic rationale. The hard question is what needs to be done to make it economically sense to invest in the US rather than anywhere else be it India or China. How many of the businesses would put first patriotic reasons that economic considerations to invest in a project or a company.
    I have the same concern with all the discussions about closing tax loop holes. While I agree with the whole idea, the bottom line is what would this do on the effective tax rate (whether it came through the corporate tax rate or through the various loop holes) that a business will have to pay eventually? That will determine if it makes more economic sense to continue to invest in the US (where we have struggling middle class with low purchasing power while receiving wages so many times higher than the wages of those in China and India). All I am saying is we have to face the new world reality that brought China, India and all the emerging economies as the influential actors posing competition to the US.

    September 7, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  196. Christian, San Juan, Puerto Rico

    That I have to move to India or China soon...

    September 7, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  197. kris

    message is "only profit matters, workers dont"

    September 7, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  198. CamasGary

    Last I checked India doesn't have any Tea Baggers disrupting any opportunity to help their country prosper. America will stop being vapor locked as soon as voters come to their senses and vote the Tea Party into history.

    September 7, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  199. curtis runnels

    the american worker would involve the uaw cause we have become a weak nation of whiners and we have all become dependent on our smart-phones and most want the job and the paycheck but dont want to work. can you blame ford for looking in another country for a better workforce.

    September 7, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  200. Steve

    i wish someone would explain to me how the president and other left wing democrats can call for easier unionization, and expect more jobs to come (back) to america. unions do nothing more than reduce productivity and increase the average hourly rate. is it any wonder why US companies can't compete in the world marketplace? that is why capital investments are being made by major US corpoations overseas

    September 7, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  201. Just getting bye


    An example of why we cant depend on the private sector, reality is oversee markets are expanding while the US is stagnant. tax cuts wont keep them from going overseas. The growth and propit margins are higher abroad, and as long as that is the case US companies will grow over seas. WE NEED TO BUILD OUR middle class. clearly ford isn't struggling if they can spend 1 billion in india but cant hire 1000 us workers

    September 7, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  202. Gerald Gouveia

    Ford has a responsibilty to it's shareholders,so it makes perfect sense for them to assemble their cars close to their intended markets,just like BMW,HONDA,TOYOTA and others have built plants here.it's called "globalization".

    September 7, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  203. Don

    Since Ford has chosen to boycott American workers by opening a new plant in India maybe it's time for American workers to boycott Ford car sales in the U.S. Hyundai and Toyota have plants in the U.S. so buy them instead. They make better cars anyway

    September 7, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  204. Sandi, CA

    The message is clear Jack...just as it's been with all the other large corporations who have moved off-shore. Greed, Greed, Greed! We can't build cars here and ship to ALL THOSE countries that are huge markets? How do all those cars built in other countries happen to end up on our shores? And who's suppose to fix this economy? Any corporation that leaves this country and puts others to work need to be brought in front of all those Americans who are out of work and explain the reason for leaving.

    September 7, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  205. Mohamed Ezz

    Companies need to manufacture near their markets in order to cut costs (labor & raw materials), and be more competitive, especially that the buying power is not that strong in India. In addition, products such as cars are usually subjected to high customs taxes, and one way to overcome this is to manufacture locally, as most countries give tax incentives to MNCs that build local manufacturing facilities.

    Ford did the right thing, especially that these cars will be sold locally/regionally and will not be exported back to the U.S.
    The profits will be repatriated back to the U.S. and can be injected into the economy to do more profitable activities such as R&D and innovation.

    Mohamed Ezz, Chapel Hill, NC

    September 7, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  206. Paul Farmer

    Try to open a factory in NJ or PA today and you will quickly find out why India may look so good.

    September 7, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  207. Melissa

    I don't think it is fair but is just competition. Ford is just looking for money and where business is best which is India. It's just life.

    September 7, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  208. Richard schaefer

    Great story, us company growing their manufacturing business globally in competitive marketplace. This will make ford stronger, more profitable enabling them to sell us cars made in Michigan for less than they could if they did not have this revenue and profits from India. We live in a world economy now, I am proud that the us is leading the auto industry and not Japan. This means more us jobs at ford hq. Next time you buy a vehicle try a us built best of breed not foreign cars that suck the profit overseas.

    September 7, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  209. Amber

    Corporations have been outsourcing jobs for years now to 'third world" or "second world" countries, so why not Ford. It is cheaper to make the parts in other countries and import them to the U.S. than it is to make them. Ford is also trying to be competitive with the other auto makers, but most of them do not have the overhead like any of the cars made here most in part to the unions. It is all about the bottom line, always has been and always will be Jack.....

    September 7, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  210. JR

    Well one thing for sure. Ford should not be getting any tax breaks from America. It has ceased being an American company and is an internatuional one. They no longer represent anything in America and should be relegated to history.

    September 7, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  211. Paulette in Dallas

    Don't buy Ford products!! WHY did Ford come to the US taxpayers to bail them out two years ago? Why didn't they go to India and ask for the bailout money. No more Ford products for my family

    September 7, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  212. Jack

    Corporations are in business to make money. Proximity to market, labor costs, etc., are vital considerations in this regard. FORD should not be faulted for doing what all corporations and their shareholders require. Instead, the Congress should force these corporations to bring their profits back to the US and TAX these profits appropriately. Corporations don't need a tax break; they need to be taxed. Wonder what all that money will do for our infrastructure and deficit.

    September 7, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  213. Takele

    Ford's business strategy is perfectly designed investing worldwide help them beat the world market. I see it unrelated to the unemployment issue we have at home.

    September 7, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  214. Connie York

    FURIOUS. Hope their greedy personal profit decision against the american economy at a time when we need jobs, proves to be "BUILT FORD UNTOUGH" There's a old saying....what comes around goes around. Bad karma ford. You truly reap what you sow.

    September 7, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
  215. John Shaw

    Boycott Ford. Their cars are ugly and Ford stands for Found off Road Dead.
    If they still go ahead and build cars in India, then we should no longer buy their cars.
    They are no longer going to be able to FOCUS(pun intended).
    Remember you are a HEAD in a Ford.

    September 7, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
  216. Chuck Presto

    Chuck in Santa Cruz, CA.
    Per my earlier comments, it only makes sense for Ford to build plants in India, Thailand, etc. Some of the comments I have read in this blog make absolutely no sense at all. My guess is that these plants are going to be serving the Asian markets and it only makes sense to be manufacturing in those markets.

    September 7, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
  217. Melissa

    How much of OUR tax $ went to the bail out of Ford? What is wrong with Ford that they can't think outside the box. How about exporting vehicles from the good old USA to foreign countries and taxing them, especially if the have the $. I would think that would make more jobs here at home and money for Ford. Win win!

    September 7, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
  218. Verna

    We all need to wake up and smell the coffee because it's burning. It look and sounds like our government and businesses want us to become the 21st century's new third word country

    September 7, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
  219. Laxman, Newnan, GA

    Business is about supply and demand. Some of the problem in US is related to party politics. But greed is the main reason why so many jobs are outsourced to India and China. Remember in 1972 during Vietnam war funded by China against US, then President Nixon went to China when it all started. How can we forget that?

    September 7, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
  220. Greg

    Its not surprising that India is a good market for Ford. They will be selling lots of small turbo diesel cars and trucks. So Jack you can ask why are the american car makers not selling small turbo diesel cars and trucks that can burn 100% sustainable biodiesel and get 50+ mpg. Sadly the answer is the power the petroleum industry has over the congress and the administration. Jack, ask what substance can substitute for gasoline.... the answer is nothing. Jack ask what can substitute for diesel fuel... the answer is 100s of oils sources that can be processed into biodiesel. The solution to the phony "energy crisis" is looking us right in the face. Wake up america!!!

    September 7, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
  221. Mark in DC

    Jack. This should not be a shock to you or our viewers. You can find an example of this everyday if you are paying attention. I am amazed that this is reported on so little by news agencies and not mentioned by our politicians. The truth is our ecconomy and companys performance and stock price are based on profit, and our American workers are too expensive. Don't believe that any politican can fix the economy. The truth is this is the new norm until other countries labor force catches up. Sorry to break the bad news.

    September 7, 2011 at 6:33 pm |
  222. Charlie, New Kent county va

    Thats easy jack, they are doing what every other manufacturing company in this country is doing to get away from the 30+% corprate tax rate, all these fools have to do is lower it to 10% and you would see 95% of all our companys return here. It's not rocket science, all you have to do is ask them and they will tell you thats all it would take for them to return here.

    September 7, 2011 at 6:33 pm |
  223. Spence in Ontario Canada

    Perhaps the message being sent by Ford is that they can see America is circling the toilet!!! Every great nation in history has fallen after reaching its peak and it looks like America is following that trend.The problem is you seem ready and willing to take the rest of the world with you as you go!!! Until your politicians stop playing games and start caring about the country and the people in it more jobs will be lost to countries that companies feel safer in.

    September 7, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
  224. Andy

    So much for "Putting Country First". If the President and politicians tout the aforementioned aphorism, why can't businesses and knuckle head Corporation like Ford do the same and put country First. Oh wait, their motto I forgot is the "Benjamins" first if you know what I mean. (Jack it is street talk for money or hundred dollar bill) lol

    September 7, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
  225. tom smith

    Why would any company start a business here? A stangle hold by the EPA, labor unions that push entitlement and encourage lack luster performance, and the funniest part of it all, is that these people that demonize companies for making such moves for profit are the same people that are sitting on the side walk "Striking" I hope you all starve.

    September 7, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
  226. Doug Clark

    Shareholders, CEO's and large company executives, a.k.a "more shareholders" are quickly sucking the life out of this country, every company and especially the middle class. Companies like FORD are pressured so much by their shareholders for PROFIT, PROFIT and more PROFIT. There is no concern for americans and them trying to make a living, they want ALL THE MONEY.
    The pathetic part is that if our government helps out a company these days to try and inluence them to provide jobs, all the money goes to that company's executives in the form of big bonuses. We all saw that with the bank bailouts.
    We are no longer a "We the People" country any longer. This country is obviously a "We the Corporation"
    Plain and simple!

    September 7, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
  227. Bob in Kansas City

    As a Ford salaried retiree it doesn't mean much overall, look at the company's history, they've built plants in many countries where the sales volume in the host country or its neighbors could sustain assembly operations. See Germany, Spain, England, Brazil, Australia, South Africa plus others. The real issue should be if exports to the US are in the works from this facility, Ford is not doing anything they've not done in the past.

    September 7, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
  228. larry in newyork

    Jack it tells me that Ford doesn't care about us. It is now time for the American people to send a message back. Boycott the Ford Company. Quit buying the new and old fords and protest the Ford dealerships. Get the message out there and let them know how you really feel.

    September 7, 2011 at 6:35 pm |
  229. satishM

    Lets face it...the US has lost its competitiveness due to its cost. Don't blame the government alone. There is no way you can build something here and sell in India or China. So there are only two choices for the US....INNOVATE...probably some of the design for these cars can come from here and also COST....cost per employee (taxes, insurance and other B2B costs ) need to come down for the private sector to re-invest here. Probably a resetting of living standards.....is in the order...
    Couple of ideas.....reset cost of mortgages (at least for small businesses), reset of taxes (which Pres. Obama is already proposing) and reset of some of the B2B costs which help more people to be hired NOT replace them with so called machines!

    September 7, 2011 at 6:35 pm |
  230. Melissa Florida

    It's not fair. But ford is just looking for where bussiness is best which is India because there countries economy is growing while ours is shrinking. It's just life.

    September 7, 2011 at 6:35 pm |
  231. Gigi Oregon

    It has nothing to do with unions it is profits and no taxes.

    September 7, 2011 at 6:35 pm |
  232. carole in Arizona

    Yep...they go where the bucks are....there is no loyalty anymore...is there in your neighborhood? Do you shop the small shops? Or do you shop Walmarts and big chain stores to get the best buy? Of course you do!!! That's what the mfg plants are doing...going where they get the best bang for their buck....it is sad that the unions have so much say ...we have become greedy, and spoiled....Had big $$$ for long time...how about if we all step back and take a smaller wage, work more hours, and shop locally? Hmmmm. Seems like that is what my dad did to make it work....its too late now because we all just HAVE to have the biggest and best....sorry, we are on our way backwards so get used to it folks!!!

    September 7, 2011 at 6:36 pm |
  233. Pam in Nashville

    Which came first the chicken or the egg? Which came first the job or the booming economy? I'll wager the job came first. India and China are booming because U.S. manufacturers shipped our jobs to them to tap the lower wages. They did it so much, they're booming as our standard of living is in a freefall. Time was when we shipped overseas from the U.S. Now they ship everything to us but we don't have the money to buy it. A paradox.

    September 7, 2011 at 6:37 pm |
  234. Roger - Lexington, KY

    India is more business friendly than the U.S. Social democratic policies governed India's economy from 1947 to 1991. The economy was characterised by extensive regulation, protectionism, public ownership, pervasive corruption and slow growth. Since 1991, continuing economic liberalisation has moved the country towards a market-based economy. A revival of economic reforms and better economic policy in first decade of the 21st century accelerated India's economic growth rate. In recent years, Indian cities have continued to liberalise business regulations. By 2008, India had established itself as the world's second-fastest growing major economy.

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  235. akj

    I am an American and want to express my views much different then many others.Ford is a company responsible to the share holders.If you were running your own business and all your customers were in India,why would you go through building a plant in America and pay higher wages/shipping costs etc.etc when you could avoid all that by building a plant in India.Remember Ford is getting this opportunity because they have customers in India too.I think its Fords right to do whatever they want to do.Ford did not want the money Bush shoved in to their throats at a high interest rate and they were the first to pay back as they never needed it to begin with.We should try not to buy foreign products AT ALL.We should teach these company's with our wallets.Thats more effective in my opinion.

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