It seems like a smart move for a government to own stock in a
There are no obvious inherant noncompetitive attributes to such an
Lower Saxony should be applauded for not conforming to misguided
On 2005-07-08 04:21:45 -0700, "greek_philosophizer"
I am not sure why you think it's good?
What if you were another car maker and you wanted to open a factory in
lower saxony? Would you still think it's a good idea for the
government there to have a vested interest in your competitor?
Just a thought.
State ownership/shareholding is state ownership/shareholding. No government
should hold stakes in private business, especially if is non-strategic and
non-essential or fulfils no agreed social purpose.
Divestment/privatisation has been (mostly) a great success story. And don't
bring up the mess that is the British railways.... :-)
For direct contact replace nospam with schmetterling
That is true but it is not inherent because it
requires the lawmakers to implement noncompetitive
rules. They could be smart enough to avoid the
As long as they behave like passive shareholders
it should be ok.
You are talking about the Automatic Stick Shift or ASS (really). It
_was_ a pain in the ass and VW came to the same conclusion Detroit did
in the '50s-a manual transmission and fluid coupling is a
Most ASS Volkswagens have been converted to the conventional box. I
had one I bought cheaply when the ASS box cracked a shaft and jammed,
and the local shop told the 60+ year old female owner it would be $3000
to rebuild it and it was illegal (!) to convert it to the standard
transaxle. I did and drove it to the shop to ask the guy if he wanted
to call the cops on me-he got real belligerent.
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