Monday, October 10, 2005

Is This the Begining of the Crash?

I was sitting next to a fairly fine guitar player at an Irish Session last night. He was an employee of Delphi. 29 years in as an electritian. He said, "Well, I'll be seing you, but then again maybe not. My company's going under and so are our jobs. My pension is going away, too. Nothing I can do about it."

I said, that whole situation sucks. And the management is getting away with highway robbery with their giant severance packages and settlements. He replied. "Well, don't worry about me. I am going to move to Ireland. They need electricians there." With that, he belted out a very nice traditional tune (I can't remember the name). He had a sweet voice and a fine flare with the guitar. No doubt, we will miss him here. But, Ireland gains.

General Motors Corp. (NYSE:GM - news) shares fell sharply early on Monday on
worries about heightened risks for the world's largest automaker after auto
parts maker Delphi Corp. (NYSE:DPH - news) filed for bankruptcy over the weekend


SheaNC said...

But Cheney's Halliburton stock increased over 3000% last year! Woo hoo!

Anonymous said...

Too big to fail?

It depends on how Delphi came to be in its current precarious position. If they were merely squeezed into unprofitability, they can probably raise prices and cut costs enough to survive. If they've been cooking the books to keep up appearances, they're dead.

It's standard practice to sweeten the pot for must-have execs at a time of crisis. I'm surprised Delphi's stock didn't rise on the news.