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Frozen Chickens Killed Detroit.

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Ask your average Toyota Prius
owner or green-car geek about the "chicken tax," and you'll likely get a blank stare.

Only those of us who've followed the industry for far too long--or who crave some of the cool small trucks offered in Europe and Asia--know the story behind this infamous piece of legislation.

But a blog post by Harvard professor Robert Lawrence, who specializes in international trade, proposes that the "chicken tax" is actually what killed Detroit, by insulating it from real competition in light-duty trucks for 40 years.

Profits from hundreds of thousands of Ford F-150 and Chevrolet Silverado pickups, he argues, stayed disproportionately high because any truck built outside North America had a 25-percent tariff slapped onto its price (versus just 2.5 percent on cars).

Addicted to that easy money, Detroit stopped paying attention to passenger cars. Which is easy to believe if you've driven a 2009 Dodge Caliber or 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt, neither of them remotely competitive with the best compacts from Honda or Toyota.

It all started in 1962, when the European Common Market barred access to US frozen-chicken imports on the grounds they were devastating German producers. After diplomacy failed, President John F. Kennedy Jr. imposed a tax aimed at Volkswagen Kombi panel vans and pickup trucks in January 1964.

Tariffs can't target individual products, so the rule applied to imports of all non-North American trucks. Exit the VW Kombi and a raft of British vans and pickups and French camionettes.

While the scope of the law narrowed somewhat in later years, it led to bizarre distortions. The most famous may be the two rear-facing seats in the bed of the 1978-87 Subaru BRAT, changing it from a two-seat pickup truck to an open-air passenger car.

The latest company to take on the chicken tax is Mahindra & Mahindra, the Indian company planning to sell diesel-powered small pickup trucks in the States this fall through Global Vehicles. Historians note, however, that automakers and importers have tried for more than four decades to kill the tariff.

None has succeeded.
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I know it can be blocked, but...

Your ph^cking avatar is really annoying.

And, read the post title.
Tell us something we don't already know, or haven't posted multiple times in the past...
My avatar is awesome and with the orgnaial title on the article i thought
it would spawn some chicken jokes. More for entertainment then information.
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That is the focus of the site, after all!
A hearty stand-up applause for black gold man who actually put in an honest to whomever chicken joke that the Mods shouldn't be able to argue with since it is sooo car related.

Old joke about me and the mods killing any chicken crossing the road jokes on here. I need to contact YORG0 for some semi-nude chicken photos - I feel left out not being banned too.
Please don't rag on anyone's avatar - the avatar can't help it - and we have enough trouble getting along with eachother as it is.

Along the Cass Corridor, on a graveled vacant lot shadowed by the Masonic Temple, between the Temple Bar and an old renovated fire station, the first ever Detroit Chicken Race was held. The event would see a flux of about 150 people over the course of an early Sunday evening, rolling into dusk. The majority of the attendees were city dwellers, venturing from the surrounding neighborhoods of Midtown, Woodbridge, Corktown & Lafayette Park. Some were students, others Anarchists; urban farmers, artists and musicians; all there to take part in what I hope will become an annual tradition.

The 17 chickens entered in the race were there to battle it out for charity. The hat was passed around the crowd for donations and the owner of the winning chicken donated the kitty to a charity of their choice.

My goal for this piece was to capture the synergistic spirit Detroiters seem to share. The quirky nature of this event really brought to light how uniquely entertaining a summer in Detroit can be.
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"The quirky nature of this event really brought to light how uniquely entertaining a summer in Detroit can be."
Up North in my preteens we just had a responsible adult steal a crate of Hercules 40 and case of Blasting caps and spent the weekend in the back of a Chevy pickup chucking explosives at things in the woods and down old mine shafts while the adults drank beers and drove us around.

But Detroit has quirky nature...

I even tell ya the story of Pele and Skeech Nelson and the time they blew up the fuel oil tank and almost burned down the neighbor's house....after they lit a fire under said tank to thaw out a frozen line to the furnace?
Detroit has quirky nature and good hunting.
Also great food. http://detnews.com/article/20090402/METRO08/904020395/To-urban-hunter--next-meal-is-scampering-by

Ok here is real Detroit. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8YdmLkDmjU&feature=channel

SECRETS . Check him out.
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My bro regularly took deer in his front yard off 12 mile... You would never know a house was in that thicket if it wasn't for the mail box on the side of the road.
You also wouldn't think a 'major metropolitan area' would have a house with it's own well and septic on it, either... In 2008!
We do have wildlife Coyote found in downtown Detroit - will not be killed
The oddest thing on local news I have seen in a while. A coyote running around downtown Detroit among parked cars, under cars, on the sidewalk... They finally captured him near the GM Ren Cen.

We have world class fishing right down town on the river.
DETROIT WILD LIFE http://vimeo.com/2371774
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I liked going down town when there was a baseball game at night. We drop the freight off and pass by the ballfield on our way east.
First time i saw the park with lights at night going down I 75 south i thought wow!


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