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The GM motors company founded in Flint Michigan provided Flint with an abundance of jobs and a seemingly secure economic environment However this all changed in the early 1980s when GMs chairman Roger Smith decided to lay off thousands of Flint employees As a result of Smiths decision GM has since seen lucrative profits in excess of eighteen billion dollars and GM share holders have indulged in rising stock values Although GMs top dogs have enjoyed substantial economic benefits from this decision the town of Flint has been devastated Flints dependency on GM backfired and many of the laid off GM employees have found it nearly impossible to recover As a result a once comfortable town quickly turned into one of the least desirable places in the United States to live in While GM executives eschewed any blame for Flints plight saying that this is just the nature of major industries the citizens of Flint demanded answers and compensation In the beginning there were many advantages of having GM as the dominate employer in Flint The quantity of GM jobs provided for an economic boom town in the 1960s and 1970s with money from General Motors trickling down from the workers to every part of the economy and a growing population creating more homes roads and businesses It was all too good to be true But when Roger Smith president of GM decided to relocate numerous jobs from the Buick City it was time for Flint to pay the piper Smiths plan was a great one for his own gain It added millions to his already absurd supply of money and for those top executives around him the benefits were equally appealing However Smith failed to consider the thousands of people who were destroyed by his relentless stride to earn more money Even after closing eleven factories he dove deeper into the pool of corruption He started buying weapons manufacturing companies and collecting billions from
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