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Michael Moore directed the 1989 American documentary “Roger & Me”. The documentary follows the actions and consequences of Roger Smith, the CEO of General Motors, and his decision to shut down several auto plants in Flint, Michigan and the economic toll that decision had for the people of Flint. The shut down caused some 30,000 people to lose their jobs, because General Motors was a main source of economic stability for the city. This led to a decrease in supply of jobs, as the jobs have been taken away from the people, but an increase in demand of jobs, because people had to support themselves with jobs, which they were now out of. Previous to the shutdown, General Motors was experiencing profits greater than ever before. However, Roger Smith still decided that he could increase profits even more by moving production to Mexico, where the labor would be increased for a lesser value. Roger Smith didn’t seem to take into consideration the affect his decision would have on the people, because Flint quickly dropped to a poor city, with residents unable to afford for simple necessities, such as housing. The first thing Roger Smith did wrong was made his decision without proper advisement. He should have consulted with a financial adviser or an independent academic expert first. He also should have directly taken into account what the workers thought, because they were the ones most affected by the plant, as it was their source of income. The workers had a first hand account of everything happening at the plants, while Roger Smith and the other high ranking workers couldn’t fully grasp what was happening at the plants. Smith could have changed his tactics by decreasing some jobs at the plants rather than shutting them down completely. Had this happened, the company would have experienced a marginal profit increase because they would have fewer workers to pay. Another option would be to increase efficiency by moving workers around, or providing a stronger job...

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