Just so you understand where I’m coming from, I was born and raised in Detroit. My father was born and raised in Detroit. He worked for Ford for most of my life. I have many memories of going down to the huge, ancient Triple E building (where the engineers worked) and feeding the ducks in the pond out front.
Now that I have disclosed this, I must say THERE IS NO WAY WE SHOULD BAIL OUT THOSE CAR COMPANIES! Or help them in any monetary way.
I drive a Honda, as does my husband. (I loved my last Chrysler, but, alas, they are biased against big families and their minivan only seats seven. We have eight.) I’m sure I don’t need to tell you that we bought Hondas because they are great cars that don’t need to be repaired often.
Ford, GM and Chrysler don’t make good cars. Sure, they invented cupholders and can make a super-smooth ride. But we want cars that last! And get good mileage! Do you mean to tell me that somehow Japanese people (and occasionally Germans) are the only ones who can figure out how to make a great car?
Face it, big three; you make crappy cars. And now you are reaping what you sow. If you didn’t want to fail you should have tried a little harder. You should have sent spies to Japan. Or hired Japanese people. Or something.
I’m very sorry for the Michiganders who are going to live in an even rustier Rust Belt than they already do (I still know and love several of them.)
But for the government to bail out people who are failing due to their own stupid mistakes? No way. I have just one word to say: consequences.
P.S. The title is Michigan’s state motto. Which I remembered off the top of my head from way back in 4th grade. I also remember the State Rock (the petoskey).