Yes, we’re all sick of hearing about GM’s woes.
But sometimes something so ridiculous comes up that you just have to comment on it. Take this Detroit Free Press article, directed at President Obama’s automotive task force, as an example.
The article attempts to sway the task force by telling the stories of some people affected by the automotive decline.
I just wonder why we’re supposed to feel more sorry for auto workers than anyone else who suffers a job loss or other financial hardship. Take this, for example:
Shirley and Wally Triffle expect their monthly health insurance bill to jump from $78 to about $700 come April 1, when autoparts maker Delphi Corp. cuts off 15,000 salaried retirees from health insurance.
The Triffles go on to say this means they won’t be able to take their grandkids on trips anymore. Sad, huh? Wow, maybe the government SHOULD bail them out. Or maybe Grandpa Wally should just invite the munchkins over to watch Pirates of the Caribbean instead of paying for them to cruise on it.
Then there’s this little gem:
In 34 years of selling cars, Vince Glod has seen good markets and bad… But he has the solution: Credit. The Obama administration needs to push lenders to ease up, Glod said. “A lot of people still want to buy cars but their marginal credit could prevent them from doing that.”
Right. Have you watched the news lately, Vince? Wasn’t there something a while back about how easy, cheap credit brought down the lending industry and then the whole dang economy with it? Hmm… sounds familiar. Wanting to buy a car and being able to buy a car are two very different things, and a powerful reason our economy fell off a cliff.
As I was reading the comments at the end of the article I was refreshed by a little common sense from an unlikely source who went by the name of Williams782:
As much as it pains me to say it, as a GM employee, I would tell the government to let General Motors fail. Just as a parent might use tough love with a child, the government must use it with GM. In order for GM to survive, they need the type of protection from lawsuits bankruptcy protection provides so that they can fully restructure. Because I want my job in the future, I along with all other GM employees must feel the pain now so that we can all prosper together in the future.
Well said, brother.
Do you think stories like these will influence Obama’s automotive task force to give more money to GM and Chrysler?