Saturday, November 22, 2008

Death of the Big Three

Caught On Digital

A hopeful sign on Valencia street.

If this guy can brave Valencia on a skateboard while taking photos and staying out of his car, anyone can. And everyone should if they can, at very least stop buying cars from US automakers. I understand this sounds wholly un-American, but shirking your responsibility to the US public is not just un-American, I'd go as far to say it was just the product of the 1950's American ego.

Fortunately, people don't live forever, and when their day has set, the ills of the next generation take the place of the ills that plagued the past. Even still, we've learned a few things and access to information within the US is the best and fastest we've seen it in history.

That information tells us that after Ford licensed Toyota's hybrid technology four years ago, the locus of automotive innovation was clearly in Japan. None of the big three were able to offer an alternative to the conventional combustion engine. Instead they have continued to follow 1950's automobile attitudes, bigger, less fuel efficient, ego chariots. It's not that rollin' in an Escalade with your pals isn't fun in vegas, it's just that you shouldn't be driving your 'lade 40 miles a day to work your job in the valley. Besides, if you're at happy hour to ease your commute home, your probably best not be driving something so destructive to my personal safety.

So why would we pump 25 Billion dollars into the wrong companies? Toyota, BMW, and Hyundai certainly think that's a red flag on the free-market. I agree. I'm sorry people will lose their jobs, but if we're smart, we'll take a hard look at who's responsible for these decisions, fire them, fine them for being irresponsible Americans, sell their jets, and give them 25 Billion to finance a new generation of more responsible transportation designers.

I'm sorry people with lose their jobs, but I'm not sorry that others will find news ones. I'm not sorry that the old ways are no longer working, I'm not sorry that technology gets better, I'm not sorry that human beings get smarter. Wake up old guys, you don't get rewards for FUCKING UP.

1 comment:

Ian McKellar said...

I'm actually okay with government sponsored industry, I just don't think you can do it while pretending to be capitalist nation, and you can't do it while handing out six, seven and eight figure salaries to the management of the companies. If we've got to nationalize the car industry to save it then we should bring Hugo Chavez in as an advisor. They certainly managed to make the Venezuelan oil industry successful. Just because the American government isn't qualified to take over that doesn't mean there's not some other government who could pull it off.

More seriously though, we've set up our economy to act like a casino. We all had a great time over the past few years while we were ahead and now the house is winning. It's gonna hurt. It's the price of the prosperity we've had. People need to get over the idea that they're inherently entitled to comfort.