Friday, January 20, 2006

The Next Big Problem?

This article answers some of the questions about the United States and its automobile companies and why Japan is kicking their butts on a regular basis.

As much as I would prefer to ‘buy American,’ I am not going to subsidize the
huge pensions and inflated salaries that the United Auto Workers union (UAW) has
extorted from Detroit by buying a sub-standard automobile,” Paul said. “The UAW
and their kind are going to be the undoing of the American car manufacturing
industry as we currently know it. What rises from the ashes may be an automobile
manufacturer that will stand up to the UAW and build cars that actually give
people their money’s worth.”

This pretty much sums it up. People are not nearly as patriotic as they once were. Most of us didn't have Germans and Japanese shooting at us. We are much more "I" centered than ever before. If "I" don't benefit, "I" don't care about the rest of you or your country. At some point, maybe they'll wish they had cared a little about it. Times change rapidly in this ol' world. The model business of the 1950's and 1960's (General Motors) is now a dinosaur. Think about it. Toyota is soon to be king with Honda nipping at their heels. The good thing, however, is that the union boys at the Big Three had a pretty good life for a couple of generations. The next couple of generations could be looking for a job though.

Just a thought.


At 8:59 PM, Blogger Sir Loin of Beef said...

Of course you are also neglecting to mention that Toyota and Honda didn't sell cars in the states in the 50's and 60's!

I am not so sure the problem is with "I" philosophy. The consumer in a consumer culture is taught by his culture to be informed and to buy the best car for his money. He has chosen Toyota and Honda. There is no "I" in culture! ;)

Of course, the point about Unions destroying the American auto industry certainly rings of a bit of truth.


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