The American Auto Industry has done everything it can to flush itself down the toilet over the last ten years or so. Refusing to make the vehicles people want, and when push comes to shove trying to make bigger, faster, sportier cars as people attempt to move to smaller, lighter, more efficient cars to save money on fuel. Having hugely overpaid executives, which is sort of a standard in any industry that's ever seen mild success, but keeping them when the success began to sour. Spending bad money after good on building more and more plants to make automobiles more and more people don't want. Contracting in executive pleasure travel as part of the company bonus package.
I could point out several more negative points, but the reality is that the American Auto Industry didn't JUST NOW start to behave badly. Showing up to their begging hearings on private jets, while stupid, is just a symptom. The executives themselves are the disease.
But if the private jet debacle gives people a talking point, a way to express their frustration with corporate America sticking it to them, so be it. At least people are FINALLY beginning to be upset with the corporate masters.
It won't last, but I giggled maniacly this morning as talking head after talking head came on the TV to decry the horrible auto-execs for being so greedy. Now that the newstertainment gang are on the trail, people might actually start paying attention.
And that can't be a bad thing.
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