Re: Crash Test Wham-O: GM (General Malaise) Hits the Wall
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The public will buy what it deems of highest value. If that takes the form of small, economic, energy-efficient cars, then they will buy them. Forcing them on the population is not going to make them choose GM over Toyota or some other vehicle. It will just decimate our domestic auto industry further.
Furthermore, I am more concerned over the principles that would allow the government this kind of power. I believe it was Benjamin Franklin who said, "Do not give the government any power you would not give your worst enemy." No matter how well-meaning, eventually this power will be abused or used in ways not originally intended. Look at the Patriot Act as an example.
I also believe "Coercion is the root of all evil." I don’t know who said that, but I believe that sums up everything that has anything to do with the credo of Liberty. Forcing people to make or buy certain cars is co-ercion and could easilly be extended to force all manner of things upon people. I do not want Michael Moore in charge of what I drive anymore than I want him in charge of what food I
I agree with what you wrote Patrick. The gov’t should not be in a position to dictate what the consumers drive. The attack on capitalism by Moore and others is unjustified. If GM makes inferior products, they will sell less than the competition. Continue this for a long time and they will go backrupt. Which is where we are now. Let them go backrupt without gov’t bailouts! If the gov’t has it way we could be driving an East German Trabant (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trabant) because not many consumers are going to buy a $40,000 Chevy Volt! Maybe with gov’t incentitives (handouts) the price would come down to $35,000. Let’s get the gov’t out of manufacturing and out of our banking system too.