|No Hope for Detroit, and Get Ready for WW3.
||[Dec. 1st, 2008|09:01 pm]
After Mr. Hope won the election, my state turned into a national piñata. Great Depression-level projections and a most un-hopeful reception from Congress are under Michigan's tree, NEVER YOU MIND NEW YORK AND WALL STREET AND GEORGE W. BUSH!!
I will state the opinion as blunt as I can. I hate the auto industry. GM, Ford, and Chrysler? Hate hate hate. Despite! My grandfather worked for Fisher Body, and a relative still currently takes home a check from Big Automobile. STILL HATE. Yes, they've behaved irresponsibly. Yes, marketing with elite-class focus, complete with additions like Hummer, while abandoning the EV-1, yes, such were catastrophic mistakes. DEF HATE. Also, consider the following anecdote, which is the frosting for me on top of this hate cupcake.
In college, late 1990s, around my junior year, I approached GM at a job fair, looking for a job. They told me I couldn't submit my résumé because they had a special global Lebowski Achiever program that I had to qualify for as a freshman in order to be part of their super-secret-awesome-club. So, I can't remember if I said this to the guy or aloud within the realm of my head, but I clearly remember noting, so, if this is a job fair, and you aren't hiring, why the fuck are you here?
So, anyway, HATE HATE HATE. However, a moron could see the need to make a fair playing ground for handouts. If you give what will probably ring in around 2.4 trillion dollars to Big Wall Street, Fat Cat New York State, all for the privilege of avoiding their threats of closing up shop and selling your home mortgage to Al Queda, well, where was I? If you give to one, you give to everyone. Congress, just approve the 25 billion dollar loan, not bailout, already, and stop behaving like you'll be re-elected no matter what you do if you just hold the severed head of Wagoner in a Xmas photo shoot. President-Elect Obama, when you take office, you might as well get ready to sign the blank checks to your private sector, and draft the eventual legislation to magically erase the US debt. Be prepared to tap-dance like Christ around foreign creditors while arranging tanks for the likely response.
So much for hope.