We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
In California, most cars are from Japan. But, after that, Fords are the most popular. I've driven a 2000 Taurus for the past 12-years. Good, comfortable, reliable sedan. The other day, my neighbor traded in for a Ford, saying she wanted to buy American. There's also another reason that Fords are popular the past few years:
The real problem is that none of them are without the stain of government subsidy. I would bet there is hardly one large corporation in any industry that is not sucking at the government teat in one way or another.
I am of the opinion that the advertisment boarders on the fraudulent. They can get away with it only because the other "US" car companies are in deeper.
No, Mike, there was no "subsidy" nor "bailout". Consumer credit companies of all stripes (from automakers to department stores) were given access to funds which were later paid back in full with interest (even the WaPo grudginly admitting so). Attempting to link that to stiffing stock & bond holders in favor of the UAW pension, shutting down hundreds of dealerships, and facilitating the sale of Chrysler assets to FIAT for pennies on the dollar is the weakest sort of sauce...
Jess, I do appreciate your distinction and it is an important one. But as the owner of a small business in the fall of 2008, that subsequently failed, I still abhor the crony capitalism aspect of the government picking winners.
My firm, and tens of thousands like it, did not have access to a special Federal Reserve fund to help us weather the storm of 2008. Hank Paulson and Ben Bernanke did not take my phone calls.
Jack, you couldn't be more wrong. In real life (from public tax records) the Foundation hasn't been a part of FMC for decades.
Mike, neither did my business, and I did not favor the financial arms' government loans, but to claim that Ford was treated to the same dollop of stock & bondholder's money is as just as incorrect as Jack (#8).
With the new "Black Box" regulations being implemented for the 2012 model year across all manufacturers, I'll never buy another new car again, at least until I see some strong laws implemented to prevent my own car from testifying against me...
That aside, I wouldn't buy anything made by the UAW. They're anti-American. It pains me, as a die hard Mopar guy, but never again.