To you Americans who have bought Japanese, you should be ashamed of yourself, for the hundreds of thousands of job losses (union and non-union jobs) at the Big Three. You should be ashamed of yourself for the hundreds of thousands of job losses in our
communities. You have affected waitresses, bank tellers, retail employees, small businesses (going bankrupt), communities and schools that have had to cut back in essential services, because of the loss of tax revenue, created by the loss of over 400,000 jobs in the Big Three and thousands of jobs by their suppliers. You should be ashamed of yourselves for all the hardships you have brought to blue collar families (union and non-union). You should be ashamed of yourself for helping the Japanese defeat the Big Three. The war is over, the Japanese smell victory over the Big Three Automakers, that brought defeat to them in World War II. Revenge is complete for Japan. One last thought, how many Japanese citizens are fighting and dying for you in Iraq today?
Oh please, spare me the drama. We did buy cars from the big three in the millions and if the quality and dependability had stayed the same, we would have continued to buy American cars. But no, thinking the Americans wouldn't dare buy anything else, the unions and management of the big three became complacent in the manufacturing process, and produced cars with lots of problems, panels that didn't fit, etc. For example, the K Car was supposed to be the naxt best thing since sliced bread. I bought one and quickly found out it was absolute junk. The very next car I bought was a Honda, and guess what, no problems at all and it was dependable enough to let my three teenagers drive it and it survived the experience. Put at least some of the blame on yourself for demanding more and more to the point that every car sold by GM was at a loss. Do you adjust your thinking or the thinking of your precious union? Am I ashamed? Not in the least. I was a union worker for three months and couldn't stand being told that I couldn't pick up a broom if the line went down, or clean the machine while there was nothing going on. My father worked union, all he wanted to do was work and support his family. Every time the company was doing well, the union called a strike, and many time my father had to then go find another job to tide us over until the company and the union agreed on a contract. Jobs going overseas? That is your fault, not mine, period.
I didn't demand too much to the point that the Japanese cars became the better buy. The war that you attempt to use was over more than sixty years ago. How long are you going to use that as an excuse? What about the British? Are we to quit buying Jaguars also? BMW's? Volkswagen?