GM Is Alive. Drivers Are Dead. Any Questions?
Remember the arrogant 2012 bumper sticker based on Joe Biden's boast at the DNC? "GM is alive. Bin Laden is dead. Any Questions?"
It now appears that many American civilians with absolutely no connection to al-Qaeda have also become dead or injured while driving a small, fuel-efficient Chevrolet Cobalt, Pontiac G5, or Saturn Ion.
The Washington Post reports:
An investigation into General Motors’ failure to recall millions of small cars containing a deadly ignition switch defect found a corporate culture in which employees failed to take responsibility for the problem, which has been linked to at least 13 deaths, said GM chief executive Mary T. Barra.
This raises even more questions.
Notice the part about "a corporate culture in which employees failed to take responsibility for the problem." Was it because the employees knew that they were too big to fail?
How many of them were members of the United Auto Workers? Obama had rewarded this labor union's political shenanigans and donations to his campaign with 39 percent of General Motors. That alone should have taught the GM employees a lesson that real money comes not from actual labor but from shady political dealings, and that honest work is for suckers.
General Motors waited more than a decade to recall their 2.6 million defective small cars worldwide. Obviously, the problem started long before the Obama administration decided to bail them out, thus rewarding bad behavior and costing Treasury a loss of roughly $10 billion.
That was yet another real-life lesson from which the GM employees could learn that withholding information is better than honest work, and that those who actually do honest work wind up paying for those who don't. Now GM is going to establish a compensation program for the victims and their families. How much of that cost will be covered by a taxpayer-funded bailout?
And now for the final question. Using the GM chief executive's own language, who built that "corporate culture in which employees failed to take responsibility for the problem"?