Certain things become parts of our everyday lives; GM was one of those things. Sure, they made some crappy vehicles — ok, they made a lot of crappy vehicles. But I completely feel for the folks who’ve already lost their jobs, and for those who know their days are numbered. I’ve been on the downside of that scenario, and honestly there’s absolutely nothing good about it. My question is, what did GM think was going to happen?
They were, after all, still a business. They made cars and trucks — that’s all they did. If no one can afford or wants to buy the things you make, and you don’t change what you’re doing, then sooner or later you’re going to have a problem.
I know, I know, it’s oversimplifying the issue, and folks much more qualified and smarter than I am are trying to figure this whole mess out as we speak. But let me ask you this: If you wanted to go to Congress and ask for a bailout to save your company and the thousands of jobs attached to it, as the first order of business wouldn’t you come up with a badass plan that you thought would work, before you asked for the cash?
Scale that back to a small business, and go ask for heaps of cash to bail yourself out of a problem that you got yourself into by not staying on top of your business, and the first question anyone on the other end of that question will have for you is, “What’s the plan for turning it around?” GM didn’t even have that prepared. Even if it was a craptastic idea, they should’ve had something in the chamber to fire back.
As I said, I feel a great pang of sympathy for the folks out there doing their jobs and trying to make ends meet, because we are them. That could be any one of us, and anyone who doesn’t think so doesn’t understand the situation. I don’t think it’s cool that GM is going to get to roll out of this by laying off thousands and hosing over debt-holders and stockholders — and I don’t think the emerging Chevy products are still going to be held near and dear to people’s hearts here in the States.