Jul 22 2009

Government Motors Is A Wake Up Call On All Risky DC Liberal Schemes

Published by at 10:57 am under Obamacare

Update: John Stossel has a great point:

It’s crazy for a group of mere mortals to try to design 15 percent of the U.S. economy. It’s even crazier to do it by August.

Yet that is what some members of Congress presume to do. They intend, as the New York Times puts it, “to reinvent the nation’s health care system”.

Let that sink in. A handful of people who probably never even ran a small business actually think they can reinvent the health care system.

They did bring us mind boggling deficits, a completely failed stimulus plan and the mortgage policies that kicked off the dominos which started this recession. Yeah, let the DC brain trust solve the problem?  – end update.

Obamacare is in trouble because the President and his liberal allies in DC think everyone wants ‘cheap’. He thinks the cheaper the better because more people can afford things. He forgets that quality over rides cheap day in and day out. 

As an example let’s look at Government Motors – formally known as General Motors – since Obama and his team fixed the company:

General Motors posted Wednesday a 22 percent global sales drop from a year earlier for the first six months of 2009 amid the economic slowdown and the automaker’s slide into bankruptcy.

GM said its global first-half sales, which include brands the automaker is trimming from its lineup, fell 21.8 percent to 3.55 million vehicles. The automaker’s sales in the second quarter fell 15.4 percent to 1.94 million vehicles.

Of course this is no surprise. Who wants a government designed and built car? We have many examples of the differences between the government products and those of private industry in a free market. I wrote about them once before:

For those too young to remember the Soviet Union and its government run industries the one thing the USSR proved is how bureaucracies can destroy an industry. It takes bureaucracy so long to make changes (every decision is by committee and analyzed to death) that it doesn’t take long for the ‘government run industry’ to fall hopelessly behind the commercial competition. In fact, the car industry behind the old Iron Curtain produced some dazzling innovations in automative engineering.

Take the Trabant as one example of German engineering under government oversight:

Compare that to West German engineering of the same year and my point is stunningly clear:

That is the difference between cheap enough for everyone to afford and top of the line quality. Which health care system would you want, even if it cost you some extra money? The idea cheaper is what people want is simply the snotty arrogance of liberal thinking.

7 responses so far

7 Responses to “Government Motors Is A Wake Up Call On All Risky DC Liberal Schemes”

  1. crosspatch says:

    I will never buy a GM product.

  2. WWS says:

    The new Camaro is darned tempting – that’s one good looking car, and if GM could have done that 10 years ago (along with a host of other similarly inspired designs) it could have saved the company.

    The problem now, of course, is that in L’age de Obama that model looks far too wasteful, so it will be quickly cut down to a 4 cylinder motor that can’t get out of it’s own way, and sales will die off and it will be canceled.

    Looks like a one year wonder to me, which is sad. I think it will be the last worthwhile car GM will ever build.

  3. Mike M. says:

    WWS, may I suggest you see an eye doctor…before Obamacare takes over.

  4. lurker9876 says:

    Mark Perry has a chart at his site showing that China and Europe are buying up more GM cars than ever.

    I’m waiting to see the new numbers after GM exited bankruptcy for comparison.

  5. crosspatch says:

    Try going to a few dealers and see if you can test drive one of those Camaros. Seems to be a bit difficult.

  6. crosspatch says:

    Meanwhile …

    Hyundai Motor Co. says its second-quarter profit jumped 48.4 percent from the same period last year.

  7. crosspatch says:

    Oh, and the Hyundai Sonata sedan and Santa Fe are made in the USA … in Alabama.