12 June 2009

If you fail to plan, you should plan to fail

If this doesn't beat all. From a June 12, 2009 MSNBC.com article

House members expressed dismay at the closing of 789 Chrysler dealerships and plans by GM to shutter about 1,350 by the end of next year. They said many rural communities would be left without dealerships while thousands of jobs would be lost without any firm guarantees that GM and Chrysler, which have received billions in federal aid, would benefit long-term.

"When it comes time to purchase a new vehicle, many of my new constituents will abandon GM or Chrysler and go to whichever brand is still locally sold by a person they trust within their community," said Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Mich., the subcommittee's chairman.

What a shame. It's a shame that people in such places as congress didn't have the ability to foresee such detrimental side effects as this. "Dismay"? What did they expect when such a large company files for bankruptcy? THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS! This is AMERICA - where you have a right to: start your own business, go bankrupt, become a billionaire, or not even get a job. The only thing you have to do is die (note: I excluded "pay taxes" and "stay black," which is what Samuel L. Jackson said in one of the Die Hard installments). That's the awesome part about living in a free-market, capitalistic society. And now congress acts like it's surprised by the results of such a massive bankruptcy? I CALL BULL$HIT!