Federal agency apologizes for touting foreign cars (click link for full story)
Okay, so Joe Ellis of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) sends out a memo to a large constituency touting the benefits of fuel-efficient cars and how great it would be if people would buy them. Unfortunately, for Ellis, he didn’t imagine the firestorm he would create in Motown. The uproar in Detroit over the fact that there were no Big Three
gas-guzzling behemoths vehicles on the list is forcing the DHHS to stumble on its tongue in an attempt to apologize. There are a few things wrong with this:
- Why is DHHS touting the benefits of fuel-efficient cars? Good question. For health and humanity, I would recommend riding a bike or walking. But seriously, if you’re going to recommend a car for energy conservation, wouldn’t you recommend one that gets good gas mileage, regardless of where it’s made?
- If Michigan is so upset about the lack of Fords on the list, why not do something about it? Instead of grousing about the mandated rise in fuel efficiency, how about making a car that actually exceeds the limits and competes on every level with the Japanese vehicles that you despise so much.
- And…don’t make this about safety and choice. Yes, we as Americans have the right to choose what we drive, but recent trends have shown that we’re choosing smaller, more fuel-efficient cars. Usually from Japan. Plus, SUVs are not really safer, regardless of what that phony J.D. Power tells us. They’re just bigger so that when they wreck (or flip over!) there’s more to damage which just costs more in repairs and insurance premiums.
- As far as the newsletter itself being a waste of taxpayer money…well, that may be, but so is all of this frivolous hoo-ha about how poor Detroit is so maligned by the government (the government it wanted, by the way) and senators bashing a newsletter that most employees probably didn’t even read. When was the last time you read a department newsletter at your job?
I tire (no pun intended) of the ridiculous “woe-is-me” attitude from the Big Three automakers. They’ve been ripping off America for years under the guise of “Buy American!” and now they’re being bitten in the ass by a better product and they want the government to do something about it. I say, let them eat dust!
See you in the funny papers!