other than in the Ford Motor Company / UAW relationship and the product lines of Toyota and Honda (hint: produce a few midsize sedans; consider stealing a few styling cues from American cars of the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s) will be in the used car market, and the parts market. A lot of people like me who want to keep their pre-Zombie Chryslers and do not want to give the Anti-Chrysler one thin dime more than they have to will want to rely heavily on the aftermarket. (Same with my husband, and his pre-Zombie Jeep.)
The government would prefer to take our old, safe, reliable cars and destroy them, and force us into buying overpriced, badly made, ill-designed smaller cars from Government Motors and the Anti-Chrysler.
If, in that process the custom car industry, automotive aftermarkets businesses, the classic car culture and the automotive publishing world are devastated, that’s fine. Those weren’t the jobs that Obama was planning on “saving,” anyway: they are not government jobs, you know.
And they are not the jobs of factory workers in Michigan who make three times what I do per hour—but get benefits, as well.
Meanwhile, P.J. O’Rourke delivers an extensive—and positive—review of the Ford Flex without mentioning that 1) this is the only American automobile manufacturer left standing, and 2) it will be available in an E-85 version, for Midwestern drivers. (But what about methanol, kids?)
Out of my cold, dead parking garage, Buddy. I don’t think anyone in this country will want to give up anything that’s safe and reliable: imported or domestic. (And by “imported,” I mean, “made in the South, in ‘right-to-work’ states.”)