BugsyR wrote:The way I see it....The Big 3 manufacture crap vehicles and reliability has been killing them more than MPG ratings.
The way I see it is .....it's more of a systemic problem that seems to have permeated all phases of our society, business also. When I was a kid in the 1950's this country took pride in producing the best of everything in the world: The best cars, aircraft, appliances, toys, clothing, shoes, TV's.....EVERYTHING
Seems to me somewhere between the 1960's -1970's the damned ACCOUNTANTS
took over the country & the "Bottom Line" became the only thing that mattered....Pride in craftsman, dependability, customer loyalty, etc....all took a back seat to PROFIT!!
We lost our way in everything: Families sticking together, education,Taking responsibility for your actions, .......everything became "Instant Gratification", "Quick Profit"...You name it! We decided i was "OK" to settle for 3rd rate products & 3rd rate service. (when I was a kid & you pulled into a gas station. 3 guys would run out & check your oil, clean your windshield & fill your tank. Now....You're lucky if you can find a pimple faced kid with earrings, sitting in a warm little house who'll begrudgingly take you money after YOU pumped your own gas!!
My wife will occasionally go through the "ring Up Your Own Order" lines at the supermarket....I refuse!! I don't work there
(when they pay me for working at their store, I'll think about ringing myself up & bagging my own food. Until then......NO WAY!!
Do any kids even take the time to learn how to play musical instrument anymore?...No...They buy keyboards that play themselves!!!
It's all part of the same problem & I don't know if it's too late to change our ways, but it's time for us to start taking pride in what we build, sell, write, marry, elect...You name it!!
Rant of an old man....Over!
(I need a drink!)
Edit: I think that's why this forum & the people here are so refreshing. WE do things for ourselves & help out our brother coal burners! No one here is sitting back complaining & waiting for someone else to keep them warm, fix things or make our lives better. We take the responsibility to put in some time & effort & take pride in our accomplishments.....GODDAMN IT!!
(always ad a "Goddamn It" at the end of a sentence for emphasis!!)