For those who can spare the time (and I admit it might be few), travel to the other world and read Michael Moore's piece on the demise of GM. If you don't remember Michael Moore, he was a fierce critic of anything to the right of Stalin, and has created a number of movies about left causes such as socialised healthcare, gun control, George Bush, etc. Sort of like Al Gore, but with broader interests. He also wrote an entertaining book called 'Stupid White Men'.
Anyway, Mr Moore's piece about GM is priceless on so many levels. His delusions are reaching the point where he really should be his own comedy show.
Perhaps even in the USA there are a few people who are not employed by GM? Yes GM employed 250,000 people, but there are 300m in the USA. If the job can be done more cheaply elsewhere, then perhaps this is a hint from the market that 100,000 auto workers could do something more productive.
So perhaps moving those jobs to Mexico was a good think? I'm just not clear whether working for GM Is good, or bad?
Well if that's as clear as it gets, I just hope he is not allowed near a medical patient.
We are at war? Is this the war on terrorism? The war on drugs? The war on fat? The war on lame comedy?
Ahhh, the war on global warming. I should have known. In fact the whole piece boils down to this. The greenies have some responsibility for killing GM (all their whining about fuel efficiency).
So the oil companies hate us?
So the government hates us? How can it be fleecing when the oil companies work hard to sell us a gallon of petrol at a reasonable price, but good value when the government just charges us for doing nothing? Utterly clueless.
The land area of the USA is nearly 10 million km2, versus less that 0.4 million for Japan. Japan is long and thin. Japan has a small number of urban centres with large populations. Japan is more than 10x as dense in terms of population overall, and a quick look around Tokyo or Osaka (a major bullet train link runs between then) will convince most observers that the cities are in a different league to Flint, Houston or Boston in terms of density..
Few would doubt that fast trains could be very handle in particular areas, perhaps on the east cost to link up a few cities. Still, what do you do at each end? Unless you live in a large city, you are going to want to drive home from the train station.
The idea that trains will replace planes for flights between New York and LA seems far fetched at best. What doesn't Mr Moore just come out and say that he is pleased that GM died because it was interfering his precious environmental credentials? Or perhaps he did.
For a real discussion about GM's demise, you could always try The Economist.