Speaking from a point of view that can see the GM world headquarters from my apartment, I'd like to think that GM has learned its lesson; I desperately do. What with the automakers shitting themselves and the local corruption of government, I'm finding it harder and harder to honestly say that I love Detroit.
I don't know what American car companies can do about it anymore. With the toxic UAW and the bureaucrats blaming each other for the downfalls of their industry they are totally ignoring the fact that there are other countries vying for number one. It's shameful and it's ridiculous that we spend all our time pointing fingers instead of getting shit done.
Now people are vandalizing foreign cars more then ever, keying things like "buy American" on to hoods and doors of Hondas and Toyotas. Oddly enough I take a walk though GM's showroom to find that one of their models are made of 15% American parts; the rest is made in Mexico. It has become blatantly obvious that cheap people power fuel this industry and we as American are nowhere near that willing to work for so little. I don't blame companies for outsourcing, that's capitalism and it's been our mantra for a long time. If we're finally seeing that we're digging our own graves here, we've noticed it a little too late.
I just hope India and China would learn from our mistake. I think the first electric car is a decent start.
And just for the hell of it:
I, for one, welcome our new mandarin speaking overlords
(that one was a little too close to home to be funny, wasn't it?)