DETROIT TheStreet) - If Obama haters also hate GM ( GM) , does that mean they love Ford ( F)? The Ford story has always been a tale of a company that eschewed a government bailout and pulled itself up by its bootstraps. And Ford has never been shy about telling it. Ford executives, from CEO Alan Mulally on down, have said regularly that the story has helped Ford sales. A recent TV ad lets a Ford F150 buyer tell the story in his own words. "I wasn't going to buy another car that was bailed out by our government," says the buyer, identified only as Chris. "I was going to buy from a manufacturer that's standing on their own: win, lose, or draw. "That's what America is about is taking the chance to succeed and understanding when you fail that you gotta' pick yourself up and go back to work," Chris said. "Ford is that company for me." Forget the bad grammar because, after all, written English and spoken English are two different languages. Also forget that Ford has decided for some reason to stage faux press conferences in its ads, perhaps to underscore their faux authenticity. The point is that the country of Abraham Lincoln has not changed much. We like self-reliant people and companies who walked to school in bad weather, uphill both ways. It remains to be seen if we also like a president who spent billions to bail out automakers GM and Chrysler and, so far, did not get every penny back. In comments on our story
"Obama Haters Shun GM: Reader Mailbag" some readers tell us that they would never buy a GM vehicle again. Some vastly prefer Ford. But of course, even before 1929, the last time our economy collapsed, our country was split between Ford buyers and GM buyers.
At least in those days, before the socialists took over, we didn't have to spend money to provide social security handouts to old people. Let them sell apples! It can be argued that saving GM and Chrysler was a brilliant move that not only preserved a key segment of our manufacturing sector but also created restructured companies that will benefit millions of shareholders, employees and automobile buyers. In particular, had the companies failed, taxpayers would have picked up billions in pension obligations. But it cannot be said that GM and Chrysler are self-reliant. Only Ford has been that. -- Written by Ted Reed in Charlotte, N.C. >To contact the writer of this article, click here:
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