• This whole idea that the president of the United States should meet with hard-pressed auto chiefs got me thinking: why?

    Is it the president's job to clean up after management's mistakes?

    Is it the president's job to revisit labor contracts that made financial sense decades ago, but seem like costly albatrosses today?

    Is it the president's job to make more competitive automobiles or the companies whose job it is to manufacture them?

    All I know is that if you make a good product at a good price, you'll have a good future. If you don't, you won't.

    It's like my business. I'm as good as my ratings: Here when they're up, gone when they're not.

    Life is cruel and as John F. Kennedy once said, life is unfair too. Get used to it.

    All I know is it's not the government's job to make things right.

    It's not the government's job to bail out clueless, incompetent management. Because it's not the government's job to decide winners in industry, it's the free market's.

    I just think it's a slippery slope when you start cherry-picking those you help, and those you abandon. That's not the government's job. That's the consumer's job.

    This is not to say the U.S. auto industry isn't doing some things right. It's just that it's overcoming a long period when it did a lot of things wrong.

    All I know is somehow Toyota and Honda operating factories in this country have found a way to make a buck in this country.

    Maybe the Big Three should suck up to them for advice and not the president for a bailout.

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