Consider the fact that Zerobama is in mildly warm water for leaning on the Ford Motor Company to yank a television ad bragging about Ford not taking government bailout money. Zerobama, bailer-out of not just the automotive corporations but the whole array of for-profit medical operators, and self-conscious (and highly effective) pitchfork deflector, might or might not have sent a letter to Ford asking it to suppress its ad.
In response, the far-rightists are now trying to turn that possible act into political hay.
The issue at the heart of the matter, meanwhile, is how much validity resides in the pulled ad, which apparently ran as follows:
The Ford commercial was the first time an automaker had made the message part of a national ad campaign.
The ad is part of Ford’s “Drive One” campaign to win over consumers from other brands. In it, a Ford owner, identified only as Chris, says, “I wasn’t going to buy another car that was bailed out by our government. I was going to buy from a manufacturer that’s standing on their own: win, lose, or draw.”
The proposition here (and its amplification by the R wing of the ruling duopoly) is a moderately clever and completely typical move: No mainstream politician, Ford and and the Rs know, is either permitted or inclined to mention the fact that cars-first transportation would not exist, were it not for huge annual flows of public preference and subsidy. The annual cost of road-building alone is larger than the entire automotive bailout program was, and also far larger than the portion of the bailout loans that will not be recouped.
We won’t go into details about the portion of the nation’s police, court, and hospital costs caused by cars-first transportation.
Suffice it to say that the notion that any car-related capitalist is “standing on its own” is simply Orwellianly and petulantly deluded and dishonest. Only in America, as they say!
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