The backup plan...In an unexpected way, the marriage between government and unions suffer a devastating blow when their lovechild “Chevy Voltdied last Friday. Is the “environmental gene” of the “Green Government Family” defective? Otherwise how you could explain the Solyndra, Beacon Power and Ener1 Inc.  debacles, for instance.

Undoubtedly inspired by the perceived Chinese success, the Obama administration thinks they can force their way to a “paradigm shift”, where the internal combustion engine would be perceived as a barbaric artifact.

What sinophiles seem to misunderstand is that China may have succeeded, not by getting involved directly in the creation of wealth, but by abstaining to intervene. Just like back in the old days of the USA, when private entrepreneurs behaved like rebel single mothers of genius children and Daddy Government wasn’t nowhere in sight.

Henry Ford’s goal was simple: to build an affordable car everybody could buy. Barack Obama had a set of goals:

•    Stimulate the economy.
•    Put 1.000.000 electric cars on the road by 2015.
•    Buy out the ailing (or agonizing?) GM and Chrysler, reward his sponsoring union buddies and screw the shareholders.
•    Kickstart the so much-anticipated “Green Revolution”, in which moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal would finally arrive (after all, “Obama is, of course, greater than Jesus,” according to Danish newspaper Politiken).

Under this environment the Chevy Volt was born and launched in December 2010. While a brand new Ford T costed $ 950 in 1908 (Aprox. $ 20.000 in today’s dollars) and we should grant that those Model T’s hadn’t too much amenities and safety features, we should note that the assembly line production process was in its infancy, so that the $ 40.000 price tag for the Volt is still stunning. Not to mention the government sinking even more money in the project in the guise of subsidies and that the replacement battery (prone to set the car on fire!) could cost another cool $ 8.000, the price of a used 2001 Cadillac Seville STS with a 53.185 mileage.

In other words, Chevy Volt was more wishful thinking than a triumph of automotive inventive (just what the Ford T was). The ultimate display of weakness were the lame attempts to lure the public into buying a flawed car. Could you imagine Bill Gates or Steve Jobs pleading their customers to buy defective, faulty, sub-standard products?

How much would they last in the business?

Oh, I see. The Obama Administration always got GM’s back. That’s why they can afford an #epicfail.

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About jokerizedpaul

A member of the sipmac team with armed only with his blog. Un miembro de the sipmac team armado sólo con su blog. Casi nunca la opinión correcta... al menos casi nunca la opinión que esperabas escuchar. Almost never the "right" worldview ... not even what you expect to hear. En el Blog Opinion Renegada, Paul Maršić de the sipmac team da rienda suelta a sus más calenturientas opiniones sobre cualquier tema, y paradójicamente intenta ser también responsable, al buscar siempre sustentarlas. In the Opinion Renegada (Renegade Opinion) Blog, Paul Maršić from the sipmac team lets freedom ring, and lets it loose with his most incendiary opinions based on any given topic. Paradoxically enough his blog is also intended as a responsible one, because he is always seeking to substantiate those opinions.

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