~ What do you say to a paper tiger?
My personal favorite was the Hudson. My favorite car, big thing; wide. The grill was like an open mouth with teeth. It was a friendly enough car; but everyone could see the car meant business. I guess that’s why Hudson failed; it was a business car, appealed to businessmen in a world that saw cars as fun, as pleasure, as family things for children and the dogs. That’s where GM came in; killed Hudson and De Soto and Flint cars made in Flint and Ramblers (even if they were American). GM made tanks during the war and aircraft and watercraft, not so much cars.
My Dad could take a boat to work. Other Dads took boats to work; landing craft really; war work is work just the same – blowing things up or down, not building anything (but peace) when the war is over. The first nuclear bomb went to work on a boat; Albuquerque to SFO by DC-3, Port of San Francisco to Tinian on the Indianapolis on its last trip before the sharks (ate the sailors that carried the bomb that blew the Korean slaves and servants to kingdom come in a mushroom cloud). Who says history is without its irony and mystery?
To Boomers GM was always there. It was the one thing constant and inevitable in American daily life. GM was like life in a world where “bankruptcy” was akin to death. Bankruptcy was ruin; name destroyed, identity with loser as in “who lost the last war”, “who was strung up on meat hooks”, “who shot themselves in a bunker because they didn’t have the guts to surrender and face trial”. There was a real stigma to bankruptcy and loser and loser companies that went bankrupt. There was no return from death in those days, the fifties, the days when America and GM were great.
The message of “Duck and Cover” was that nuclear war was survivable. Nuclear War was not like the bankruptcy of a company or a nation. You could fight and win a war with nukes; people and industry could come back; a Boomer kid could be radiated or irradiated and still grow up to buy a GM car. In fact the Interstate Highway System was built so that America could drive to safety; drive in GM cars mostly; as the sirens wailed and the bombers winged their course across the DEW line and the ICBM’s left Chemtrails from Yakutsk to Yuma, Arizona (and various city-points in between). There were drive-in restaurants so you could get a hamburger and fries on your way to some happy camp-ground where radiation was the only worry – not heat and blast and falling buildings and a firestorm from hell. What was good for GM was obviously so very good for America. Or so everyone thought.
So is BANKRUPTCY good for America? Is that the message here? Is “full faith and credit” still real when all you get is a nickel for a sawbuck? Who would of believed that America would run out of cars before it ran out of gas? Well, its happened folks. The end is no longer near, its tomorrow. More unthinkable than nuclear war – GM is bankrupt; the bailouts didn’t work, the money’s gone, the government once again was wrong.
You can buy a car from Chrysler brand new for 40% or more off; the secret is that Chrysler is bankrupt, dealers almost bankrupt; American confidence bankrupt. Are you upside-down on your Chevy now that the levy is really dry? Will rain mean highways or just mud? Or is it a “hard” rain that’s gonna fall?
The real topic today is paper tigers. China always said that the USA was one. China said the US was all bluff and bluster; implied it blew its wad somewhere in the past, couldn’t keep current with the present, could not or would not pay its bills; honor its alliances; use nukes to keep others from going nuclear. China proved the point by going nuclear. A few years later the US was begging China to take over all its industry and jobs. India went nuclear; same deal, take the jobs we may have left. Israel went nuclear and the US has paid billions per year tribute ever since. The bottom line is that the US is afraid of nukes and nuclear powers. North Korea and Iran know this. They want the US jobs, the money, the foreign trade, not aid.
Only three Americans have ever died because of nukes gone wrong; died near Arco, Idaho; died in reactions in reactors that were experimental at best. Sure there are reports from southern Utah; from the Bikini Island fleets; from army guys walking toward ground zero in Nevada. These are just anecdotes from (unreliable) witnesses – there is no scientific physical evidence. Case and cases closed. The bottom line is that America would go ballistic (excuse the pun) if so much as 100 Americans were to ever die from the radiation from a bomb. America is a wuss. America is that full of itself and is that scared. Radiation is fine for others as long as no American can ever get hurt.
The same is true for Israel. There is the same hubris; the same idea of being better than everyone else, and different, and protected. Iran can hurt Israel. North Korea can nuke 28,000 US GI’s; or at least 100. If either happened it would be over, the tiger would have no clothes, it would take another million deaths (US deaths) to put everything back in place, but by then everything would be broken and nothing would matter. The concept is “MAD” – mutual assured destruction. The point is that it doesn’t take nuclear symmetry; it just takes one bomb, or two reactors, or three centrifuges and then you and they are “gone”.
So the world looks a lot better going into the first of June. The car thing is mostly over, peak oil has a new meaning, production peak (that’s all); now just declining cars and profits; why fix the roads? Roads are just for GM and cars and all that’s over except for the shouting. No worry about Israel; they can’t fly off to nuke Iran or anybody else really; they’re a paper tiger (grrrr, but no big bite) – Tony type; Tonystein maybe, it’s just Grrreat. And our Dear Leader is a dear leader. He’s led us away from war. A few more months and all the GM assembly plants will be his and his alone; Wal-Mart will be run from offices in Pyongyang; the Boeing 757’s will be made just north of the DMZ. I think Iran will settle for a trillion dollars a year in tribute, nothing much to add to US debt but the Iranians will be able to dress well, eat well, and have the life-style that their Jewish neighbors now have (subsidized and all).
In every post I leave at least one fact that’s wrong. This is the Moslem way. Only God is perfect; I know that and I let you know that. Maybe Bill Gates is Moslem. There’s so much about Windows and Windows Vista that is wrong. The theory makes sense I suppose and now we can move on to banks and bankers. We live in an imperfect world. That’s the rub. That is also the hope if you get my drift. I think you get my drift.
[2009.05.31 / Sunday – The Last Car]