GM CEO Rick Wagoner made his case for a federal bailout in a column in the Wall Street Journal Nov. 19. I’m still not a fan.
Here’s a brief summary of his case:
• GM has already axed a ton of people.
• The Chevy Malibu demonstrates that GM can make cars that people want.
• GM is trying to re-establish its lead in advanced propulsion technology.
• The auto industry affects a lot of people outside of Detroit and is critical to the health of the US economy
I like GM cars. I only buy GM cars. But I have no interest in engaging Mr. Wagoner in a virtual debate, point by point, because I think he misses the point of a free market economy. We don’t have debates to determine which companies survive and which companies fall. The market decides.
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