On Barn Doors and Bailouts

At the time of this writing, the head honchos of two of Detroit’s big three have told the press they’re going to drive the approximately 10 hours to Washington later this week, rather than taking the corporate jets out of their respective hangars. And thus far both Ford and GM have said they’re planning on selling at least some of their sky fleets. From Bloomberg:
Two days after the uproar in Congress over the auto executives’ flights, Ford said it was considering selling its five jets, three of which are used for executive travel. GM is selling two of its seven planes, listing two for sale and asked aviation regulators to block the public’s ability to track a leased jet it uses, without saying why.
So, OK: they’re going to sell the jets. But here’s the reality: let’s remember why they’re going to Congress and why they want to sell the jets. Is anyone really in the market for a used jet right now? I’m thinking maybe not. (If nothing else, they burn a whole lotta gas!)

Closer to home for me, I seem to have woken up in a third world country with news agencies tossing around words like “coup” and “coalition.”

To hell in a handbasket, baby. I think I’ll go read a book.


Peter Rozovsky said…
I have tagged you for a meme that gives you the delightful assignment of listing authors whose work you have read for the first time in 2008, then tagging fellow bloggers to do the same. Here’s my list, and thanks.

I was thinking the same thing re Canada. Mr. Harper seems shocked that Canadian politicians want to so what parliamentary democracies have always done, though never before in Canada. And his appeal to the people over the heads of his opponents does have a Third World edge, doesn't it?
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John McFetridge said…
It really is about time we Canadians admitted our country is regional and diverse and took up the idea of a coalition government.

Oh well, one of our stregnths is not rushing headlong into new fangled things, right? But maybe it is about time.
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