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Nov 10, 2008

Specially Built Autos

11/10/08 - PowerLineBlog by William Katz   --> Source

[edited] About bailing out General Motors.

When an auto worker ordered a car, that car was tagged "For one of the boys." The workers made sure the car was made right. It makes you think about the thousands of other cars that were coming off that same line. You might have owned a few.

In the fifties, sixties, or even seventies, car buyers were told to make a list of defects and bring the car back after a thousand miles for repairs. Certainly this gives us confidence in Detroit quality.

Don't mention safety. President of GM Lee Iacocca said, "Safety doesn't sell." In the early sixties, if you wanted a seat belt, you went to a Chevron dealer to install one for five bucks. The American auto makers weren't interested until they were forced to be interested.

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