The National Catholic Review

Have you seen the new ad from General Motors, the storied auto company that recently went public again after a partial government take over during the height of the economic crisis? It seems remarkable for this sort of company to produce an advertisment that is so direct and forthcoming. Have a look:

Comments

Marie Rehbein | 12/1/2010 - 9:13pm
Maybe David will speak for himself, but I did not get that he was criticizing the fact that the money given to GM came from taxes, rather that GM appears to be recasting what happened to serve its own ends better.
ed gleason | 11/30/2010 - 10:34am
GM rolled out it's electric car today. It has already  paid back about half of the money Smith objected to. If the car becomes the hit and saves us from more foreign oil and the rest of the money is paid back and the US remains a car producing nation with more jobs don't expect a retraction from the Smiths of this country. They want to believe that Obama wanted to run a car company.... geeze? and the president has been in 21 months..
Vince Killoran | 11/30/2010 - 9:56am
"[T]his is a car company, not a person"  I agree with David on this one-but try telling that to the Supreme Court!

But I don't understand his point that taxpayers didn't give their money "freely"-that it was "taken from them by the government." Is David arguing that we don't live in a democracy? I do think that corporate money has clouded the process (e.g.,the Supreme Court's CITIZENS UNITED decision) but his view is so grim. 
Marie Rehbein | 11/30/2010 - 8:35am
I agree with David.  People get paid to find ways to make car companies seem human so that they can sell more things.