We All Fall Down

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:

Marie Rehbein
6 years 5 months ago
I agree with David.  People get paid to find ways to make car companies seem human so that they can sell more things.
Vince Killoran
6 years 5 months ago
"[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. 
ed gleason
6 years 5 months ago
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..
Marie Rehbein
6 years 5 months ago
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.

Don't miss the best from America

Sign up for our Newsletter to get the Jesuit perspective on news, faith and culture.

The latest from america

Pope Francis listens to a question from Vera Shcherbakova of the Itar-Tass news agency while talking with journalists aboard his flight from Cairo to Rome April 29. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
The situation in North Korea, he added, has been heated for a long time, "but now it seems it has heated up too much, no?"
Gerard O'ConnellApril 29, 2017
Pope Francis greets children dressed as pharaohs and in traditional dress as he arrives to celebrate Mass at the Air Defense Stadium in Cairo April 29. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano)
Francis took the risk, trusting in God. His decision transmitted a message of hope on the political front to all Egyptians, Christians and Muslims alike, who are well aware that their country is today a target for ISIS terrorists and is engaged in a battle against terrorism.
Gerard O'ConnellApril 29, 2017
Pope Francis greets the crowd as he arrives to celebrate Mass at the Air Defense Stadium in Cairo April 29. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
The only kind of fanaticism that is acceptable to God is being fanatical about loving and helping others, Pope Francis said on his final day in Egypt.
U.S. President Donald Trump talks to journalists in the Oval Office at the White House on March 24 after the American Health Care Act was pulled before a vote. (CNS photo/Carlos Barria, Reuters)
Predictably Mr. Trump has also clashed with the Catholic Church and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops on many of the policies he has promoted during his first 100 days.
Kevin ClarkeApril 28, 2017