I have not been able to get this image out of my head. To destroy a vehicle like this just seems so very wrong, so immoral.
Then there are the financial implications of this program. Now Edmunds has added credibility to these concerns. http://www.edmunds.com/help/about/press/153566/article.html
I have reservations about speaking against this program. After all it is never a good idea to combine kitchen and bathroom activities in one location and I derive my primary income from auto sales (the parent company for my employer is a Chrysler dealer) and my secondary income from automotive history as an author and free lance journalist.
Still, the historian in me senses this is a pivotal monument in the history of the American auto industry and the nation. Initially it was the impending demise of GM that led to my agreement to provide the Kingman Daily Miner with a monthly series of special features that will chronicle the history of the demise of the American auto industry. Now I have a new chapter to evaluate.
For those interested in how we arrived at this crossroads I suggest reading my features published in the Miner’s on line edition the 15Th of each month. I also suggest an excellent book, Breaking The Banks In The Motor City – the auto industry, the 1933 Detroit banking crisis, and the start of the New Deal, that provides a window into the origins of the auto industries demise.
This book is written by Darwyn Lumley, president of the Society of Automotive Historians. It is available through Amazon.com or the publisher, McFarland Publishing at 800-253-2187 or www.mcfarlandpub.com
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