In a continuing effort to prove to America and the world that America automakers won't bow to moral, economic, or environmental pressures, Dodge, Chrysler, and Jeep are all offering $2.99 gas if you buy one of their inefficient vehicles. You've seen the ads on TV, I'm sure.
First off, let me say, I was raised by American-car-driving patriots. We seldom had fewer than 2 Fords out front at any given time. A lot of me cringed when my husband and I purchased our Subaru because it isn't and American car. Parts were built here or whatever, so that's how we - okay, I - rationalize it.
But I'm just not going to feel bad for automakers anymore. Not when they pull this kind of crap.
Why change when you can buy back the favor of a public who is finally - FINALLY - starting to see you as the fossil fuel burning fossil you really are.
Think about it: can you identify anything else in current American culture more illustrative of our grotesque consumerism than this offer? Screw the troops, the birds, the bees, the flowers, your children's lung capacity, you can pay only $2.99 for gas for a few years if you simply keep being a wanton wastrel.
You know, Europeans don't need fuck-off big cars. They still have whole families like we do. They still road-trip. They still convey goods. They just do it with a better mpg rating.
What's wrong with us?
My parents can't understand why Michelle Obama said she was only recently proud of her country. While I'm willing to chalk up her statement to poetic hyperbole, do you not at least feel some of the flip side when you watch American business pull this kind of crap? Are you not embarrassed? Ashamed?
You should be. We all look bad.
We're a country of innovators, but we've seriously lost our way.