While Chrysler, General Motors, and Ford are trying to sharpen their pitch for a government bailout, Wall Street style, they should consider another accompaniment...a tri-merger. The days of old where the market was driven by the unwritten motto "THE BIGGER THE BETTER" leads one to wonder why they were not also sending their researchers out (seriously) looking for alternative fuels, while their designers were (also seriously) crafting vehicles to run on them, decades ago. Just how long have we been talking about alternative fuels and dependence on foreign oil now? My dear old grandmother used to warn against putting all of one's eggs in one basket. In this case, I guess it's chassis. We the people are going to have to urge Congress to "get over" the monopoly fear...for now. The auto industry is hurting; until they are back on their feet (or die trying to stand) they should be allowed to work in a "tripartisan" manner. Moving right along, I know that activists abound protesting drilling, but let's throw a little competition into the mix. Maybe it is time for a "checks and balances" system elsewhere...besides Washington of course...Ahem. I never thought I would agree with Paris Hilton on anything, however, her off-shore drilling idea with environmental overseers coupled with incentives for Detroit automakers to make hybrid and electric cars, makes sense. I would expand on it and have an understanding (written of course) that the drilling would subside at a rate in keeping with alternative fuel availability (at a reasonable price) and auto manufacturing compliance to keep up! Basically, each of the three groups (drillers, environmentalists, and automakers)would monitor earnest initiative and report to a "tripartisan" senate committee made up of one Democrat, one Republican, and one Independent (Joe Lieberman). We've got to start thinking outside of the box. We've been boxed in too long and it's crippling us! MAY GOD BLESS AMERICA.
Zanne Booker 11-08-08
Note: A "tripartisan" effort is exactly the same as a bipartisan one...except you have one more partisan. Lol.