GM Alive–Bin Laden Dead:
Catchy But Not Convincing

By Jim Berlin

Democrats are countering “Are you better off now than four years ago?” with the line, “GM is alive and bin Laden is dead.”

This is the Dems’ last line of defense and it might resonate with young Americans who get bored reading anything longer than text messages or bumper stickers. It could even score points with addled Baby Boomers who thought the Dick and Jane books of their childhood were too confusing: “See Spot run! See Puff play!”…My God, what does it all mean?

Assuming you are smarter than that and have no wish to be manipulated by catchy campaign slogans, here’s what’s wrong with the GM-bin Laden slogan:

GM almost died because for decades it grossly overpaid its workers for producing a pretty but undependable line of cars and trucks that began rusting away two years after rolling off the assembly line. The formula worked because Detroit was the only game in town.

And suddenly it wasn’t. The Japanese and later the South Koreans began offering better vehicles for less money – vehicles that kept on trucking, roaring right past all those GM products broken down at the side of the road. Millions of Americans not living in Michigan did the only logical thing: They chose value over blind loyalty to GM.

GM almost died because it made itself sick. It recovered more quickly because its sins were washed away by billions of dollars from taxpayers without their consent.

But it would be alive today even if it had declared bankruptcy – as millions of still-

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surviving individuals and corporations have done – long before it did. It would still be leaner and meaner today and doing things right.

Osama bin Laden dead? All Obama did was allow the intelligence community to continue its pursuit of him over the years. What President would not?

And when it knew with high certainty where he was, Obama allowed the SEALs to go in and kill him. Again, what President would not? There was zero political risk: Failure would have been forgiven.

What would not have been forgiven by Americans was if word had gotten out – and it would have – that Obama had a chance to kill bin Laden but refused to try.

GM is alive and bin Laden is dead. They’re going to need another slogan.

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