Detroit Hates Honda, Too

Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Posted in category Automobile Industry

Following the Toyota apology to the Imperial Masters of the U.S. regime, the regime’s absolutist puppet masters and media stooges continue to heap scorn on their betters in the Japanese auto industry. It’s breathtaking to watch these imbecilic, laughable coots in Congress look down their noses at the proud leaders of Toyota. Akido Toyoda and Yoshimi Inaba were scolded like children by a bunch of corrupt, self-serving, self-important, plastic-haired megalomaniacs, alcoholics, and philanderers. Rep. Brian Bilbray from California pointed a finger at Toyoda and upbraided him as if he were caught smoking out in grandma’s garage.

“Where is the remorse?” scolded Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio. And Republican John Mica of Florida held aloft what he called an “absolutely appalling” Toyota report bragging of defusing a safety investigation.

Of Toyoda’s apology, Kaptur said, “I do not think it reflects significant remorse for those who have died.” Federal safety officials have received reports linking 34 deaths in the United States to safety defects in Toyota cars and trucks over the past decade.

Since the failure of the U.S. auto industry and the swift reawakening of the nearly defunct UAW under the Obama Administration’s union rebuilding strategy, I have noted that the last year here, in the Detroit area, has brought forth a new – and distinct – wave of Japanese automobile hatred. People hate the Japanese success, and even more so, they hate that anyone in Michigan should dare to want to own one of their cars. Everywhere I drive lately, everyone has those obnoxious-ignoramus bumper stickers plastered on the back of their cars (sometimes in pairs): “ARE YOU OUT OF A JOB YET? KEEP BUYING FOREIGN!”

I’ve been parking in the same parking garage downtown for over three months. Each day I backed my (American) car into the same spot without bother. A couple of weeks ago I bought a Honda, and the first day that I took it to work and backed it into “my” spot, I came out to find a warning posted on the vehicle that it was illegal to “back in” the parking spaces, and next time I would be ticketed and wheel locks would be put on the vehicle. I walked around and noted that all of the other (American) cars that were also backed into their parking spaces had no such yellow flyer pasted on their windshield. Each day, at least 1/3 of the cars back in to the parking spots, so obviously, no such rule exists.

The next two days I drove my other (American) car to work and I backed that car into the very same spot on both days. No ticket on either day. I told a friend, when I bought the Honda, that my biggest worry was having the car get “keyed” because of the extreme anti-Japanese car attitude that exists here. UAW thugs have no respect for other peoples’ choices and their right to freely transact and buy goods that satisfy their peculiar preferences.

Funny thing about the union culture here – it’s almost like being a Marine. Once a UAW’er, always a UAW’er. They are like an occupying force here. They refer to their unions as brotherhoods, and the commonality is that they are a culture of entitlement – not only while they are employed, but also long after they have left the workforce. The retirees are especially belligerent, and that’s because they want to maintain their place at the trough, retiring at sixty and spending the next thirty years getting paychecks, prescriptions, and health insurance.

The first thing that outsiders notice when they come to southeastern Michigan is that there are so few foreign cars here. I mean, they exist, but in such a small percentage as compared to most regions or states. So people definitely take note of what I am driving, because sometime, somewhere, they had relatives who lost jobs and had their lives ruined because of awful people like me.

The author of this post is from an autoworker family and has been employed in Corporate Accounting/Finance in the auto industry. She drives a Honda and rides a Harley Davidson. Her 2004 Harley Sportster 1200 has had one recall for an issue with the brakes (I am not kidding).

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9 Responses to Detroit Hates Honda, Too

  1. Bob Roddis says:

    February 25th, 2010 at 12:31 am

    Between 1984 and 2001, I owned 1) An Ohio built Honda Accord; 2) a US built VW Golf; 3) A Mexican built Mercury Tracer with a Japanese Mazda engine; and 4) an Oshawa, Ontario built Buick Century.

    Guess which cars I got hassled about? Ever meet a UAW thug familiar with the ABCT and the funny money distortion of the capital structure? As in auto factories? I guess it’s easier to key a car than read a book.

  2. liberranter says:

    February 25th, 2010 at 1:03 am

    It just occurred to me that it might make perfect strategic sense for the Japanese automakers to consider completely shutting down their U.S. operations at some point in the future. While this might seem like an act of corporate seppuku in the near term, the long term prognosis for both the U.S. dollar and the U.S. consumer market for cars is, shall we say politely, not rosy. In addition to avoiding tariff extortion, political harassment, a deteriorating labor situation, bureaucratic red tape, and just all around headaches attendant with their American operations (all reminiscent of the very worst aspects of the old Soviet Union and the current Third World), preparing for a shutdown of American operations would enable Toyota, Honda, Nissan, and every other Japanese automaker to refocus their marketing efforts on countries with the most potential for sustained economic growth once the U.S. economy implodes and the market for new cars here almost completely dries up for many years to come.

    Yes, this is a simplistic overview, and yes, it’s certainly likely that the countries whose long-term economic futures would be the most fertile ground for the Japanese auto industry (i.e., China, India, etc.) are also those that will suffer most severely in the immediate wake of Amerika’s socioeconomic death throes (at least in the short term). Still, I cannot imagine that the Japanese automakers can see any long-term benefits to be gained from putting up with the condescending criminal bullying and insults from Amerika’s ruling kleptoplutocracy.

  3. Craig says:

    February 25th, 2010 at 2:21 am

    Detroit is a bubble in and of itself. I enjoy seeing the “Out of a job yet? Keep buying foreign” stickers that seem to be on half of the cars in Detroit. chrysler is partially owned by FIAT, and yet that is not considered foreign.
    When I am in Chicago, I see a fraction of the US cars. Detroiters need to travel to other cities and notice that the majority of the country does not want their unionized cars.

  4. liberranter says:

    February 25th, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    chrysler is partially owned by FIAT, and yet that is not considered foreign.

    And you’ll recall that until a couple of years ago, Chrysler was owned by Daimler-Benz until the Germans finally realized what a hopeless financial black hole it was and got rid of it. One can only wonder what desperate measures drove Fiat to make such a foolish move as to buy ANY of the Detroit companies.

  5. Bruce says:

    February 25th, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    Karen: The behavior of our “representatives” is truly abhorrent. They should be ashamed of themselves, and if Toyota, Honda, etc. packed up their toys and went home, as the above poster mentioned, I wouldn’t blame them one bit.

    I worked at GM’s Rochester Products Div. from ’77 until ’81 when I quit in disgust. I came away with the firm belief that unions are counter-productive at best, evil at worst.

    Through company incentives, I bought a brand-new ’78 Chev pickup. It turned out to be a lemon and the dealer was apparently unable to fix it so, disgusted, I dumped it and bought a new ’79 Datsun pickup, which turned out to be a great vehicle.

    This was at the beginning of the “Buy American” campaign so things were not too heated up yet, but I got my share of verbal flack from fellow workers. Nobody ever harmed my truck but I bet it would be a different story today.

  6. Jeannie Queenie says:

    February 26th, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    Ayn Rand summed it all up very nicely regarding the political ritual we witnessed yesterday: “When
    you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion – when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing – when you see money flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors – when you see that men get richer by graft and pull than by work, and your laws don’t protect you against them, but protect them against you – when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice – you may know that your society is doomed.”

    In a tit for tat, Toyota should have said that since they don’t feel welcome here providing jobs to Americans, then perhaps the US should pull out all 11 surface ships, along with the 18 US submarines presently homeported at Pearl Harbor
    List of ships here–http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pearl_harbor.
    In short, get out of town, that is, the one called Pearl Harbor.

  7. Jeannie Queenie says:

    February 26th, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    The irony of it all…here we have Toyota employing over 170,000 americans, investing billions in factories here, and so philanthropic when americans are in desperate need. Add in the Toyota USA Foundation pouring big bucks into the K -12 math/science programs of our ersatz educational system. Throw in the gall of a govt who owns GM, and strongarms Toyota’s own honest FREE MARKET MOTORS! Mr Toyota should have informed the hostile House Oversight Committee that his bosses are HIS customers, not the gouging greedy grasping government run by gangsta grinning goofballs.

    As a final coup de maitra Toyota should have slyly added that the embarrassing FBI raid on a Toyota auto-parts operation in Detroit was so very timely. And what’s so great about doing business in a country where the competition is backed by the power of the police. Can anyone say throngs of tommy gun thugs? If the feds think they can get Toyota to hang himself on a sakura tree, they should think again. They should watch that they don’t fall on their sword of sapping the slaves.

  8. Rick Vandeven says:

    February 28th, 2010 at 4:53 am

    When I bought my wonderful little Toyota Pick Up in 1994, I noticed that the gas lid had a lock on it. I was told by the dealer that Toyota put locks on their gas lids to prevent the union thugs from pouring in sugar. He called it a “union lock”.

  9. Karen De Coster says:

    February 28th, 2010 at 7:28 am

    Rick, the foreign automakers might need to bring those back.

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