Some bigshot at Toyota Corp. has ‘fessed up that it’s time to “come clean” about the maverick accelerator problem.

A lot of people are in a snit at the acknowledgement (or “establishment”) that there is indeed a manufacturing defect that Toyota knew about and that they looked the other way.

Please understand that I’m not saying anything in any kind of attempt to defend Toyota.  I’m just making some commentary about big business in general, and that commentary is:

They’re all bloodsucking mercenaries and they couldn’t care less about the cosumers as long as they turn a profit.

I’m sure that there are some very nice and right-thinking people in responsible positions at big companies, but my suspicion is that they’re vastly outnumbered by workaday clock-punchers and corporate bloodscukers.

Remember Lee Iacocca?  A lot of Americans idolized him when he took over the Chrysler Corp. in the 1980s.

Remember exploding Pintos?  Ford Pintos were inclined to go boom if you tapped them from behind.  Ford knew about it and didn’t do anything.  Why?

Well, because Mr. Iacocca was premier bigshot at Ford at the time, and he circulated a company-wide memo to the effect that “We’ve done the math and it turns out that it’s cheaper to pay settlements to survivors than recall and fix every Pinto.”

I love money, and I wish I had a lot more of it than I actually do, but you have to draw the line somewhere.  Dollars can’t possibly equate to human lives, no matter how hard you try and no matter how many accountants and lawyers you hire to crunch numbers until your greed has a nice shine on it.

Sounds like Toyota’s in the same boat as Ford was, and I’ll bet you a box of doughnuts that nobody’s going to care about it ten years from now.  We’ll go right back to buying Corollas the same way we went back to buying Pintos, and they’ll go right back to laughing their way to the bank.

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