Ah, come on now.
Perhaps they were good hearted folks just wanting to make things better. :roll:
It probably started years ago, by having folks suggest that "others" are idiots. You know, because they can't list all their supreme court justices, school board members, or other reasons of ignorance. They might see most folks as ignorant sports enthusiasts, able to name players but not what they think is important.
So some pompous finger pointing types, who feel "others" are a bit less intelligent then themselves, say "Hey, we need to push these things on others" cause they are too stupid to do it themselves. So they say that this is a good thing. Afterall, we will helping these poor saps keep their jobs at the factory anyways.
When folks start grouping people into boxes, defining who they are by what they know, what they do, or by some level of intelligence based on knowing their school board members, while denigrating them because they are not as good as the perception of one with their finger pointed outwards....you get crap like this!
I'm sure saving the car industry, political motivations, money, agenda, all played a part. But I also find that this is usually combined with some justification of "We know better than you, and we will force you to do it, for your own good" type attitude. Of course, I don't have to explain this to folks here, we do it all the time. Maybe not the final steps of actually having any persuasion of forcing folks to buy cars, but by the grouping, denigrating, and labeling others, which is the crucial first few steps before the final stages are carried out.
Way too many folks pointing fingers at others, denigrating others based on some perceived notion of what they do or do not know or what they did or did not read, and thinking they know better than others.
So can you really blame others up the food chain as they do the same things as we do, yet have the power to push things like cars upon others. I would think that many of us, based on what I have read, would be no better if given the chance.
Politics includes the fact that some guy, wanted to be a politician, because he can do a better job, he knows best, and he will make things better. That is why many run in the first place. But you don't need to look at politicians to see this same scenario carried out by every day folks. Everyone is worried about others. Everyone thinks "they" know what is best.