Yesterday we saw a group of hypocritical blow-hards who call themselves politicians hold a drawn-out subcommittee hearing on the General Motors ignition switch recall, and why it took so long to handle the issue.
There was a power-tripping representative from Colorado, an old man from Michigan who was probably wearing a diaper, somebody who couldn’t understand why GM wasn’t using push-button start systems back then, and a bloated Missourian who had to fight for his breath as he related his affiliation to General Motors to that of CEO Mary Barra because he drove a GMC Jimmy when he was 18. These were most of the people who made up yesterday’s House Energy and Commerce Committee oversight panel, constantly asking Barra the same questions over, and over, and over again.
These are just some of the people that hold power in this country.
This morning, it was the Senate’s turn. And because it’s a Republican fad to dislike General Motors, it seems like a rerun of yesterday’s circus, just with louder voices. Moreover, these hastily assembled hearings were thrown together during an ongoing investigation, rather than waiting for all the facts to be uncovered. Probably for reelection points. Yet one remains puzzled as to why so many of America’s youth is dying and have died overseas in “wars” that have gone well beyond their expiration date, which these politicians continually approve in comfort.
Regardless, it seems that based on these hearings, and the evidence that has so-far been unearthed; General Motors may be claiming behavioral and cultural changes on the executive level, but needs more focus on middle-management.
Barra’s statement is as follows:
“The issues raised in the hearing were tough but fair. I appreciate the intense interest by the senators to fully understand what happened and why. I am going to accomplish exactly that, and we will keep Congress informed. Meanwhile, we will continue doing all we can to repair our customers’ vehicles and rebuild their trust in GM.”
For more, watch the 2-hour, 43-minute Senate subcommittee hearing here.