As Toyota sees and treats this is an opportunity to get a contact with
their customers and treat them to a cup of coffee and a chat.
That is the difference between a customer oriented company and an
other just interested in taxpayer money.
I think it is silly to act as if Toyota wasn't interested in "money"
no matter what the source. They are not giving you a cup of coffee
becasue they love you. They don't build cars as a charitable
operation. Toyota is just as willing to take government money as is
GM. Over the years Toyota has taken plentty from the Japanese
government. They also gotten plenty from US States Governments that
were encouraged to bid for the oppurtunity to have a Toyota plant
located in their jurisdiction. And even the US Federal Government has
gotten into the act of subsidizing Toyota - what was the tax rebate
for hybrid cars but a Toyota subsidy?
So instead of buying all the moonbeam and puppy dog BS that Toyota
likes to project, look behind the curtain occasionally. You'll see the
same sort of ruthless capitalist that sit in the GM headquarters. I
have nothing against capitalism, but I don't let PR men snow me with
the sort of PR BS Toyota is spewing out these days.
Oh by the way. If you want to tell me how lucky states are to get
Toyota plants, consider that the states are that loose GM plants are
unlucky. Basically Toyota is killing off relatively high paying jobs
in the uper mid-west and turning them into lower paying jobs in the
south. Maybe that is a good thing for America as a whole, but if you
are in the states losing jobs, it probably is hard to see the
advantage. You only have to look at the current Toyota witch hunts
being held by Congress to see how this transfer of jobs (and money,
and power) is creating new divisions in the US.
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