As I watched the news yesterday, members of Congress tore into GM management during a heated Capitol Hill hearing probing fatal car wrecks linked to a defective part, claiming people died because the auto giant failed to fix what amounted to a 57-cent problem. General Motors’ new CEO, Mary Barra, and the head of the nation’s auto safety watchdog testified Tuesday before a House subcommittee, on the defect in small cars that is linked to 13 deaths. Fueling the outrage over the malfunction, Rep. Diane DeGette (D-CO) said lawmakers obtained documents showing how GM had actually looked at possible fixes for the defect in 2005, but determined it would be too expensive to address.
The “unacceptable cost increase,” Degette said, turned out to be 57 cents apiece. So where is the accountability for this egregious oversight? Why isn’t anyone taking responsibility?
Recently a similar problem plagued the Toyota Company.
In an article by Fox News published on March 19th of this year they wrote:
“Toyota has reached a $1.2 billion settlement with the U.S. government that ends a four-year criminal investigation into the automaker’s response to safety issues, Attorney General Eric Holder announced Wednesday. Under the agreement, the company will admit that it misled U.S. consumers by making deceptive statements about two safety issues affecting its vehicles. As a result, Toyota will pay a $1.2 billion financial penalty under a “deferred prosecution agreement. “Holder called Toyota’s conduct in the matter “shameful,” and said that the automaker showed “a blatant disregard for systems and laws designed to look after the safety of consumers. By the company’s own admission, it protected its brand ahead of its own customers. This constitutes a clear and reprehensible abuse of the public trust.”
I personally find Eric Holder’s comments about responsibility and disregard for the law quite comical myself. There has been no accountability for his part in Operation Fast and Furious. You might say that this is the pot calling the kettle black.
Ever since Barack Hussein Obama Jr. took office in 2008, we saw what has been touted as the “Blame Bush Game.” Everything bad that had occurred and was occurring during the entire first four years of Obama’s presidency was laid at the feet of former President G.W. Bush. Never mind that the obvious bad decisions made by the Obama administration were compounding problems – it was still “Bush’s fault.” After his re-election, anything bad that was happening from the economy to global warming was laid at the feet of not only former president Bush, but also Republicans, conservatives, white people, Christians and the Tea Party. Did I leave someone out?
In other words, anything that has gone wrong because of, or caused by the Obama administration including Benghazi, the IRS targeting conservatives and a veritable plethora of other things or incidents; no one has been held accountable or has taken responsibility. There has been ZERO accountability for anything. And when accusations were made, those being questioned either lied or pled the Fifth Amendment.
What kind of message are we sending to our children here? That it’s OK to do whatever you want, and even if you do get caught, you can just lie your way out of it , because there will be absolutely no consequences for your actions ? I know that Christianity has been all but outlawed, but isn’t there a story in the Bible about two cities; one called Sodom and the other Gomorrah, and in that story God ultimately punished those who were wicked and unrepentant? Isn’t that what morality is all about, telling the truth and taking responsibility for your actions and learning from your mistakes?
I realize that concepts like truth, justice and the American way are a bit old fashioned, but have we, as a people, strayed so far, that we don’t even bother to try to act responsibly anymore? Given those examples, I wonder what will happen to us. A society that has no morals has no future.
If things right now are allowed to continue unabated, what will be our future as a people and a nation?
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