Ted Rall by Ted Rall

Ted Rall

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  1. echoraven

    echoraven said, over 2 years ago

    Could not be any more “spot on”.

  2. mikefive

    mikefive said, over 2 years ago

    Although a heavy key chain will cause the wearing out of the ignition switch, I’m really skeptical of a worn switch being able to be turned off by the weight of the key chain. If that were true, ignition switches would have been turning themselves off since they started putting the switches in the steering column. It sounds to me like an engineering or manufacturing fault in the detents of the switch.

  3. lonecat

    lonecat said, over 2 years ago

    Capitalism is designed to maximize profits, and capitalists will do whatever they can to maximize profits within what they are allowed to do. If they are allowed to make dangerous products for a profit, they will. I’m not opposed to markets; most of the time markets work well. But markets need some kind of regulation to restrain the impulse of capitalism to maximize profits no matter what.

  4. lonecat

    lonecat said, over 2 years ago

    A little historical study will show that counter examples are too numerous to detail. You could start with Ralph Nader’s “Unsafe at Any Speed”, since we’re talking about cars, but you can go back to the muck-rakers of the early twentieth century for other examples.

  5. Pauleytee

    Pauleytee GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    @lonecat

    Wasn’t General Motors referred to as Government Motors after the US Treasury acquired a large stake in the company? And aren’t politicians (in general, and this Administration in particular) slime balls who will pander to their Big Union base using methods which are of questionable legality?

  6. motivemagus

    motivemagus said, over 2 years ago

    The question is if they are stealing them because they want the cars — or if they want the parts to FIX their cars!

  7. jrmerm

    jrmerm said, over 2 years ago

    For heaven’s sake, you really think this sort of thing doesn’t happen under socialist regimes? All kinds of horrible consumer tragedies happened in Commie countries in which there was no compensation or even recognition that anything bad ever happened. The govt seldom holds itself responsible for crimes such as these.

  8. rossevrymn

    rossevrymn GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    The real fact is that the cost is pennies plus the labor cost to replace. Just being really real.

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