Ted Rall by Ted Rall

Ted Rall

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  1. Michael wme

    Michael wme said, over 1 year ago

    The reliable reporters at Fox News take as dim a view of this as Mr Rall (but they say Mr Rall’s numbers are off). They say it was only 57¢, and the faulty switch would fail if the car went over any kind of bump, (even with only the ignition key in the ignition).

    (I first heard that the ignition only failed if some idiot hung a huge weight on the keychain that was far more than reasonable and was well beyond what normal engineering parameters require for the ignition switch, but Fox says it was much, much worse than that.)

  2. echoraven

    echoraven said, over 1 year ago

    Could not be any more “spot on”.

  3. mikefive

    mikefive said, over 1 year 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.

  4. lonecat

    lonecat said, over 1 year 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.

  5. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    Even a blind pig can find a truffle at times.
    He can’t get them all wrong, odds are he will slip up and get one right once in awhile.

  6. lonecat

    lonecat said, over 1 year 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.

  7. Pauleytee

    Pauleytee GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago


    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?

  8. motivemagus

    motivemagus said, over 1 year ago

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

  9. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    I would think allowing people to die aka murder, would negate them as a corporation and as those involved in allowing it to happen to remain free. Yes big fines and prison time for all those who are guilty. The only way to reign in those out of control corporations and their owners an managers.

  10. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago


    That is why Socialism is needed to control Capitalism and why Capitalism is needed to energize Socialism. A happy balance can be made. Also bad Socialism is helping corporations already profitable be protected from loss and prosecution.

  11. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    We have found that the Market forces do not control crappy construction if everyone is cutting corners to stuff their pockets even more.

  12. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago


    GM mainly lost it from acting like a bank. Time to tell such companies no more banking.

  13. jrmerm

    jrmerm said, over 1 year 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.

  14. rossevrymn

    rossevrymn said, over 1 year ago

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

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