Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Automakers' relief efforts show lack of commitment to U.S.?

The News Sentinel printed a letter from Becky Severe of Hudson. She identifies the contributions made by auto makers after 9/11.

"You might want to give more consideration to a car manufactured by an American-owned and/or American-based company. Apart from Hyundai and Volkswagen, the foreign car companies contributed nothing at all to the citizens of the United States."

I guess I take issue with anyone who believes companies need to be charitable. As a shareholder in many companies, the purpose for which I invest money in them is to make a profit. It is not for them to be charitable. Their purpose is to make money without breaking the laws. Those who own shares were not asked if the company (the owners) wanted to contribute. The purpose of human beings is to be charitable based on their ability and their conscious. It is this disconnect that is choking America.

Too many people look at companies as evil, greedy, but in reality they are the sum total of many people of different beliefs. The feeling one gets from helping others is great. The problem is this feeling does not exist when a company gives money or the government agency steps in with aid on YOUR BEHALF. It creates a disassociation between the giver and the receiver.

Davy Crocket had the correct idea.


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