Brutally Honest Audio Rant: Repeating the Mistakes of the Past
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(Music intro – "American Idiot Remix" – by Green Day and David Matthews 2)
Good evening, and welcome to this week’s Brutally Honest Rant. I’m David Matthews 2, writer of the weekly online column Brutally Honest.
The late stand-up comedian Sam Kinison had a great rant about relationships… every time he gets his heart broken by some psycho-bitch from hell, he promises that he will NEVER let that happen to him again. And then he turns around and meets this woman who will say "Oh, but you never MET me! I’m not like those other women! You can trust me!" Next thing he knows… yup, she’s NOT LIKE those other women… she’s worse!
But that brings up an old saying that you may have heard before, but it’s ALWAYS worth repeating: those that fail to learn the lessons of history are forever doomed to repeat them.
And it is a saying that’s worth repeating because it’s TRUE! We DO forget these things! We DO forget the lessons of history! No matter what we say, no matter what we promise, no matter what has happened, we keep on saying "never again" and yet it DOES happen again!
And that is certainly true when it comes to two issues that are irreversibly linked each other, the economy and energy.
The City of Atlanta just got a shock the other week when the CEO of the Ford Motor Company announced that there would be a SERIOUS restructuring of the company, including the shutting down of the manufacturing plant in Hapeville and the layoff of THOUSANDS of hard-working employees.
Now the restructuring was something that was expected for quite some time, but not the shutting down of THIS plant. The Hapeville plant was in operation since it started in 1947, cranking out cars for Ford for almost sixty years. General Motors had already announced the closing of their facility in Doraville, which was also cranking out cars since 1947, but that news was pretty much a given. This closing, though, took everyone by surprise. That’s a serious kick in the nuts not only for the employees, but for the local economy and the local government. MILLIONS of dollars that will go away from stores and property taxes.
And they’re not the only ones either with such hard news. Kraft Foods just announced that 8000 people will be losing their jobs as well. Several major corporations are laying people off, which will have a SERIOUS impact on the economy both here and nationwide.
But there was something in that announcement from Ford that probably went unnoticed. It’s a little saying from CEO Bill Ford, great-grandson of Henry Ford that stuck out in this commentator’s mind.
"’If you build it, they will buy it’ – that’s business as usual, and that's wrong."
"If you build it, they will buy it."
Does that saying sound familiar to you?