I can not imagine that companies, public or private, consider and expect to be bailed out. Now the porn industry?
I will tell all of you that the government is not just giving the money away. This is a type of government take over. If I was Ford I would risk finding another way also.
I currently own a Ford Truck and like it. I have had it three years. Ford makes great trucks that are sturdy and reliable. I have owned many Ford trucks from a 1951, and many during the '70's. I have also owned several Ford cars.
The problem is that Ford, to me, is not making the quality vehicles that it can. They produce a vehicle and stick with it long after they should have killed it off.
Compare a Ford Taurus or Tempo to a Camry.
In the past when a company came out with a popular vehicle other companies tried to find one to compete. This led to the Camero, Mustang, and others.
What has Ford, Chevy, or Chrysler produced that really competed with the Nissan Altima, Toyota Camry, and others? They should have been aggressively producing vehicles that look great, gets fantastic fuel mileage, and at a price to beat the competition. Of course this free trade that is the "great hope" that can be the straw that breaks the camel's back.
I understand that Ford is willing to risk failure to keep from being taken over by Big Brother. Chrysler took a bail-out and was sold to another country.
I do think it is cool not to take a bail-out ----but---
we have the technology for vehicles to look great, be driver friendly, get far better fuel mileage than they do, and be affordable.
Will Ford offer a better deal? Higher standards? I don't know. Why have they fought to make computer diagnostics complicated? Before they have to fold I am sure they will take a bail-out.
I am just like everyone else. I am not rich and try to survive as best as I can and provide for my family. Would I buy a Ford to help them survive so they can sell to a foriegn company? Will I buy a Ford knowing I can get a better deal, more quality, and a better price from someone else? I don't think many would say yes.
I just found out England has a congestion tax. If you can't afford to pay it I guess you walk.
Where does it end with toll roads going up and private companies buying our highways? How much will the average person be willing to pay to travel from Fl. to Ca.? Someone with a big truck pays high fuel taxes and still must pay about $100.00 to travel from NJ. to IL.
Our new President states he intends to cut taxes. This is a great thing but since we are trillions in debt how can we afford this? What can we expect? Where is it heading? Who will end up paying?
He gets the votes for an 800+billion package with plenty of pork barreling. Since, for some reason, a line item veto will not happen it is government as usual.
Ford, if you are reading, give us quality, affordable price that beats the competition, fuel milage, some style, and we will have no choice but to buy a Ford, right?
There are a lot of questions in my answer but for those willing to explore they are also answers.
Over 20 years as an automotive technician, a current truck driver, a consumer, a family man looking, and hoping, for a better future.