There seems to be parallels between the big three automakers and the government. General Motors and Chrysler can be compared with Democrats and Republicans in Congress. Just as these auto companies did not see what the public wanted, felt they knew better and could convince the public what it should accept, the same happens with members of Congress making misguided decisions.
Just as GM and Chrysler put themselves in financial trouble to the extent of bankruptcy and needed the government to bail them out, Congress, through actions allowing financial disasters, put the government into financial trouble to the point of jeopardizing citizens' (taxpayers) ability to handle the incredible national debt and bail out the government.
It also seems Ford Motor Co. tried to find answers that would work and thereby stayed in business by having the courage to implement its plans. Just as Ford, the White House has its goals to find answers that keep the country moving forward. We have to see if there is the courage among the public and in Congress to implement plans that would work or whether we fall into inaction. It is up to Congress what happens.
We the people have the right to influence our lawmakers - hopefully to an even greater extent than lobbyists and special interests. Our challenge is to find ways to get Democratic and Republican congressmen and women to understand they don't have a right to keep their offices as we, through our votes, control who is in office. We will be watching to see whether the decisions reached move our country forward or backward.
Walter M. Balfour, Durango