I was too busy with fact-checking for the magazine this week to write my (um, mandatory?) weekly Mother Jones blog post, but my editor at MIL was nice enough to publish this loosely September 11th-related post she’s had for a week or so.
In December 2008, as General Motors was busy begging the outgoing Bush administration for money to delay its inevitable bankruptcy, Salon took the opportunity to recount “the short and disgusting life of the Hummer”. These massive gas-guzzling SUVs were bought by GM in 1999 and rapidly became a money-minting, market-beating, road-hogging phenomenon. But with last year’s rising gas prices and a recessionary economy, the Hummer just as quickly became a monstrous cash-guzzling, bottom-line-battering burden to the embattled car company.
As Salon gleefully noted, “the mighty Hummer has been celebrated and reviled as a metaphor for American bravado—and wretched American excess. But this hip-hop icon, this military-porn embodiment of America’s post-911 belligerence, may now be a victim of the market”. Although the Hummer’s future is still far from certain, it now appears that the company will soldier on—in China.
At first glance, the bid from Sichuan Tengzhong seems prosaic, if somewhat puzzling.
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