Tuesday, June 09, 2009

June 6, 1944 and June 6, 2009

This past Saturday we marked the 65th anniversary of the Allied landings on Normandy. Yanks, Brits, Canadians, Free French and many other nations landed on those beachessecuring a beachhead that led to the demise of the Third Reich. Many never made it off the beach alive, or if they did, were horribly injured.

These brave soldiers, sailors and airmen fought tyranny, believing that freedom was far superior. History has proven them right over and over again.

The tanks, jeeps, etc. they used were manufactured by companies like General Motors® and Chrysler®. Detroit automakers, like so many other businesses, retooled for the war effort.

When the war ended, many of those who survived went back to work in those plants, building the cars that had become legendary, and the envy of the world.

I wonder how those few survivors still left would think about the current circumstances with GM® and Chrysler. GM government-owned, Chrysler managed by an Italian company. Those circumstances dictated by the government.

I wonder how these members of the “Greatest Generation” who came back and believed in paying cash for cars and houses and living well within their means while they built America would feel about our impending $10 trillion deficit.

I wonder how this generation who defined self-sufficiency would feel about paying the bills of those who spent foolishly, made bad decisions and got deep in debt, thinking that life was a free ride.

I wonder.


John W. Scherer

John is CEO & Founder of Video Professor, Inc.

You can reach him at ceo@videoprofessor.com.