Since I was born my Father has spent his professional life in the Electrical Industry or selling Pontiacs. He now works at a GM dealership. The scenario I describe takes place in dealerships across this country on a daily basis. It goes like this…
A city worker and upstanding union member with an annual salary of $27,000.00 per year, enters a GM dealership looking for a new vehicle to buy. A salesman offers assistance. The new customer wants to test drive a fully-loaded Cadillac Escalade. The vehicle costs $67,000.00 . The salesman is happy. The customer wants the vehicle with ALL the options because “That’s how I roll”.
The only problem is that the salesman seems to KNOW that this customer can’t afford the vehicle. After gathering some very basic income and personal information, his gut instinct is confirmed. In addition to not being able to afford the vehicle the customer has a bad credit rating.
The salesman tries to steer the customer to a vehicle that he can actually afford, but the customer is having nothing to do with that suggestion. In fact, the customer begins to act angry with the salesman for suggesting that he shouldn’t have the vehicle that he wants. The customer further insinuates that the salesman may be discriminating against him by merely suggesting that he is not worthy of driving a Cadillac Escalade. The salesman and sales office cave in to this intimidation and instructs the finance office to get a loan for that customer regardless of the terms. The sales office finds a way to finance the purchase and the buyer signs on the dotted line, sealing the deal.
The buyer drives away in his new Escalade and is promptly on the phone with all his friends to meet him somewhere to show it off. One of his friends ask him how much he paid for it, and he says; “Nothing. I didn’t put any money down and my first payment is two months from now”. The new Escalade owner is asked “How much is your payment” and he answers “I don’t know, I haven’t gotten my book of payment coupons yet”. The only thing the buyer knows is that he wanted an Escalade, he went to a dealership that sold them, did a song and dance and drove away in a new vehicle. He knows it is more than he can afford, but because he never had any intention on actually paying for it, he doesn’t care.
He drives that Escalade like he stole it, because essentially he has. Months go by. The Escalade is driven hard and gets no maintenance. Eventually when the Repo Man catches up with the Escalade, it is actually worth only a fraction of its original cost and must undergo extensive repairs before it will be a suitable vehicle again.
I could stop here and say “The End”.
I could say that the name of the customer is Barack Hussein Obama, a guy who did a song and dance to have the opportunity to drive a vehicle he isn’t qualified to drive right into the dirt and then walk away from it saying; “It ain’t nuttin’ but a thang, I really stuck it to da Man”.
What I am really going to enjoy laughing about is how many of the vehicles that have been purchased under the “Cash for Clunkers” program are going to be driven like they were stolen (because they were) and will then be reposessed after they have been mostly destroyed and are only worth a fraction of their original value.
UPDATE – January 21st 2010…
The preceding paragraph in this publication comes to pass in less than a year.
Uh-Oh! ANOTHER UPDATE! This one comes two years and a few days after I wrote the original piece you see here and got called a Racist for doing so. I plainly spoke the Truth. I knew what was going to happen before it happened and relayed that information to this forum in a manner that is plainly understood by all. You see what kind of Heat I got for it. Obviously the Truth is just too offensive for MANY Americans and here is the rude awakening that came two years after the Truth was plainly spoken here…
Here’s something that helps with some perspective…
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