Wednesday, 13 June 2012 07:22
I learned a lot of lessons from my father. One of the most important is that as a dealer, husband, and father, you MUST have a sense of humor. Being able to laugh at yourself, your mistakes, and misfortune is vital to being a well balanced person.
Recognizing the absurdities in life can get you through the tough times, and help you appreciate the best times. So, with that in mind, I present to you Ford’s latest contribution to comic relief. It’s a memo to all employees, subject line: “Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Japan.” Read it here.
I don’t know how Jimmy Settles (VP, UAW National Ford Department) and Jim Tetreault (VP, North American Manufacturing, Ford Motor Company) knew we needed a laugh, but mission accomplished, guys. This is some great stuff. Is it meant to be satire? Black comedy? Or a parody of the classic anti-Japan rhetoric we’ve all come to know so well?
Hard to say. But pretty funny.
The memo recently went out to all of Ford’s employees asking them to oppose Japan’s inclusion in the Trans Pacific Partnership’s multi lateral trade negotiations. Japan. The largest economy in the Pacific. Sure, makes sense. All of the points made by Ford and the UAW in the memo are easily refuted and intentionally vague, making it clear that “a level playing field” is not their goal at all.
But don’t take my word for it. Let’s go through this point by point.
Which brings us to . . .
At the end of the day, this is all good for a laugh. Unless, of course, it’s not a joke at all. Unless Ford and the UAW actually believe their employees and members will swallow this stuff. That? That’s just sad.