Regarding the just-announced GM Factory shutdowns. It’s economic reality: the market is changing, the company is pivoting to be a leader rather than a follower in responding to those changes.
Companies that do not adjust as the market changes will die – as Sears recently did.
The world is always changing, nothing is ever certain. Much of the “Wisdom Literature” in the Bible: Job, Lamentations, Proverbs, reflects and even dwells on this. The nature of a change can sometimes be influenced or tempered, but change itself cannot be stopped.
So, I’m not impressed with all of the furor condemning GM for it’s announcement. It’s all political posturing, and won’t last long – as GM well knows.
What I want to know is whether the change is being done in as compassionate and careful way as possible: is the company (and, even more importantly, State and Federal governments) doing enough to help those who will be losing their jobs? Will they be doing enough to help the affected communities and local businesses transition to life without GM?
I doubt it.
With all the manufactured crises going on inside our National and State Capitols these days, it will be all too easy for our leaders to forget all about this and move on to the next media-grabbing tumult, leaving those who are losing their livelihoods, and the communities that are losing their economic reason for existence, to shift for themselves.
If the “Blue Wave” of this election means anything, it is telling us that people are angry at being used and thrown aside. They want change, they want leaders who actually care about the little guy, and do something about it.
We’ll soon see if they’re listening…
– Pastor Allen
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