OpinionThe government should design, build, and sell their own cars, planes, and etc transportation.
      – Baslisks, 2009-06-09 at 18:57:53   (6 comments)

On 2009-06-09 at 19:22:27, DigitalBoss wrote...
The government needs to get back to its Constitutional powers, and Constitutional powers only. The government has no business in the cars business.
On 2009-06-09 at 19:50:43, Baslisks wrote...
businesses don't make long term plans for their car manufacturing. They don't try to shoot for specific performance goals and such, they just try to push as much units as they possibly can. If you really want the government completely away from regulating any business venture, there needs to be more competition. Now the problem is to compete you have to compete but what if you had a group with large funding making vehicles for specific goals and settings rather than putting out units. They want to see a vehicle with awesome fuel millage, perfect safety ratings and perhaps olive drab paint color. They engineer it. Someone buys it. It competes with the next car on the lot and boom the standards people expect change thus forcing companies to change. Or we just carrot mob it.
On 2009-06-09 at 19:52:42, Thelevellers wrote...
EDIT: I'll leave this, though your response appeared as I typed the end, I'll have a read and re-think! Interesting line of thought. Are you thinking along the lines of the good old Volkswagen beginnings (with the Nazi overtones, obviously) - cars for the people, for the profit of the people too? I'm not entirely convinced by the idea, but it's largely due to thoughts such as 'they would screw it up'.
On 2009-06-09 at 19:56:03, Thelevellers wrote...
Carrot mobbing is another reason it wouldn't work in all likely hood. The reasons given don't really apply over here, as we already have the fuel efficient mentality (largely). I can see there's a possible need for that, or something at least, in the US though.
On 2009-06-10 at 01:47:27, BorgClown wrote...
Governments are inefficient, bureaucratic icebergs. It's better to stop giving Boeing contracts for a kill-them-in-their-sleep the-future-is-here stealth airplane, and instead give Ford a contract for an awesome line of cars.
On 2009-06-22 at 11:02:15, Lee J Haywood wrote...
I partially agree on the basis that where the government needs to provide public transportation then it can be bad practice to give expensive contracts for projects that might fail. But generally transport manufacturers are large organisations in their own right who are experts at producing transport for non-government buyers. What I do believe in, however, is the government making strong legislation to curb the business-as-usual use of fossil fuels in transportation. At the moment, we have a weak use of taxes to reduce fossil fuel use when we ought to be developing a new infrastructure to get away from it altogether.