Show me the quality

What the heck are they teaching at the university business schools these days? Apparently, based on the brain trusts now running most of the world’s banks and corporations, it’s a curriculum pretty lean on economics and sound business practices and with a heavy emphasis on political science. I guess that only makes sense these days, though, since politicians are now pretty much calling the shots in our “free-enterprise system” anyway.

One thing I do know, however, is that whatever nonsense is being spun in the lecture halls, one simple truth will remain intact: Things have value, and some things have more value than others. A Japanese or German car, for example, has more value than an American car. That’s got nothing to do with nationalism or marketing, it’s just a fact, based on years of personal experience and comparison by consumers. And it’s a fact based on the conscious decision of American car executives to sacrifice quality and company reputations for a quick buck. Anyone remember the Vega, the Pinto, the K-car? Probably not too many. You’d have to have been around a while, because they didn’t stay on the road long.

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