Who's to blame? Them? Us? Me?

The auto industry -- call it Detroit, U.S. or global -- is in crisis. So it's not a surprising we get a record number of posted comments this week. We all have something we want to get off our chests.

We get suggestions. Many are variations of Americans should buy American-brand cars.

AE suggests banning all car loans and letting buyers pay cash from personal savings.

And a lot of comments deal with money.

Brian believes top brass should be paid a smaller multiple of ordinary employee compensation. “No executive is worth this type of money – especially in hard times,” he says.

BigShoes says “Until the American worker can make a decent wage we are going to stay in gridlock.”

Several writers say all auto industry workers should be paid less. The bluntest is jtr02a, who says “I guess the Big 3 shouldn’t have obligated themselves to [promises] they couldn’t keep.”

But TedTheEngineer counters, “When UAW employees take pay cuts, it always trickles down to the non-union workforce.” If non-union workers make about 80 percent of what union members do, “when my pay gets cut, you’ll receive 80 percent of my new pay as well. Think.”

A lack of enthusiasm

Even supporters of government loans to the auto industry are less than enthusiastic about the industry.

Make the loans but learn from the mistakes, says Concerned But Wary. And “never again criticize the single mother who gets a handout in her time of need when the Big 3 have no trouble asking for one,” the writer adds.

M5 agrees on the loans, but asks, “Will GM bail me out when Uncle Sam can no longer pay my Social Security?”

But my favorite comment is from Richard, who thinks assigning blame to others is just sad.

“Everybody needs to stop pointing fingers at who caused the collapse of the domestic car industry, because for the most part it was all of us,” he says. “We’ve become the need-it-now, can’t-wait, spoiled-rotten children that our parents always warned us about.

“A Dodge Quad Cab Ram isn’t good enough – we need a 3/4-ton Mega Cab Ram to fit our overweight, out-of-shape families. Don’t forget the navigation-Blue-Ray-DVD-microwave-oven option and I’ll pay for it with a 20-year second mortgage on my overvalued tract house.”

So is this mess entirely somebody else’s fault? Have we ourselves contributed? How do you feel? Log on and tell us.

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