3/11/14 American Work Ethic
There was a Cadillac commercial that aired during the Super Bowl. It was a chest-thumping, rah-rah ainâ€™t-America-great? kind-of-commercial. Well, Iâ€™m a sucker for that kind of stuff. I love America. Even with its warts and blemishes.
However, the liberal Huffington Post had a melt-down. It called the commercial “a completely shameless celebration of our work-hard-buy-more culture, with a blanket dismissal of ‘other countries’Â€Â™ and their laziness tossed in for good measure.”
Maybe the commercial offended some sensitivities. But hardly inaccurate. In 35 years, I’ve lived and traveled in dozens of countries. A two-day pass to Disney’Â€Â™s Epcot Center isn’t the real world.
Here, we get frustrated when the repairman is 10 minutes late for his two-hour appointment window. In Europe Ã¢Â€Â“ good luck with him even showing up. And in many cases you have to pay him on the side if you want him to actually do any work.
ItÃ¢Â€Â™s worse in the Third World. Everyone wants a bribe.
Taking the entire month of August for vacation as they do in Europe is enticing. Unless you’Â€Â™re the one waiting a month for a business colleague to finish the already-overdue project.
I have no interest in buying a Cadillac. Or any GM product. I disagreed with the bail-out. Government-owning a commercial business is more like Europe than America.
But I loved the commercial. Because I still believe in the American dream.
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