WASHINGTON -- You wouldn't know it based on what the Big Three are telling you, but the quality of American cars is improving.
In fact, U.S. vehicles top the J.D. Power and Associates 2008 quality ratings in the midsize car, large car, midsize SUV, large pickup and van categories.
Such facts have not been stressed much in the debate over a $34 billion federal loan rescue for the used-to-be-Big Three. Instead, there's been much more talk about the concessions that the United Auto Workers must make and the corporate jets the auto executives flew to D.C. two weeks ago.
But think about the following for a minute:
"If [the American manufacturers] could go two more years without going out of business, they would be very competitive with the foreign manufacturers," said Karl Brauer, editor in chief at Edmunds.com, the auto web site. "But they can't go two more years without help from the government."
So do comments like that make you rethink this idea of lending the U.S. auto industry $34 billion in taxpayer funds?
-- Jerry Zremski