Commentary

Ford Video Ad Blasts Bailouts

Ford Motor Co. has pulled a controversial video advertisement featuring a “Chris,” a buyer who claims one of the reasons he bought his car from Ford was because he wanted to buy from a company that “was standing on its own” and didn’t take government bailouts. “Win, lose, or draw,” Chris says, “that’s what America is about…is taking the chance to succeed and understanding when you fail that you gotta pick youself up and and go back to work.” The story and video can be found here.

Samuel R. Staley, Ph.D. is a senior research fellow at Reason Foundation and managing director of the DeVoe L. Moore Center at Florida State University in Tallahassee where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in urban planning, regulation, and urban economics. Prior to joining Florida State, Staley was director of urban growth and land-use policy for Reason Foundation where he helped establish its urban policy program in 1997.