It’s about time: The last American factories making SUVs are closing

I feel bad for the workers, but truth to tell, they’ve been living on borrowed time for years. These cars are a safety and environmental disaster, and they represent the spirit of self-indulgent and thoughtless excess that has characterized too much of America in recent years.

As Tom Friedman writes today,

My fellow Americans, we can’t continue in this mode of “Dumb as we wanna be.” We’ve indulged ourselves for too long with tax cuts that we can’t afford, bailouts of auto companies that have become giant wealth-destruction machines, energy prices that do not encourage investment in 21st-century renewable power systems or efficient cars, public schools with no national standards to prevent illiterates from graduating and immigration policies that have our colleges educating the world’s best scientists and engineers and then, when these foreigners graduate, instead of stapling green cards to their diplomas, we order them to go home and start companies to compete against ours.

Could you imagine how screwed we would be if John McCain, a man who truly didn’t seem to understand the watershed moment at which this country stands, won the election?

As the years go by, and SUVs fade from the roads, won’t it be nice not to feel menaced when crossing the street, or to be able actually to see in front of you while driving on the highway?