Aug. 16 (Bloomberg) -- It was in the parking lot of the
United Auto Workers hall in Janesville, Wisconsin, that I
learned, among other things, about the insufficiencies of my
I was visiting the UAW several years ago, to talk about
politics with some of its members. We were standing around a
Ford F-350 that belonged to a veteran General Motors Co.
assembly-line worker. A monstrous, gull-winged toolbox took up a
quarter of the truck’s bed. Its owner had two GM trucks, but his
decision to drive a Ford that day made him the target of amiable
mockery. A Toyota or a Honda in the lot would draw not insults
but vandals. I was told that local police would categorize
slashed tires on a Japanese car in a UAW lot as an act of God,
and leave it at that.