We all fall down

by Russ Roberts on November 29, 2010

in Intervention, Politics

I was watching some football on Sunday and saw this moving ad, set to piano music about not giving up. At first I thought it was an Apple ad, or a Nike ad, maybe. No narration, just a set of images and film clips about people coming back from adversity: Evel Knievel, Popeye, Harry Truman, a boxer knocked to his knees and so on. Then the ending:

We all fall down.

Thank you for helping us get back up.

Followed by the GM logo.

You can watch it here:

Thank you for helping us get back up? That’s what you say to someone who extends a helping hand. A person who cares. It’s not really the right message to someone who was forced to help you out after years of misbehavior and failure. An apology would have been more appropriate. An ending that would go something like this:

We messed up.

We’re sorry we forced you to clean up the mess.

Or maybe this one:

We made lousy products.

Sorry that we made you pay for them anyway.

Or this one:

We should have lost a lot of money.

Sorry that we ruined incentives for other losers in the future by flexing our political muscle.

Write your own version in the comments. And when the YouTube parodies of the ad get done, please send them to me.

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