General Motors, years before bankruptcy and bailout, was pinching pennies and cutting corners, and they have the rusted truck brake lines and the faulty ignitions to prove it. And do you know what? The guvmint didn’t make them shave costs and quality. Management ordered it, in a misguided pursuit of messy profits… “shareholder value.” Running a cost-shaving business is what ran GM into bankruptcy. Now THAT’s Irony™.