Has enough time passed now that we can admit the mid-2000s was just a garbage time in American history?

A slumping economy. Survivor. The height of Nickelback’s mainstream popularity. Terrorism, domestic surveillance and a pervasive culture of fear. (Well, that hasn’t changed.) And an American auto industry with truly staggering levels of “zero fucks to give.”

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Yes, even at Ford, high and mighty as they are having never taken a bailout. People forget they were awfully close to catastrophe at one point too, and with cars like the Mercury Milan, it’s easy to see why.

And on a recall of the admittedly newer (but just barely) Mercury Milan, readers McMike and Hubert_Harold_Baus pretty much nail it:

Some people actually bought Mercury Milans at one point. I don’t know how I’ll explain that to future generations. I mean, Jill was on point back then, but still. STILL.


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