Editorial

Making an example of VW

Monday, October 12, 2015

The Volkswagen company has issued apologies for making fraudulent claims of clean burning diesel vehicles and for creating devices to cheat on emission tests.

An apology is not nearly enough. No individual has yet to be identified as responsible for the fraudulent behavior. In the likely event that someone is required to take the blame, the probable course of action will be that VW will offer up an individual sacrifice for behavior that obviously required numerous knowing participants.

In a country that has the highest per capita incarceration rate in the world, America is still rather lax regarding giving prison sentences to white collar criminals. A petty street criminal is more likely to serve serious time than somebody who commits crime on a far larger scale.

The actions at VW were crimes committed on more than just the customers of their product. It was a crime against anyone affected by air pollution, meaning everybody.

We need to demand full prosecution under the law.