Ford did a hell of a lot more than that. Yes, Ford raised wages, the $5 is a myth, he wasn't a Communist who set a fixed wage for all, but rather an entry wage. The Ford worker would START at $5 a day. What is ironic is that Ford did this largely to block unionization of the Ford plants. But what Ford mostly did was drive the cost out of automobile production. Ford demanded that the Model T sell for $500; the Chevrolet Brothers were selling their car for $4,000. Ford missed his goal and the Model T originally sold for $825 - but still a fraction of what the competition charged. By 1916 the price had dropped to $360. What Ford did was to make the automobile affordable. He did something you of the left cannot fathom, he offered consumers VALUE. He traded not wants, or needs, but value. Far less, in fact very little was said about wages. The controversy was about the low sales price, which R.E. Olds (of Oldsmobile) stated was "unfair competition, undercutting the price to corner the market."