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Big Three Bailout: Southern Senators Immune to Irony

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Like rain on your wedding day, irony has descended on the venerable institution known as the U.S. Senate.

As everyone knows, the Detroit bailout legislation that passed handily in the House bottomed out in the Senate, and according to United Auto Workers President Ron Gettelfinger, the bill's most vigorous opponents were Southern senators who "are anti-union and anti-Detroit" (his words, not mine). I can't vouch for Gettelfinger's assertion, but you can review the results of the vote on your own and get a sense of the geographic spread.

The ironic part? Many senators who voted against the bailout come from states that have given substantial subsidies to auto manufacturers--specifically, foreign auto manufacturers who operate plants in those states. (The irony may be somewhat lessened when you take into account that the senators were largely Southern Republicans who probably weren't too eager to pass Democrat-sponsored legislation. But still.)

An additional smack of irony comes via Tom Walsh at the Detroit Free Press, who would like to remind many of those same Southern senators about the assistance their states received from the Big Three following Hurricane Katrina. His point is well taken, although he curiously leaves Mississippi out of the discussion (Mississippi being the state where Katrina made landfall) and bellows at Louisiana, whose own Senator Mary Landrieu voted in favor of the bill.

Meanwhile, all of Mississippi and Alabama's senators gave it the thumbs down. Which is another bout of irony, I guess. Sheesh.--Richard Read

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  1. The governor of Michigan calls anyone against the bailout "Un-American". I don't consider myself un-american, but I am un-Big Three, un-Detroit, un-UAW and un-Michigan if it requires forcing the government to "lend" huge amounts of money to businesses that no self-respecting bank will. The big picture is that most of the senators that don't have UAW plants in their state are voting against this. Most of the people in this country that I have been reading about, talking to and have heard from think throwing gobs of money at a failed business model is a complete waste. Just because they've already done this for the financial industry doesn't mean we have to double down and replicate the bad decision-making we've already allowed. Bush has no business intervening at this late hour--flip-flopping is pathetic--show some spine, W! If the Democrats insist on just throwing money to the existing boards/management with some lame-*ss mandate for "green cars", I want personal guarantees from all the congressmen who vote yes on this that they will step down when these companies come back for more (as they most certainly will), because it proves that their congressional decision-making is wrong, bad and a hazard to this country's financial well being. Isn't anyone responsible for their decisions anymore? Or is that just for poor working stiffs that work in the real world?
     
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  2. its amazing that you think if these companies fail it will put a few more nails in the US coffin. Anyone who thinks that foreign carmakers are exempt from the meltdown just wait until these go out of business and related businesses go out and see who will buY these foreign cars. obviously you are well set and do not care about the millions of people who will lose their jobs but I want to know if you know how to spell DEPRESSION.Businesses are falling and the commercial sector is going to fall/It has already started.So take your foreign cars (that cost a fortune to fix) and see where that gets you in the soup lines.
     
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  3. "The governor of Michigan calls anyone against the bailout “Un-American”."
    The ignorant idiot is outrageous. Her worthless comments are not worth of a reply.
     
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  4. well first of all, there's this about a Senate GOP memo that was circulated prior to the vote. The plan was to blame the union for the failure. (link below)
    According to this report, the union had agreed to wage cuts to bring them into parity with the transplants, but they wanted the implemenation delayed until other stakeholders agreed to sacrifices as well. That seems pretty reasonable to me.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ucYEPLKGtPk
     
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