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Thursday, November 20

Auto Bailout: North Vs South

This kind of stuff just pisses me off.

Editor's note: This post is not to inflame a north-south war at the blog. It is the politicians who are working with the corporatists to bust up unions and exploit southern workers.

Should taxpayers in Alabama be required to bail out automakers whose plants are concentrated in Northern states like Michigan and Ohio?

Sen. Jeff Sessions, R- Ala., told reporters Wednesday, “I can not imagine a real justification for a worker in Alabama who does not have any health insurance at his company to be taxed to maintain a Cadillac health care plan for somebody in Detroit.”
Well tough titties. Perhaps auto workers in the south ought to unionize and tell their congresscritters to F--- the hell off for not fighting for them to make more money. I read that they make about $12/hr and get no healthcare benefits in southern auto plants. Are they proud that they make shit wages and are among the working poor (and sick)? You can make more working in a supermarket in NY and you get bennies. I'm not defending the big 3, but I am tired of reading how the blame should go to the auto workers. The CEO's flew their corporate jets to DC to ask for money. Their salaries and bennies are lavish while the autoworkers live firmly in the middle class. If anyone should be punished and blamed, it should be the executives. Over 3 million jobs are at stake.

UPDATE: Speaking of the auto industry, today Michigan Democrat John Dingell was voted off his post of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and replaced with Rep Henry Waxman of California. Dingell fought tightening fuel economy standards for the auto industry and his wife is a lobbyist for GM.

"The ascension of Waxman, a wily environmentalist, recasts a committee that Dingell has chaired since 1981 with an eye toward protecting the domestic auto industry in his native Michigan," Politico noted Thursday. "The Energy and Commerce Committee has principal jurisdiction over many of President-elect Barack Obama's top legislative priorities, including energy, the environment and health care."

UPDATE 2. Speaking of union busting, read this story by David Neiwart at C&L.

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