I haven’t a clue as to how to proceed about the potential auto industry bailout, and anyone who can say with confidence about how the largest industrial bailout in U.S. history will play out is kidding themselves. My instinct is not to lose U.S. controlled industrial capacity on national security grounds. But to follow on something driftglass discussed, there seems to be one group of people who aren’t getting blamed.
-link to driftglass
-list as questions the three fuckups
Are salaries and benefits relatively ‘high’ for auto workers?
Sure (although nobody cares to comment on the ‘high’ salaries of pundits who don’t actually produce anything…).
Did the venality and shortsightedness, not to mention ideological zealotry, of auto executives lead us to this mess?
And should the Congressional and state delegations for Michigan be forced to be chased through the streets and pelted with dogshit for failing their constituents and our country.
But we seem to have forgotten that no one bought these SUVs at gunpoint; millions and millions of Americans wanted these things. In fact, not too long ago, if you even suggested that you wanted a fuel efficient car that didn’t handle like a brick shithouse, many of the same people who now want to bust the unions (and would have GM enter Chapter 7 the day after it enters Chapter 11) would have called you an argula-eatin’, tree-huggin’ pussy, not to mention a Dirty Fucking Hippie.
Millions of Americans–many of whom I’m sure overlap with those now wanting to kill GM–enabled GM’s bad behavior by buying vanity ‘trucks.’
It’s not too surprising that conservatives are leading the charge to send this past environment-destroying sausage fest straight down the memory hole. But along with all of the other reasons to bail out GM, let’s not forget that millions of people who are now pissing and moaning about GM’s bad decisions were the same fucknozzles who enabled those bad decisions.
Of course, nobody likes to be reminded that they were part of the problem. Too bad.