"It Sometimes Seems as If the Bail-Them-Out Party is Running Against the No-Bailout Party. "

it sometimes seems as if the bail them out party is running against the no bailout

Ever quick on the media-scene-defining draw, The New York Times is dubbing the auto industry bailout battle the cure for “campaign withdrawal.” Also known as the bitter, divisive battle, du jour. Or, to use the Grey Lady’s honeyed verbiage, “The crisis in the auto industry is helping to fill a void left by the end of the long presidential race. It has also rekindled debate over many of the big issues of the campaign. Arguments have touched on the environment, national security, American identity, small-town values, the role of government and, of course, the need for change.” Hell, SNL even did a skit about it. Anyway, the Times figures that the Battle Of Detroit is easier for middle America to understand than the acronym-laced cognitive hell of the Wall Street bailout, while offering the PR gaffes, emotionally-charged arguments and outright lies that make big media business out of political campaigns. So, how does this campaign break down? According to Alex Castellano, a media consultant for Mitt Romney, “The auto industry, of course, is the new McCain. The auto industry is old America. It’s stuck. It’s one thing we haven’t been able to move into the future.” Does that make Warren Brown the new Sarah Palin? And where the hell does that leave TTAC, who’s been banging the Detroit doom drum for nearly a decade? On second thought, we don’t want to know. We’re actually glad the election is over.

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  • VLAD VLAD on Dec 01, 2008

    It's real simple. You can't charge people making 15 or 20$/hr to bail out people making 70 $/hr while being much less skilled and working less hard. Why should a worker in the South that produces a better product lose his job because someone in the North gets welfare? If they do bail out minority states despite the gross injustice, then every American worker should totally boycott the 2.x in protest. It really is that simple when you really get down to it.

  • Twonius Twonius on Dec 01, 2008

    autonut: I wonder how many domestic auto employees would drive their comanies' cars if it weren't for deep discounts, the threat of vandalism, and parking privilages. Friend of mine had an employee lease on an SRT crossfire, it was fun but theres no way he would've paid what they asked regular people to pay for that ting.

  • on Dec 01, 2008

    The Dem's aren't bailing out the Big 3, they are [s]bailing out[/s] paying off the UAW. It isn't when this will happen, but how much.

  • Ronnie Schreiber Ronnie Schreiber on Dec 02, 2008
    Hippo : Why should a worker in the South that produces a better product lose his job because someone in the North gets welfare? If they do bail out minority states despite the gross injustice, then every American worker should totally boycott the 2.x in protest. "Welfare"? "Minority states"? You sure you don't want to rephrase that with something that sounds a little less like racism? As for who is getting welfare from whom, once again, it is the southern states that are on the receiving end of federal largess. Money is taken from states in the industrial midwest and northeast and spent in the south. The data is here: http://www.taxfoundation.org/research/show/22685.html

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