Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Republicans Insist on Wage Cuts, Threaten Filibuster of Auto Aid

They don't care if this risks throwing the country into a depression or compromises our national security, they want working people to sacrifice wages and benefits.

Um, didn't we just have an election about this attitude problem of theirs?

But Senate Republicans, who were brought into the negotiations Tuesday, had sharper criticism for the draft released Monday. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said the industry’s predicament came from “decades of complicity between management and labor” and that the draft failed to force necessary cuts.

McConnell’s criticisms mirrored those of Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., who has said the automakers and the UAW need to commit to steep cuts in return for aid, namely immediately cutting UAW wages to those at foreign automakers’ plants and accepting half of the health- care trust fund payments in stock.


Corker has said he would vote against the bill, and a spokesman for Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev., said he would place a hold on any rescue plan, which can be overcome with 60 votes.

“I think that not only myself but several of us will be looking at possibly blocking this package,” Ensign told CNBC.

New poll shows that the American people are starting to realize the importance of saving the auto industry, and support the loans 46-42.

Question now is: Will the Democrats stand up to this sort of behavior, and call it out for what it is? If they don't, we might be in for a long four years of Republicans refusing to do anything that will help the American people. The idea of bipartisan cooperation is nice and all, but it does take two to play, and it looks as if these guys are still stuck in the “my way or the highway” mode.

I've seen this movie before. You have too.