Considering the fact that our winners this week want to “borrow” billions of dollars of our money (not really our money since Congress has already spent all of that and is living on credit, but whatever) in order to feed the same failing machine that brought them to Washington on bended knee in the first place, and have been seeking this “loan” for some time, this honor for Ford, General Motors, Chrysler and the United Auto Workers union is long overdue.
While supports of the bailout have won in the recent past, this honor is reserved for these four groups thanks to their willingness to part with the little bit of unregulated sovereignty they still have (CAFE standards, etc.) in order to suckle the government teet and drain our future even further. Thank you, no.
In spite of the fact that 61 percent of the American people oppose the bailout (oddly, roughly the number of Americans who actually pay income taxes), Democrats in Congress are inclined to grant them the money. Why not, really? So few Members of Congress give a damn about the fact that Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid are already sure to bankrupt the country in a few short years because, hell, they’ll be dead, or at least out of office (with the possible exception of Robert Byrd, who seems eternal), so what’s a few billion more in the grand scheme of things? Why not blow a bigger hole in the Titanic, the thing is gonna sink anyway.
While the CEOs of the once-great dinosaurs grovel for a taste of our cash (after driving to DC in hybrids since their private jet trip went over like, well, pretty much every model of car they’ve produced recently), the UAW has decided to get “serious” about what they’re willing to “give up” in order to save the jobs of their members, the people that really do the work. They’re willing to allow their failing employers to stop paying people for not working. Yay! Very brave stand on their part. Well done. It won’t make a dime’s worth of difference, but what a brave sacrifice.
Why these people don’t stand up and point the finger of blame where it belongs, their inquisitors (and potential future masters) for imposing crippling regulations on their products, will go down as one of the greatest moments in eunuch history.
Not only for their complete lack of testicular fortitude and mismanagement of former titans of American industry, but for seeking to make us unwillingly invest in their failure, the Big 3 and the UAW are our Douchebags of the Week. It’s time to declare bankruptcy, reorganize and, frankly, get their shit together, or go the way of the dodo.
Just for fun, enjoy the picture below of UAW President Ron Gettelfinger contributing to the discussion.
PS – Isn’t if funny how Speaker Pelosi complained about the CEOs flying in private jets? Remember her demand for a private jet, an Air Force plane, so she wouldn’t have to rub elbows with commoners on commercial flights? We would wonder how she could say that with a straight face, but we doubt her face moves much at all…