So back to Southern Republicans and their particularly strong hatred of unions. Why are they willing to risk economic collapse to win more concessions from the UAW (ignoring the concessions they’ve already made)? Perhaps it’s because there is a cultural history of serfdom and slavery in the south that’s just hard to shake, and labor unions threatens that directly because they create a strong middle class who typically demand more from their legislative leaders? Maybe it’s more about the fact that labor unions turn out the Democratic vote more effectively than any other institution? I’m sure it’s a combination, but the reason for their irrational union hatred doesn’t really matter. What matters is that Republican Senators lead by McConnell (R-KY) and Corker (R-TN) are willing to let the economy take a severe kick to the groin because their hatred of unions is that strong and irrational. $70 billion in LOANS is peanuts compared to the $700 billion BAILOUT of Wall Street.
Republicans spent the last eight years like drunken sailors on their first shore leave after years at sea. They wantonly drained the treasury of billions and billions of dollars on harebrained schemes to induce “birthpangs of democracy” around the world, chasing phantom enemies and enriching their defense contractor contributors. They created a lobbying culture so corrupt it finally collapsed of its own weight. They deregulated the financial industry so thoroughly that it created an elaborate ponzi scheme that has just about destroyed the world economy.
They have no standing to lecture anyone about responsibility, fiscal or otherwise, and no right to obstruct the cure for the problem they created.
It’s true that Democrats have, over the years, enabled Republicans and helped their ideology to run amock. But right now they are all we’ve got and their intentions, quite clearly, are to keep the economy from tanking, if only out of self interest. The Republicans are blocking this bridge loan for both narrow parochial reasons and longterm partisan gain. There’s no other way to interpret this otherwise inexplicable unwillingness of the Republicans to even grant a short term bridge loan. They want the economy to fail.
I don’t know why people keep electing these morons, but seriously, now is not the time to use labor unions as a bargaining chip in a deal to prevent an economic hit the current economy may not be able to handle. Its fucking irrational and selfish and unconscionable and disgusting behavior. They are in it for themselves, oh, and the foreign car makers who have factories and headquarters in their states. Americans are sick and tired of ideology ruining their future–that’s why they elected a post-partisan president.