“…hefty concessions from autoworkers…”

Posted by David A. Peterson on 11. December 2008 in Message |

Is this really the message that Senate Republicans want all of America to hear? “…mandate hefty concessions from autoworkers…”

Yesterday on CNBC they were showing snippets of Republicans lining up and issuing statement after statement on why the current automaker’s bailout should be defeated. One after another, the long line of Republicans were chomping at the bit to tell their story. What a great media event, never has there been so many Republicans screwing up the message at one time. 

 Here is what Chad Pergram with help from the Associated Press wrote and posted yesterday about Senate Republicans for Foxnews.com:

“The Republicans want to force the companies into bankruptcy or mandate hefty concessions from autoworkers and creditors as a condition of any federal aid. They also oppose an environmental mandate that House Democrats insisted on including in the measure.” Congressional Republicans, left out of negotiations on the package, have blasted the plan.

Is that really what Mr. Pergram heard? Republicans want to stick it to the creditors and the workers, and for good measure let’s stick it to the environment as well.

 Notice the difference in the same article when writing about House Republicans:

“House Republicans swiftly voiced their opposition and called for a plan that would instead provide government insurance to subsidize new private investment in the Big Three automakers, demand major labor givebacks and debt restructuring at the companies, and encourage them to declare bankruptcy.”

Mr. Pergram is reporting that the House Republicans are looking for a new plan that will mean givebacks from labor and creditors with some end in sight.

Here is the difference between the two messages – In the House Republicans are targeting a group called “labor.” The Senate Republicans are attacking individuals who happen to be “autoworkers.” Does anyone wonder why Republicans in general are not considered a “people’s party,” and that their constituents appear to be on the “far right?” As a group, at least on the national level,  they appear to be consistently against the individual worker.

Again, in the same article Mr. Pergram wrote:

“Congressional Republicans, left out of negotiations on the package, have blasted the plan.”

Now if as a group you have been left out of the negotiations then shouldn’t that be the only message? Shouldn’t the message revolve around “We can’t support this because we are unclear of exactly what is in the bill.” Or maybe the message should be “We can’t support this because it’s not just the auto industry being bailed out in this bill thus only a few of the auto workers would be helped.”

Republicans need to a least act like they are part of the solution to our economic problem. In this article it appears that the House Republicans are trying to look for an alternate solution while Senate Republicans are trying to block the whole process.

Come on guys and girls – do you really want to stick it to the autoworkers? I seriously doubt that is what you were trying to say. However if it was what you were trying to say then you are probably in the wrong job. THINK!

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