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Remember a few months back when the Big 3 made their second appearance in Washington, DC, hat in hand begging for their lives (or at least the ability to maintain something relatively close to the status quo)?
There were those in Congress who stood up and lambasted the Detroit auots. They said that we here in Great Lakes State were out of step, that we didn't build cars people wanted and that a pair of uniquely Michigan companies didn't deserve the same sort of economic restart that had just been handed out in spades to the bad players in the banking and financial services industry.
The response, especially from union members and Democrats was down right apoplectic. How DARE anyone question the Big 3? How dare those folks in Washington question Michigan manufacturers and blue collar workers? Especially after the Congress had just given so many billions to their friends who happened to hold their mortgages back at home.
Frankly, a lot of those criticisms were spot-on accurate. Michigan did get a bum rap. The Big 3 hasn't coaxed nearly enough concessions out of Big Labor, but they're working on it (often without a good-faith partner in the form of UAW leadership, but that's not their fault). Similarly, our domestic automobile industry is leading the world right now in so-called "green vehicles," making fuel efficiency cool and affordable while pioneering battery technology for the first wave of gas-free autos.
There was a glaring double-standard in the way different companies were being treated and the Washington insiders WERE picking on us like they hadn't picked on anyone else.
Wait, did someone mention double-standards? Oh, right, that was me. Good point about double-standards, Nick! (You can't see me right now but if you could you'd see that I'm slapping my own back.)
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