What do the following U.S. Senators have in common?
*Bob Corker , Tennessee
*Richard Shelby, Alabama
*Jim DeMint, South Carolina
*Mitch McConnell, Kentucky
1. They are all Republicans
2. They all have Japanese, German, or Korean auto plants in their states
3. They all (except Kentucky) have “right-to-work” laws.
4. They all detest the United Auto Workers union
And, most importantly and interestingly, they all fiercely oppose the proposed emergency loan to save American automakers Ford, General Motors and Chrysler.
A coincidence? Concerned about American car companies? Anxious about American industry? Worried about American jobs? Troubled about the American economy?
In Salon’s “Meet the GOP’s wrecking crew,” the question is posed “Why did a small group of Southern Republicans turn the auto bailout into a demolition derby?”—and perhaps answered.
The author is a retired U.S. Air Force officer and a writer.