After all, how could we bail out the Wall Street elite without also making an effort to save the largest single segment of the U.S. manufacturing industry?
In other words, how can we bail out the white collar bankers without making a similar gesture to save the blue collar auto workers who have traditionally formed the foundation of the U.S. economy?
The price of inaction would have been devastating to our already devastated economy.
The United Auto Workers (UAW) union has already had to make some concessions under the bailout. But apparently that is not enough. Some people just want an end to unions. Gotta keep the power away from the little people.
I keep hearing the right-wing propagandists complaining that members of the United Auto Workers (UAW) union make more than $70 per hour (thereby somehow justifying their demise). But that allegation is deliberately misleading.
So let's do the math:
$30 per hour x 40 hours per week = $1,200 per week.
$1,200 per week x 52 weeks = $62,400 per year.
Plus the usual benefits. Nothing special.
So the UAW members make a solid middle class living at $62,000 per year, for doing some good, hard work. What exactly is the problem with this?
That, of course, is a rhetorical question. It's clearly all just a political or ego-driven thing -- or both.
So the anti-worker folks keep calling for labor concessions to keep the industry going.