I mentioned in last evening's Discurso that Senate Republicons had scuttled the bill Dems and the Bush regime had hammered together in an effort to preserve roughly 3,000,000 jobs in a time of worsening economic crisis. Tonight, the Rethugs attempted to put the final bullet in the Big Three's brains:
From the NYT:
"The Senate on Thursday night abandoned efforts to fashion a government rescue of the American automobile industry, as Senate Republicans refused to support a bill endorsed by the White House and Congressional Democrats.
The failure to reach agreement on Capitol Hill raised a specter of financial collapse for General Motors and Chrysler, which say they may not be able to survive through this month.
After Senate Republicans balked at supporting a $14 billion auto rescue plan approved by the House on Wednesday, negotiators worked late into Thursday evening to broker a deal, but deadlocked over Republican demands for steep cuts in pay and benefits by the United Automobile Workers union in 2009."
Apparently, the plan they were negotiating already required the car companies to reduce their debt by 2/3 between now and March 31, and to bring their workers' pay into line with their foreign competitors. (This in addition to what had already been agreed to -- major restructuring plans, etc.) The sticking point, apparently, was that Senate Republicans insisted that the workers' pay reach parity with foreign competitors in 2009, while Democrats, the UAW, and the car companies wanted the process of bringing wages down to be completed by 2011.
So the Senate Republicans were willing to let a million jobs, give or take, go down because they wanted the UAW to make massive wage concessions, over and above those it has already made, within one year as opposed to three years. That shouldn't be a dealbreaker, except to people who don't want a deal to start with.
Get used to a lot more of the same. This is, after all, the party of "cut your nose off to spite your face." These fuckwits have no idea how to govern responsibly.
Which is why I'm so pleased that this little grandstand may just blow up in their faces:
The proposal to loan $14 billion to Detroit's struggling automakers collapsed late Thursday night but the Big Three may get some money anyway.
Bush officials warned wavering GOP senators that if they didn't support the legislation, the White House will likely be forced to tap the Wall Street bailout to lend them money, two Republican congressional officials told CNN earlier...
...One of the sources said the a White House official made clear to a GOP Senator that would be the worst option, because the loan could go to the auto companies with few or no requirements along with it.
If so, then it looks like Jane was right about Reid's bluff. Let's hope so. Oddly, while the "worst" option from a Republican point of view, since it won't screw over a union, it is the best option from a Democratic point of view. That knife Senate Republicans were trying to cut the union's with, may come back to slice a chunk off them.
Ha ha ha ha fuck you, morons.
Special bonus: The more stunts like this they pull, the more likely it is even their adoring public will turn against them. After all, people with no jobs and no prospects tend to turn to the Dems for help. So, while it would be better for the country if these fucktards would grow the fuck up and start doing what's really best for their constituents rather than relying on a lot of smoke and mirrors, I'll take the consolation prize of watching them administer the death of a thousand cuts to their own selves.