Cartoonist Mark Fiore has more fun with Detroit this week. Click through for what to do when your car company breaks down.
We’ve noticed that, in the midst of all the Big Three bashing, some are wondering how white-collar institutions like Citigroup can secure so much money from the feds while the blue-collar-employing automakers are made to beg. Here’s Leo W. Gerard of the Huffington Post expounding an increasingly popular meme:
The message here could not be more clear: Washington will bailout out
those who shower before work but not those who shower afterwards.
Detroit is a place where workers are unionized; Wall Street is not. And
right-wing Republicans and conservative pundits have made it clear they
want the union workers to suffer. They want federal aid denied to the
Big Three so that the firms go bankrupt. Then the companies can renege
on pensions they guaranteed to retirees and can break salary and
benefit promises to workers in current contracts.
Are union sympathies driving the backlash against the backlash? Or could it be some sort of Jedi mind trick perpetrated by seemingly hapless Detroit?