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kpete Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 06:21 PM
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The Auto Plan Appears to be Intended to Break the Unions and End Pensions
The Auto Plan Appears to be Intended to Break the Unions and End Pensions
By: Ian Welsh Monday December 8, 2008 3:48 pm

The auto plan, as currently written, gives the Auto Czar the absolute ability to decide if he or she likes the auto restructuring plan presented by the Big 3. If the Czar doesn't, the loans can be immediately recalled, which would cause the companies to go under immediately. Added to the ability to approve or disapprove of any expenditure in excess of 25 billion, and this puts a ton of power in one person's hands.

That person does not answer to Congress and is chosen by the current President: George W. Bush. As best I can tell, the next president will not be able to fire him, though Obama could ask for his resignation, I guess. I don't think the Czar would have to give it, however.

I cannot imagine that any Auto Czar appointed by Bush would not make it a priority to make the companies viable by breaking the unions and probably by ditching the companies' pension obligations. As best I can tell, then, this bill's effect will be to ensure that both of things happen.

Obviously the bill is this bad because Bush will veto anything that doesn't let him break the unions. Indeed, Bush is even making noises about how this bill doesn't go far enough in ensuring viability of the companies going forward, which I think is the administration's way of saying "let's make it even more explicit, just in case my auto Czar isn't loyal to me once I'm gone".

more at:
http://firedoglake.com/2008/12/08/the-auto-plan-appears...
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liberal N proud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 06:31 PM
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1. Completing the mission Raygun began
They have been busting the unions since he was elected in 1980.
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Titus Andronicus Donating Member (68 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 06:43 PM
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2. They should force the foreign automakers in the US to unionize.
Level the playing field.
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doc03 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 07:21 PM
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3. Why does that f---g Bush always get his way?
That god damn Pelosi should have been kicked the hell out when she said impeachment is off the table. That f----g Read should be one of those stinking tourists he complains about.
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dysfunctional press Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 08:05 PM
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6. because ultimately, he and both parties are on the same side- that of the rich corporocrats.
it's their world- we just live in it.
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Obamanaut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 02:07 PM
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14. And we reelected how many incumbents for the new term?
Time and again we read things that suggest the congress are not doing their jobs, yet we keep the same members election cycle after election cycle.
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AzDar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 07:28 PM
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4. K & R ...
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Chemical Bill Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 07:59 PM
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5. Bet the golden parachutes will still be there.... n/t
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sarcasmo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 08:56 PM
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7. I have been saying this since those three idiots took separate private planes.
They knew that would create a shit storm.
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lonestarnot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 08:58 PM
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8. Nope that simple pimple bushitler should not be allowed to do one more goddamned thing but ruin his
own apple fucking pie and have to eat it!
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Hawkowl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 10:12 PM
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9. Pelosi and Reid are WHORES!!
Useless, spineless fucking corporate whores who can't out maneuver the dumbest, least popular, most criminal lame duck in the history of the USA.

Disgusting bastards. The only political contributions I will make next cycle will be to their opponents.
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DainBramaged Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 10:29 PM
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11. You and I both my friend, you and I both.
Spine, something lacking in a large percentge of Democrats.
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Bolo Boffin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 10:18 PM
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10. Let me be frank about Bush being able to name this "auto czar"...
...it's BULLSHIT. Being able to appoint someone like that as a carryover into the next administration? 100% corn-fed bullshit.
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amborin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 10:31 PM
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12. and remember how poppy bush allowed strike replacements to break the uaw's catepillar strike n/t
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robinlynne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 01:59 PM
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13. And this great plan was written by the democrats?
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