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Republican Senator Admits Opposition to Auto Bill is All About Union Busting
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By: Blue Texan Thursday December 11, 2008 10:27 am

While Mitch McConnell and other Republicans have hinted that their opposition to investment in the Big Three is all about busting the unions, Jim DeMint refreshingly came out and admitted it yesterday on NPR.

Norris: Now, you know the unions are saying this is also a political ploy on the part of the Republicans to try get rid of unions and use the auto industry troubles to do just that.

DeMint: Well, Im not trying to get rid of the unions, but I am saying that they appear to be an antiquated concept in todays economy.

And if that wasn't explicit enough for you...

DeMint: These car companies are in real trouble. And they shouldve been planning to restructure for a long time. But the political aspect of this is most of this is being done to protect unions, uh, its not to protect the workers. And what I want to do is make sure we have jobs for these workers and we have first-class American automobile companies. And were not going to do it with the barnacles of unionism wrapped around their necks.

I'm not saying Jim DeMint is using the credit crisis to take down the unions, but he does appear to be a union-busting asshole.

For those of you who still don't realize why GOP senators are telling Detroit to !@#$ off, maybe you should listen to the entire 4 minute interview with Jim DeMint(R-SC), because it really is all about union-busting. He ramps up the hate around two minutes in, try not to vomit.

My favorite quote from this jackass:

"The taxpayers should not be obligated to prop up these union bosses who have put the American car companies against the wall, with these contracts and threat of strikes over the last several decades that have essentially put them out of business."

Its all those damn workers fault for trying to get pay raises and this crazy thing called "health care." I mean, who are they to demand shit from these helpless executives that are being put in the poor house because of the big, bad union workers? Blaming the victim much, Senator?
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