Friday, December 5, 2008

The Dixie auto industry

Yglesias points out the obvious,’s pretty aggravating to see these Dixie conservatives who obviously have a parochial stake in letting the Michigan-based firms die off popping up all across the media without the coverage even reflecting that fact. Whenever you see Carl Levin or Debbie Stabenow on television or quoted in the papers, it’s made clear that their views aren’t just stuff they thought up one afternoon — they’re trying to represent the interests of their constituents. But people need to understand that Bob Corker and Richard Shelby and Mitch McConnell all have equal and opposite parochial interests pushed in the other direction — if Detroit folds, then that’s way more market share for Japanese-owned, non-union factories in their home states.

I brought this very point up a couple of weeks ago. It's absolutely infuriating to see these Senators on television day after day and no one in the media bothering to point out that these guys are far from impartial observers of the U.S. auto industry.

1 comment:

Lucid Idiocy said...

If only there were some way to let the people know.

"We want our Kia Plant, M-f'er!"