GOP Attacks Labor in Alternative Auto Bailout Plan « The Washington Independent
Saying the Democrats’ Detroit bailout plan “guarantees failure at taxpayer expense,” House Republicans on Wednesday introduced an alternative blueprint asking union workers to take a pay cut and give up benefits.
The current powers that be — both in Washington and Detroit — can’t be trusted to fix a problem they created, the Republicans say. From the statement out of Rep. John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) office:
The only thing crazier than trusting the same management and union officials who got the Big Three into this mess to get them out is trusting a bunch of Washington politicians and bureaucrats — the very same people who ran up a $455 billion deficit last year.
What the Republicans fail to mention is that they are “the very same people” referred to here. Indeed, when the GOP took control of Congress in 1994, the federal debt was roughly $4.7 trillion. Now it stands above $10 trillion — with nearly $3 trillion of the new debt amassed between 2000 and 2006, when Republicans controlled the White House and both chambers of Congress. (Another $1.5 trillion has arrived in the last two years under the Democratic-led Congress.)
Funny that no one ever forced a pay cut on these lawmakers for reckless management. In fact, Congress has given itself a pay raise nearly every year this decade.