Southern Republican congressmen represent foreign car makers operating in their states where workers earn less and taxpayers subsidize nonunion companies. Northern congressmen are looking into the survival of American auto makers and all the jobs involved. The bailout of the Big 3 boiled down to an uncivil war waged by Southern Republicans against American workers and unions.
Republican senators wanted steep cuts in pay and benefits provided by the United Automobile Workers union. The $14 billion emergency bailout for U.S. automakers failed in the Senate Thursday night because the United Auto Workers would not kowtow to Republican demands that employees of American companies make the same as the auto workers in Southern states where foreign companies enjoy American taxpayer welfare.