Apparently the Democrats have already given up on a plan to help the auto industry. They just threw up their hands and blamed President George Bush.
Senate Leader Harry Reid says this is President Bush’s problem to fix.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., scrapped plans Wednesday for a voteGoofball Harry Reid realized that Americans, in an overwhelming majority, were not in the least bit interested in handing over billions of dollars without forcing some kind of changes from automakers. Changes? Yeah, changes!
on a bill to carve $25 billion in new auto industry loans out of the $700
billion Wall Street rescue fund.
It's really up to Bush's team to
act, he said.
The entire Democratic platform just swept into office in 2006 and 2008 promised change. Now they are not interested in change.
Speaking of change… Where is President elect Barack Obama?
Why is he not leading on this issue?
You would think with the amount of money and volunteers that the UAW gave to Barack Obama to win the presidential election, at the very least, Barack Obama would be leading the charge to protect the autoworkers from losing their jobs, pensions and health care.
Instead there is virtually dead silence coming out of Barack Obama. Nothing, nada, zippo!
This automaker mess directly affects Kenosha. Many people living in my district are former employees of Chrysler and American Motors who need their retirement just to keep their homes and to put food on the table.
The most frustrating part about this is that the money to help the automakers is already approved. Approval took place back in September when lawmakers set aside $25 billion for the automakers to begin changing over their industries to smaller and more fuel efficient vehicles.
But instead of just handing over the money already approved and allowing the automakers get through this difficult time, the Democrats are refusing to hand over the money.
They say it is for future development.
There is no future to develop if the Democrats don’t get off their collective backsides and do something.
The answer to the Democrats problem is right in front of them with the $25 billion already approved in September and for some reason the Democrats are refusing to act on this problem.
President Bush and Republicans has already said he would go along with restructuring the loan agreements for the $25 billion already approved.
But nooooooo, the Democrats cannot do this; their environmentalist friends would have their heads for this.
The Democrats are in quite a quandary. The money to fix the autoworkers problems is sitting right in front of them, but they are not allowed to touch that money for fear of retribution from the environmentalists.
Right now the Democrats are trapped in between the UAW (who have been very loyal to them) and the environmentalists.
President elect Barack Obama needs to stop picking out new curtains for the White House and start providing the leadership and judgment he has committed to the American people.
The Democrats who currently control Congress need to stop worrying about who is going to be leading their committees and who gets the fanciest office and start worrying about the American people.
President Bush cannot force a vote on this, neither can the Republicans.
The ball is entirely in the court of President elect Obama and his fellow Democrats. Only Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi can structure the deal and call for the vote.
Instead in true Harry Reid style, he drops the ball and points the finger at President Bush. Clearly the Democrats are not showing leadership, but just pointing the finger of blame.
Hey Democrats, the solution to your problem is sitting right in front of you, do what is best for the American autoworker and deal with the environmentalists later!
The $25 billion in loans have already been approved, they just need to be restructured. So give the loans and let's get the American economy back on track.