• Jan 11, 2010
While sucking down one of our favorite stimulants in the frigid air outside Cobo Hall, we heard a lone voice across the street scream, "Screw the tea-baggers!" Naturally, we had to investigate.

Unlike the Tea Party protesters assembling outside General Motors' Renaissance Center to voice their criticisms about the government's bailout of General Motors and Chrysler, this ragtag militia of union officials and automaker employees assembled to support the Fed's financial infusion.

"We're here to thank Barack Obama for his support of the automakers," George Hardy, the vice president of UAW Local 174 told us, going on to say that the cash injection has helped him and his members retain their jobs in one of the worst employment environments in 30 years.

Hardy was adamant that the government's detractors refused to see the benefits of the bailouts, simply saying "The Tea Party has it wrong."


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      • 5 Years Ago
      pfff save the "American Dream" what a joke. These days the "American Dream" is get rich quick by suing someone else or becoming rich on someone else's hardwork.
        • 5 Years Ago
        AKA- the 'free market'.

        Sad, but true.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Where were the Tea Baggers prior to Jan 20th 2009? You know... during the presidency of the person that created the fiscal mess we are in right now?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ivory coast is not Somalia.
        A thriving trade in counterfeit goods equals flourishing? Don't tell that to the people getting ripped off by the counterfeiters.
        According to the article the country does have a de-facto government, "the New Forces".

        Would you rather pay taxes or protection money?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Oh Jesus Christ... Just have to make it a left-right slap fight, dontcha? They're all corrupt. But as long as you pay your taxes, they don't care. It benefits both parties when you point fingers at some other side. BO spent a lot of time, effort, money drafting and campaigning for that bailout that GWB forced upon us. Two sides of the same coin.
        A step in the right direction, short term, is boycott those that take the money. Look at Ford and the growth they've had for not taking the money. The next step, of course, is to bypass and reject the government, hopefully render them obsolete and useless in relatively short order. A true renaissance.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You're absolutely right. Where were they when our great grandchilden were asked to pay billions on mis-adventure in Iraq? Where were they on Medicare Part D? Where were they on Haliburton? Bunch of sad, pathetic drones.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Oh really? "Ivorian tax-free rebel city flourishes"
        http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/8446994.stm

        Somalia is being agitated and manipulated if not occupied by the US government, actually. Thanks for bringing that up, the US government is specifically the one I was referring to that needs to be abolished. Good looking out.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Actually they have been around for some time. The first I heard of them was a protest at our state capitol in the spring of 2006. I think they were started by a libertarian group. It was not until recently though that they have really started to be noticed
        • 5 Years Ago
        Fritz

        The Teabaggers made it a right-left slap fight. That is what it has always been from the very beginning. Republicans are furiously working to Blame Obama for all the problems he inherited from Bush and these protests are just one strategy.

        Reject the government huh? The only country in the world without an effective central government right now is Somalia. And what a paradise it is. Why don't you go live there.
        • 5 Years Ago
        As a visual aid I found this picture taken during a protest.

        http://www.bobcesca.com/images/medicare_sign_teabaggers.jpg
      • 5 Years Ago
      Typical union thugs.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Where is Autoblog's coverage of the actual Tea Party protest?

      I see three nuts with signs. I can see that on any major city street corner. Don't let your love of Obama bias your coverage.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Dude, I was wondering the same thing.
      • 5 Years Ago
      All hail the Skeptic Party!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nice job spelling the "s" backwards in Protectionist.

      Of course it's the morons out there who can't write worth a damn defending the hundreds of billions of dollars wasted (yeah, wasted) on bailing out companies that were already on the path to epic failure.

      Not everybody or every major company was affected as severely as others. Those who needed the bailout simply weren't prepared well for the downturn. They have nobody to blame but themselves. Just sit in the corner, keep your mouth shut and be grateful. Don't go out and cause a ruckus. Not every taxpayer was excited about seeing their hard earned tax money being wasted on bailing out your worthless behinds.

      Then there is also Chrysler, under the auspices of bankruptcy protection laws, who will not pay back the taxpayers the 7 billion dollars they owe because those debts fall under Old Carco. F you, you backstabbing, thieving bastards. Yeah, that's right. You stole money from us, plain and simple. I also blame the government for making (not just letting) this happen.

      Oh, and since another sign in the picture mentions the Employee Free Choice Act, here is a big FU to the union members who support the EFCA. I suppose the removal of the right to secret vote somehow serves to reaffirm our democratic beliefs and principles.

      Are the unions truly fighting for the rights of the workers, or to prolong their imminent death, which is long overdue? We now have laws to protect the workers of America. The union serves no real purpose, except to suck the blood out of companies and cause the demise of said companies. No wonder the union-free companies are thriving, especially in this economic recession, due to their flexibility.

      EFCA, if passed in its original form, will take away the right to secret ballot. This means that you will definitely face peer pressure from union organizers and your pro-union colleagues, and even threats are likely to happen. This goes against the foundation of America's democracy, which gives its citizens the right to secret ballot vote. America needs to wake up and realize this portion of the EFCA and realize just how anti-democratic this bill is. Plain and simple, it's the work of the union lobbists, designed only for the good of the unions and the union bosses. Voice your opinion and make the EFCA go away.
      • 5 Years Ago
      wow, 6 people out of 300 million Americans.... Let's give them more attention....

      • 5 Years Ago
      Huh, Bernie Madoff finally changed his hat.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't think they refuse to see the benefits of the bailouts, I think they don't consider those benefits to be worth the (gigantic) price tag. Is there something better we could do with the money? Is incurring a trillion dollars of debt a year (more like 2 a year at the current rate) worth it?

      I'm not a tea-bagger, but I can see why they're so freaking angry.
        • 5 Years Ago
        There are a hell of a lot of better uses for the money the Feds have thrown at GM and Chrysler. For the sake of argument, lets assume the goal of stabilizing and promoting a profitable automotive sector (reasonable alternative, no?). It may be the benefit of hindsight, but it would be more efficient from a long-term perspective to have spent the tens of billions of dollars in bailout money to suppliers in the form of very low interest loans (or hell, zero interest) to cover operating costs while the assets of GM/Chrysler were liquidated; GM and Chrysler both suffer from a dysfunctional managerial culture and union entrenchment, neither of which are fixed by keeping the companies solvent. The 'Automotive Sector' would not have collapsed as was claimed in early 2009 and late 2008, suppliers, new firms and other automakers (Magna, Tesla/Fisker, VW) would have bought their assets and breathed new life into the region.
      • 5 Years Ago
      To all those who think the bailout was a good idea just look at Ford. They are doing the best and they didn't take all the money GM and Chrysler did. SHOCKER!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Eh, they still benefited from GM/Chrysler not going under.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Would you really buy a car from a company that is run by Harry Ried ,Nancy Pelosi or The Messiah? Never again,it's Ford if it's American.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Welcome to Post-Industrial America: the manufacturing that the unions don't destroy the EPA will be sure to finish off. US companies cannot afford to manufacture products here when the cost of labor is many times higher than other parts of the world. Add to that the extra "fees" the government wants to charge companies for using resources it makes no sense to produce anything here.
        • 5 Years Ago
        see post 72. So you want to live in a country where a worker can lose a finger or suffer from chronic pain so we can compete better with the lowest common demoninator? Well why don't we just toss out our child labor laws too and we can send our 10 year olds in to weld steel for your cheap car?

        I want to know what it was like to breathe in heavily polluted air and have to always boil my water because heaven knows whats in it.

        Yeah, that's what labor protections and environmental standards are for. Americans are morons for wishing away those protections and have very short attention spans just so we can compete with China. We need to force China up, not sink to their level. We're better than that damnit.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Luis - well said. Again.
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