Friday, December 12, 2008

Dubious Distinction


Thank you, Bob Corker!

GM to temporarily close 20 plants to slash output

General Motors Corp. said Friday it will temporarily close 20 factories across North America and make sweeping cuts to its vehicle production as it tries to adjust to dramatically weaker automobile demand.


The move affects most of GM's plants in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. During the shutdowns, employees will be temporarily laid off and can apply to receive a portion of their normal pay from the company. They can also apply for state unemployment benefits, Lee said.

ThinkProgress brings us the list du jour: "20 senators who bailed out Wall Street but refused to rescue auto workers.”

Without further ado:
Yes to TARP, No to auto

Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT)
Sen. Robert Bennett (R-UT)
Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC)
Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA)
Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK)
Sen. Norm Coleman (R-MN)
Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN)
Sen. John Ensign (R-NV)
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA)
Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH)
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT)
Sen. Kay Hutchison (R-TX)
Sen. John Isakson (R-GA)
Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ)
Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-AR)
Sen. Mel Martinez (R-FL)
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)
Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
Sen. John Thune (R-SD)

Yes to TARP, Absent for auto

Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN)
Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE)
Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX)
Sen. Larry Craig (R-ID)
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE)
Sen. John Kerry (D-MA)
Sen. Gordon Smith (R-OR)
Sen.Ted Stevens (R-AK)
Sen. John Sununu (R-NH)

Look at all the "R"s. Good to remember when the economy collapses further into the abyss.

And lookie here: is that both of Tennessee’s Senators voting no or else absent on the auto vote? Why, yes it is!

Sen. Corker, of course, has led the charge against the auto bailout. Sen. Alexander was recovering after surgery, but is on record for saying he’d have voted no. (For those who are interested, John Kerry was in Poland attending the climate change talks. I don't know about Biden.)

Maybe someone should tell Tennessee’s Senators that General Motors is the largest employer in Spring Hill, TN. Hmm?