File under: Whatever happened to "Better Dead Than Red?"
"History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce."
-- Karl Marx
Megan McArdle over at "The Atlantic" has some thoughts on the Fall of the House of Auto.
If Obama follows through, and actually puts the companies into bankruptcy, I'll be awfully impressed--it's hard for any president to give up Michigan, but especially for a Democrat who wants labor support. So then the question is, what next? Which marques go? Buick, for sure, and Pontiac. Which plants close? And what is the government going to do to help autoworkers? They're not just out of a job--they're stuck in a state that will be absolutely devastated by these closures. Their houses will be worth almost nothing. What do you do with a 50-year-old auto worker who has lived in a factory town all his life?
Well, if I were more of a heartless fucker than I already am, I'd ask that 50-year-old auto worker how flipping parties 27 years ago and voting to unleash the Evil-Gummint-slashing, corporate-deregulating, union-crushing, middle-class butchering, CEO-deifying, economy-wrecking hellspawn ideology of Reaganomics because he hated poor people and feared brown people --
Reagan Democrat is an American political term used by political analysts to denote traditionally Democratic voters, especially white working-class Northerners, who defected from their party to support Republican President Ronald Reagan in both the 1980 and 1984 elections. It is also used to refer to the smaller but still substantial number of Democrats who voted for George H. W. Bush in the 1988 election. The term can also be used to describe moderate Democrats who are more conservative than liberal on certain issues like national security and immigration.
The work of Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg is a classic study of Reagan Democrats. Greenberg analyzed white ethnic voters (largely unionized auto workers) in Macomb County, Michigan, just north of Detroit. The county voted 63 percent for John F. Kennedy in 1960, but 66 percent for Reagan in 1980. He concluded that "Reagan Democrats" no longer saw Democrats as champions of their working class aspirations, but instead saw them as working primarily for the benefit of others: the very poor, the unemployed, African Americans, and other groups.
-- was working out for him?
I'd ask how it feels to have let right wing propagandists rage him up over fictional welfare queens to a point of incoherence that he voted to slit his own throat in slow motion...only to end up being part of one of the the biggest gang of public teat sucklers in the history of the world?
I'd ask how it feels to have voted to piss away trillions on unnecessary Cold War weapons to defeat a decrepit and toothless Soviet Union only to end up begging the
Evil Gummint to save him from the very same meat-axe of Reaganomics that always brought a happy sneer to his face when he thought of it being brought down like the wrath of God on the necks of the undeserving poor?
All this and much, much more I would ask...were I a less charitable man.