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Democrats deserve a choice too

I’ve always enjoyed reading/listening to Mickey Kaus, formerly of Slate’s Kausfiles. Now I wish I could vote for him for Congress. Although to do it I would have to live in California. Uh, uh. He doesn’t have anything against his incumbent opponent, Barbara Boxer, other than that she’s in bed with the unions and all for creating another wave of illegal immigration from Mexico to further suppress low-skill wages for citizens. Me, in addition to those policies, I can’t stand her whiny voice. Mickey has a nice, almost soothing voice, and lots of common sense, something you don’t often see in a Harvard grad, and something the Dumbocrats could use a lot more of.

Toyota’s real crime: Being No. 1

And, as far the Dem congress is concerned, it’s that they’re also non-union:

“Don’t let Tojo turn you into a unwitting freeway kamikaze for the ‘Divine Emperor’! At the U.S. Department of General Motors, our G-Men are working ’round the clock to stop Jap sneak attacks on America’s publicly owned automotive industrial arsenal. But here on the home front, America’s vehicular victory requires the vigilance of regular Joes and Janes like you. Together we can Shun the Huns and Nip the Nips, and send ’em packing their non-union Priuses back to Yokohama!”

And if Iowahawk’s humor doesn’t convince you, try Car and Driver.

Why a Detroit bailout will fail

"Total compensation per hour for the big-three carmakers is $73.20. That’s a 52 percent differential from Toyota’s $48 compensation (wages + health and retirement benefits). In fact, the oversized UAW-driven pay package for Detroit is 132 percent higher than that of the entire manufacturing sector of the U.S., which comes in at $31.59."
Not that a Democrat congress will be deterred from a bailout when their union voters are at stake.
Meanwhile, there are no less than ten new automaking startups daring the current economy. Wow.
UPDATE: What one Ford Focus drove its owner to do to save almost two thousand dollars in repairs.