Put as simply (and broadly) as possible, the partisan arguments in Congress regarding emergency funds for the automotive industry boiled down to:
Republicans - The government should maintain a laissez-faire position (while concurrently mandating concessions from labor) and the market should be the determinant of business decisions and viability.
Democrats - Monies for a large and many-tentacled sector of industry as a buffer and stopgap to allow a window of opportunity for major and wrenching labor and management decisions involving a restructured bsuiness model, but avoidance of a direct takeover of operations by the government.
Except for when, in both cases, those loudly proclaimed stances and principles are simultaneously tossed out the window.
A majority of House members have signed onto a bill to reverse the closing of 789 Chrysler dealerships and block General Motors Corp. from closing more than 1,300, while the full House could vote on the bill as early as next week. SourceRecession or no, there’s no slump in the commerce of bought and paid for legislators.
To paraphrase the anecdote regarding the Model T: You can have a Congress in any color you want, so long as it’s yellow.