You can listen to clips of his comments on the WSPD News Page, but the comment that caught my attention was not used by the News Department.
"We have to get up on our hind legs, labor and management together, and fight..."
So I have to ask - what hind legs? We only have two legs, so what is he talking about? Is he implying we have to act like animals in the way we address the issue of the bailout? Are we supposed to 'fight' like junkyard dogs?
Obviously, since he made the comment yesterday during the 'pep rally' to try to generate support for the bailout, he's had time to clarify his comment. Does his not even realize what he said? And did no one say anything to him about it? Probably not, considering his previous reactions to such criticisms.
Carty was way over the top, claiming that without the bailout, the auto industry in American will collapse. Most 'experts' say that even if one or two of the Big 3 have to declare bankruptcy, it will not mean the end of the American auto industry. As it is, Ford is saying only that they'd appreciate a line of credit - they don't actually need any money, at least, not yet. And a bankruptcy does not always mean a liquidation, but even if it did, other manufacturers would purchase and then use the assets that were being sold. It might mean the end of a particular company, but not the end of an industry.
Carty also claims that "the American automobile industry built the United States of America and where in the world would you let anybody who built a country fail on its backside?" Grammar aside, I guess I didn't realize we had cars in 1776.
He ends with: "...this is what America is about and the day we lose it is the day we lose our strength and our vigor and our heart and soul as a nation." And our Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur said 'it's a fight for America and our children and grandchildren,' adding the obligatory 'it's for the children' tug on the heartstrings.
I'm concerned that an elected mayor thinks the heart and soul of our nation is dependent upon any one industry, rather than upon the freedom and liberty of its citizens. I'm also concerned that our representative who voted against the $700 Billion bailout now thinks a bailout is somehow okay because it benefits members of a union.
I only wish they were this passionate about cutting my taxes, reducing the size of government and increasing my liberty.
Sidenote: Carty called the $34 Billion being sought a 'modest' amount. Gee - can I have a 'modest' raise?