A bailout that sticks in the public’s craw


DEREK DeCLOET
Globe and Mail Update

It’s hard to pinpoint the exact moment when Rick Wagoner, the auto workers’ unions and the rest of the Detroit apparatus lost their grip on the public. Maybe it was when they admitted, during a mid-November trip to Washington to beg for money, that they’d flown there on corporate jets. Or maybe it happened long before that.
It doesn’t matter now. What matters is that the auto industry has lost its ability to sway opinion. What’s good for General Motors is no longer what’s good for America. That’s what Americans say, at least.
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