I’ve kept quiet about the proposed GM bailout emanating from the Democrats because, frankly, I don’t have enough information or understanding to add anything to the great comments you all have been leaving at the blog. (Especially that “German” series, which has kept me in giggles for days.)
The one thing that has struck me, though, is how frantic the Dems are to save the automobile manufacturers when so many of their other efforts are aimed at destroying the car. Since the bloated, inefficient auto industry would benefit mightily from Chapter 11 reorganization, the Dems’ efforts to save a business that creates a product they loath must be because they are bowing to a force mightier than themselves — and that would probably be the unions, right?
One of the things the Democrats do is build demographics. Republicans stick to principles, while the Dems work on developing voters: minorities, young people, union members, etc. They promise all of them anything and everything, regardless of whether these promises can be fulfilled or are conflicting and, as long as a critical mass of voters in each demographics buys enough of the promises, the Dems can get elected. Then, when the Dems can’t fulfill the promises, a critical mass of voters skews back to the Republicans, who have principles, but are dismally ineffective at putting them into play.
Overall, when one looks at the sorry state of the two parties, one aggressive and effective, but icky, and one passive and principled, but useless, it’s a pretty poor reflection on the beautiful experiment that is American politics.