For 150 years, American biz has fought, tooth and nail, against labor unions, and consistent with this history, are now singing Wall Street's favorite chorus: "labor unions destroyed the auto industry."
Making the American worker the fall guy (and their only protection, the labor union) is consistent with where our culture has spent much of the the last 50 years - worshiping at the alter of power and wealth.
But unions didn't destroy the auto industry.
The unions gave us a vast and decent middle class; the auto companies, along with big biz in general, destroyed themselves, and much of our economy, with relentless greed, poor planning, reduced research, skimming profits to feed the Wall Street monster, and a general disdain for the American consumer evidenced in their efforts, along with the Republicans and a good many Clinton-era Democrats, to outsource our manufacturing, deregulate our health standards, allow our rail system and infrastructure to deteriorate, and let our financial markets invent endless schemes for milking the public, directly contributing to the mortgage industry meltdown.
The Reagan-era effort to destroy unions has brought about a radical reduction of the middle class and led to a hyper-concentration of wealth in the hands of a few.
As long as there was plenty of Reaganesque artificial money floating around (read: borrowed from the Chinese), nobody saw just how poorly framed the whole thing was.
But systems like this always implode under their own weight.
And throughout the years, big biz has spent billions trying to convince us that unions are bad. I wish they would have used that money for research and quality jobs for millions of workers who are now unemployed, and millions more who labor under terrible conditions, with marginal benefits at best, threatened with job loss if they even breath the word "union."
Labor Unions are not the culprit - they are the friend of the American worker, and if there's ever been a time when the American worker needed a friend, it's now.
I may be wrong ... but this is my take on things.