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Unions the difference for US auto firms

Daniel Jacobsen writes (letter, Dec. 7): "I want to buy a car that runs on either hydrogen, natural compressed gas, electricity, gas or ethanol, gets at least 30-plus miles per gallon and doesn't cost more than $20,000. "Simple, other countries h...

Daniel Jacobsen writes (letter, Dec. 7):

"I want to buy a car that runs on either hydrogen, natural compressed gas, electricity, gas or ethanol, gets at least 30-plus miles per gallon and doesn't cost more than $20,000.

"Simple, other countries have this. Why not the United States?"

What is the biggest difference between United States auto makers and others? Unions.

If we as taxpayers are going to bail out these companies, they should change their internal operations as well, and unions offer nothing that benefits their business.

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Last year, unions spent$450 million on the 2008 elections. What do they expect from this massive investment? The answer is simple: scrapping the federal law that protects both business and workers during union organizing drives.

What could the United Auto Workers' portion of that$450 million have done to help the auto industry and workers? I wonder.

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