The Southern Strategy

And I don’t mean the famous political strategy of Kevin Phillips.

No, I’m talking about overseas automakers.

One reason Detroit’s automakers have had such trouble with their bailout is they have an opposing constituency among southern politicians. It’s something the Wall Street Journal wrote about today.

Overseas automakers have mostly invested in southern states, largely because of their historical opposition to labor unions.

As I’ve mentioned before, I covered the auto industry for several years, but I never ran across an explanation for why the South hates unions so much. A quick Google search today didn’t help. I’ll let you know if I come across something, or if I get the time to look into it myself.

Also today, the ethics of an automotive bailout.

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