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Here’s a simple economic fact of American life: if working families aren’t doing well, then the economy is seriously in the tank for almost everyone.

Here’s a simple political fact of American life: if working families aren’t doing well, your political party is seriously in the tank to almost everyone.

The republican party doesn’t know this and doesn’t care. You don’t stand around doing nothing and watch hundreds of thousands of good paying jobs go down the tubes. Union jobs. With health insurance.

One hundred fifty republican House members voted against HR 7321, the Auto Industry Financing and Restructuring Act.  

From Digby:

Eve of Destruction

…This is really beyond destructive. These people are willing to take down the entire economy so they can bust the unions and prop up a completely discredited ideology with the bodies of middle class Americans who are losing everything…

How did the Missouri delegation vote?:

FINAL VOTE RESULTS FOR ROLL CALL 690

(Democrats in roman; Republicans in italic; Independents underlined)

     H R 7321      RECORDED VOTE      10-Dec-2008      8:46 PM

     QUESTION:  On Passage

     BILL TITLE: Auto Industry Financing and Restructuring Act

AYES

Carnahan

Clay

Cleaver

Emerson

Skelton

NOES

Akin

Blunt

Graves

Hulshof

Yep, Governor Kenny would have been a disaster.

I bet you Kay Barnes is looking pretty good right now to any labor households in Missouri’s 6th Congressional District.

Organized labor needs to remember this vote. Education can be a powerful thing.