Dark Day for Detroit

Bailout collapse leaves state fretting over future
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 12, 2008 2:36 AM CST
General Motors Corp. headquarters in Detroit.   (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
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(Newser) – Detroit's bailout has crashed and burned, casting a pall on Michigan's future, the Detroit Free Press writes. The state knows the pain that comes with tough times in the auto industry all too well, and it's "incredible" that any American lawmaker "could want to watch these hard times turn so much harder for so many people," notes a Press editorial.

The bill-killing standoff over the timing of pay cuts seems an "incredibly minor dispute in the face of an industry collapse," and may deal a body blow to the whole organized labor movement, according to the Press. Michigan was in for a rough ride even with the rescue package, "but far worse apparently is to come," warns the Press.