The NY Times and others have stories about Michigan churches praying for a auto industry bailout from Congress. Just click the links to see the photos of the two stories...
...At Greater Grace Temple, an 8,000-member Pentecostal church in northwest Detroit, the Sunday service was dedicated to addressing the uncertainty facing workers whose livelihood depends on the well-being of General Motors, Ford Motor and Chrysler.
“We have never seen as midnight an hour as we face this coming week,” Bishop Ellis said, referring to the possibility that Congress would soon vote on a deal to give the carmakers enough money to stay afloat into next year.
“I don’t know what’s going to happen, but we need prayer,” he said. “When it’s all said and done, we’re all in this thing together.”
Greater Grace, the largest church in Detroit, invited officials from the United Automobile Workers union to speak before Bishop Ellis gave his sermon, titled “A Hybrid Hope.”
The S.U.V.’s on the stage, a Chevrolet Tahoe, Ford Escape and Chrysler Aspen on loan from local dealerships, were all gas-electric hybrids, and Bishop Ellis urged worshipers to combat the region’s woes by mixing hope with faith in God.
“We have done all that we can do in this union, so I turn it over to the Lord,” General Holiefield, a U.A.W. vice president for Chrysler, told the crowd. A vice president for the parts suppliers, James Settles Jr., asked those present “to continue your prayers, so we can see a miracle next week.”...
The NY Times article writes about the concerns of the Catholic church for families at this time and the headline insinuates that it has done the same as Bishop Ellis.
And Reuters has a piece up too (better than the NYT)...quite frankly, this makes me sick.
...Representing the 150,000 unionized workers at GM, Chrysler and Ford Motor Co, UAW Vice President General Holiefield said the industry had made its case for emergency funding as strongly as it could.
"We have done all we can do in this union, so I'm going to turn it over to the Lord," Holiefield told the congregation.
Ellis said he started to organize the service last week after hearing from auto workers, retirees and their widows who were all fearful of even harder times.
At one point, Ellis summoned up hundreds of auto workers and retirees in the congregation to come forward toward the vehicles on the altar to be anointed with oil...
You know what makes me more upset than this utter nonsense?
Some in Congress are considering assigning a government representative to oversee the changes at each auto company. That sounds a lot like the Political Officers of the Soviet Union to me...Probably the best we can hope for is an oversight board - that leads to government control of economic industries. Does that sound like a good thing to you?
The Auto Industry did not get the same treatment as the Credit/Banking Industry. The auto industry has a business model that doesn't work whereas many of the problems in the credit and banking industry stem from government dictating risky rules for loans. The auto execs weren't very smart about how they approached Congress. I also don't think the UAW has really done all that they can.
And, what's next? Who else are we going to bailout?