Here is a list of the Republican Senators who voted for bailing out Wall Street with taxpayer funds:
Here's a list of Republican Senators who voted against bailing out Detroit with taxpayer funds by voting not to cut off debate on the bill:
The Republican Senators who voted for both bailing out Wall Street and against bailing out Detroit are highlighted in red on the second list.
So, why did these Senators find nothing wrong with using up to 700 billion dollars of taxpayer money to bail out banks, but opposed using 15 billion to help American automakers? Well, according to a report in the L.A. Times, it comes down to their opposition to unions. Republicans can't stand the UAW because it supports Democrats and because it fights for ordinary Americans, you know, Americans who build the Cadillacs and Lincolns that their rich supporters drive.
Here's our political lesson for the day: You can rip off your fellow Americans, and make scads of money doing it, and these Republicans will help you out with taxpayer money if you get in trouble because of your own stupidity. If, however, you are the ordinary citizen affected by these actions, there is no protection against foreclosure and no help in saving your union job. In other words, they are less troubled by protecting corporate golden parachutes than by providing nylon umbrellas for the ordinary citizen.