by Max Brantley
It's rich to see the likes of Republlican Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama insist on more givebacks from U.S. automakers' workers before he'll agree to any government support for their continued survival.
Here's just one of a number of places that recount the hundreds of millions in subsidies that Southern states -- South Carolina, Mississippi, Tennessee and Alabama -- have given to lure foreign automakers to their worker-unfriendly climes. These state have literally taxed poor people to give handouts to Japanese and German carmakers. But subsidies for U.S. automakers are OK only if unionized workforces -- already not far ahead of workers for foreign companies in compensation and already on-board for more givebacks -- are sufficiently punished.