I appreciate the article about General Motors' Spring Hill, Tenn., engine plant and Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker ("Corker defends positions on GM and the bailout," autonews.com).
I was at the recent automotive hearings in Washington. I was also at the April 27, 2007, meeting at the engine plant. I helped show Corker around the plant, and he said that he was impressed both with our team members and the manufacturing process used here in Spring Hill.
He called the plant competitive, efficient and high-quality, and he said it had shown that energy-efficient 4-cylinder engines were being built by GM and shipped to numerous countries.
A video that is circulating on YouTube about his visit captures only a portion of the compliments that Corker had for the UAW workers and management at the Spring Hill plant.
When I went to the hearings, I was disappointed that the senator failed to act as a supporter of a U.S.-based car company in his state.
He could have helped broker a deal that would have made him look like a leader and supported his constituents as well. Instead, it appeared his attacks on the automotive CEOs and UAW President Ron Gettelfinger were personal.
I understand that tough questioning and due diligence were needed. However, personal attacks were not directed at Wall Street bankers.
The hardworking people from Tennessee and other states who rely on GM, Ford and Chrysler for jobs to support their families watched the Senate hearings with great concern and despair.
We wonder whether the CEO of Volkswagen , the company that recently announced plans to build a plant in Corker's hometown of Chattanooga, received the same treatment and scrutiny during negotiations for the reportedly $577 million in taxpayer-funded economic incentives to locate in Tennessee ("Transplant expansions: Onward ho!" Dec. 1).
There definitely appears to be a double standard.