Little Traction for Auto Bailout

SARASOTA -

As Congress considers a $34 billion bailout for U. S. automakers, Sarasota Congressman Vern Buchanan has, perhaps, a bit more to think about as a lawmaker and a car dealer. He met with folks in his district at a town hall meeting
Thursday night.

Bradenton retiree William Benedict says his message to Congress is simple.

'Stop spending my money. Stop giving it away. We don't need to bail out the auto industry. They've made enough off of the taxpayers already,' Benedict said.

He came to a town hall meeting organized by Congressman Vern Buchanan.

Sarasota and Manatee county unemployment numbers are approaching record levels, while stock retirement investments are shrinking.

Buchanan says he understands people are unsympathetic toward car companies.

'Every day up there, every week, we've got another bailout,' Buchanan said.

Buchanan wants the Detroit automakers to use the $25 billion Congress already promised them rather than asking for more.

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