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Although President Bush had more important things to be doing today — one can only assume he had a full plate of brush clearin' bill signin' CIA Director consentin' keeping him from meeting with the chieftains of the Big Three. Be that as it may, the auto leaders persevered and engaged today in a bit of legislative hand-holding. They met with such influentials as Senator Harry Reid, the minority leader; Sen. Carl Levin (MI-D), and either House Speaker Denny Hastert or his spokesperson — we're not really sure. Either way, they got a whole load of...well, nothing done — although there was much chest-beating about "positive and constructive dialogue" on "aggresively leveling the playing field" for US automakers. Right, because US automakers can totally compete with a workforce willing to work for a Sally Struthers-like dollar-a-day.

Automakers, lawmakers look for ways to boost US industry [Freep]

Nary A Grip Or Grin: Bush Cancels Meeting With Automakers [internal]