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How Much Should You Get Paid To Build A Car?

The Big Three automakers are visiting Capitol Hill again to seek a bailout for their struggling industry. A repeated criticism has been that auto workers are paid unnecessarily high wages for the jobs that they do. What do you think? Is this a fair or unfair criticism?


Jonathan Cohn, a senior editor at The New Republic

Harley Shaiken, professor at the University of California at Berkeley

Henry Farber, professor of economics at Princeton University

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Corrected: December 9, 2008 at 3:43 PM CST
We said that a government bailout "would provide Ford, GM, and Chrysler with ... a package of loans somewhere in the ballpark of $15 billion." Ford says it is not seeking a short-term federal loan.