If what's good for GM is good for the country ...

George W. Bush returns from Asia to news that General Motors is shutting nine plants and cutting 30,000 jobs.

Published November 21, 2005 2:09PM (EST)

If you're George W. Bush, you've got to think that a day that begins with a ceremonial drink of Mongolian mare's milk isn't likely to get much worse. Would that it were true. The president returns from Asia today with little to show for his efforts, and the news that will greet him back home isn't exactly welcoming: General Motors has just announced that it will close nine North American plants and cut 30,000 jobs between now and 2008.

By Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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