Wednesday, November 12, 2008


That's a famous, old saying from another time. Right?

It begs the question: are the wisdom and pertinence of this famous statement equally as antiquated?

No doubt, there will be some sort of auto-industry bailout in the near future. It may even be bumped into the 111th congress. But it will happen. It needs to happen. Like it or not.

Many are simmering because GM and other U.S. car makers largely brought this upon themselves: poor planning, prioritizing gas-guzzling SUV's instead of focusing on energy-efficient technologies and simply ignoring the writing on the wall. Now they're in line to have Uncle Sam bail them out, again. 

Many more are chiding, "with all those smart people at the helm of these companies, how could they have gotten it so wrong? Building Escalades and Hummers instead of developing hybrids? Really?"

It seems there is very little that Americans won't collectively own by the end of this bail-out frenzy, for better or worse. Sure, it beats the prospect of millions of people out of a job and the too-big-to-fail companies going belly up. At least the Federal government can allow these industries to "work out" of the situation over time. 

That's right, they call it a "work out."

This is the narrative that, at the very least, helps us swallow the many economically bitter pills that are piling up. 


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Quotable Quotes (from the article below: no we did not make up these names):

• “Even if they go bankrupt in a year, it is better than going bankrupt now,” given the state of the national economy, said Professor Helper. “From a social point of view, even if G.M. is not providing a return on investment, it is still providing a lot of good jobs.”

• Just let market forces play out, and if G.M. or one of the other companies files for bankruptcy, support the workers and the communities that would [be] affected by a bankruptcy filing." said Professor Slaughter. He added, "Why should the government treat G.M., Ford and Chrysler workers any differently?” 
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Here are a few articles regarding the auto-industry matter:

- "G.M.’s Troubles Stir Question of Bankruptcy vs. a Bailout,"

- "A $25 Billion Lifeline for GM, Ford, and Chrysler," U.S. News & World Report, September 24, 2008 (for info on the first 2008 auto-industry bailout)

- "Showdown Begins Over Lifeline to Automakers, White House Opposes Use Of Financial Rescue Funds"

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