It should come as no surprise that Detroit's Big Three (soon to be Big Two) are currently pleading with the federal government for a multibillion dollar bailout package. After all, virtually every other struggling industry giant has received a handout along these lines. My thoughts are to go ahead and give it to them, while attaching a multitude of strings to ensure that the cars America's automakers produce are a whole hell of a lot more environmentally friendly than they are today.
The government should impose sky-high MPG requirements, while requiring that a healthy percentage of new cars be hybrids, if not full-on electrics. Stopgap socialism cuts both ways, boys, and if you want Uncle Sam's charity, you'd best be ready to play by 21st-Century rules. Just saying, "here's a pile of cash, hope you feel better" is not the road to go down here, as Detroit was hurting badly even when the rest of America's economy was flush. Again, a good crisis is a terrible thing to waste. (And I swear I didn't steal this idea from Al Gore or our President-Elect. Honest.)