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    Disturbing Auto Industry #s

    Lynne Kiesling highlights these daunting numbers from David Yermack’s WSJ piece: • GM and Ford are two companies that made the most money-losing investments in the 1980s; between them they “destroyed $110 billion in capital” in the decade, according to an analysis from the careful and renowned economist Michael Jensen. … More

    Auto Bailout: Stuck in Neutral

    Congress is facing a few road bumps during this lame duck session to pass any legislation. The Omnibus Lands Bill that restricts energy exploration has been put on the backburner, at least for now, to make room for a vote to bail out Detroit. The good news is Democrats and … More

    More Help for the Auto Industry? Just Say No

    General Motors wants to merge with Chrysler. Doesn’t sound so bad, right? Turning Detroit’s Big Three into the Big Two might be just the remedy for an ailing U.S. auto industry. Maybe not. But that’s not the problem. The problem is how GM is proposing to merge with Chrysler — … More

    The Auto Bailout: What’s Behind the Wheel?

    As discussed in Senior Research Fellow in Regulatory Policy James L. Gattuso’s recent blog post, the House this week approved a new $25 billion loan program for Detroit automakers, and the Senate is expected to soon follow suit. The loans are to develop alternatives to conventional fossil fuel powered vehicles … More

    Morning Bell: A Better Way to Help Detroit

    Almost 30 years ago, a steep rise in oil prices drove consumers to buy smaller, more fuel-efficient cars. Cars that American auto manufacturers simply didn’t make. The resulting huge drop in sales drove Chrysler to the brink of bankruptcy, but before the market could play itself out, President Jimmy Carter … More

    Bailing Out Detroit: Wrong Vehicle for Change

    Nothing gathers a crowd in Washington like the sight of money being handed out.  Thus, in the wake of last weekend’s federal takeover of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, lobbyists for the automobile industry could be found stalking the halls of Congress, asking for help from the government too.  Specifically, … More