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    "Cash For Clunkers" Drives into Reality

    But for handing over gobs of cash with no strings attached, it would be harder to imagine a more sweetheart deal for the auto industry: According to the Wall Street Journal, Congress is considering a proposal to pay consumers to buy new cars. It could wind up as part of … More

    U.S. Taxpayer Dollars for Italian Automaker?

    Will the United States government fund Italy’s Fiat’s attempt to own a majority stake in Chrysler? While most people were following other news on Tuesday, Chrysler and Fiat quietly agreed to a deal that would give Fiat a 35% stake in the Chrysler. For this, Fiat would provide Chrysler with … More

    75 Years Ago, Ford's Better Idea

    “A Conservative,” that anonymous scribe within Heritage, surfaces again for the second time in three days with a cautionary tale for the Big Three about Henry Ford, FDR and Big Government strings. This latest edition of New Common Sense, titled “Ford Faced Down FDR’s Blue Eagle,” reads as follows:   Out … More

    Morning Bell: Time to End the TARP Bailout Parade

    Senate conservatives last week waged a hard-fought and principled battle to protect both U.S. taxpayers and the integrity of the free market against the Washington establishment that favored a government bailout of General Motors and Chrysler. By late Thursday it appeared they had won. But within hours of the end … More

    Morning Bell: Bankruptcy Is Best Way to Save Auto Industry

    Last night while marshaling votes for the House’s eventual 237-to-170 vote in favor of nationalizing Detroit, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) told the Wall Street Journal: “If we do nothing we face the risk that sometime soon there will be no American auto industry.” Hoyer has it exactly backward. … More

    The Big Three’s Plans for Change

    A few weeks ago, CEOs from Detroit’s Big Three flew to Washington in their private planes asking for $25 billion. They were ridiculed for flying private jets and Congress sent them home, demanding they needed a comprehensive plan to even consider loaning this kind of money to the automakers. They … More

    Video: Bankruptcy, Not a Bailout, Is a Better Option for Automakers

    Heritage Senior Research Fellow James Gattuso explains what happens when bankruptcy is declared and why it is a better option for Detroit Automakers [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wKGODqsZ2o[/youtube]

    The Auto Bailout & The Bankruptcy Myth

    When I think of bankruptcy I think of this. That’s right, the Monopoly Guy. Pockets empty. Shoulders shrugged. Game over. All the jobs will be wiped off the face of this earth and bulldozers will tear down the buildings. I’m guessing a lot of people think this way when they … More

    Propping Up a Failing Auto Industry

    According to the latest news, the only obstacle remaining to complete a merger between General Motors and Chrysler is $10 billion in taxpayer money. Jui Chakrovorty Das and Kevin Krolicki detailed that GM and Cerberus Capital Management, the owner of Chrysler “have resolved the major issues in a proposed GM-Chrysler … 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