While attention was elsewhere, congress voted to give lend GM, Ford and Chrysler a $25B bailout all their own. I can remember a time not so long ago when that would have been considered real money. Critics protest: why should we prop up Detroit? What about Toyota and Honda, for instance: they produce in this country too, no?
But this misses the point. Toyota and Honda don’t need the money; they’ve been designing and building fuel-efficient vehicles for years. We should reward the Big 3 for binging on SUV’s and starving their research engineers.