Sen. Reid's new bailout bill for the Detroit Three does not set additional fuel-economy requirements, nor does it establish a government oversight board. That's two strikes against getting our money's worth.
Americans everywhere will continue to have sympathy with all those who suffer in your fires, but if you want us to take your claims to being 'green' seriously, start getting your suicidal groundwater abuse under control, California.
What a boon it would be to have a renaissance of our historic "Detroit Arsenal," with our government and the automobile industry working together once again on a program critical to the nation's well-being.
Obama will not support linking the Colombia Free Trade Agreement to economic stimulus. That's good policy and good politics. It will also prevent Bush's last-ditch effort to fracture the Democratic Party.
The government can use the bailout money to set up a new universal healthcare and pension plan, releasing the industry of this massive obligation and giving them the opportunity to be competitive and a strong force in the marketplace.
Rescuing the Big Three is the contemporary version of saving the buggy and whip makers instead of investing in tomorrow's equivalent of car makers -- green industries, public transportation, and new technologies.
Economic recovery cannot mean re-enabling the gluttony of manic consumption without pumping up "production" and getting a more balanced portfolio between what we produce at home and ship in from others.