As a foray into the troubled waters of the biggest industry crisis of our time, Romney's plan epitomizes how Republicans think about the economy: by pretending we live in a Dickensian version of the Eisenhower era.
Memo to the media: you want to see the auto industry go down? Fine. But, at least try to give the facts about the cuts, concessions and job losses that workers have taken on in a bid to save their livelihoods.
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.
The proposal by the CEOs of the Big Three to work for $1 a year has gone over like a lead balloon with taxpayers, with a clear majority believing that the car bosses do not deserve such a bloated salary.
Confounding the conventional wisdom that he is a lame duck president with no agenda as his days in office dwindle, President Bush is redoubling his efforts to mutilate the country before his term expires.