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This is sad..at least the workers will still get some money, so Bush says he wants an orderly bankruptcy...someone throw a shoe at the guy! Full article in the link
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081218/ap_on_go_pr_wh/bush_autos;_ylt=AowG7lN2r9S.vqF2B0Fd5zwDW7oF

WASHINGTON – The Bush administration is seriously considering "orderly" bankruptcy as a way of dealing with the desperately ailing U.S. auto industry.

White House press secretary Dana Perino said Thursday, "There's an orderly way to do bankruptcies that provides for more of a soft landing. I think that's what we would be talking about."

President George W. Bush, asked about an auto rescue plan during an appearance before a private group, said he hadn't decided what he would do.

"Under normal circumstances, no question bankruptcy court is the best way to work through credit and debt and restructuring," he said during a speech and question-and-answer session at the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative Washington think tank. "These aren't normal circumstances. That's the problem."

The comments came a day after Chrysler LLC announced it was closing all its North American manufacturing plants for at least a month as it, General Motors Corp. and Ford Motor Co. await word on government action. General Motors also has been closing plants, and it and Chrysler have said they might not have enough money to pay their bills in a matter of weeks.

Prices of GM and Ford stocks were down substantially after the White House comments Thursday. Though Ford, unlike General Motors and Chrysler, is not seeking billions of dollars in federal bailout loans, a major collapse of the other two would be expected to badly damage Ford as well.

Bush said the auto industry is "obviously very fragile" and he is worried about what an out-and-out collapse without Washington involvement "would do to the psychology" of the markets.
 

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My fear is that it'll cause the economy to reach a tipping point and consumers to become even more fearful. Otherwise I would say let them fail.
 

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Looks like there IS a bailout, still waiting to see if they have an "orderly bankruptcy"
 

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Toyota reported a loss for the first time too, so don't think it's just the big three. The difference is that they don't lay off workers. They reassign them to clean parks and remove graffiti...at their full pay and benefit levels!
 
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