If the bailout of GM, Ford and Chrysler occurs (as I project it will) the Congress and administration will appoint a "car czar" to administer the Big Three. As you may recall, the government has taken over the lending institutions in the previous bailouts.
The United States began to slide down the slippery slope to socialism many years ago. The current depression/recession has only provided more grease at the bottom. We are now at a 100 mph slide into a totalitarian, Big Brother government. Yes, a large part of the problem is our government in their trade agreements, open borders policies, undeclared wars, foreign aid, the Patriot Act and other unconstitutional acts by our elected representatives. However, the major culprit is who you see every morning as you look in the mirror. Yes, you! Or us! We have met the enemy and they are us!
We, the people, are responsible for the mess we are in. We never voted. We voted strictly along Republicans or Democratic lines. We listened only to the "campaign bites" for years. We did not hold our elected officials feet to the fire. We allowed the republic to become a democracy. We allowed our government to drag us into numerous undeclared, thus unconstitutional wars since 1945. We allowed the so-called trade agreements and open borders to rob us of our jobs. We flocked to the "big box" stores to buy the cheap goods manufactured by slave labor in China or elsewhere. We have allowed the Federal Reserve to steal from us on a daily basis.
We, Americans, have for many years had a good ride, not taking responsibility for maintenance of the republic, too busy with our iPods, cell phones and football.
When in years to come, our grandchildren will ask Grandpa/Grandma "Why am I a slave?" Look them in the eye and tell them, "Well, I don't know, I just didn't get involved but I always felt somebody should do something. I do remember the Super Bowl of 2010, what a great game!"
John P. Fitts, Noel