Just before I bail out - off to Europe, Asia and Australia, I thought I might give away the last portion of my feeble mind.
How did the US Government hand over billions of dollars without having a say in its use? What queue do I line up in to get some of this?
If the Government wants to bail out the country, they have an entirely different task at hand. Allow the Motor Vehicle and Housing juggernauts to start failing, and hire the laid off workers directly to perform infrastructure work - like High-Speed (bullet) trains around the country that are remarkably energy efficient. A couple of car makers might survive - good! A few might disappear forever - even better. America doesn't need more choices, it needs fewer - lots fewer, that way true competition is out there, not some logo propped up by the poor people paying again, and again, and again.
Collect a few executives on Tax Evasion charges, and send them off to Devils Island - I guarantee they're all guilty... and a "Shame"