Today, there are 75% more vehicles on the road than there were in 1980, but the number of people doing enforcement at the highway traffic safety agency has gone down by 50%. The creed of anti-regulation has cost at least 56 lives in Toyota crashes.
The auto industry needs the bailout and it should get it. This is a real economic crisis; you do not ask a bleeding patient if he is deserving of a tourniquet. You just give him one. Later, once he’s somewhat stable, you address the larger issues.