With all of the pious talk of the importance of the big 3 auto makers, it is hard to dissociate ones feelings with the subject. American car culture and our affinity for happy motoring is woven into the Stars and Stripes. But our automotive manufacturers have come to the end of the road. Their myopic practice of pure market-pull business operations, as opposed to the technology push of industrial leadership, has left them stranded on a slender spit of sand surrounded by the rising tide of change. The very immensity and gravitas that allowed these corporate creatures to dominate the market now threatens to sink them as our unsustainable mania for consumption and wretched excess comes to a squealing halt.

Three ailing patients show up in the congressional emergency room and plead for help. But the market and the government must do triage on this group of patients lying on cots before us and throw resources at those who may live and wheel the living dead to expire in the dark hallways of the corporate morgue.

The delegation of big wheels from Detroit were apparently unsuccesful in their reconnoiter to DC looking for national treasure. Their bizjet faux pas was the finishing dab of paint on this silly cartoon. It was a signature blunder marking arrogance and an artless attempt to exploit the transient alignment of stars motivating congress to fund business institutions “too large to fail”.

These business dinosaurs need to become extinct so as to allow other more competitive creatures a chance at survival. I urge the Congress to stand back and allow these companies to enter into Chapter 11 and reorganize. Their cost structures are simply too bloated with overhead to go forward. If a company is willing to reorganize, then it may be worth advancing a loan of public funds to aid their survival. But as they are presently configured, they should not be encouraged to live on to produce more of the same.