Why doesn't the government use the bailout money to buy cars?
They could replace all the cop cars, executive perk cars, military vehicles (including bonuses for soldiers who have served in Afghanistan) and all the other government vehicles.
The lottery companies could buy a bunch and add them to the prize pool.
It certainly would guarantee auto workers' jobs, plus we'd get something for our money. And maybe it would diffuse the very solid case that can be made by Japan, Germany and other car-making companies that Detroit is getting an unfair subsidy.