December 19, 2008
The Auto Bailout and Democracy
Posted by Gordon Smith

Earlier this week, Robert Reich expressed his concern over reports that the Bush Administration would bail out the Big Three even after Congress refused: "An economic crisis is no excuse for turning our back on democracy."

Today the Bush Administration announced that it would provide  $13.4 billion to the car makers immediately from the Troubled Asset Relief Program. Another $4 billion would be made available in February.

A blow to democracy? Or democracy vindicated?

Remember that the House of Representatives passed a bailout plan, but Republicans prevented it from  coming to a vote in the Senate. The loan announced today extends a lifeline to the Big Three while we wait for the consummation of our uncommonly long transition of power to the Democrats. Bush avoids being Herbert Hoover, and the Obama Administration is given the opportunity to deal with the problem.

It's a no-brainer.

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