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December 7, 2008 Poll Results

Should the federal government bail out the "Big Three" U.S. automakers?

Yes 25% 234 votes
No 67% 617 votes
Not sure 6% 62 votes
Total: 913 Votes

Note: This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.


December 7, 2008
2 p.m.

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When businesses and investors ran amok in the past and took advantage of consumers and the general public, those same people objected to government's attempt to protect the public by claiming that market factors would control and correct any problems.

So, now that the businesses and investors are in trouble, due solely to their shortsighted and stupid decisions, the free market principles should continue to apply. They got themselves into this mess, they can get out...or get out of the way and let better managed companies replace them.

December 10, 2008
7:31 a.m.

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This is a remarkable situation. Should the United States Government and some of the know nothings destroy the American auto industry and force millions of Americans out of work? They should well consider the consequences. Certainly the American car manufacturers have been running a business like a bunch of jerks, but there are millions that will suffer and inaction will turn this recession created by Bush into something close to a depression. Of course name one country, China, Japan, ROK, etc that soes not financially support their car industry?

December 10, 2008
9:19 a.m.

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Allowing the big three to fail will not put millions of people out of work. Non-union auto manufacturers have been operating profitably in the U.S. for decades, and can easily fill the gap should the demand for cars stay the same after the big three go under. Workers may not enjoy the same level of pay and benefits, but this is a reality of the market correcting itself after years of overspending on labor.

December 11, 2008
6:30 a.m.

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If this government is so determined to hand out money instead of the Government putting the money in the hands of businesses that have already shown that they fail, give the money to the people and let them determine who survives by where they spend their money.

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