A Bailout For My Business? No Thanks

If your company needs a rescue to keep from sinking, it's a dire sign that your crew has failed to weather the storm

Ford (F), General Motors (GM), and Chrysler have been pleading to Congress that one, two, or all three companies could collapse unless they get a multibillion-dollar bailout from the government. To secure the dough, they're making a variety of promises about improving operations and making more fuel-efficient vehicles. Bankruptcy, the auto execs say, is not an option. Of course, assuming they do take home a pile of cash, you can bet they'll change their tune when the government comes looking for it someday.

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