I work in auto sales. I sell Subaru. In 2008, Subaru was the only major US marketer to post a sales increase over the previouos year. I feel very fortunate to work in sales for this particular brand. Having said that, here is how the bailout of the US makers affects our sales. US makers are selling automobiles at a loss. They have to do this to move their inventory. They are able to do this because the US government has bailed them out. So their prices are deeply discounted and they offer low finance rates. Their captive finance companies are offering low rates because, they too, have been bailed out by the government. So, when a customer comes in to my dealership, they are comparing my auto to a car that is subsidized by the government. The American product costs far less and is far cheaper to finance. Now Subaru has sold at a higher price than most competitors for many years because our product has a great reputation for reliability, durability, and tremendous resale value. We still have those advantages, but the price advantage of the American makes is becoming so great that it is difficult to overcome. American companies are offering discounts from 25% to even 50% off the sticker. Is it fair for the government to bail out the US makers and thereby drive out of business other makers? Will consumers be better off if this happens? Who has achieved high build quality cars and forced the US manufacturers to improve their quality? Was it foreign competitors or the US government? Who has forced US companies to take better care of their customers? Was it foreign competition or the US government? Who has lead the drive to alternate power technologies? Competiton or government? Who has pioneered improved safety in automobiles? Competition or the US government? The American manufacturers are on the ropes because of their own short-sightedness. They should be allowed to go bankrupt if that is what the market determines. By sustaining these failed companies and creating unfair competition, the US government may bankrupt companies that have built fine products while saving companies that have served the public poorly. That is the possible unintended consequence of the government bailout.