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Roving Online: Do YOU think the government should bail out the auto industry?

12/11/2008, 4:40 a.m.

American auto makers are petitioning Congress for $15 billion in bailout cash, just months after the banking industry netted $700 billion. We want to hear your thoughts about these deals -- seems only fair, since you're partially underwriting them. (Thanks for the image, Eye Clinic of Austin!)


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Just two months after President Bush signed a law authorizing Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson to shell out up to $700 billion of taxpayer green to hemorrhaging financial institutions, U.S. automobile manufacturers are looking for a piece of the pie to help them stay afloat in a crippling financial climate. Reuters reports that an agreement was struck Tuesday night on the framework of a $15 billion plan to bail out and restructure the so-called "Big Three" car companies (General Motors, Ford and Chrysler), and that the U.S. House of Representatives could vote on the plan as early as today.

Seems as good a time as any to speak your piece on this.

This week's asked a half-dozen Banner readers whether or not they thought the U.S. government should bail out flagging auto makers.  They had their chance; now here's yours.  Sound off in the comments.  We look forward to hearing what you think, and as always, we thank you for reading.

Take care,

Dan Devine
Deputy Editor