Liberty and Freedom
Brad, this is a difficult set of questions you pose. I guess the ultimate answer is up to people like you and I.
With the amount of tax payer money currently being spent purely to pay off, re-elect, and expand the Democratic base, who will keep the car industry forever and see that it is gov. subsidized to maintain it's function, it's hard to say.
What our elected officials are spending our money on right now has nothing to do with growing our economy. This means that the purchasing power of the nation is going to be drasticly diminished. With that said, the cheapest cars will probably be the most sought after. I dare say, those cars won't be produced by GM.
Amtrak, was kind of a different animal. Poeple recognize the importance of alterior modes of travel, and kind of excepted that it will never turn a profit. Therefore, ok, we'll let that slide. GM on the other hand, was once a pillar of capitalism.
It's up to us to elect people that will champion free enterprize and lower taxes and return to a booming economy that will hasten a return of GM to the private sector.
How long this will take, concidering the current sircumstanses, is another difficult question.
What are your ideas, I'd like to know.