Bailout Resources

The world’s attention over the past three months has been focused on bailout discussions in Congress, first for the mortgage and banking industry and now for the Big Three automakers. The Mackinac Center has been a mainstay during this time for providing cogent, timely analysis, but the issues run much deeper, particularly for the problems facing American automobile manufacturers. The Center also has written about those issues, ranging from union costs to free trade to government mandates. Below is a compilation of the Center’s interviews and commentary.


Master Contract between the United Auto Workers and Ford Motor Company


Media Interviews

David Littmann on mortgage bailouts;
WJR Sept. 8, 2008

David Littmann on Wall Street bailout;
WJR Sept. 15, 2008

David Littmann on mortgage crisis;
WJR Sept. 22, 2008

David Littmann Op-Ed on mortgage bailout;
Detroit News, Sept. 24, 2008

David Littmann on objections to bailout;
Detroit Free Press, Sept. 26, 2008

David Littmann cited by columnist on economy; Detroit News, Sept. 26, 2008

David Littmann cited on bailout objections,
WZZM-13 Grand Rapids, Sept. 26, 2008

David Littmann on bailout failure;
WJRT-12 Flint, Sept. 30, 2008

David Littmann on revised bailout,
Port Huron Times-Herald, Oct. 6, 2008

Michael. D. LaFaive on GM bailout;
NBC-25 Saginaw, Nov. 10, 2008

Michael D. LaFaive on Big Three bailout,
CNS News, Nov. 18, 2008

Michael LaFaive on Big Three bailout,
WJRT Nov. 20, 2008

David Littmann on hypocrisy of bailouts,
Bloomberg Nov. 21, 2008

Michael LaFaive on auto bailouts,
Midland Daily News Dec. 11, 2008

David Littmann on GM bankruptcy,
Bloomberg Dec. 12, 2008

David Littman on auto dealers,
Toronto Financial Post Jan. 12, 2009

Center's "Beyond the Bailout" panel,
Detroit News Jan. 14, 2009

  Articles and Essays

Michael D. LaFaive and Kenneth M. Braun Current Comment on automotive production

David Littmann Viewpoint on mortgage bailout

Lawrence W. Reed Current Comment on Michigan’s economic crisis

Paul Kersey and Kent R. Davis Current Comment on UAW contracts

Paul Kersey Viewpoint on UAW pattern bargaining

Jack McHugh and James M. Hohman Viewpoint on free trade

Tait Trussell Current Comment on fuel efficiency

Michael D. LaFaive Current Comment on the “Freedom Car”

Joseph G. Lehman and Peter VanDoren Viewpoint on vehicle safety

Paul Kersey Current Comment on labor law

Lawrence W. Reed and Diane S. Katz Current Comment on CAFÉ standards

Diane S. Katz Current Comment on vehicle emissions

David Littmann Current Comment on how to save Detroit

Russ Harding Current Comment on automobile regulations

Jack McHugh Current Comment on Gov. Granholm and state pensions