The move to oust GM CEO Rick Wagoner by the Obama administration is yet another masterful stroke towards economic populism; the federal government will now apply copious political pressure to corporations and companies that bristled happily when it came time to accept bailout funds--har! har! har!--little did they know that were essentially making the federal government their hard taskmaster and overseer. The lesson is clear: Don't take tax dollars from the government. They will bend and twist your company to satisfy its political ends while making a public hanging of you and your management. Score one for Team Obama since this whole sorry episode is a clever cover for the White House to dump more public funds to the automakers with little public resistance or scrutiny. After all, getting rid of a bad CEO (aren't they all unpopular now?) in a very public manner appeases populist sentiment against the bailouts for a time.
I will repeat my call for no bailouts for auto companies: Let them go chapter 11. We could have avoided this whole mess if they were simply allowed to go bankrupt months ago.