Bank failure transmits the wrong economic message.
Failure of ford? Eh... whatever. After all, everyone knows that american cars suck, right?
Its all political.
But, having said that, I would also have to say that the average 3rd grader could see that the day of the SUV was coming to an end, and that investment was needed to be made in fuel efficient cars. Further, as far as ford is concerned, they *already* have models made in Europe that are highly fuel efficient - how about selling some of them over here?
<--no sympathy for US automakers that had their heads up the SUV ass, making thousands on each one, and short selling their future for quick profits.