Of course America’s car-makers were going to get a bail-out. They employ millions, both directly and indirectly, and are facing an unprecedented collapse in demand. While individual members of Congress could stand on principle secure in the knowledge they wouldn’t be held personally accountable for starving a vital industry of desperately needed liquidity, President Bush couldn’t so easily sidestep his responsibility for the consequences of inaction. Hence the $17.4 billion loan package.