Bush to U.S. automakers: Start your engines

Things have been so gloomy in Detroit that nobody has seen the sun there for weeks.
Now daylight is about to crawl through the town’s front windows.
The Bush administration threw a big hunk of crumbs to the comatose U.S. auto industry today, offering $17.4 billion in loans in exchange for concessions from carmakers and their workers.
Bush said the auto rescue package gives automakers three months to come up with restructuring plans to become viable companies. If they fail to produce a plan by March 31, they will be required to repay the loans,
Granted, coming up with a restructuring that is viable could be a long shot.
An even bigger long shot would be the automakers repaying the loans since their pockets are emptier than a broken heart.