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Each month, the American Pulse Survey seeks respondents' opinions regarding various political, pop culture and economic issues. Seeing that the auto bailout is a hot topic these days, it is unsurprising that much of the latest survey centered on the $17.4 billion in so-called bridge loans to the Detroit 3 automakers. So, who's to blame for the Motor City's downfall? Survey says: bad management (78.8 percent), the UAW (63.8 percent) and global economic uncertainty (57.7 percent); so say 4,117 Ame

True to their word, the Canadians came through with an aid package to support the auto industry, namely GM and Chrylser. The amount to be loaned is $4 billion Canadian, with $2.7 billion coming from the national government and $1.3 billion coming from Ontario, where much of the industry is based. With the conversion from Canadian to U.S. dollars at today's rates, that works out to just about the 20-percent that was promised. Parts suppliers in Canada will also have access to the money, and some

After spending the better part of two days giving the CEOs of the Detroit automakers every indication that they were going to be hung out to dry, Congress has at least partially caved in to the reality a large number of constituents would almost certainly loose their jobs soon if nothing was done. Late Friday, Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) announced that a tentative agreement had been reached that would see Detroit get $15-17 billion in bridge loans from the Department of Energy fund meant to help pa