Bird 1: (Baghdad)
Lets setup an IED prize in Baghdad. If a local Baghdadi helps the US prevent one IED explosion, he wins a brand new GM Suburban. If he submits 50 automatic rifles, he wins a Chevy Impala. For 25 grenades, a Buick.
Bird 2: (Afghanistan)
Same concept but the possibilities are wider, deeper and much more interesting. Even prisoners can be exchanged for good vehicles. How about a Hummer for ........ Yup.
Bird 3: (Dealers and Local Economies)
Uncle Sam to buy these vehicles from individual dealers at MSRP. This will direct inject cash into local economies. I see no harm in Uncle Sam applying for credit at the local credit unions and paying monthly installments on these cars. This will get credit going. And my favorite uncle will even improve his credit score by taking on so much credit.
Bird 4: (Big Three)
When the sales come in, their balance sheets will be more balanced. They will have cash, credit, and good numbers for the next 18 months. By then there will be so many GM cars in Iraq that spare part business will boom. And if they don't come up with energy efficient cars after this.......well, what can I say.
Bird 5: (Human lives)
Imagine if someone puts this idea into motion. How many lives will this save? How many injuries will it prevent? The cost of prevention alone may pay for the cost of the cars. There is no doubt that this will work.
The same bailout money, if applied differently, can provide a 5X leverage to our economy. Its easy to understand, easy to plan, easy to execute and easy to measure.