More important still is the opportunity cost of saving the automakers. It is suggested that millions of jobs might be lost if the firms folded. That may well be true, but those workers wouldnt remain unemployed forever. At present, the Big Three suck up labour and human, physical and financial capital that might instead be employed at more productive firms in healthier industries. Allowing the automakers to fail creates an opportunity for a much-needed reallocation of resources. From their ashes, anything, including an automaker free of the institutional burdens of the Big Three, might emerge. Standing in the way of this process will damage the long-term outlook of the entire region.