For those who can’t get enough of the GM topic, Economix (NYT) has links to posts for and against bankruptcy. Right now it’s 10-5 in favor of bankruptcy, although I’m not sure that Mitt Romney’s vote should have the same weight as those of, say, Martin Feldstein, Gary Becker, and Paul Krugman.
However, the bankruptcy/bailout dichotomy leaves out what I think is the best solution: a government-brokered reorganization, which may or may not require bankruptcy – a prepackaged bankruptcy, as it’s sometimes called. This would be very different than just letting GM go into Chapter 11 and hoping for the best, especially given the lack of debtor-in-possession financing these days (thanks to the commenters who pointed this out). Andrew Ross Sorkin, for example, argues for a prepackaged bankruptcy, and even Romney calls for a “managed bankruptcy” (without many deatils) – yet they are lumped in with the the others, like George Will, who argue against any government intervention. (See the link above for all the links to individual posts.) So I don’t think 10-5 is a very accurate count.
Update: Five professors who really are experts on the auto industry (and one of whom is a colleague of Simon at Sloan) have a highly readable paper with their proposal out. They favor a non-bankruptcy restructuring plan that is overseen by the government and also has some provisions to ensure that the reorganization is in the public interest, such as increased fuel efficiency standards and a prohibition on paying dividends to shareholders.