After all, the two need each other desperately. One cannot exist without the other. While the oil companies have been making record profits, auto manufacturers have been making record losses. I for one am totally opposed to shelling out billions of tax payers' dollars to keep this badly managed dinosaurs afloat. Will the money they are talking about make people buy more cars? I suspect not. On the other hand, if Big Oil gives money to Chrysler, Ford and GM they might very well ask for something in return. "You feckers must build the kind of cars we want. The you scratch my back I maul yours rule applies here." So if you think a 12 mile a gallon car was bad, think again because a six mile a gallon car is on the way. What would be the merits or demerits of Big Oil coming to the rescue of the giant automakers?