A Photo Essay (Slide 1 of 8)

Panelist Paul Ingrassia speaks as Moderator David Littmann looks on.

A Photo Essay (Slide 2 of 8)

Moderator David Littmann addresses the audience.

A Photo Essay (Slide 3 of 8)

Panelist Sam Kazman answers a question from the Mackinac Center’s Kathy Hoekstra.

A Photo Essay (Slide 4 of 8)

Panelist Paul Ingrassia responds to a TV reporter’s question.

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Panelist Andrew Grossman summarizes his views.

A Photo Essay (Slide 6 of 8)

Panelist Paul Ingrassia answers a question as Moderator David Littmann takes notes.

A Photo Essay (Slide 7 of 8)

Dr. Leonard Evans, renowned auto traffic safety researcher, asks a question of the panel.

A Photo Essay (Slide 8 of 8)

Panelist Sam Kazman addresses the audience.

Following weeks of public hearings and debate, President Bush in December announced a plan designed to rescue the Detroit automakers. 

But will the bailout help in the long-term, and will it address the issues that created the crisis in the first place?

A blue-ribbon panel of experts hosted by the Mackinac Center addressed these questions, as well as regulatory reform, labor policy and the mechanics of restructuring, on Jan. 13 at the Renaissance Center in Detroit. This photo essay captures images from the event, which was simulcast on the Web (a video will be posted soon).

Panel members included Andrew Grossman, senior legal policy analyst at Washington, D.C.-based Heritage Foundation; Paul Ingrassia, Pulitzer Prize winner and former Detroit bureau chief for The Wall Street Journal; Sam Kazman, general counsel of the Washington, D.C.-based Competitive Enterprise Institute; and Mackinac Center Senior Economist David Littmann, who moderated the event.