I'll be brief. I know you're busy.
I suggest that you appoint Seth Godin to be:
"Secretary of 'Let's-not-try-to-build-a-New-economy-the-Old-way'"
Seriously. I think we'd all find ourselves knee deep in the types of ideas we need to be cultivating for a new world.
I think that some of the best and brightest minds could be engaged in dialogue and leveraged for a better and brighter future.
I think we'd have a national catalyst for rethinking some of the habits that get us stuck.
At the minimum, I suggest that you make his blog and books required reading for your staff.
And consider this thought very seriously (not just in thinking about the automotive bailouts):
'What to do about Detroit'
Sincerely, Daniel Rudd
Small Business Owner, Michigan
PS. Thanks for your hard work. Congratulations.