When the CEOs of the three major American auto companies came to Congress in November of 2008, two of them came begging. But unlike most supplicants, they arrived to their potential patron’s doorstep by way of private jet. The three CEOs, Alan Mulally of Ford, Robert Nardelli of Chrysler, and Richard Wagoner of GM, came to Washington to answer questions and solicit congressional support for a $25 billion loan to keep GM and Chrysler afloat. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-N.Y.) described the scene as “almost like seeing a guy show up at the soup kitchen in high hat and tuxedo. It kind of makes you a little bit suspicious.” Eventually, Chrysler and General Motors would receive tens of billions of dollars in government support and stave off liquidation. Wagoner and Nardelli, however, would lose their jobs.