They can't bail them out. No money. The USA is a dead nation that is on life support. There are many articles out there by some of the best economists on the planet that prove the US is dying. We can't bail them out just like Obama couldn't bail out Detroit. They found a whopping $100 Million which is enough to keep the life support on Detroit but nothing else. Birmingham is on that list due to certain people here that were corrupt - most of them were democrat. You also have the stupidest mayor in history who decided right at the start of the recession to jack up business taxes in the downtown area. Guess what happened? Ghost town. Most small businesses left the downtown area and moved to the outer fringes of the area like Pelham and Trussville. It hurt too since many industrial and commercial businesses stayed which are many of their customers. Still, the idea of a bailout won't work here because unlike GM and Chrysler, they will never get their money back. How can cities built on public money that generate little profit be able to pay back a bailout? Jack up taxes but then you force people to leave. Then you not only lose the tax money you needed, but the tax money you had.