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Sunday, August 24, 2008

Automakers Seek More Corporate Welfare

By way of Mish, we see at Bloomberg GM, Ford Seek $50 Billion From U.S., Double Request

General Motors Corp., Ford Motor Co., Chrysler LLC and U.S. auto-parts
makers are seeking $50 billion in government-backed loans ..to develop and build more fuel-efficient vehicles.
The industry is also seeking fewer restrictions on how the funding is used

Yes, heaven forbid that the money actually be used for what Congress would have intended. So much better for CEO stock options and stock buy-backs - the stuff that made America great!

GM and Ford lost $24.1 billion in the second quarter as consumers, battered
by record gasoline prices, abandoned the trucks that provide most of U.S.
companies' profit
Presidential candidate and presumptive Republican nominee Sen. John McCain today gave his support to the proposal.

There go those Democrats giving away taxpayer money again. Oh, wait! McCain is a Republican! Nevermind.

``This is a horrible idea, another transfer of funds to failed ventures,'' said David Littmann, senior economist for the Mackinac Center for Public Policy in Midland, Michigan, which describes itself as a supporter of free-market ideals. ``If this were a good idea, the market would price the debt accordingly and give them the money.''

[Emphasis added.

Mish goes on to say:

GM is not really a manufacturing company at all, but rather a subprime lender that sells cars. The market for subprime has dried up so GM needs another "transition".

So, yes, let's pour more money into companies that can't compete.


OBloodyHell said...

> Oh, wait! McCain is a Republican!

McCain is a RINO. Not a particularly egregious RINO, but a RINO nonetheless. It's one reason you find him involved in so many "nonpartisan" activities.

It'll be interesting to see how well he and Palin get along in the long run. She doesn't strike me as someone willing to compromize on basic principles.

RightDemocrat said...

We need to have a domestic automobile industry but I would prefer a different approach than loans with little or no strings. In exchange for aid, the government should get a share of ownership in the auto companies.

OBloodyHell said...

> We need to have a domestic automobile industry

We have a tremendously effective one. It has auto manufacturing plants all over the country.

Some of the marks of the cars produced are "Honda", "Toyota", etc.

You vastly underestimate the number of so-called "foreign marks" which are actually produced here in the USA. I suggest you need to research this to have a clearer, more accurate picture.

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