Barry now at the head of GOVERNMENT Motors

Discussion in 'The Fire For Effect and Totally Politically Incorr' started by bcj1755, Jun 1, 2009.

  1. bcj1755

    bcj1755 New Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    A wretched hive of scum and villiany
    Analysis: Gov't firmly behind the wheel at GM

    By JIM KUHNHENN, Associated Press Writer Jim Kuhnhenn, Associated Press Writer – 42 mins ago

    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama now owns General Motors, even though he insists he's taking it out only for a spin.

    Hours after the government sent GM into court Monday to file for Chapter 11 protection, Obama declared, "What I have no interest in doing is running GM."

    But with a 60 percent equity stake in the carmaker and $50 billion in taxpayer money riding on GM's success, the federal government is far from a hands-off investor.

    Obama and his economic team stress that the government's goal is to get GM back on its feet, maximize the return to taxpayers, and exit quickly from its involvement. But as one administration official put it, there is an inevitable tension between those objectives.

    And the snap in that tension could sting — politically for Obama, economically for the auto industry and fiscally for the taxpayer.

    How well a leaner GM adjusts after a trip through bankruptcy court is an open question. So is the payback to taxpayers. Administration officials already have warned that $2 of every $5 pumped into GM might be difficult to recover.

    Given the economic crisis, the Obama administration's aggressive intervention is a defining moment for capitalism. Whether the president's actions serve as a private sector lifeline or a tether is a question that Obama and his economic team must confront not only with GM and Chrysler, another bailed-out automaker, but with the financial sector as well.

    But the sheer size of GM's bankruptcy protection filing, the magnitude of the government's role and the company's status as a fallen symbol of American industry might make this intervention perhaps the most remarkable — and among the riskiest.

    "There is a huge wish list of things they want," Julian Zelizer, a professor of history and public affairs at Princeton, said of the administration. "They don't want any risk for taxpayers, at the same time they are promising potential rewards for taxpayers. They don't want to run this forever, but at the same time it's a failed company and they're taking on responsibility for it without any clear exit strategy. The longer the promise, the bigger the potential disappointment for people."

    It's certainly not lost on the administration that automakers have a huge presence in Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin and Missouri — all potential battlegrounds in a presidential contest. Whether voters there will remember the 66 percent of GM jobs Obama helped retain, or the 34 percent that GM had to shed to satisfy Washington, won't be known until the next election.

    The administration's role to date has certainly been forceful.

    The president a month ago forced Rick Wagoner out as GM's CEO. The Treasury Department dictated what bondholders should get for the $27 billion they held in GM debt. Obama's team determined that GM needed to downsize so that it could break even if auto industry car sales remain at 10 million vehicles a year, instead of the 16 million auto sales threshold it needs today.

    And on Treasury's instructions, GM will replace a majority of its board members in consultation with the Obama administration.

    Monday's Chapter 11 filing by GM was enough to spark a new round of partisan criticism. House Republican leader John Boehner of Ohio asked, "Does anyone really believe that politicians and bureaucrats in Washington can successfully steer a multinational corporation to economic viability?"

    Eager to put a benign tone on their interventionist role, the White House and the Treasury Department issued a set of "principles for managing ownership stake."

    In the principles, the administration acknowledges that in "exceptional cases" of substantial assistance to the private sector, it reserves the right to set up conditions to protect taxpayers, promote financial stability and encourage growth.

    But, Obama stressed: "The federal government will refrain from exercising its rights as a shareholder in all but the most fundamental corporate decisions."

    The head of Obama's auto task force, Steven Rattner, explained that those fundamental decisions would include the selection of directors and major issues such as the acquisition or the merger of the company.

    "No plant decisions, no job decisions, no dealer decisions, no color of car decisions," he added. "Those are all going to be left to management."

    For the president, though, doing little could prove to be quite demanding.

    The administration already has proposed tougher fuel efficiency requirements by which GM will need to abide. The government also has pumped billions into the auto company's lending arm and assured consumers that it will backstop GM warranties, putting it only a few bureaucratic steps away from fixing a transmission.

    And if Obama doesn't find cause to meddle, Congress very well might. The administration declared that it will have no say in what dealerships are closed in the Chrysler and GM restructuring, but members of Congress have tried to step in, asking that dealers be given more time to wind down.

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., asked administration officials on a Sunday night conference call how they would prevent sending GM manufacturing jobs overseas to China. Last month, several lawmakers were furious the administration didn't speak out publicly when GM considered importing a fuel-efficient car made in China. GM has since announced it will build the car in the U.S. in one of the plants that had been targeted for closing.

    And even in their criticism, Republicans themselves suggest a more hands-on approach by the president. Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia, a member of the House Republican leadership, said the infusion of money means "taxpayers deserve far better oversight and accountability."

    That could mean occasionally getting under GM's hood.


    EDITOR'S NOTE — Jim Kuhnhenn covers politics and economics for The Associated Press.

    Well, we all knew it was coming, but now it's official. GM has now been nationalized. The beginings of a government controlled command economy are here. Bring on the socialism comrades:mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad: First Barry tells GM to get a new CEO, then Turbo Tax Timmy decides how much GM bonds are worth, now the feds will tell GM who to put on the board. Yeah, that's capitalism at it's finest:rolleyes: Looks to me like pretty soon more companies will be owned by the gov't. I'm just wondering when the feds will nationalize the firearms manufacturers:rolleyes:
  2. 4EvrLearning

    4EvrLearning New Member

    Feb 27, 2009
    Left Coast
    I hate reading nauseating news right after a good meal......

  3. Islandboy

    Islandboy New Member

    Feb 21, 2009
    Off the right coast
    A picture perfect case study in the making for incompetency and beaurocracy run amuck.
    I hope someone competent is documenting this farce, as it is gonna be painfull for a lot of people in a lot of different ways.
    YO Mamma may want hands off but what about all of those Government klingon types??
    Meanwhile, I've garaged my k2500 4x4 as a possible collectors item, and because I don't want to wait on government issued parts, if and when they exist.
  4. Trouble 45-70

    Trouble 45-70 New Member

    Apr 10, 2009
    NE Ar. W. of Black River
    Our birthright has been sold (stolen) for a bowl of pottage.
  5. USMC-03

    USMC-03 New Member

    Oct 17, 2007
    Peoples Republic of the Pacific Northwest
    We really have become a banana republic and B.O. a despot.
Similar Threads
Forum Title Date
The Fire For Effect and Totally Politically Incorr Barry expels 35 Russian diplomats Dec 29, 2016
The Fire For Effect and Totally Politically Incorr Barry Will Try Again this Week .....You will hear this over and over Jan 3, 2016
The Fire For Effect and Totally Politically Incorr Sultan Knish-Barry and HIS Homies.... Jun 23, 2015
The Fire For Effect and Totally Politically Incorr Ben Carson comparison (WARNING Barry's face Pictured) Feb 11, 2015
The Fire For Effect and Totally Politically Incorr The Great Carnac and barry (no pictures but his name is mentioned) Feb 5, 2015