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Taxpayers face heavy losses on auto bailout

September 9th, 2009 . by TexasFred

Taxpayers face heavy losses on auto bailout

WASHINGTON (AP) – Taxpayers face losses on a significant portion of the $81 billion in government aid provided to the auto industry, an oversight panel said in a report to be released Wednesday.

The Congressional Oversight Panel did not provide an estimate of the projected loss in its latest monthly report on the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program. But it said most of the $23 billion initially provided to General Motors Corp. and Chrysler LLC late last year is unlikely to be repaid.

“I think they drove a very hard bargain,” said Elizabeth Warren, the panel’s chairwoman and a law professor at Harvard University, referring to the Obama administration’s Treasury Department. “But it may not be enough.”

The prospect of recovering the government’s assistance to GM and Chrysler is heavily dependent on shares of the two companies rising to unprecedented levels, the report said. The government owns 10 percent of Chrysler and 61 percent of GM. The two companies are currently private but are expected to issue stock, in GM’s case by next year.

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Pay very close attention to these words; The prospect of recovering the government’s assistance to GM and Chrysler is heavily dependent on shares of the two companies rising to unprecedented levels.

OK, you got that? The prospect of recovering OUR TAX DOLLARS is heavily dependent on the success, unprecedented levels of success, of car companies that had gone BROKE!

The shares “will have to appreciate sharply” for taxpayers to get their money back, the report said.

For example, GM’s market value would have to reach $67.6 billion, the report said, a “highly optimistic” estimate and more than the $57.2 billion GM was worth at the height of its share value in April 2008. And in the case of Chrysler, about $5.4 billion of the $14.3 billion provided to the company is “highly unlikely” to ever be repaid, the panel said.

Let me put this into terms that even the most dense liberal mind can understand; we, as a nation, are seriously screwed. And when the MSM posts a story of this nature, as far in the tank as they are for Obama and Company, I believe that only exacerbates the situation further.

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Hill sources: Democrats, White House get auto deal

December 10th, 2008 . by TexasFred

Hill sources: Democrats, White House get auto deal

WASHINGTON (AP) – Majority Democrats and the Bush White House have finalized a deal to spend $14 billion on emergency loans for struggling U.S. automakers, congressional officials said Wednesday. Strong opposition lingered among some Republicans.

The White House did not go as far as to say the deal was final, although it did report “very good progress.” The measure could see a House vote later Wednesday and be enacted by week’s end.

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