Anyone out there keeping track of how much money the federal government has plowed into GM, as the automaker downsizes to death? The Washington Post reckons that the next post-bankruptcy tranche—the debtor-in-possession financing needed to cleave GM into “good” and “bad” bits and keep both balls in the air—will be $30 billion. The paper also claims that this will bring taxpayer’s contributions to $45 billion. The $15 billion difference, originally sold as a “bridge loan”? Forgiven. Gone. In exchange for their largesse, “the government plans to take at least 50 percent of the restructured company . . . and the right to name members to its board of directors, as it has at Chrysler, where the government will control four of nine seats.” Although this bailout madness began last year, if we use IHS Global Insight’s recently recalculated GM production figures (GM will build 1.7 million vehicles this year), $45 billion represents a federal contribution of $26,470 per car. That’s provided you don’t add-in Uncle Sam’s $13.5 billion “investment” in automotive lender GMAC. And all the other stuff.
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