Bailout Watch 115: Wait For It…

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And we’re back! Our ongoing coverage of GM’s attempts to squeeze yet more money from your elected officials continues apace. We’ve got two stories on a potential “stopgap bailout” designed to keep GM afloat while funds from the already-approved bailout clear regulations. The first story from Automotive News [sub] indicates that while GM is flailing around for a merger partner, it is seeking access to the fed’s discount lending window, which is already pumping some $420b a day into distressed financial firms. Such access would allow GM to borrow at a 1.75 percent rate, a far better deal than the already-sweet 4.5 percent it will get when the $25b bailout becomes available. With its stock at 60-year lows, GM will likely need this access to put any kind of merger together. The feds won’t comment on this plan, and Automotive News [sub] reports that GM has not yet sought the funds. However…

“In this period of continued uncertainty in the markets, you really can’t rule out anything,” say GM spokesfolks. And an interim bailout would not just help GM survive until bailout funds arrive, it could also help GM maintain eligibility for them. In order to claim its share of the $25b, GM has to be a “commercially viable” firm, according to rules in the 2007 Energy Independence Act. So, GM is not going bankrupt and not seeking an individual bailout, so… it’s just going to let its stock slide and cash burn? Something’s gotta give, and past experience proves that federal fiscal responsibility is the weakest link in the chain of (ir)responsibility. Stand by for another big public investment in a failing firm.

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  • Mel23 Mel23 on Oct 13, 2008

    The numbers are the numbers. As to whether the numbers are excessive, how hard and effectively the people work, whether they're overpaid and whether their benefits are excessive, some facts would be helpful. The Republicans have been in the WH for 8 years; 20 of the last 28 years. And they've been in majority control or able to block whatever they don't want, for most recent years. Oh yeah, Ron Paul's the answer. Fine sack 'em or cut their compensation so only the dregs are involved. When W was elected and then re-elected I figured the 'conservatives' would wake up after seeing the results. OK, two wars that we can't win nor even define what win means, the economy in the worst mess in the last 75 years, yet people want more. Insanity.

  • ZoomZoom ZoomZoom on Oct 13, 2008

    "yet people want more". What does that mean? And unless I haven't been paying attention in the last two years, both houses of Congress are not in Republican control. Congress controls the purse strings. Or not, as the case may be. My point is that there's plenty of blame to go around. For both parties.

  • Syke Thanks, somehow I missed that.
  • 285exp I am quite sure that it is a complete coincidence that they have announced a $7k price increase the same week that the current administration has passed legislation extending the $7k tax credit that was set to expire. Yep, not at all related.
  • Syke Is it possible to switch the pure EV drive on and off? Given the wonderful throttle response of an EV, I could see the desirability of this for a serious off-roader. Run straight ICE to get to your off-roading site, switch over the EV drive during the off-road section, then back to ICE for the road trip back home.
  • ToolGuy Historical Perspective Moment:• First-gen Bronco debuted in MY1966• OJ Simpson Bronco chase was in 1994• 1966 to 1994 = 28 years• 1994 to now = 28 yearsFeel old yet?
  • Ronnie Schreiber From where is all that electricity needed to power an EV transportation system going to come? Ironically, the only EV evangelist that I know of who even mentions the fragile nature of our electrical grid is Elon Musk. None of the politicians pushing EVs go anywhere near it, well, unless they are advocating for unreliable renewables like wind and solar.