Where Won’t We Double Down?

General Motors Assurance Company, the lending arm of GM and already the proud recipient of $12 billion worth of bailout money from the federal government has its hand out again:

In a stark reminder of how some battered financial firms remain dependent on government lifelines, GMAC Financial Services Inc. and the Treasury Department are in advanced talks to prop up the lender with its third helping of taxpayer money, people familiar with the matter said.

The U.S. government is likely to inject $2.8 billion to $5.6 billion of capital into the Detroit company, on top of the $12.5 billion that GMAC has received since December 2008, these people said. The latest infusion would come in the form of preferred stock.

That also could increase the public stake in the company from its current 35 some-odd percent if it’s converted into common stock.

I am not too big to say “I told you so”.

Stop digging, for criminentlies.

A far, far better use for the money would be to replace part of the current federal fleet with more efficient Fords. The feds already sell about 35,000 vehicles a year.

3 comments… add one
  • PD Shaw Link

    I support the bailout on the condition that all officers and employees will take a 50% cut in compensation.

  • steve Link

    Think I saw a good idea somewhere. Split it into two parts. Let the finance part go under, just another financial entity going BK. Then with the auto part, make them an offer that will require serious sacrifice by management and the unions. Take it or leave it. If they decline, a careful unwind. I would entertain an offer of a buyout by the union. 🙂


  • Drew Link

    “I am not too big to say “I told you so”.”

    And neither am I.

    Ford, a non-recipient of federal largesse, is scratching out a living.
    Mark my words: Chrysler is a dead man walking. They won’t let it happen until after the 2010 elections – they will do whatever it takes to prop it up – but Chrysler is dead meat.

    Speaking of not being too big to say……..

    To all well intentioned Obama voters: What the eff were you thinking?

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