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You have to hand it to Obama to never miss an opportunity to get in front of a teleprompter.  General Motors in filing bankruptcy today will officially become Government Motors.  President Obama will hold an 11:30 a.m. event to discuss it even though last night the White House released this fact sheet fact sheet (.doc file) also available at http://www.autonews.com/assets/DOC/CA61689531.DOC.  Thank God it is not during Prime Time TV.

His blathering and this document lay out the Obama Administrations details of its plan for General Motors to help it emerge from restructuring quickly.  The automaker will get $30.1 billion of additional taxpayer money to restructure a smaller-company- a New GM and in return the Treasury Department has the right to appoint the initial directors.  Another $9.5 billion will come from Canada.

“In addition, the U.S. Treasury’s ability to prevent any change in control of us could also have an adverse effect on the market price of our common stock. The U.S. Treasury may also, subject to applicable securities laws, transfer all or any of its portion of our common stock to another person or entity and, in the event of such a transfer, that person or entity could become the controlling stockholder.” http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/editorial-between-the-lines-gm-does-not-welcome-its-new-governmental-overlords/ The Treasury could conceivably transfer the stock to China to pay off debts!   

Dealscape lists the GM Bankruptcy petition filing June 1, 2009 at 7:57 am in its entirety here http://www.thedeal.com/dealscape/2009/06/gm_files_chapter_11.php

The nature of the claims and claim debts amounts are staggering.

1.  Wilmington Trust $22.7 Billion

2.  UAW $20.5 Billion

3.  Deutche Bank  $4.4  Billion 

4.  IUE $2.6 Billion

GM’s Total Assets on a consolidated basis $82.2 Billion

GM’s Total Debt on a consolidated basis $172.8 Billion

GM was world’s largest automaker for years.  It has been a technological marvel pushing the limits of technology, and marketing the fact that it’s brands were a mark of status.  Quality suffered over the years giving the Japanese auto giant, Toyota Motor Corp., the perfect opportunity to win the trophy as the world’s largest automaker, but it too has been beaten down by a sagging economy and credit crisis.  On May 8, 2009, Toyota reported a record annual net loss of $4.4 billion. An ad for the newest Prius feature the American Icon Superman standing next to the car in front of a photo of the globe.  http://toyota.jp/  Even superman could not have saved GM. 

In total disgust, Michael Moore had this to say; ” So here we are at the deathbed of General Motors. The company’s body not yet cold, and I find myself filled with — dare I say it — joy. It is not the joy of revenge against a corporation that ruined my hometown and brought misery, divorce, alcoholism, homelessness, physical and mental debilitation, and drug addiction to the people I grew up with.”  http://www.dailykos.com/story/2009/6/1/737485/-Goodbye,-GM  Dare I say, my joy would having never have to hear or read anything you have to say again you ignoramus.  Thousands are loosing their jobs, the government is buying a car company, and Moore has the balls to have joy?  Normally I would hope he gets a lump of coal in his Christmas stocking. Even that would be too good for him, as some coal miner had to dig it up to provide fuel for his country and to help run the factory that Moore is so joyfully ecstatic over. 

GM president and CEO Fritz Henderson said, “From day one, the New GM will be well-positioned to capitalize on the award-winning vehicles we have developed and launched during the past few years, and on our investments in exciting new technologies like the Chevy Volt.”  Henderson will host a press conference right after Obama’s spiel.  Toyota is already laughing! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/volt-birth-watch-141-toyota-laughs-at-the-volt-indirectly/ ” There’s no way the expensive, non-“rent-paying” Volt helps GM make money – at least in the short term. So, it’s a good idea to ditch it.” wrote http://www.autobloggreen.com/2009/05/29/wsj-keeping-the-chevy-volt-alive-doesnt-make-sense-for-governm/.

If  GM was a 500 lb gorilla with “misguided marketing, poor product direction, spotty quality control, random product cycles–simply not working.”, after Ch. 11 they will be a 200 lb gorilla with “misguided marketing, poor product direction, spotty quality control, random product cycles–simply not working.”  now led by the Automotive Task force and President Obama!  

Wall Street almost killed Detroit the first time with the credit crunch writes http://www.thebigmoney.com/blogs/shifting-gears/2009/05/31/how-wall-street-almost-killed-detroit.  Can GM, the government and the tax payer kiss and make up?  Hardly, kissing is only foreplay to getting fu#$%d yet again. After 83 years on the New York Stock Exchange, GM has been de-listed. “The parlous state of GM has left us with no choice but to remove it from the Dow,” said Robert Thomson, managing editor of The Wall Street Journal and editor-in-chief for all of Dow Jones. ”A bankruptcy filing immediately disqualifies a stock regardless of a company’s history or its role as a cultural icon.”  Tough shit for stockholders, eh? 

Oh, just kiss me you fool, and hurry before the gas tax and the VAT tax take effect.

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I got my hands on the wheel….

Obama is keeping his Cadillac, but not Rick Wagner the head of General Motors.

Rick Wagoner has agreed to step down as General Motors chairman and chief executive at the behest of the White House as part of a plan to provide more aid to U.S. automakers, administration officials said today at http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-auto-bailout30-2009mar30,0,2247834.story?track=rss.

Cadillac has built limousines and special vehicles for U.S. presidents, diplomats, ambassadors and foreign dignitaries since the early 20th century. 

President Obama is expected to unveil plans for the American auto industry this week, including the fact that GM and Chrysler will be seeking more bailout money.  In yet another Barackstar appearance, on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” Obama said Sunday that the nation could have a “successful U.S. auto industry.”

The Presidential Task Force on the Auto Industry, headed by the Treasury Department is studying ways and means to make things more effective and avoid Chapter 11.  Members of the Force are of course,[ source http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/Geithner-Summers-Convene-Official-Designees-to-Presidential-Task-Force-on-the-Auto-Industry/]

Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and—

  • National Economic Council Director Larry Summers
  • Secretary of Transportation
  • Secretary of Commerce
  • Secretary of Labor
  • Secretary of Energy
  • Chair of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers
  • Director of the Office of Management and Budget
  • Environmental Protection Agency Administrator
  • Director of the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change 

Senior Adviser on Auto Issues at the Treasury Department

  • Ron Bloom, Senior Advisor on the Auto Industry, Department of Treasury

Official Designees of the Members of the Presidential Task Force:

  • Diana Farrell, Deputy Director, National Economic Council
  • Gene Sperling, Counselor to the Secretary of Treasury
  • Jared Bernstein, Chief Economist to Vice President Biden
  • Edward Montgomery, Senior Advisor, Department of Labor
  • Lisa Heinzerling, Senior Climate Policy Counsel to the EPA Administrator
  • Austan Goolsbee, Staff Director and Chief Economist of the Economic Recovery Advisory Board
  • Dan Utech, Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Energy
  • Heather Zichal, Deputy Director, White House Office of Energy and Climate Change
  • Joan DeBoer, Chief of Staff, Department of Transportation
  • Rick Wade, Senior Advisor, Department of Commerce

The American taxpayer has already stepped up to provide GMAC with $5 billion of TARP so it can continue to allow GM to sell more cars at a $2,000 loss per car says http://seekingalpha.com/article/122787-as-gm-goes-so-goes-the-nation-part-2 and going on to note that GM has lost up wards of $72 Billion, with a B, dollars in the last three years.

B also stands for bribery.  Maybe Wagoner should go, but to leave at the governments request instead of a shareholder mandate is just another nail in coffin of capitalism.  We’ll give you the money honey,  but you have to do what we say.  Bribery is a kind word, I’d call it pimping, slaving or whoring under Obama’s socialism.

Generous Motors, er- General Motors… where as GM goes, so goes the nation.  The best outlook on it all so far comes in the form of a comment from http://seekingalpha.com/article/122787-as-gm-goes-so-goes-the-nation-part-2 — and I hope he/she is right in taking a different view of GM, …” expect them to return to profitability sometime in 2010, unless SAAR remains under 11M. GM spent a ton on worldwide platforms that are now the envy of the world. Their product launches over the last few years have been awesome, and into the future are just fantastic. If the economy wouldn’t have tanked, GM would already be reporting a profit. We’re earning 5% interest on our bridge loan to GM, which will, at worst, begin to be paid back in 2012, and if SAAR returns to 15B or up, much faster. The business moves that GM has made over the last five years or so have put GM in a much better competitive position. Of course, you’ll have to ask our government why they even allowed Japanese manufacturers in this country decades ago, when Japan doesn’t reciprocate, basically closing their 3 million car market to U.S. Manufacturers. Ask our government how they expected the domestic manufactures to compete with health benefits placed squarely on the companies back, while the Japanese have their benefits completely subsided by their government. It may not look like it for awhile longer, but the future is bright for GM. When America begins to buy cars again, and they will, then the GM recovery and return to profitability will shortly follow. Look for GM’s market share, relative to the market, to actually increase this year.”

Hey, my GMC truck still burns less carbons than Pelosi’s jet or Obama’s new helicopter any day.

For the record, Roger Moore can kiss the pin stripes on my American manufactured truck.

Go ahead and comment, you know you want to.

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