Even Though GM Lied and Said They Paid Us Back, They Say They'll Need More Time to Pay Us Back
Wait a second... didn't GM already claim to pay us back in slick commercials earlier this year or am I completely confused? If I'm not, GM said they paid us back but left out that A) they were using government money to do so and B) only paid back the part that was actually "loaned" and didn't include the full $49.5 billion extended to GM should they need it. They argue that not needing it and instead using that money to pay back the government shows the company is in good shape but I argue that it only shows that our government is the worst loan sharking operation in history. It's like taking out a payday loan to pay off the interest on the last payday loan except in the case of GM they get a way better interest rate than the 400% Western Union would charge for a few extra bucks til payday.
General Motors' new CEO, Dan Akerson, confirmed Thursday that the government -- taxpayers, that is -- won't get back all the money put up to save GM from ruin in the car company's initial public stock offering, expected as soon as mid-November.
[I]t'll take a couple of years, at least, for the taxpayers to get back the remaining $43 billion in bail-out money the government invested to save GM from going out of business. It won't all get paid back in the government's initial sale of its GM shares later this year, he said, but over time investors will be willing to pay more for the shares and the goverment [sic] can get higher prices as it continues selling its 60.8% ownership of GM.
Treasury gets back the remaining $43 billion of bailout money. GM must be consistently profitable for investors to pay such prices, he acknowledged.
Great bargain for the American taxpayer if you ask me. Just let Bernanke and the HFT robots lube up for some $GM and we might actually see a few pennies back on every dollar.
What a joke.