CAR Can someone tell me one reason to bail GM out?

Bona Fide

Other than "why do you hate America"...

After reading several news stories from various sources, here's what it boils down to:

With Bailout: GM uses the money to restructure to become leaner and focus on fuel efficiency and profitability. They get $34B to do whatever they want with, like continuing to fuel the cash burn that's costing them some $2B/month.

Without Bailout: GM files Ch.11, and restructures to become leaner and focus on fuel efficiency and profitability. They also go to court and dissolve existing labor contracts (no more UAW shit), AND they don't get another $34 billion out of our pockets.
 

garbagemanlb

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I was under the impression that due to the current credit crisis, the normal bankruptcy route would involve liquidation?
 

spencedawg82

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Think of how many people work for GM? Hell Detroit is a shit hole now, imagine what it will be like if there are no jobs
 
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I was under the impression that due to the current credit crisis, the normal bankruptcy route would involve liquidation?
That's Ch.7, unless I'm mistaken. If they file for Ch.11 protection, they can reorganize per an agreement between debtors and creditors, and be back to full business within a year.
 
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Think of how many people work for GM? Hell Detroit is a shit hole now, imagine what it will be like if there are no jobs
They're cutting jobs either way, and in neither case do you have GM going completely under. They NEED to cut jobs, because the way they're structured currently you'd think they control the entire US market.
 

2DR Vette

We don't freestyle the Eyes of Texas, Big Boy.
They're cutting jobs either way, and in neither case do you have GM going completely under. They NEED to cut jobs, because the way they're structured currently you'd think they control the entire US market.
I think the job cuts and divestitures would be far more substantial under Ch. 11 then if they were bailed out.

Once judges and creditors get involved, it's a world of hurt for the organization.
 

cbs_24

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Nov 13, 2003
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Fuck GM, they should have done these things on their own years ago instead of waiting for the shit to hit the fan. gas prices have been rising for years and instead of adapting and making vehicles practical for consumers in the current market, they kept on doing things exactly the same way hoping things would change and now they need billions.
 

Grimey

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Feb 10, 2006
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The chairman getting out of his car today didn't even look worried or like he cared. Fuck these piece of shit companies. If WALMART went under no one would fucking support a bailout to "save their employees' jobs"
Wal-Mart doesn't have unions, that's primarily why no one (and by no one, I mean the media) would care.
 
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I think the job cuts and divestitures would be far more substantial under Ch. 11 then if they were bailed out.

Once judges and creditors get involved, it's a world of hurt for the organization.
Sure they would, but that's only because the creditors rightfully want their money, or at least a plan to get their money. In the bailout case you have the taxpayers paying them off, in essence.

I believe that the amount of jobs lost in Ch.11 restructuring would be far closer to the true amount of jobs GM needs to cut than they would in a bailout restructuring. The fact of the matter is the Big 3 are way too big for their own good, in terms of brands, plants, employees, spending, etc. They're still structured for a time when they were the only guys selling cars here. They need to trim down.
 
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I think it's only fair given the financial services industry gets $700b.
How does fairness even play into this? Because I killed a guy once before, it's only fair that I kill someone else? Two wrongs don't make a right.
 

Lech

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Aug 29, 2006
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I would also add that GM was finally on track but the credit crunch fucked them over big time.
 
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Because its not a bailout, its a loan.
In name only. A company burning $2B/month that has publicly said it cannot afford to finance its operations for more than another month has no viable way of repaying $34B in 20 years.
 

MAD PUNK inDC

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Mar 16, 2000
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because a year of unemployment rates higher than 10% would fuck the economy up much worse than it is now. However they don't need a bailout, they need congress to green light them on kicking the UAW out, and loan them money to set up a pension fund independent from the company.
 

Lech

Rhymes with fetch.
Aug 29, 2006
15,260
Detroit
How does fairness even play into this? Because I killed a guy once before, it's only fair that I kill someone else? Two wrongs don't make a right.

It's more like, I killed someone, and I get a $50 fine. You kill someone, and you get the death penalty.
 
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I'm pretty sure if you're from Detroit or the general MI area your opinion is quite biased. Just like people who live in Manhattan.
 

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