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Old 12-15-2008, 01:39 PM   #1
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Help for Auto Industry Could Come Soon - Treasury Sec. Paulson to be Car Czar

2 Things:

1. Bush says help is on the way - yeah!

2. Idiot Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson to be named Car Czar! WTF

He wasted our $150 billion so far, let's put him in charge of the auto industry?????

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By JENNIFER LOVEN, AP White House Correspondent Jennifer Loven, Ap White House Correspondent – 1 hr 45 mins ago Play Video AP – White House: No immediate deal on auto loans


AP – In this photograph provided by 'Meet the Press,' Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm appears on 'Meet the … ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE – Detroit automakers got public reassurance Monday from President George W. Bush that short-term government help for the industry is in the works and could come soon.

"An abrupt bankruptcy for autos could be devastating for the economy," Bush told reporters aboard Air Force One during an unannounced trip to Iraq and Afghanistan. "We're now in the process of working with the stakeholders on a way forward. We're not quite ready to announce that yet."

Bush wouldn't give a precise timetable but said, "This will not be a long process because of the economic fragility of the autos."

The Bush administration is considering ways of providing emergency aid to General Motors Corp. and Chrysler LLC, which have said they could run out of cash within weeks without help from the government.

In Washington, a Treasury Department official said Monday that no decisions have been made on what type of support to provide Detroit automakers. Treasury spokeswoman Brookly McLaughlin said department officials are continuing to assess the information they have received from the auto companies. Treasury officials are providing regular briefings to the White House, but she said there was no estimate on when a decision might be made.

Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., said in Detroit that he expects President Bush's solution to help the Detroit automakers will follow the previous deal Bush reached with congressional leaders.

The deal approved by the House provided loans for Chrysler LLC and General Motors Corp. to help them survive until March 31, but it was blocked by some Republican senators. Ford Motor Co. has said it has enough cash to survive 2009.

Levin says he expects GM to get $8 billion and Chrysler $7 billion under the Bush administration's plan. He said the Treasury secretary likely would become the "car czar" and oversee restructuring the automakers.
Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said he spoke with the White House early Sunday and no decisions had been made. "I don't think they yet know what they're going to do," Corker said. Ron Gettelfinger, the president of the United Auto Workers, said the union had not held discussions with the White House.

Last week, Congress failed to approve $14 billion in loans to help the automakers. The plan would have provided short-term financing to the industry and created a "car czar" who would ensure that the money would transform the Detroit automakers into competitive companies.

The administration, following the legislative defeat, said it was considering several options, including using money from the $700 billion financial bailout fund to provide loans to the carmakers. Bush reiterated Monday that tapping the financial bailout fund remains an option.

Providing aid to the companies could represent a change for the White House, which previously insisted that the Wall Street rescue plan should be used solely to help financial institutions.

Corker and other Republicans sought a compromise that would have required the carmakers to restructure their debt and bring wages and benefits in line with those paid by Toyota, Honda and Nissan in the United States. The legislation died when Republicans demanded upfront pay and benefit concessions from the United Auto Workers, which union leaders rejected.

Corker urged the White House to seek similar concessions from the auto companies and their unions in return for the money. "Of course, the benefit they have — they don't have to negotiate. They can say this money is available but it's only available under these conditions," he said in a broadcast interview.

The administration has several options. It could tap the $700 billion financial rescue bailout fund to provide loans directly to the carmakers or use part of that fund as collateral for emergency loans the automakers could get from the Federal Reserve.

It also could do nothing, leaving open the possibility that one or more of the automakers could go bankrupt. The White House has warned a collapse of the auto industry would severely hurt the economy.

The White House is keeping President-elect Barack Obama and his advisers informed of the discussions. If administration officials choose not to provide the money now, the Obama team could wait for the new Congress, which will have stronger Democratic majorities. But the delay could risk bankruptcy filings by GM and Chrysler.

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Old 12-15-2008, 01:41 PM   #2
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Well...look at the way he treated the financial Industry: Paulson is apt to let the Big Three do whatever they want with the money.

Being that they WANT to survive, and DON'T have an unlimited supply of money (unlike the financial devils) they'll use it properly without stupid interruption by a know-nothing "czar".
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Old 12-15-2008, 01:46 PM   #3
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^ I hope you're right. But now he has all eyes on him after his bs handling of the tarp Wall Street bailout.

He may act very differently, we'll see. He scares me, clearly he is a fool.
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Old 12-15-2008, 01:56 PM   #4
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he only has 1 month left and he is gone ...so dont worry..
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Old 12-15-2008, 02:14 PM   #5
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he only has 1 month left and he is gone ...so dont worry..

I was hoping that was the case. We won't carry him over like sec. of defense.

Yes!
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Old 12-15-2008, 02:16 PM   #6
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Yep...at this point just get the money to Detroit....Paulson is out of there after the inauguration anyway....what an idiot.
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Old 12-15-2008, 02:40 PM   #7
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why the heck are we calling this guy car "czar" car chief is much better
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Old 12-15-2008, 04:52 PM   #8
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Well...look at the way he treated the financial Industry: Paulson is apt to let the Big Three do whatever they want with the money.

Being that they WANT to survive, and DON'T have an unlimited supply of money (unlike the financial devils) they'll use it properly without stupid interruption by a know-nothing "czar".
Good point. A useful idiot, though still an idiot, is useful...I was going somewhere with that I promise. Anyway, someone just needs to realize if the turn-around plans continue as they were before this market crash, the automakers will be sustainable.
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