McCain Says Congress Should Stop Giving Aid to GM, Allow It to Go Bankrupt

Discussion in 'Wall St. News' started by ASusilovic, Mar 8, 2009.

  1. March 8 (Bloomberg) -- Republican lawmakers said Congress should stop providing General Motors Corp. with federal aid and let the company file for bankruptcy if necessary.

    “The best thing that could probably happen to General Motors, in my view, is they go into Chapter 11,” Senator John McCain said on the “Fox News Sunday” program today.

    The automaker could reorganize and renegotiate its labor contracts to come out “stronger, better, leaner,” McCain, from Arizona, said.

    GM is cutting executive pay and will eliminate 47,000 jobs this year as part of a restructuring required to keep $13.4 billion in U.S. loans. GM’s Chief Executive Officer Rick Wagoner is seeking to persuade the U.S. Treasury to lend the carmaker as much as $16.6 billion more to survive.

    The largest U.S. automaker has lost $82 billion since its last annual profit in 2004 and has been fending off speculation about bankruptcy for more than two years.

    U.S. auto sales plunged 18 percent to a 16-year low in 2008, affecting GM, Ford Motor Co. and Chrysler LLC.

    Senator Richard Shelby, the top ranking Republican on the Banking Committee, said on ABC’s “This Week” program that “subsidization of anything for very long never works.”

    “The automobile business -- those companies, Chrysler, Ford and General Motors -- they’re in deep trouble,” Shelby, of Alabama, said. “I’ve suggested they go into Chapter 11. That’s where they belong. And they could. . And they could reorganize.”
  2. Related story :

    Canadian Auto Union Agrees to Freeze Wages in GM Deal

    The Canadian Auto Workers union said it reached a tentative agreement with General Motors Corp. to freeze wages and pensions until 2012 and force workers and retirees to pay a monthly health-care fee in an effort to reduce the automaker’s costs.

    “We are optimistic the CAW did what was necessary to protect the interests of our members, our communities and ensure that we maintain our Canadian advantage for future investments,” CAW President Ken Lewenza said today at a press conference in Toronto. “It’s painful.”

    General Motors, surviving on $13.4 billion in U.S. aid, was working with the union on ways to find savings by month’s end as governments in the U.S. and Canada study plans for further assistance. Canada, which has about 20 percent of North American production, is seeking to maintain its market share.

    “The agreement marks a positive further step in GM Canada’s restructuring plan,” the company said in an e-mailed statement today. “We compliment the CAW for their leadership to share sacrifices in these extremely challenging economic times.”

    Industry Minister Tony Clement made concessions by the union a condition for government help, which may total as much as C$7 billion ($5.4 billion) for GM alone. The union in turn made the agreement contingent on government aid, Lewenza said.
  3. GM's failure could trigger round of massive layoffs and hurt companies that supply and manufacture parts, said Joseph LaVorgna, chief U.S. economist at Deutsche Bank in New York.

    In all, GM's bankruptcy could lop off 4 percentage points from the U.S. gross domestic product, of which two-thirds is driven by consumer spending, LaVorgna said.
  4. Didn't McCain vote for the 750 billion dollar bank bailouts ?

    Funny he has no problem giving out 750 billion to banks ,but he wants to break the unions that don't support republicans

    For the record I think GM should go into bankruptcy,no bailing out banks,car companies or anybody else.I think those fucking unions needs to be broken as well.I'm just pointing out McCain's hypocrisy
  5. Illum


    Very true. We need a third party. These two are failures and full of it.
  6. 377OHMS


    We have a third party. They wouldn't even let the guy into the debates.
  7. GM has ALREADY failed. Tax money has kept them on life support. Bankruptcy would allow them to renegotiate the Unions, the dealerships, their obligation to fund retiree healthcare, and many other things to allow them to emerge profitably
  8. Everybody talking smack. GM goes BK the unemployment numbers will double within weeks. That isn't good for anyone regardless of your political position, or your financial position for that matter.
  9. The unions and their employee pay is what is destroying them.With salary,health and pensions I read the autoworkers are making 75.00 an hour.This is unskilled labor that anybody can do with 1 or 2 months of training.Why in the hell are they paying unskilled labor 75 bucks an hour ?How many companies would be successful paying unskilled labor 75 an hour?.Those fucking unions needs to go
  10. Funny how no one ever talks about the fact that fewer and fewer people need GM cars.

    All I have to do is think about the buick and the blazer that I bought, to convince me that I'll never buy another one of their crappy cars.

    If someone gave me one, and I couldn't sell it, then it would just have to sit there, cause I wouldn't want to pay property tax or insurance on it. I'ed probably dig a hole and bury it.

    Gosh! I just get carried away thinking about it.
    #10     Mar 8, 2009