Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Government loan to Chrysler now a gift

So it turns out that all that money the government "loaned" to bankrupt Chrysler doesn't have to be paid back, making it a gift, a handout, a chunk of free money. (Incidentally, this is one of my complaints about the whole vocabulary of discussing the crisis. Companies whine about how they need "liquidity" or "credit" or "short-term working capital". No. They need free money. More on that some other time.)

It just gets worse with every passing day. First, it was, "Don't worry guys, we're just giving loans to troubled companies, they'll pay them back, it's not like we're favoring anyone here!"

And now they throw all that to the wind, making it a $7 billion gift to failing Chrysler to cover up its complete inability to meet its obligations, and draw in people who had nothing to do with the management of Chrysler. (A friend and I dubbed it the "bridge loan to nowhere".)

Gee, when do *I* get my $7 billion loan that I don't have to pay back. I'll make sure to pay taxes on it! (Anyone think Chrysler's going to do the same for their "lobbying income"?)

A version of this is cross-posted as a comment at Naked Capitalsim.

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