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U.S. boosts estimate of auto bailout losses to $23.6B


The Treasury Department dramatically boosted its estimate of losses from its $85 billion auto industry bailout by more than $9 billion in the face of General Motors Co.'s steep stock decline.

In its monthly report to Congress, the Treasury Department now says it expects to lose $23.6 billion, up from its previous estimate of $14.33 billion.

The Treasury now pegs the cost of the bailout of GM, Chrysler Group LLC and the auto finance companies at $79.6 billion. It no longer includes $5 billion it set aside to guarantee payments to auto suppliers in 2009.

The big increase is a reflection of the sharp decline in the value of GM's share price.

The current estimate of losses is based on GM's Sept. 30 closing price of $20.18, down one-third over the previous quarterly price.

GM's stock closed Monday at $22.99, up 2 percent. The government won't reassess the estimate of the costs until Dec. 30.

The government has recovered $23.2 billion of its $49.5 billion GM bailout, and cut its stake in the company from 61 percent to 26.5 percent. But it has been forced to put on hold the sale of its remaining 500 million shares of stock.

2 Comments in Response to

Comment by James Eldridge
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 David, I agree.

Comment by David Jackson
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      Has anyone actually figured out how much money every adult U.S.citizen could have gotten if the government had bailed the people out, to the tune of the vast amounts wasted on the smucks whose treachery, treason, and theft tanked our contry's monetary system, in the first place? Without pen and paper, I'd bet it would have been at least $230,000 each.

     As for the auto industry, screw 'em all! What have they done for you, lately?

     Do the world a favor and buy a used car, us money orders and cash, and vote for yourself.


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