"GMAC LLC is racing to raise $1.25 billion in fresh capital necessary for the [Fed] to begin backstopping the company's finances. ... As a federally chartered bank, GMAC can have its debt temporarily guaranteed by the [FDIC]. GMAC could also access the Fed's discount window for inexpensive, short-term emergency loans at a time when its borrowing costs have soared due to battered credit ratings. ... GMAC's shift to a bank holding company would greatly benefit GM", Aparajita Saha-Bubna at the WSJ, 15 December 2008.
"The key to any magic trick is to focus the audience's attention away from where the action is actually taking place. That is what Congress did in the failed auto bailout bill. Language in the proposed legislation seems to uphold the rights of existing car-company creditors while also protecting any taxpayer funds used to prop up Detroit. In reality, the bill raised a chilling prospect for debt investors: that in extreme situations the government could upend the traditional pecking order of the bankruptcy process. ... Creditors' rights became an issue in the proposed automobile bailout because the government planned to put its money first in line for repayment in the event of bankruptcy. That seems to be a no-brainer for taxpayers", my emphasis, David Reilly (DR) at the WSJ, 15 December 2008.
Is Uncle Sam considering an auto maker or another banker bailout? BH's Workman should be called to Congress and told on television tell your clients, "if you want federal money, subordinate. Alternatively, we will let the auto makers go bankrupt. Which would your clients prefer?". Congress should call Vikram Pandit (VP) and ask him, if he thinks Citigroup should treat any federal auto bailout money as if it's debtor in possession financing. Then call in Kenneth Lewis (KL) and ask him what is the B of A's position. What will VP and KL say on television in front of millions as thousands of UAW members and other peasants with pitchforks surround the Capitol? That any financial institution would raise this issue is amazing. Until Unc puts money in, he holds the cards. For that matter, any bank which received federal bailout money should be prohibited from lobbying. The bank doesn't like it, give the money back. I don't see banks arguing the Fed's existence violates US dollar holders rights and for the Supremes to reverse the 1930s' "gold clause" cases. "For fear the government could intervene"? This is the banks' Alice In Wonderland world. Michael Savage, radio talk show host, speculated that what's really driving the auto bailout bill is the Bush administration's desire to protect Cerberus Capital which has positions in Chrysler and GMAC and is well-connected politically. Maybe.