Finally, a story with a happy ending!!! Chrysler is repaying the loans that the USA and Canada provided for them to remain in business. A few quotes from the article:
“Chrysler Tuesday paid back $7.6 billion in U.S. and Canadian government loans from its 2009 bailout, a move that allows the U.S. automaker to distance itself from an unpopular bailout and deepen its ties with Italian automaker Fiat SpA.”
“The automaker said it repaid the original loans in full, more than six years ahead of schedule. Under the original terms, Chrysler had until 2017 to repay the debt.”
Isn’t that fantastic!! Finally Chrysler and its 66,409 employees are finally turning things around. I had written a previous article that was not to happy with the “bailout” of Chrysler, and I am still not convinced that the loans/bailout + interest have been accounted for. But, it looks like they have tried to do the RIGHT thing. One more quote from the article:
“The U.S. Treasury said it continued to hold a 6.6 percent common equity stake in Chrysler, but it did not expect to fully recover its remaining outstanding investment of $1.9 billion in the automaker.” (emphasis mine)
Wait……..by my calculations the 66,409 employees get to keep $1.8 BILLION of YOUR dollars!!! That is $27,000+ each. See, don’t you feel better knowing that YOU saved Chrysler, and it ONLY cost you $1.8 BILLION, that the Treasury does NOT expect to recover? Doesn’t that make you feel good??
And, wouldn’t you know it, the President is HAPPY and telling about the good job he has done!! I am sure there are at least 66,409 people who agree with you Mr. Obama, however I am NOT one of them. Do NOT say that you did a good job GIVING my money away!! Get it back + interest!!
OK, maybe that was NOT a happy ending. The soonest I see a happy ending happening is 2012!