GM says it may run out of operating cash this year

November 7, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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This has major implications, we have been speculating for months about how long GM could bleed money before it became a terminal problem.  With this bailout, this will set the stage for more companies that keep many people employed to line up for bailout assistance as well.  If we do decide to bail the “Big 3” automakers out, I would like to see some serious oversight during the restructuring period so they start making products that work for our current economic environment and will make them profitable again.  

This will be inflationary via the huge expansion of our monetary base and that is being counter-acted by the huge reduction in credit in the markets.  My thoughts are that we will see asset prices fall to a level that the current credit levels can support.  At that point I believe we will see inflation as the business confidence builds and we will still have limited resources for purchase that will be bid for with all this newly created money via the Fed.   The reason this should happen is because as commodity prices fall, producers are shutting down production when prices fall below a profitable level, that will create scarcity as the economy rebuilds. .02

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General Motors Corp., seeking federal aid to avoid collapse, said it may not have enough cash to keep operating this year and will fall “significantly short” of the amount needed by the end of June unless the auto market improves or it raises more capital.

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“Big 3” U.S. automaker CEOs seek $50 billion more in bailout loans

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Filed under: Policy News 

First they wanted $25 billion for plant upgrades and now they need another $50 billion in emergency loans.  They really need to get on the ball and make the cars that we needs and get electric on the road.  They are burning thru $3 billion a month in this weak auto market.  I understand that it supports many jobs in our economy, but if we are going to support these failing companies, I want to make sure we have them operating in a better direction.  We already have to issue a bunch of treasuries for other credit facilities.  This is going to put additional strain on our foreign creditors.  

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Chief executives of distressed U.S. auto companies sought a $50 billion federal bailout on Thursday to survive a financial crisis blamed on a worsening economy and the “near collapse” in demand for cars.

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