Saturday, December 20, 2008

Mark Steyn Takes on Bailouts.....

... in his unerringly to the point but humorous style.
"General Motors now has a market valuation about a third of Bed, Bath & Beyond, and no one says your Swash 700 Elongated Biscuit Toilet Seat Bidet is too big to fail. GM has a market capitalization of about $2.4 billion. For purposes of comparison, Toyota's
market cap is $100 billion and change (the change being bigger than the whole of GM). General Motors, like the other two geezers of the Old Three, is a vast retirement home with a small money-losing auto subsidiary. The UAW is AARP in an Edsel: It has three times as many retirees and widows as "workers" (I use the term loosely). GM has 96,000 employees but provides health benefits to a million people."
President Bush seems to think that it would be a mistake to let the Big 3 file for Chapter 11. His decision to go ahead and bail them out anyway, despite it failing in the Congress, will probably prove to be a bigger one and will not actually bail them out at all. Go read it all of course.
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