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Have you been listening to political leaders talk about what it will take for the Detroit 3 and the UAW to get Washington to sign off on a bailout for the industry? If so, you've heard several key words and phrases used to describe what the auto makers need to do.
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With the lame-duck Congress and Bush officials unable to agree on any action to ease the financial crisis, the Dow has plunged 2,000 points since Election Day.
Hillary Rodham Clinton has decided to give up her Senate seat and accept the position of secretary of state, the New York Times reports.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is saying that Congress is ready to help Detroit on one huge condition. "You show us the plan (for using $25 billion to become healthier companies) and will show you the money," Pelosi said.
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If you're searching for a sign that the financial crisis is no longer a national emergency, then look no further than Congress—which appears to have returned to business-as-usual mode.
Waxman will have sway when it comes to issues of intellectual property, broadcast indecency, and even the issue of how cable and telecom companies regulate data transmitted over broadband lines (aka. net neutrality).
After getting creamed yesterday, stocks opened down a couple hundred points this morning in what has become a truly dismal bear-market recession scenario. There were more bad numbers this morning on leading economic indicators that are sinking, a terrible manufacturing report from the Philly Fed index, and a big spike up in jobless claims.
So, I know I'm going a little off the Rx reservation, but as a former metro Detroiter I felt compelled to write about what's going on with the American automakers in the wake of what I see as a tremendous missed opportunity for some good PR and goodwill yesterday.
It's hard to say if the Big 3 CEOs blew it on Capitol Hill, but it certainly wasn't the best couple of days. While Rick Wagoner, Alan Mulally, and Bob Nardelli all gave legitimate answers and tried their best to spell out just how important a $25 Billion loan is to their survival, their hearings did not turn out well.
Senate negotiators sought to craft a compromise plan to bail out US auto makers, though prospects for a deal before Congress adjourns for the year still appeared remote.
Essentially, the US auto industry is a contractual tower of Babel and there is no coordination amongst federal, state, and local governments to structure a comprehensive deal. This is why the Republicans are skeptical about a loan/bailout.
To say law makers are skeptical about whether it makes sense to help out Detroit would be an understatement. The Big 3 and the UAW have failed to sell Congress on why they should help the auto industry.
Before flying into Washington D.C. for two days of Congressional hearings, Ford CEO Alan Mulally told me that he's looking forward to talking with U.S. Senators and explaining how Ford is transforming its business.
Hatched hastily almost two months ago, the TARP was conceived to stabilize markets and restore investor confidence, but critics argue it is now looking so amorphous and vulnerable to political trade winds, that it is has become almost a constant of uncertainty.
As President-elect Barack Obama rushes from secret job interviews with ex-primary rivals, to briefings on the global financial crisis, to discussions of saving the U.S. auto industry, the post-election period may feel frenetic.
I want to talk about anger. Anger may just tank the TARP. It’s everywhere, from the measly pages of my blog, to the hallowed halls of Capitol Hill. The TARP money isn’t going directly to bail out the housing market, and let’s just say a lot of folks are PO’d.
For better or worse, the CEOs of GM, Ford, and Chrysler have bought into the idea that this "spinning" is the way to win over the public and law makers. They are no doubt being told that this is the way to stop people from believing Detroit brought many of these problems on themselves.
Democratic congressional leaders plan to begin work next week on a financial bailout for the troubled U.S. auto industry.