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General Motors: Obamacare Wrapped in Solyndra Inside Some Misery
Townhall.com ^ | August 3, 2012 | John Ransom

Posted on 08/03/2012 4:16:35 AM PDT by Kaslin

General Motors, the auto company that vice president Joe Biden likes to claim Obama saved singled-handedly during the virgin birth after which the One was swaddled in a manger, is facing a class action lawsuit for making “materially false and misleading” claims in the prospectus for the new issue of stock it offered as it moved out of bankruptcy in late fall 2010.

A statement issued by the law firm representing the class “alleges that the defendants misrepresented and/or failed to disclose that: (1) GM was predicting revenue based on production rather than actual sales; (2) the Company falsely assured investors that it was actively managing its production by monitoring its dealer inventory levels; and (3) the Company assured investors that its inventory management would improve in 2011, which would improve average transaction price.”

GM stock has been in trouble since it was issued, drifting downward from $33 in November of 2010 to a close of near $19 today. The company currently has a market capitalization of around $29 billion after offering about $22 billion in stock to the public a year and a half ago.

In addition, the company also received $52 billion from the U.S. Treasury, $9.5 billion from the Canadians and $12 billion in tax losses carried forward from the pre-bankruptcy days- which for the rest of us regular Joes would be illegal. Oh, then there was that little issue of not paying taxes on the loan that Obama decided to turn into a gift- which again would be illegal for the rest of us. 

Just to break even on the part of the money that the U.S. government didn’t make an outright gift, the stock price would have to hit about $51.

Here’s more of that famous Obama math for you junior progressive economists. Pay attention; this is what gave us a jobless recovery. Some day you too might want to grow up and create a jobless recovery for your country:

$22 billion + $52 billion + $9.5 billion + $12 billion= $95.5 billion in new money from investors, governments and tax credits that the company has turned into $29 billion in mere months.

No wonder Obama likes this company. This is like Obamacare wrapped in Solyndra inside some misery.

Hey quick: Let’s blame Bush.

At issue isn’t so much the stock price of GM but whether or not the company was “built to last” as it came out of bankruptcy.

After a year of intolerable claims of record profits from GM by anyone connected with the administration, the business results are starting to better reflect what investors have been saying all along: GM’s a dog.

Any company can fake profits for a little while when $100 billion in cash is thrown at it.  

Meanhwile, in the real world, General Motor’s profits fell 41 percent in the second quarter of this year.

While the company blames it all on Europe, only $361 million of an estimated $1 billion in missing profits came from Europe. Simple math would tell even Obama that $639 million came from stalling profits from places NOT named Europe.

Hey quick: Let's blame Europe.  

“GM's profit from April through June dropped to $1.5 billion,” reported the Knoxville New Sentinel, “$1 billion less than the same quarter a year earlier. It had a $361 million pretax loss in Europe and $19 million of red ink in South America. In North America, pretax profits fell nearly 13 percent to about $2 billion. International profits, including Asia, also dropped, by 3 percent to $557 million.”

If I were the guys who falsely claimed in 2010 that GM repaid 100 percent of the loans the government gave them and then spent 2011 bragging about how the company made record profits on the strength of turning $100 billion in cash into $29 billion, I’d be puckering up about that class action lawsuit right about now.   

They ought to consider that Obama won’t be president forever, and maybe, just maybe Mr. Romney would join the lawsuit on behalf of the American taxpayers.GM Chart

GM data by YCharts

Of course the federal government already owns about 60 percent of the stock anyway, so there would never be a need to join the lawsuit. The government can kick out management whenever they want.

And that might be exactly what Mitt does before he dumps 500 million shares of GM.

In February of this year, as GM stock traded between $25-$26, Romney drew the wrath of that great professional investing class, establishment journalists, when he called for the U.S. to divest itself of the GM stock.

“If the government moved now to dump the 500 million GM shares that it still owns, as Romney suggests,” wrote thousandaire or hundredaire mogul investor, CNNMoney reporter Charles Riley, in a typical hit from the establishment press, “taxpayers would be guaranteed to take a loss.”

Good going Charles: Lecture Mitt Romney on investing strategy too.

Because from where I’m sitting, Mitt’s been right all along. On the other other hand, your strategy, Charles, lost taxpayers another $3 billion.   

"If General Motors, Ford and Chrysler get the bailout that their chief executives asked for yesterday, you can kiss the American automotive industry goodbye," Romney wrote in November 2008 according to CNNMoney. "It won't go overnight, but its demise will be virtually guaranteed."

Over the next year of so the drama at GM should be played out. And  then we'll know one way or another.

But I don't really need to know, to know.

Mitt’s right and Obama’s wrong.

But we already knew that.

You know?     


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: gm; obama; romney; stock

1 posted on 08/03/2012 4:16:45 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

As a stock marlet idiot I need to ask a question.

What idiot would buy GM stock after the hosing that the GM stockholders took when Obama wrote them off last time.


2 posted on 08/03/2012 4:24:45 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: Kaslin

As a stock market dummy I need to ask a question.

What idiot would buy GM stock after the hosing that the GM stockholders took when Obama wrote them off last time.


3 posted on 08/03/2012 4:25:43 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: Kaslin

So what is the point of the law suit? What does it expect to gain from a failing company lacking resources to pay off a judgement? What if the judge rules in their favor and allows the judgement payment in GM stock?


4 posted on 08/03/2012 4:36:22 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Present failure and impending death yield irrational action))
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To: Venturer

Uhmmmm...
The ones that think lightning doesn’t strike twice?

There are 47% hard-core idiots out there that intend to vote Obama. There’s plenty of fodder for more stupid.


5 posted on 08/03/2012 4:36:31 AM PDT by bossmechanic (If all else fails, hit it with a hammer)
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To: bert

Well, for starters if they contest it and lose, a whole lot of GM execs and Obama cronies will be going to jail. The SEC does not take kindly to people who are found guilty of this.


6 posted on 08/03/2012 4:40:13 AM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: Kaslin

Bookmark.


7 posted on 08/03/2012 4:44:40 AM PDT by SunTzuWu
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To: Kaslin; ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas; stephenjohnbanker; DoughtyOne; Gilbo_3; NFHale; Impy; LMAO; ...
RE :”A statement issued by the law firm representing the class “alleges that the defendants misrepresented and/or failed to disclose that: (1) GM was predicting revenue based on production rather than actual sales; (2) the Company falsely assured investors that it was actively managing its production by monitoring its dealer inventory levels; and (3) the Company assured investors that its inventory management would improve in 2011, which would improve average transaction price.”
GM stock has been in trouble since it was issued, drifting downward from $33 in November of 2010 to a close of near $19 today. The company currently has a market capitalization of around $29 billion after offering about $22 billion in stock to the public a year and a half ago.
In addition, the company also received $52 billion from the U.S. Treasury, $9.5 billion from the Canadians and $12 billion in tax losses carried forward from the pre-bankruptcy days- which for the rest of us regular Joes would be illegal. Oh, then there was that little issue of not paying taxes on the loan that Obama decided to turn into a gift- which again would be illegal for the rest of us.
Just to break even on the part of the money that the U.S. government didn’t make an outright gift, the stock price would have to hit about $51.

So what's $60B or so among friends? Its just gubment money. The important thing is they now worship Obama the great provider.

8 posted on 08/03/2012 4:48:36 AM PDT by sickoflibs (Romney is still a liberal. Just watch him. (Obama-ney Care ))
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To: bert

“So what is the point of the law suit?”

A whole lot of negative publicity for Bambi is enough for me.


9 posted on 08/03/2012 4:49:10 AM PDT by DAC21
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To: Venturer
What idiot would buy GM stock after the hosing that the GM stockholders took when Obama wrote them off last time.

Anyone who believes a word they read in a Paul Krugman column.

10 posted on 08/03/2012 4:53:32 AM PDT by Dixie Yooper (Ephesians 6:11)
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To: Kaslin
Glanced at the lawsuit quickly, and I need to either review "Blue Sky Laws" and or Sarbanes Oxley. My guess is the law firm is using one or both as a basis of violation of the law to go forward.

It be interesting if it is Sarb-Ox, finally that millstone would bear some fruit, if not it is time to get rid of it too.

Tangent to this I spoke with my auto gnome.

They noted GM's profit per / vehicle in the US is no where near their competitior(s) that have their act(s) together.

And Opel? Even my gnome couldn't rap their arms around GM's Euro mess.....

11 posted on 08/03/2012 4:57:01 AM PDT by taildragger (( Palin / Mulally 2012 ))
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To: Kaslin
It takes a real effort to lose $71 Billion - much of it taxpayer dollars. That's right up in the lofty category of losses from waste and fraud in Medicaid, Medicare, and Food Stamps.

Who says Uncle Sam doesn't work hard for us?

12 posted on 08/03/2012 5:08:33 AM PDT by Gritty (It's either Obama and the Democrats or America. You can't have both. - Rush Limbaugh)
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To: Venturer

Article is short but strong articulation of the facts. Bump to print when I get back to the office.


13 posted on 08/03/2012 5:10:56 AM PDT by Roses0508
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To: bert

I’m not astute about this, but we might be seeing the scavengers are positioning themselves to make sure they get some shot - any shot - at the shreds of meat that are left on GM’s rotting carcass.

Another too big to fail company that’s sucking the life out of the American taxpayer.

Mitt was right. Good ad material.


14 posted on 08/03/2012 5:14:29 AM PDT by randita (Either the politicians fix our fiscal insanity, or the markets will.)
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To: Kaslin

New campaign slogan for Romney ...”GM, Obama didn’t fix that!”


15 posted on 08/03/2012 5:48:00 AM PDT by databoss
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To: Kaslin

New campaign slogan for Romney ...”GM, Obama didn’t fix that!”


16 posted on 08/03/2012 5:48:25 AM PDT by databoss
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To: Spktyr

“Well, for starters if they contest it and lose, a whole lot of GM execs and Obama cronies will be going to jail. The SEC does not take kindly to people who are found guilty of this.”

Now there you go again, thinking in the old school! Obama owns the SEC, with lock, stock, and barrel!

There are no more laws that Obama did not write. So the SEC will say and do nothing.


17 posted on 08/03/2012 5:50:42 AM PDT by Kratos
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To: Kaslin

Baseball
Hot Dogs
Apple Pie
and
Chick-fil-A!


18 posted on 08/03/2012 9:05:40 AM PDT by fatboy (This protestant will have no part in the ecumenical movement)
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To: sickoflibs; ex-Texan; Kaslin; ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas; stephenjohnbanker; DoughtyOne; Gilbo_3; ..

” In addition, the company also received $52 billion from the U.S. Treasury, $9.5 billion from the Canadians and $12 billion in tax losses carried forward from the pre-bankruptcy days- which for the rest of us regular Joes would be illegal. Oh, then there was that little issue of not paying taxes on the loan that Obama decided to turn into a gift- which again would be illegal for the rest of us.
Just to break even on the part of the money that the U.S. government didn’t make an outright gift, the stock price would have to hit about $51. “

So what’s $60B or so among friends? Its just gubment money”

Bernie Madoff got life without parole for doing something like this: )


19 posted on 08/03/2012 10:38:40 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: ex-Texan

” So how come CBS, NBC, ABC and FOX News remain silent about what should be a major news story? “

You get more honest news out of Pravda.....talk about perverse : )


21 posted on 08/03/2012 12:24:00 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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