Skip to comments.Watchdog says taxpayers may lose $27B in bailout
Posted on 01/29/2013 9:38:35 PM PST by Olog-hai
A government watchdog says U.S. taxpayers stand to lose $27 billion from the 2008 financial bailout, up from an estimate of $22 billion made in the fall.
A report issued Wednesday by the special inspector general for the Troubled Asset Relief Program says the estimate is higher because of increased losses for the Treasury Department on sales of shares in bailed-out companies.
Ally Financial, the former financial arm for General Motors, still owes $14.6 billion of the $17.2 billion in aid it received. The report says taxpayers can expect to lose $5.5 billion on that investment because of the company's losses on risky mortgages issued ahead of the financial crisis. The report also criticized the Treasury for lacking a plan to unwind its investment in Ally. Taxpayers own 74 percent of the company.
Ally and GM together owe more than half of the $67.3 billion still owed U.S. taxpayers by companies that were bailed out during the financial crisis, according to the quarterly report to Congress by Special Inspector General Christy Romero.
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Taxpayers rarely “lose” money. Losing money is like dropping your wallet on the way to work. This, on the other hand, is Government Robber-barons, forcibly taking your money from you, and then betting it and losing it on a Roulette wheel at a Casino. Thanks Big Govt for blowing through generations of Taxpayer Dollars! Keep up the good work!
We’ll never know (or at least never be told) the true cost of the bailouts. Wall Street is said to have gobbled up trillions that we’re never told about.