President Obama: Taxpayers Are Reluctant Shareholders In GM

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Monday, June 1, 2009

President Barack Obama is defending the government's intervention in the auto industry, saying the collapse of GM and Chrysler would have been devastating for the economy and American workers.

The president said his policies will help both General Motors Corp. and Chrysler LLC — storied companies in America's industrial history — survive after restructuring and bankruptcy. He said his administration had no choice but to intervene, putting the government in "the unwelcome position" of having a financial stake in the companies.

President Obama said that GM's move into bankruptcy proceedings will actually it, calling it the move a “viable, achievable plan." He said the new plan will actually help the financially troubled GM to start growing for the first time in three years.

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