And so the automakers belly up for a second helping, it seems:
NY Times: A Push for Bailout to Help Car Buyers
When someone first linked me to this story, I thought it was a joke. But it wasn't.
No, really. A bunch of lawmakers do want taxpayer money to be used to "restore liquidity" and help consumers buy new cars. This quote (from the drafted letter to the Treasury) is just precious:
Well, let's see: As of last week, Reuters noted that GMAC had noosed its lending activities such that only consumers with credit scores of 700 or better would be able to finance through them.
Oh, and GMAC wants to see decent down payments, too.
And no refinancing of upside-down chunks of previous cars into new GMAC loans.
Obviously, such egregious and abnormal credit restrictions would indicate utter blasphemy: that GMAC might actually want to issue loans which have some moderate chance of being paid back.
Heavens to Betsy.
An auto-finance arm wanting to ensure its loans are paid back?
Outrage, I tell you.
The government simply must Do Something.