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Barack_America Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-30-09 12:05 PM
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Dingell Statement on Chrysler
Source: WDIV (Detroit)

Washington, DC Congressman John D. Dingell (D-MI15) released the following statement in reaction to President Obamas announcement that Chrysler LLC will file for a Chapter 11 Section 363 (b) bankruptcy proceeding:

Chrysler made tremendous strides in its effort to meet the demanding restructuring goals set forth by the Administration. Chrysler secured historic deals with Fiat Group SpA, the UAW, Cerberus, Daimler, the U.S. and Canadian governments and a majority of its secured lenders. The rogue hedge funds that refused to agree to a fair offer to exchange debt for cash from the U.S. Treasury firms I label as the vultures will now be dealt with accordingly in court.

The significant agreements made by Chrysler and its stakeholders, including Fiat and the UAW, should not be discounted; in fact they should be commended. The Chrysler-Fiat alliance holds great promise and I am hopefully that Chrysler will emerge from this quick rinse bankruptcy swiftly and in a great position to re-emerge as a dominant force in the automotive sector.

Chrysler employs some of the greatest workers in the world; in bankruptcy, the workers and the retirees must be protected. UAW members faithfully demonstrated that they a willing participant in the restructuring by ratifying a painful new contract, and their laudable sacrifices should be recognized by the bankruptcy judge. The President has committed that the retiree pensions and VEBA agreements will be protected. We must also ensure that the Chrysler supply chain is stabilized during this temporary period of uncertainty and consumers are reassured that the Chrysler automobile warranty is the strongest in the country, as it has the backing of the United States government. I will be working with President Obama and his Administration, my colleagues in the Michigan Delegation, Governor Granholm and all interested stakeholders to ensure that as Chrysler is in court, and once they emerge, they are in the best possible position to emerge a stronger American company.

Read more: http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/19333314/detail.html



The "vulture funds":

Oppenheimer Funds
Perella Weinberg Partners
Stairway Capital

These are the funds that demanded double the taxpayer money than did JP Morgan Chase, etc. in order to lessen Chrysler's debt.

These are the funds that Pres. Obama "does not stand with".

http://uk.reuters.com/article/hotStocksNews/idUKWEN8132...
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Hugin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-30-09 12:21 PM
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1. Good detail in this story.
Nice to have some depth.
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Barack_America Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-30-09 12:47 PM
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2. Glad you liked it. Hopefully this will help quell the "Obama is trying to bust the UAW" bs.
The UAW actually stands to gain quite a bit in the bankruptcy proceedings, which is exactly what has the hedge funds' panties in a knot.

http://dealbook.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/04/30/chrysler-l...
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dethl Donating Member (462 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-30-09 01:05 PM
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3. The hedge fund managers can go suck a rail spike....
It's deplorable that they would use a situation like this to try and bust a union in exchange for writing off a bit of Chrysler's debt. Is it so wrong that people band together and demand for something they actually earn, unlike a hedge fund manager who can fudge numbers and move a market if they so desired?
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MasonJar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-30-09 01:21 PM
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4. Naturally the hedge fund vultures refused. Their greed is monumental
and as a taxpayer bailing many out and paying others bonuses, I revolt against them. No more money for these ripoff artists. Let them go under instead of Chrysler which actually employs regular taxpaying Americans, not apprentice vultures.
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WriteDown Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-30-09 02:32 PM
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7. This shows how little people know about any of this
Oppenheimer isnt a hedge fund, its a mutual fund manager, which isnt even remotely the same thing.
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dpbrown Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-30-09 02:08 PM
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5. Nuke the funds

It's time to root out rogue capitalism in America.
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Barack_America Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-30-09 02:32 PM
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6. What I love is their weak excuse that they've done this to protect their pensioners....
...saying that writing off this much debt would be a disservice to them.

Except, if they invested pensions heavily in the volatile auto industry, wasn't that the true disservice?

And have they forgotten the number of jobs that will be lost in this country if the auto industry disappears? I would think that their customers would much rather take a 1-5% hit on their pensions than lose their jobs (and probably their pensions too).

Idiots.
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WriteDown Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-30-09 03:38 PM
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8. The auto industry is volatile?
Based on what timeframe? :eyes:
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Barack_America Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-30-09 04:11 PM
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11. Lol. So you were the last person to see this coming?
The auto industry has been volatile for quite a while.

I'm going to guess that you haven't spent much time in Detroit in, oh say, the past three decades.
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WriteDown Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-30-09 05:15 PM
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12. How long are corporate bond maturity lengths in your world?
And what color is your sun?

So Chrysler has been failing since 1979? Who knew.
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hugo_from_TN Donating Member (895 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-30-09 03:57 PM
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9. Ummm
if they invested pensions heavily in the volatile auto industry, wasn't that the true disservice?

If they didn't invest, Chrysler would have gone under years ago. Would that be better?
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Barack_America Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-30-09 04:09 PM
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10. "Heavily".
Key word.
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