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Administration will oversee radical job cuts during high unemployment

Chryslers fall may help Obama reshape GM
Administration will oversee radical job cuts during high unemployment
By David E. Sanger and Bill Vlasic
New York Times
May 2, 2009

WASHINGTON - Fresh from pushing Chrysler into bankruptcy, President Obama and his economic team are hoping that the hard line they took last week gives them leverage to force huge changes in General Motors, a far larger and more complex company.

Officials say that, difficult as Mr. Obamas decision was on Wednesday night to take all the risks of a Chrysler bankruptcy, the politics of reshaping G.M. will be far harder. Already a shadow of the company that once dominated the American landscape, G.M. will be forced to eliminate tens of thousands of additional jobs and close factories and dealerships nationwide.

In Chryslers case, the tough job-cutting decisions had already been made and the government is taking only a small stake. An alliance with Fiat envisions selling the companys cars in new markets around the world and ultimately adding cars that use Fiats fuel-efficient technology. But in G.M.s case, Mr. Obama will be forcing deeper cuts and becoming the controlling shareholder. He will also be overseeing the radical downsizing of G.M.s work force as he is trying to reverse rising unemployment.

G.M. is very different than Chrysler, Rahm Emanuel, Mr. Obamas chief of staff, said Friday. But I suppose the one lesson for G.M., and all the other players, is that this is a moment when a Democratic president said, I am really willing to let a company dissolve, and theres not going to be an open checkbook. Theres got to be real viability.

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