Most of America’s media think President Obama's 2009 bailout of General Motors and Chrysler was a huge success.
Former Massachusetts Democratic Congressman Barney Frank threw cold water on this meme on NBC’s Meet the Press Sunday
correctly informing viewers that the auto bailout lost money for the
federal government. By contrast, we made money from George W. Bush's
2008 bank bailout (video follows with transcript and commentary):
BARNEY FRANK, FORMER CONGRESSMAN (D-MASSACHUSETTS): First of all,
many of the banks didn't want this money. It’s not that we did it for
them. But secondly, the federal government made money on the advances to
the banks. What cost us money was the automobile industry bailout. But
we made money on the banks.
HENRY PAULSON, FORMER BUSH TREASURY SECRETARY: We got all the money back plus $32 billion.
Indeed. Meanwhile, the government’s investment in General Motors stock is still underwater.
Yet to liberal media members, Obama’s auto bailout along with his stimulus package are responsible for the economic recovery.
That might be convenient for the ego of the current White House
resident, but honest economists in the future will likely credit Bush’s
Troubled Asset Relief Program in October 2008 as being what saved us and
the world from a far worse financial industry collapse paving the way
for an expansion albeit a weak one. (Continues. Video available with Barney Frank)