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September 8, 2008

Freddie Mac & Fannie Mae: Just The Beginning

by Doug Mataconis

Now that the Treasury Department has rescued Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae to the tune of $ 200 billion, it’s not surprising that other industries might be lining up for their chance at the federal trough.

First in line; the Big Three automakers:

WASHINGTON (AP) – Auto industry allies hope to secure up to $50 billion in federal t loans this month to modernize plants and help struggling car makers build more fuel-efficient vehicles.

Congress returns this coming week from its summer break, and the auto industry plans an aggressive lobbying campaign for the low-interest loans.

The situation is growing dire after months of tumbling sales, high gasoline prices and consumers’ abandoning profitable trucks and sport utility vehicles.

Lawmakers authorized $25 billion in loans in last year’s energy bill, and automakers now want lawmakers to expand the pool of money available to $50 billion over three years.

Isn’t this what private credit markets are supposed to be for ?

H/T: Coyote Blog

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