November 11, 2010, - 4:57 pm

OUTRAGE: US Taxpayer Bailed Out GM Soon to be Owned by Kuwait, Saudis

By Debbie Schlussel

It was bad enough when U.S. taxpayers bailed out General Motors and were forced to put the Obama administration in charge of the American auto giant.  What’s even more disturbing is that after U.S. taxpayers bailed it out and built it back up, the government of Kuwait may soon own a large chunk.  In other words, the U.S. taxpayers were forced to “invest” in GM but Kuwait–and several other intolerant, bigoted Muslim nations–will get the return on investment. And don’t forget how American creditors of GM were forced by the Obamaniacs to “take a haircut” on what was owed to them.

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Now Muslim nations get to reap the rewards. Apparently, GM approached Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Abu Dhabi about investing in the initial public offering.   The Saudi company which may take part is owned and run by the anti-Semitic, homicide-bomber-telethon donor (and FOX News owner) Prince Al-Waleed Bin Talal.  Nauseating:

The Kuwait Investment Authority, Kuwait’s sovereign wealth fund, may participate in General Motors Co’s planned initial public offering if it is feasible for the fund, its managing director said Saturday.

“Last week, they announced the price range, which is the valuation range,” Bader Al Saad told reporters in Kuwait City.

“We have to review if it is feasible for us. If it is feasible for us we will look into it. If it is something cheap, we are interested of course,” Al Saad said.

GM on Wednesday disclosed estimated terms for its planned IPO, in which some $15 billion (Dh55.05 billion) of stock could be sold and the US government would reduce its stake to below 50 per cent.

Current owners of the company, including the US Treasury Department, plan to offer at least 365 million shares at a projected $26 to $29 each, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The final price, which should be set around on next Wednesday, could be higher or lower than this range, depending on market demand.

In addition to the common stock being sold by the current owners, GM plans to sell 60 million shares of preferred stock for an estimated $50 each.

General Motors is currently approaching several sovereign wealth funds in the Middle East for its planned IPO of the “new GM” this month, Gulf News has learnt from people who are involved in the talks. Among them are Saudi Arabia’s Kingdom Holding, Abu Dhabi’s Mubadala as well as Qatar Holding.

Perhaps they should change the name to General Muslims. It’s a dangerous precedent, to have these countries gain big stakes in such a major U.S. company, especially one that has a lot of government contracts, specifically defense contracts.

As I’ve said many times before, remember the good old days . . . when the Japanese owned everything in America?

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34 Responses

Keep filling your car up with petroleum based fuels. OPEC will be able to buy the entire Fortune 500 in a few short years at the current rate of plunder.

There is NO Santa Claus on November 11, 2010 at 5:24 pm

What a sad day in America when we are OWNED by Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and China.

CaliforniaScreaming on November 11, 2010 at 6:08 pm

I believe Obama is an absolute agent for the Arab nations. He is doing his best to sell off as much commodities as he can to his brethren inorder for them to have a modicum of control over the direction this country takes or to manipulate our way of life.

Anthony on November 11, 2010 at 7:09 pm

It gets worse Deb. Obama handed Chrysler to Fiat for free. Guess who has a large interest in Fiat? Libya. That was no accident. Why would the U.S. Government just give away an entire car company?

Boycott both GM and Chrysler.

Jonathan Grant on November 11, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    Amen, Jonathan! We are such a nation of sheep, but I hope the Tea Party surge will eventually get back the Rights of the States and put a stop to the criminal seizure of private property (eminent domain) and private businesses. This type of
    unconstitutional behavior began in the 1860’s, and has continued to increase.

    texag57 on November 12, 2010 at 9:24 am

      SO…I’d have to agree they ended slave ownership for the common man and enslaved him and the “freed slaves” immediately in the aftermath right around the time you are pointing towards. Slavery went from the private market to a wholly owned industry of the National Government.

      Matt on November 12, 2010 at 12:27 pm

Another reason to buy Ford. I always have. My dad worked there. 😉

Mike K on November 11, 2010 at 7:35 pm

Agree with you Mike K, when I have enough money and learn how to drive, I’m going to buy a Ford Model T car from the 1930s, because I love vintage automobiles. And Jonathan Grant, the Lybian government is interested in Fiat? Anything can happen, I assume you read Sinclair Lewis’ writing, “It Can’t Happen Here”, (A satire political book BTW) where a right wing government emerges in the US and becomes completely dictotorial & fascistic, so anything is possible in today’s world!

“A nation is identified by it’s borders, language & culture!”

Sean R. on November 11, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    When I wrote Libya has interest in Fiat, I meant that they actually own part of Fiat. Somewhere north of 10%.

    Jonathan Grant on November 11, 2010 at 8:58 pm

There is only one consolation, and that is that General Motors is pretty much a lemon that has leached the pockets of those who have been foolish enough to invest in it. If it were not for the defense contracts that General Motors has, I would not be very concerned. It is in reality already a dead company, but for government support.

Worry01 on November 11, 2010 at 8:30 pm

Folks, its not Obama. It is the fault of America in general. When the good times were rolling in, everyone jumped onto the bandwagon without realizing what the consequence would be for this unearned easy credit. The undeserved pandering and spoiling of the GM employees with all sorts of emperor’s perks ruined the finances of American Motor giants. The free market rules were abandoned. New York city as a whole especially the city employees and employees of city agencies are also spoilt with massive unearned perks. Preety soon this whole system is gonna collapse. As for now, China is also aiming to get a share of the GM pie. GM has a lot of investments in China including some very high-tech manufacturing plants. (Why would they have such a high tech plant in China in the first place?) For now, GM has maintained the security of the technology involved from falling into Chinese hands by having American staffs in strategic positions. But supposed a Chinese through their holdings of a portion of GM shares manage to insert to the Board of Directors one of their proxy and through that manage to influence company policy that results in this super duper high tech falling into the hands of the Chinese communists? This is possible. Capitalism is good but free for all unrestrained capitalism where one is willing to sell his/her own mother is not good. Unfortunately, America has slided into unrestrained unprincipled hyper capitalism where people are even willing to sell their own mother to be rich. This will ruin any nation.

Rex on November 11, 2010 at 9:29 pm

I make my living because of American petroleum working for a European firm. It is a conglomeration of American firms purchased by my employer. If the countries holding massive amounts of american cash cannot spend it on our products our infrstructure is next. Otherwise our dollar becomes worthless. Drilll, dig coal and go nuclear. Otherwise it won’t be long before we get the option “Press 3 for Aribic” when we call in sick, or to Customer Support.

jimbo on November 11, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    Jimbo:

    The Open Fuels Standard Act of 2008 has been on the floor of the Congress for two years. It is a technologically viable alternative to petroleum based fuels. Giving Americans fuel CHOICE forces OPEC to compete for business. As long as petroleum based fuels are our only choice, drilling does no good because the Saudis can always cut production to match what little we find.

    America can fuel our cars forever on methanol since that fuel can be made from almost any feedstock (including coal which you mentioned). Ethanol is also easy to make and gives poor tropical nations a share of the U.S. automotive fuel market.

    It is only in the interest of Saudi Arabia and OPEC that the Open Fuels Standard Act of 2008 has not become law yet. Thus is it proven that we have the best government Saudi petrodollars can buy.

    Until we rid our government of petrodollar corruption and give consumers fuel CHOICE, the trend will be for more direct economic interference from Saudi Arabia.

    There is NO Santa Claus on November 12, 2010 at 8:53 am

Now, who or what would have prompted this government-owned company to seek out muslims as investors? Our own muslim-sympathizing President? Whoever saw how he easily he fell in with the belittling lack of attention and courtesy given to Michelle Obama in the Indonesian mosque understands from whence this President comes in his values.

And they are not American values.

Disgusted on November 11, 2010 at 10:44 pm

Don’t forget that Bin Talal owns a nice chunk of Citibank, as well.

adam on November 11, 2010 at 10:47 pm

Truly sad to keep seeing the downward spiral of the U.S. when we could’ve had the entire world in a vice grip after WWII. Such a squandering of power.
It reminds me of when I was stationed at RAF Greenham Common, UK. I went to pick up my car at the docks, it was at Liverpool that I saw such a mostly empty ship yard. Just ghost town for the most part. Some of the british cops I served with informed me of the historical significance of Liverpool. What a bummer. Hearing about the empire and seeing the emptiness was a blow to my reality. Especially after only knowing about Liverpool as the place that the Beatles came from. Now our country is experiencing that kind of downsizing.

samurai on November 12, 2010 at 10:37 am

I stick to Ford Motor Company for ALL of my vehicles. Walk through a parking lot. How many AMERICAN cars do you SEE? Every car that is foreign made pays FOREIGN paychecks. Wake up, America! Save OUR beloved country! Buy AMERICAN!!!

Giborah on November 12, 2010 at 1:39 pm

they only took me for 40K when the CEO’s sold their stock after telling us they would not go bankrupt.

Frank Lee on November 12, 2010 at 2:34 pm

I’d rather push my Pacer than drive your Alhamdulillah!

Graty Slapchop on November 12, 2010 at 4:22 pm

It’s true as prior comments have indicated that GM is a failed company, so, on the surface, no problem with Muslim ownership. However, there are tax breaks associated with ownership as the WSJ has previously pointed out, and there is also the likelihood of the U.S. Government providing future subsidies to ensure that the Muslim investment is very profitable.

Little Al on November 12, 2010 at 5:15 pm

I used to be a Camaro fan but then Obozo had his way with Chevy. Now I only buy Fords.

BUY FORD on November 12, 2010 at 5:39 pm

There is no such thing as buying “American” anymore.

okpatriot on November 12, 2010 at 6:07 pm

Yes and from a nation which the US recovered from the Iraq invasion and who now is removing ex-pats from employment in Kuwait because of a law that requires the use of Kuwaiti citizens. Have we stopped paying foreign aid to them?

Jerry E Durant on November 12, 2010 at 9:14 pm

Show them the power of Capitalism and stop buying the cars. If the GM management want to sell out to the Chinese, Muslims or whoever, then don’t buy the cars.

Rot_soldier on November 15, 2010 at 9:37 am

Ford is a better run company and is producing very good cars lately but many of their cars are assembled in Canada and Europe.
Also it’s founder Henry Ford was an active antisemite his entire life.

RG on November 17, 2010 at 2:29 am

The good news is that this will likely make sure of the death of the whole carbon footprint agenda, which I have no trouble with seeing put to rest.

It is wrong and yes nauseating otherwise but the silver lining is worth it if the nail is put in cap n tax, and designs to meet the cap n tax agenda.

Toddy Littman on November 17, 2010 at 5:52 pm

2011-2012 Mustangs w/ stick shift RECALLED already for transmission problems (Getrag trannys outsourced to CHINA)! WTF? Source: AutoWeek.com

Big Al on August 9, 2011 at 1:36 am

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