Essay on Corporate Bailout and the Law

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The climax of the 2008-2009 financial crises, the largest ever since the Great Depression of the 1930s, witnessed the near collapse of multibillion-dollar industries in the United States. Concerns over the economic impact of the possible collapse of these industries compelled the then administration and Members of Congress to seek legislative options to salvage them. Consequently, two of the industry biggest players in the auto industries, General Motors and Chrysler, were offered financial support by the government and in return, shareholders and other stakeholders had to make necessary sacrifices in order to fundamentally restructure their businesses and commit to the tough decision of returning the companies to financial viability. In …show more content…
The climax of the 2008-2009 financial crises, the largest ever since the Great Depression of the 1930s, witnessed the near collapse of multibillion-dollar industries in the United States. Concerns over the economic impact of the possible collapse of these industries compelled the then administration and Members of Congress to seek legislative options to salvage them. Consequently, two of the industry biggest players in the auto industries, General Motors and Chrysler, were offered financial support by the government and in return, shareholders and other stakeholders had to make necessary sacrifices in order to fundamentally restructure their businesses and commit to the tough decision of returning the companies to financial viability. In fact, close to 700 companies, which also included companies in the banking sector, were bailed out by the government and the total amount of taxpayers’ money that is supposed to be spent on the bailouts is about $12.5 trillion (New York Times, 2011). So far, the U.S Treasury has spent at least $2.5 trillion (2011). In exchange, the government became the owner of significant shares in these companies. However, this move by the U.S government has over the past attracted heated debates among ordinary citizens and politicians. It is an issue that has so far left many wondering whether by doing so, the Bush’s government and the subsequent Obama’s administration opened the Pandora’s Box. Proponents argue that the government’s decision to save

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