Looking back at that moment in time, a lot of jobs and automotive suppliers were at stake if the US hadn’t borrowed the two automakers previously mentioned with a gigantic $79.69 billion. Money that was mostly amassed from taxpayers, that is.
Fast-forward to December 2013, when the US Treasury sold its final General Motors shares, then to the present day and we find ourselves in the middle of a sizable $9.26 billion federal government loss.Want to have a guess how this loss works out when dividing it per American taxpayer? An official figure of those who actually paid taxes in 2014 is not yet available, but various sources hint at 138 million tax filers. About half of that population pay any federal income tax, so let’s do the maths: $9.26 billion divided by 69 mil equals approximately 134.2 hard-earned bucks per person that really paid taxes.
With the Big Max index standing at $4.8 in the United States in July 2014, that’s 35.3 juicy Big Macs per person. I’m not the type to judge the Obama Administration’s effort to stop the auto industry from going belly up, but numbers are magical in their own little way. Lastly, we need to point out the government made $2.4 billion off Ally Financial, a sum offset by an $11.79 billion loss on General Motors and Chrysler.