John Ransom

General Motors, the auto company that vice president Joe Biden likes to claim Obama saved singled-handedly during the virgin birth after which the One was swaddled in a manger, is facing a class action lawsuit for making “materially false and misleading” claims in the prospectus for the new issue of stock it offered as it moved out of bankruptcy in late fall 2010.

A statement issued by the law firm representing the class “alleges that the defendants misrepresented and/or failed to disclose that: (1) GM was predicting revenue based on production rather than actual sales; (2) the Company falsely assured investors that it was actively managing its production by monitoring its dealer inventory levels; and (3) the Company assured investors that its inventory management would improve in 2011, which would improve average transaction price.”

GM stock has been in trouble since it was issued, drifting downward from $33 in November of 2010 to a close of near $19 today. The company currently has a market capitalization of around $29 billion after offering about $22 billion in stock to the public a year and a half ago.

In addition, the company also received $52 billion from the U.S. Treasury, $9.5 billion from the Canadians and $12 billion in tax losses carried forward from the pre-bankruptcy days- which for the rest of us regular Joes would be illegal. Oh, then there was that little issue of not paying taxes on the loan that Obama decided to turn into a gift- which again would be illegal for the rest of us. 

Just to break even on the part of the money that the U.S. government didn’t make an outright gift, the stock price would have to hit about $51.

Here’s more of that famous Obama math for you junior progressive economists. Pay attention; this is what gave us a jobless recovery. Some day you too might want to grow up and create a jobless recovery for your country:

$22 billion + $52 billion + $9.5 billion + $12 billion= $95.5 billion in new money from investors, governments and tax credits that the company has turned into $29 billion in mere months.

John Ransom

John Ransom’s writings on politics and finance have appeared in the Los Angeles Business Journal, the Colorado Statesman, Pajamas Media and Registered Rep Magazine amongst others. Until 9/11, Ransom worked primarily in finance as an investment executive for NYSE member firm Raymond James and Associates, JW Charles and as a new business development executive at Mutual Service Corporation. He lives in San Diego. You can follow him on twitter @bamransom.

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