SMITTY wrote: No ROI ... just LOSSES. That's how gov't rolls.
AAMTRAK ............ ahem ............ POST OFFICE ..... *COUGH* .......
As the lady in the GM story said, "... it's not an apples to apples comparison.” True. It's a "liars use statistics" comparison. According to the article, in the end the government might -- MIGHT -- lose as much as $5 billion. That's way less than Americans spend annually on Halloween. So for the price of a few candy bars, we saved GM and many of its suppliers and many, many jobs. If he had NOT saved all those jobs, you would be whining that Obama's policies didn't help, instead of whining that they did.
And since when is government supposed to make a profit? Interstate highway system -- U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines -- National Park Service -- do we expect THEM to make a profit? Follow the money -- when government provides a valuable service that somebody else would like to monopolize, like Amtrak or the Post Office, then all of a sudden your bought-and-paid-for politicians pretend the service should make a profit. When government provides a service that funnels lots of money to the owners of the politicians, like the Defense Department, then it should NOT make a profit, just get more of your money to throw into the funnel.