General Motors is a healthy, profitable automaker, thanks to the U.S. government. The feds gave GM a $49.5 billion loan back in 2009, part of the company's high-speed restructuring -- a move that was unpopular in some quarters, but probably saved the U.S. auto industry.

GM has since paid that loan back with a mix of cash and stock. Last week, the Treasury Department sold off a big block of its holdings with GM's help. In this video, contributor John Rosevear looks at this latest stock sale -- and at the progress of the government's ongoing effort to recoup its "investment" in GM.

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What are you talking about, "getting paid back"? GMAC was given $27B and hasn't paid back a dime and iwas split off now known as Ally Bank. GM will never pay back the total amount taxpayer's put into them as they will be about 40% short when all the stock is sold at a huge loss. GM has made suckers out of the American public, AND Wall Street. The next downturn will tell the tale. Until then, America will continue to finance GM's failing business model. Bankruptcy's definition.

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