The term “Bailout" is a term people use to describe when the government intervenes in normal financial life and uses taxpayer money to do it. Government bailouts have been an issue in the United States since the late 1960’s. The concern with bailouts is the burden it will put on the taxpayers because it will take their tax dollars to fix the big corporations’ mistakes.. The reason governments bail these companies out is because they are believed to be “Too Big to Fail,” if big banks collapse so does United States financial system. For instance, if IBM- International Business Machines, were to collapse over 300,000 jobs would be terminated and the government would lose out on a huge amount of tax revenue because it is such a big company. Three examples of these bailouts are 1971 Lockheed, 1989 saving and loans, and 2008 Subprime Mortgage.
Lockheed was a major defense contractor. According to Donald M. Pattilo, Lockheed was also competing with Boeing and McDonald Douglas in the commercial aircraft market. In effort, it was building a new super jet, the Tri-Star. Lockheed had been out of the airliner industry for several years. Their reputation was almost non-existent. Dan Haughton who was CEO of Lockheed decided in order to have a future in the commercial field it would have to start building the most advanced of new airliners. With the engine selection becoming so competitive as well, Haughton was determined to offer the most advanced and high performance engine. This led to the partnership with Rolls Royce, who was going to make the airplanes engines.