Posted by: Calmseas (Mike) | August 3, 2009

Clunkers!

Now let me see if I can get this straight: The government will pay me $4,500.00 to turn in my perfectly good, paid-for Jeep so that I can go into debt for a new cracker-box-on-a-roller-skate car, fully powered with a wind-up rubber band—a vehicle that is most efficient when going down a steep hill, and one that I, frankly, have no interest in driving.  Then they will scrap my Jeep to make sure that no one ever again will dare drive this perfectly good and highly utilitarian—and paid for (did I mention that?)—vehicle.  In a nutshell, that’s the program.

This program will help the environment by adding to the scrap metal yards and landfills . . . er, I mean . . . by getting these big fat-cat, rich-guy, gas-guzzling status symbols off the road (never mind that my 2000 Jeep cost me about ten grand in 2003).  And the program will stimulate the economy by putting folks further in debt for a product they neither need nor can afford—a product that most participants in the program wouldn’t even consider purchasing if not for this “helpful” government program.  “HEY, THERE’S A RECESSION ON; DID YA HEAR!”

So is this a great program for the consumer?  It doesn’t really look like it.  So, then, who benefits most from this program?  Like so many things in life, “follow the money.”

First of all, where does the money for the program come from?  Well, it comes from you and me and every other working-schmuck taxpayer, would be my guess.  So the government takes money from us in order to give it back to us and show us that they are the great magnanimous, beneficent provider of all.  OK.  I got that part of it.

Now where does all of the money end up?  That is the gazillion-dollar question, isn’t it?  Of course, the money will be headed to the government-owned car companies who will be pumping out cars nobody really wants, and to the government-owned banks who will be underwriting all of this new debt that nobody really needs.

If you or I set up something like this, you can be sure it would be illegal.  What a racket.  “The government giveth and the government taketh away.”  Is this a great country or what?

Oh—by the way—I’m keeping my Jeep.

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Responses

  1. You really hit his program in a NUT shell – just one of many such programs coming our way. Keep up the good work and that way people will finally wise up.


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