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‘Cash for Clunkers’ Plan Suspended

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Posted on Jul 30, 2009
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One country, so many clunkers: The U.S. government-sponsored “cash for clunkers” program has come to a halt after six short days of enticing car owners to sacrifice their gas-guzzling relics to the scrap-heap gods and drive off in newer, greener models.

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Named the Car Allowance Rebate System, the program provides credits of as much as $4,500 for the purchase of a new car when turning in an older vehicle to be scrapped. Lawmakers had expected the program to generate about 250,000 vehicle sales and to have enough money to last until about Nov. 1.

“Any doubt that the CARS program would jump-start auto sales is completely erased,” said Greg Martin, a General Motors Co. spokesman. “More than 200,000 cleaner, more fuel-efficient cars are on the road and a vital industry gets a needed boost. We hope there’s a will and way to keep the CARS program going a little bit longer.”

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By Paracelsus, August 2, 2009 at 8:52 am Link to this comment

The government was sold cars that were fully paid up, so that consumers could go into further debt to buy new cars with marginal improvements in fuel efficiency. As to Harman and Feinstein, both of them seem to favor laws that impinge on our civil liberties.

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By CJ, July 31, 2009 at 11:06 pm Link to this comment

It’s not been a bad plan actually. Any can tell by Diane Feinstein now objecting to further funding. If Diane objects to a scheme then a scheme is more than likely than not a good one. She, and even Boxer, voted for procurement of F-22. Both ladies sadly at the tender mercy of defense-mechanism biz. More mercifully for those of us not so invested, that rather more seriously murderous SUV was denied by majority of national legislators evidently just slightly more humane (or just chintzier) than Cal’s gals. If an earthbound SUV is a heap (and every one of them is a heap), a single F-22 is a junkyard of heaps. The F-22, along with every other less-complicated weapons system, is a killer SUV the like of which not even Arnold Schwarzenegger dreams. Of. Even more mercifully for everyone, the F-22 can’t anyway actually be flown by any being actually human. Probably not even by an X-Files alien, so complicated is, or was, the terrifyingly glamorous flying phallus. (Aren’t they all?)

Not to worry, as we still got F-18-style phalluses when the job’s just got to be done. For the sake of hu…whatever.

Speaking of “clunkers,” Diane Feinstein along with Jane Harman. (Never mind obvious case of Arnold, who pops up in most magnificent absurdly in great new film by the Yes Men, just lately featured over one or two of two hundred HBO media-conglomerate channels). Both ladies of “intelligence” committees (my personal favs) respective chambers.

The Feinstein now concerned for proposed two billion more ones for clunker plan is the same that’s got no problem with three trillion ones (according to Stiglitz and Bilmes by war’s real end) expended to obliterate what was Iraq.

Like Kitty Pilgrim whining this evening—in hopes of further inciting viewers to national socialism—of $75,000 doled out by NEA for…wait for it…”erotic art” (supposedly “theater” featuring “sex and violence.” Off-Broadway, I could only guess, as Kitty refused to say. Seventy-five large, which might be half of salary allotted but one truly obscene, and particularly violent, Wall Streeter), Diane Feinstein is concerned for two more bil in the interest of maybe cleaning up air just a little itty-bitty bit. Dude. 

And so, let’s give it up for Diane and Kitty, and for Jane and Arn too. Give it up for all national socialists who know a little something of priorities, of what matters and whom doesn’t.

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By cyrena, July 31, 2009 at 1:25 pm Link to this comment

Just got this in my email…

Breaking News Alert
The New York Times
Friday, July 31, 2009—10:58 AM ET
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White House Says ‘Clunkers’ Rebate Plan Will Go On

The White House said Friday that the “cash for clunkers”
program was still alive even though the $1 billion that
Congress had appropriated for it has already been snapped up.

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http://www.nytimes.com/?emc=na

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By ChaoticGood, July 31, 2009 at 10:22 am Link to this comment

It would be a good program if it actually accomplished something worthwhile. If, for instance, to qualify, you had to purchase a new automobile that got 24 mpg, then the program would be sensible.  It would not only help with global pollution but also stimulate the auto industry.  Now it is just a method for someone to buy a new SUV and we have to pay them to do it.  This program should be eliminated now before we have a whole new generation of gas-guzzlers on the road paid for by tax dollars.

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By bogi666, July 31, 2009 at 10:17 am Link to this comment

The auto industry got about $40,000,000,000 billion before declaring bankruptcy. The Cash for Clunkers was a $1,000,000,000 billion program and would have benefited about 250,000 new car buyers but with no corruption involved which would put it into disfavor with those who benefit from bankruptcy. However, $40,000,000,000 would benefit some 10,000,000 million new car buyers as well as dealers. Something just doesn’t add up here and the Cash for Clunkers just wasn’t going to benefit the right business and political interests.

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By Blackspeare, July 31, 2009 at 8:25 am Link to this comment

There’s something not quite right about this——me thinks the US Gov’t took another fleecing!!!

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