Forget about replicating the success of the surge in Iraq: Whoever came up with "cash for clunkers" should be put in charge of everything. The clunkers program ended Monday -- under budget -- after moving almost 700,000 new fuel-efficient cars through an auto industry in the grip of rigor mortis. To put things in perspective, the whole program cost less than 2 percent of AIG's bailout.
The Senate is finally getting around to approving more money for the wildly successful "cash for clunkers" program, which seems to have saved the auto industry from the forces of recession and bankruptcy. With an additional $2 billion on the way, the administration hopes to transform 500,000 more clunkers into cleaner, smaller, more efficient vehicles.