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Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4593)
Tue, 11th Aug '09 8:33 AM


I heard this from just an American citizen - not from a think tank, not from any group.

If just the average guy can think of this stuff, why can't those who get paid to come up with the best way to do things? (Reminds me of Bruce Willis in Armageddon).

He said - if they were going to institute Cash for Clunkers anyway, why didn't they start the program BEFORE the car companies went bankrupt? This would have infused needed cash to the car companies, saved much if not all that OTHER stimulus money (twice), and maybe been the kickstart car companies needed to keep them floating until the economy starts to recover. The largest benefit of all would be to have kept the feds out of a private company's ownership.

Caramel1  (Level: 136.4 - Posts: 21616)
Tue, 11th Aug '09 10:31 AM

Good thoughts, Jan. Just watching old Arlen at a town hall meeting. It is in a conservative district of PA. The people are respectful and informed in their questioning. Making many good points that Arlen cannot or avoids answering. Don't have much hope for anything coming out of Obama's town hall as he only lets folks in who agree with him. -so it will be nothing more than a campaign speech-don't believe much of anything he says. The protesters along the route might prove interesting. Arlen just told an outright lie saying that the majority of people are displeased with their current coverage. HE SAYS he will not support any bill that covers illegal aliens period. These guys are makin up numbers to fit dream. Look at MA. CA now has a cash for old refrigerators guess this one at least is using money from a private utility company not taxpayers like the car thing.

Tuzilla  (Level: 146.6 - Posts: 3848)
Tue, 11th Aug '09 10:39 AM

Good question, but I must admit I never heard anything speak of anything like it prior to the mess. I am imagining the program arose from a brainstorming session on the question of "What can we do to get people to trade in the older cars for newer, more efficient ones, thus helping the car companies, the economy and the environment?"

I once advocated a program, without any success, behind the idea of stopping the manufacture of automobiles/trucks in third world countries. Instead, we load up boats with off lease trade-ins (good quality vehicles, not junkers) and ship them to these countries for sale. Companies save money, shrink the used car market, people in other countries get good vehicles at lower prices.

Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12008)
Tue, 11th Aug '09 10:55 AM

I guess before this there wasn't much of a serious effort to wean people off gas-guzzlers. The opposite, really, with the advent of the Hummer type.

Asor  (Level: 162.7 - Posts: 595)
Tue, 11th Aug '09 11:04 AM

At least a couple of European countries have a similar program. My impression was that we borrowed the idea from them. Not sure, though.

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