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Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Clunkers against cash

You'd think from all the howling coming out of congressional Republicans that the Cash for Clunkers program was aimed at bailing them out.

Motorists are flocking to auto showrooms (some of them even selling GM and Chrysler cars) in unanticipated numbers to take advantage of rebates of up to $4,500 if they trade in eligible gas guzzlers for new, more fuel-efficient vehicles.

Just the sort of stimulus our economy needs, right?

Not if you are a member of the Grumpy Old Party. The No Boys think the wildly unpredictable success of the program is another sign of the incompetence of the Obama administration -- and a reason to vote against health care reform.
The Senate Republican leader, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, said Monday on the Senate floor that the Obama administration had botched the execution of the program by miscalculating how popular it would be. This was a reason to be more deliberate in acting on a health care overhaul, he said.
Yet McConnell says he has no objections to adding another $2 billion to the program, a far cry from the GOP position on the weekend yak shows, when the Car Allowance Rebate System was surely just another sign of Obama Socialists Gone Wild.

Senator Jim DeMint, Republican of South Carolina, said the “cash for clunkers” program was an example of the “stupidity coming out of Washington right now.”

“The federal government went bankrupt in one week in the used-car business, and now they want to run our health care system,” Mr. DeMint said in an interview on “Fox News Sunday.” “This is crazy to try to rush this thing through again while they’re trying to rush through health care, and they want to get on to cap-and-trade electricity tax. We’ve got to slow this thing down.”

And Bill Kristol, the man who brought you both Dan Quayle and Sarah Palin, said it was just a sop to the middle class.
Speaking on “Fox News Sunday,” William Kristol, the conservative editor of The Weekly Standard, said the rebates were going to middle-class people who would have eventually bought a new car anyhow.
Better check your talking points Bill. The GOP is trying to position itself as the party of the middle class and not the fat cats who got us into the mess.

Maybe the GOP can merge two schools of thought here. Since clunkers are being crushed at overwhelmed junkyards (full employment for everyone!), maybe they can say this is just another way that limousine liberals are mandating death -- just as they are by supporting palliative care in the health care bills!

Is there a junkyard for GOP "ideas"?

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Blogger Judy Meredith said...

Republicans don't put their ideas in a junkyard. They recycle them.

August 04, 2009 7:52 AM  
Blogger Readwriteblue said...

The cash for clunkers program is a attempt at social engineering, not an attempt to improve our economy. The stated goal of the plan is to remove "gas guzzlers" from the road. All well and good but it will have little positive impact on the Big Three Auto Makers as they are not big producers of fuel efficient vehicles. This is typical of what I referred to as bad governance. The consequence of this truly needless plan will be to saddle our children with our car payment.

August 04, 2009 10:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's take the additional 2 billion dollars that is proposed for the cash for clunkers program and give it to the banks. The banks have done such a great job with the billions of dollars they have received. The poor bankers need more bonus money.

August 04, 2009 2:59 PM  

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