Cash for Clunkers a Winner

Congress is half-way towards passing the cash for clunkers bill, an amazing piece of legislation that would rid our highways of old, gas-hungry vehicles.

Let’s hope the Senate doesn’t mess this bill up too much. As it stands, it is as close to perfect as any government legislation can be. Let’s explore why:

1. It will get rid of old, dog-eared vehicles that get bad mileage. As long as your clunker gets 18 miles per gallon or less it will qualify for this program.

2. The clunkers must be destroyed. This will prevent them from clogging our streets and wasting gas. Crushing them makes the most sense, because they are vehicles that are hurting us now.

3. You can use the vouchers to buy vehicles that get four more miles to the gallon than your clunker. This is not much, but it is at least in the right direction. Bravo for not making the conditions too stringent in this program. Even one mile per gallon is an improvement and will help us, which is all you need for certain light truck purchases to be able to use your voucher.

4. These vouchers are for everyone, regardless of income, which makes sense. Why we only help the poor and downtrodden is beyond me. We need to help the wealthy, too, as they have been hurt in this economy as much if not more than the poor.

5. The vouchers can be used for vehicles made anywhere. There is simply no reason to restrict buyer’s choices to vehicles made in our own country.

6. You must have owned the clunker car for a year. This prevents people from purchasing clunkers for a couple hundred bucks and then getting their vouchers for up to $4500. Smart. Very smart.

7. The vouchers must be used before the end of this year. This kind of incentive is just what is needed to help car makers everywhere. Buy and buy now.

8. The bill is tacked on to legislation that continues funding the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. We need those war funds, so why not kill two birds with one stone?

9. The program is expected to only cost taxpayers 1 billion dollars. This is a very inexpensive way to get clunkers off our highways.

10. It has been called Handouts for Hummers by some, but they are just jealous because they don’t have a clunker to turn in. They bought their high-mileage cars a long time ago.

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  • Richard

    Wow,
    I can turn in my 1998 F-150 with a bad engine for taxpayers cash. Thank you.Perhaps I need to get out of Oregon but out of the US for a few years.

  • Patriotgreg

    Destroying classic cars with your money is going to fix the global warming farse. It’s already your money people, not the legislature’s!!!!

  • anon

    This program is going to be a big dud. People who drive old clunkers won’t be able to afford a new car, even with a $4500 voucher.

    • Mark Espinola

      Well I will dump my full-size American-made luxury car that gets 26-28 miles per gallon for some dinky, ugly, ultra-uncomfortable, foreign produced bathtub on four small tires, for what? To get one more lousy mile per gallon stuck, with something I would not normally even glance at. Oh brilliant, another liberal pinko master plan from Obama misusing tax funds, again!

  • Kevin Overton

    Why as a tax payer do I have buy or supplement someone else’s car? I have worked hard and at times 3 different jobs to get where I am today and I have never asked for a hand out. Now I’m pissed off that I have to pay for other peoples cars, houses , insurance and what ever Obama and crew can dream up to take my money. I’m on the verge of not paying my taxes any more. I’m so pissed off about this where in the constitution does it give them the right to take my money and spend it this way? I have read and cant find it.

    • Anonymous

      Did you vote for Barry Soetoro?

  • Anonymous

    How long do I need to own the clunker?
    I think we will open up a secondary market to sell clunkers to people getting ready to buy a new car.

    This is a bad idea because we have less of these guzzlers on the road every year, as they ware out, with out a subsidy.

    We need to look at the unintended consequences of doing this.

    • anon

      Look at items numbered 5 and 6 in the article. You must buy the car this year and you must have owned it for a year. As I said in comment #3 above, this program will be a complete dud. People who own the clunkers will not be able to afford a new car even with a $4,500 voucher.

      This is one government program that will have few unintended consequences because very few people will use it.

  • karenc

    Most of the cars that are currently donated to charity will now be eligible for a $3500 or $4500 voucher under the cash for clunkers program. Since the tax deduction for donating a car is only $500 or what the car sells charities won’t be able to compete with the program and charitable car donation will end. A better idea is to just change the amount a person can deduct for donating their car back to the book value. That way every car is eligible, the government doesn’t have to spend $4 billion of our dollars giving away vouchers and trying to administer a program that is way too convoluted!

  • What another revolt’n development besets US

    Yo, over the top politicians: Yugo jump in the lake of fire and take your inanities with you. Period!

  • Judy Page

    This bill could definitely hurt the car donation charity, unless the government would allow these charities to give out some vouchers and provide a certain amount for them in order to continue their charity works.

    Judy Page,
    Car Donation
    Make a Wish Foundation

  • Judy Page

    This bill could definitely hurt the car donation charity, unless the government would allow these charities to give out some vouchers and provide a certain amount for them in order to continue their charity works.

    Judy Page,
    Car Donation
    Make a Wish Foundation

  • Judy Page

    This bill could definitely hurt the car donation charity, unless the government would allow these charities to give out some vouchers and provide a certain amount for them in order to continue their charity works.

    Judy Page,
    Car Donation
    Make a Wish Foundation

  • Judy Page

    This bill could definitely hurt the car donation charity, unless the government would allow these charities to give out some vouchers and provide a certain amount for them in order to continue their charity works.

    Judy Page,
    Car Donation
    Make a Wish Foundation

  • guest

    Yeah, I’m pissed off because now I can’t afford an used car….Thanks a lot idealist

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