Friday, June 19, 2009

Cash for clunkers

Did you buy a stupid car during the Go Go Nineties? If so, the government wants to write you a check.

The Obama administration's latest stimulating salvo to our beleaguered economy is the so-called "Cash for Clunkers" program. Under the program, drivers of fuel-hogging crapheaps like the Ford Bronco and Chevy Blazer may be eligible for up to $4,500 in incentive money toward buying a more sensible, fuel-efficient car like the Honda Civic I've been driving all along.

While the notion of rewarding people for short-sighted purchases chaps me, it may help get large, unwieldy vehicles off our roads and out of "compact car only" parking spaces. Then we could repurpose junked SUVs as housing for homeless people.

Hey, it worked in Americathon.

2 comments:

Charles said...

This CASH FOR CLUNKERS deal is so stupid - it rewards people who didn't care before but does nothing to help those who actually put thought into their past purchase. I thoughtfully purchased an '05 Honda Pilot that gets 22 Hwy 17 city - not enough to qualify for the deal. But someone who bought a Hummer can get thousands of stimulus dollars. As usual, the rich get richer...

Ju said...

well people may be willing to drive farther if they have a newer car, take it out more. but it is unclear on the net change. that being said, while this was suppose to be for consumers, it is not. scams abound, buyers beware. check this : http://butasforme.com/2009/07/17/cash-for-clunkers-the-ultimate-bait-and-switch-marketing-tool/