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Cash for Clunkers Update: Jobs Created for the Bargain Price of $1,400,000 a Pop

Government programs tend to fail, and fail hard.  “Cash for Clunkers” was no exception, as we had covered here at the CH 2.0. Ulterior Motives in “Cash for Clunkers?” Cash for Clunkers: Revisited Cash for Clunkers Revisited: More Damage Done So then, we see a report that indicates that some jobs might have been created, to the tune of $1,400,000 a job.  Steve, at Motor City Times, has more… Free markets are the only way to go: A Bookings Institution study found the $2.85 billion program “provided a short-term boost in vehicle sales, which were pulled forward from sales that […]

Cash for Clunkers Revisited: More Damage Done

For those of you that have been here since almost the beginning, you know that we pegged “Cash for Clunkers” as the huge failure that it was.  Here is what we wrote while the program was ongoing… The cars traded in on the program are to be destroyed.  Now, in normal situations, a trade in will either go on the dealer lot, go to auction, or go to the junkyard.  In any of those situations, others will have the opportunity to benefit from this car, either by driving it, or by purchasing the usable parts from it.  When the car […]

Cash for Clunkers: Revisited

A little over a year ago, I wrote this about Cash for Clunkers. The cars traded in on the program are to be destroyed.  Now, in normal situations, a trade in will either go on the dealer lot, go to auction, or go to the junkyard.  In any of those situations, others will have the opportunity to benefit from this car, either by driving it, or by purchasing the usable parts from it.  When the car is destroyed, there is little benefit.  Or is there?  I wrote here about how the new Secretary of Transportation wants to “coerce” people out of […]

Ulterior Motives in "Cash for Clunkers?"

When one remembers that the left is often indirect in working toward their goals, one can take a look at a wide range of their actions, and see their statements put into action.  I think “Cash for Clunkers” may be such an example.  It’s a plan that looks good to many, and is obviously popular, but there are consequences that seem to fit some of their other goals.  Let’s take a look.  My first observation is a bit unrelated to the premise, but I think it’s important all it’s own. They planned to have this program for four months.  It […]

Disclaimer: Government Assistance Comes With Strings Attached

When we give the government power to give us something, we give them control over us.  The assistance always comes with requirements, regulations, stipulations, and so forth.  This, for the left, is a “backdoor” way to advance their agenda.  Directly ordering states to change their laws and regulations is a direct violation of the Tenth Amendment.  Also, going through the legislative process can be messy; legislation may not pass, and, more importantly, the debate is public.  When the left can’t pass something in the open, their either do it in pieces (incrementally), bypass the democratic process via a lawsuit, or […]