The Real Clunker


It’s been over a month since I’ve blogged, in large part because I’ve just been so cotton-pickin’ busy. I’m going to catch up to some degree with a few posts over the next few days on various things that have been percolating in my mind. None of the posts will be long, but I’ll be able to get off my chest a bunch of stuff I’ve held in, and do it in fairly quick fashion. If this is beneficial to my readers, I’m happy.

First, here’s why Cash for Clunkers was just another stupid Washington idea, summed up in a quote toward the end of the article: “you can’t raise living standards by breaking windows so some people can get jobs repairing them.” In a nutshell, that is exactly what this asinine legislation attempted to do.

More later…


  1. Jack Brooks on October 26, 2009 at 9:42 am

    One approach says that price and value is set by the buyer (capitalism). The opposite approach says that price and value is set by the government (socialism). The second approach denies the sovereignty of the worker over his own money, by telling him what he has to spend, or not spend, in order to obtain a good or service. The U.S. Government arbitrarily set the value of clunkers at $4700, so, of course, tens of thousands of people, knowing that their old car was nowhere near that value in the real world, ran out and cashed in on the stupid deal, without consideration for how much deeper into debt it drives the nation.

    • Byron on October 26, 2009 at 10:00 am

      @Jack Brooks: But beyond this, the destruction of perfectly-good vehicles–all in the name of “combating climate change”–is ridiculous.

      As was the whole charade.

      As is most everything that comes from the Washington buffoons these days.

  2. Flash McDirt on October 27, 2009 at 12:46 am

    This program also has also put a real hurting on those of us who are considerably below the ‘poverty line’. We desperately need a vehicle, but absolutely can not afford a new vehicle. And thanks to this brilliant socialist load of (fill in the blank), 99% of vehicles we might be able to afford are no longer on the market, and have been destroyed, even though most still had many years of service left in them.

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