Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Cash for Clunkers

The government program “Cash for Clunkers” is where you can trade in an older model vehicle for certain select new vehicles that gets better gas mileage. The person can receive $4500.00 from the government / taxpayers, and the trade in vehicle must be destroyed.

Some politicians claim it is stimulating the economy, especially the car industry saving jobs. What did these politicians say when hundreds of profitable GM and Chrysler dealerships were forced to close costing jobs, because of Obama’s plan to save the auto industry? What about the used car business?

Most people who take advantage of the program now have a car payment, and must carry full coverage insurance on the automobile in order to get a vehicle that gets a little more gas mileage. There will be some savings in gas, but it will be offset by interest payments on the car loan and added cost for insurance.

What happens if they can’t afford the payments? Will the government pick up the tab and pay for the vehicle like they are doing in Massachusetts?

The problem I have with the “Cash for Clunkers” program is that it is about control, manipulation, and loss of freedom. They are telling you what to buy and mandating it by law (case in point, the incandescent bulb is to be banned). The politicians (Federal Government) are using taxpayers’ money to manipulate people into buying a certain vehicle, just like Pavlov’s dog, but instead of ringing a bell the politicians waive money. They also do it with the tax code. Other programs the government uses to manipulate people and control their behavior with taxpayers money in what I call “Modern day slavery” are Section Eight Housing, Aid to Families with dependent children, Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps, utilities and phones. The Slave Master housed the slaves, fed them, and took care of their medical needs, so they could work the fields for their Master’s enrichment. Now days, the politicians who champion these programs for their enrichment and power do not need for them (slaves) to work the fields, they just need your vote.

On the US Government (Big Brother) website regarding the “Cash for Clunkers” program, it makes the computer and the network it is on the property of the US Government with the following disclaimer: “This application provides access to the DoT CARS system. When logged on to the CARS system, your computer is considered a Federal computer system and is the property of the US Government. Any or all uses of this system and all files on this system may be intercepted, monitored, recorded, copied, audited, inspected, and disclosed to authorized CARS, DoT, and law enforcement personnel, as well as authorized officials of other agencies, both domestic and foreign.” When the light of day was revealed on the disclaimer it was removed from the site. My questions are the following: Why was it on the site to begin with? Who put it on the site? Why was it removed? Is the government still tapping into those computers?

Also, the Obama Administration is refusing to divulge the results of the program as to what vehicles are being bought. So much for transparency!!

Sure, there will be a temporary boost in the sale of automobiles, but what happens when the government (taxpayers’) money runs out? How many more times will the program be replenished with taxpayers’ money? It started with one billion dollars, and now the government added another two billion to the program. What’s next, appliances, clothing? Also,don’t be surprised if you have to pay taxes on the $4500.00 rebate.

My suggestion is instead of the government taking more money from the people, let the people keep more of their money, and let them buy what they want to buy, when they want to buy it.

Greg Zotta

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