Senate Passes ‘Cash for Clunkers’ Bill

Posted: June 23, 2009 in Uncategorized

On June 18th the morons in the Senate passed the ‘Cash for Clunkers’ bill.  Now, one would think this would be a beneficial bill.  The premise being that people can turn in vehicles that get crappy mileage in return for a voucher towards a more fuel efficient vehicle. Of course, it will be a cold day in hell before the useless politicians pass a beneficial bill.

This program does basically nothing to promote trading up for fuel efficient vehicles. How it works is this: If you have a vehicle whose original gas mileage was 18 miles per gallon or less then you can get a $3500 voucher to put towards a new vehicle that gets at least 22 mpg (wow…22 whole mpg!). If the new vehicle gets 10 mpg or more than your old vehicle then you can get a voucher for $4500. The $4500 voucher is good, but the $3500 voucher? Are you kidding? What’s the point in giving a voucher (and wasting taxpayer money) for a vehicle that gets a whopping 4 mpg more than the old vehicle. And why does the original mpg count towards this? I guess it would make entirely too much sense to go by what the vehicle actually gets for mileage at this point in time (or a close estimate thereof). Idiots!

But wait…it gets even better. If you own a minivan, pickup truck, or SUV that gets 18 mpg or less you can get a $3500 voucher if your new vehicle gets 2 mpg more than your old vehicle. Wow! What a huge difference in fuel efficiency! And if you decide to get wild and crazy and buy a vehicle that gets 5 mpg or more than your old gas guzzler then you get can a voucher for $4500.

Of course, if you have a car that gets 20 mpg and you’d like to trade it in for a much more fuel efficient car, say one that gets 35 mpg, well, you’re just shit out of luck. The Senators don’t give a rat’s ass about you. See, this bill is designed to make our wonderful Senators look good. That’s all. They want to seem like they’re listening to the wants/needs of the general public and being environmentally responsible. Don’t let them fool you. At a very quick glance it seems like a great bill, but there’s no substance. It’s eye candy.

If these idiots actually want to do something good then they should stop taking kickbacks from the auto industry and pass new mpg standards. There’s no reason why the minimum standards should be so damn low. It’s a fucking joke!


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