Ah, the Cash For Clunkers program, or as It should be called “They get a Clunker and the Government Keeps the Cash program.
Apparently when the Government (who for all intensive purposes is broke) promises to pay for the rebate on your new automobile they mean it in the same way as when they say “and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States”, in that it’s all a load of crap.
One thing is that this program isn’t Constitutional. OK almost everything the Federal Government does isn’t Constitutional, but that is still, or at least should still be relevant. Secondly what this program does is try to convince people to buy new cars, cars they will take out loans for raising their debt. Now I know the government doesn’t care about debt, look at the deficit and you know it’s true, but unlike the Government people can’t just steal more and more money off the taxpayers for their fuck-ups like the Feds can. Another problem with the program was that all the returned cars had to be destroyed and could not be used for scrap or resold on used car lots, taking more money out of an economy that is not doing very well and costing people jobs who work in those industries.
Yes the program was and is a joke, but the joke is on the poor car salesmen who bought into this program to help themselves though these dark times. What is the joke you ask? It’s the fact that the Federal Government hasn’t been paying the rebates like they said they would:
“NEW YORK (AP) – Hundreds of auto dealers in the New York area have withdrawn from the government’s Cash for Clunkers program, citing delays in getting reimbursed by the government, a dealership group said Wednesday.
The Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association, which represents dealerships in the New York metro area, said about half its 425 members have left the program because they cannot afford to offer more rebates. They’re also worried about getting repaid.
“(The government) needs to move the system forward and they need to start paying these dealers,” said Mark Schienberg, the group’s president. “This is a cash-dependent business.”
The program offers up to $4,500 to shoppers who trade in vehicles getting 18 mpg or less for a more fuel-efficient car or truck. Dealers pay the rebates out of pocket, then must wait to be reimbursed by the government. But administrative snags and heavy paperwork have created a backlog of unpaid claims.
Schienberg said the group’s dealers have been repaid for only about 2 percent of the clunkers deals they’ve made so far.”
Why yes, you heard that right, the money comes out of the Dealerships pocket then they have to ask the Government for the rebate, but the Government hasn’t been bothering to pay the rebates so the Dealership takes the hit. Sounds like stealing to me, and people didn’t think the Obama-Joker was an accurate depiction of the new President. Well I have to say it’s not an accurate depiction of Obama, and highly unfair to the Joker since he was at least honest about what he was doing. First Obama promises to steal taxpayer money for an unconstitutional program, and then he dupes people into buying off on it and never pays up. What did he do with the 3 billion, he stole since he sure as hell isn’t paying it out to the dealerships like he said he would? I would say people should have expected this, but since Obama was able to dupe enough people into voting for him – well he duped some people into voting for him, you have to take out all the ACORN “voters” and the dead – but people still voted for the guy, and I guess they are getting what they deserve good and hard, unfortunately the people who didn’t vote for him are chained up in the same rape room, so thanks assholes.
Any business that ran the was the Government does would have been sued, go out of business and the CEO would be in jail. The post office losses more and more money every year, Medicare and Medicaid are broke, and Social Security is about to go under, but the same people who run this crap want to run our all of our health care, that not just the poor and old and veterans whose level of service already qualifies for the term “Criminally Negligent”, nope they want all of us. We all need terrible health care, well not everyone, the politicians are still going to keep the care they get, since they know better than to sign themselves up for their own programs.
But back to this little auto atrocity, can someone please find Obammers and economic advisor that has actually taken a course in economics. If the auto industry is hurting, both manufacturing and sales, it does not help when you do everything possible to destroy the sales end because even if the manufacturing end can produce cars people want to buy there won’t be anyone to sell them when you force the dealerships into bankruptcy due to your unpaid tab.