Friday, August 21, 2009

Cash from Clunkers

Cartoon by Henry Payne as found on on 8/21/09

The Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch newspaper runs a regular feature called the Hot Issue, where they ask their readers a question of interest and ask them to answer the question and comment on their answer. Here is their question of the day for this past Monday along with my answer.

The Hot Issue:

___ Yes

_X_ No

My Response:

The "Cash for Clunkers" Program and the whole stimulus bill are bad ideas. Increasing debt and the deficit merely for a short-term quick fix or to gain political points or approval ratings, does little or nothing to improve the long-term health of the overall economy. It is the wrong approach.

I think the whole concept of removing older cars to reduce carbon emission is based on a false premise that America unilaterally can and needs to do something to stem the tide of man-made global warming. This is an unwarranted assault on American business and the American people. It puts us at a competitive disadvantage for one thing. For another thing, removing cars that could otherwise be donated to charity and provided to low income or needy people and ruining their engines, making them unusable is wasteful and foolish. Not to mention the fact that man-made global warming is a complete hoax.

The real clunkers that should be removed reside in the U.S. Congress and the White House. 2010 and 2012 can't come soon enough!

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