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'Clunkers' program a clunker itselfPosted Friday, August 7, 2009, at 7:39 AM
I'm sure the Cash for Clunkers program has its advantages, but it should be noted that the "clunkers" must have their drivetrains destroyed -- not even used for parts -- before demolition. Other parts can be reused.
Makes me wonder if, at some point in the future, there's going to be an intentionally-caused parts shortage in order to get still more so-called "gas hogs" off the road.
But will any difference really be made? The typical new car dealer is loaded with huge trucks and SUVs which get, oh, maybe, 12-15 mpg city. Not exactly gas-sippers.
Seems to me that this is actually just an intentional program in which tax dollars are spent to support new car dealers. And it seems like Congress and President Obama are spending ridiculous amounts of money on everything these days.
I'm also concerned about the government's seeming focus on forcing more gas-efficient vehicles on the public. Example: According to figures in Motor Trend magazine, the Chevrolet Cruze, which replaces the Cobalt soon, costs more but will be slower from 0-to-60 mph.
That's an improvement? Hardly.
I well remember the 1970s and early 1980s when intrusive government regulations turned once-quick American cars into slugs. Hopefully we're not in for more of the same.
And let's hope Government Motors (today's GM) isn't destroyed by lawmakers' pressure and unrealistic expectations for, as an example, citizen acceptance of electric and alternative vehicles.
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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