'Cash for clunkers' is wasteful program

'Cash for clunkers' is wasteful program

There are 34 comments on the The Morning Call story from Aug 7, 2009, titled 'Cash for clunkers' is wasteful program. In it, The Morning Call reports that:

Six days after the ''cash for clunkers'' program, the government burned through the $1 billion that was allocated for the purpose of stimulating the auto industry and auto dealers.

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junkyard dog

Coopersburg, PA

#1 Aug 7, 2009
and you obviously kneel at the alter of linbaugh and hannity because we all know these are not your original thoughts
Count Walker

AOL

#2 Aug 7, 2009
Evertime the Obama administration comes up with an excellent program, a John McCain supporter like Eric Leitz is always crying!
Bethlehem

Bethlehem, PA

#3 Aug 7, 2009
My question is , where are some of these people going to get the money to make the payments?

Since: Mar 07

Allentown

#4 Aug 7, 2009
The auto industry needed to be saved because they actually make a tangible product unlike these banks we have bailed out.

Since: Mar 07

Allentown

#5 Aug 7, 2009
Bethlehem wrote:
My question is , where are some of these people going to get the money to make the payments?
Don't blame the plan or the auto industry if people can't make their payments. That is up to the banks to decide that.
FightBack

Whitehall, PA

#6 Aug 7, 2009
therookie300 wrote:
The auto industry needed to be saved because they actually make a tangible product unlike these banks we have bailed out.
And we haven't bailed out the auto companies? All this amounts to is a payoff to the UAW. I don't care how you spin it. The govt is giving you $4500 to take right back when you go by anything from GM or chrylser. Loo at what the left hand is doing while the right hand is padding tou on the head people.
angry taxpayer

United States

#7 Aug 7, 2009
Who in the hell saved the Bethlehem Steel from closing.I suppose this was not a tangible product.
walt

Newnan, GA

#8 Aug 7, 2009
FightBack wrote:
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And we haven't bailed out the auto companies? All this amounts to is a payoff to the UAW. I don't care how you spin it. The govt is giving you $4500 to take right back when you go by anything from GM or chrylser. Loo at what the left hand is doing while the right hand is padding tou on the head people.
People are buying cars and we are unloading gas guzzelers and junk.And you can buy any car not just one of the big three.
Seems to me the plan is working and working far better then they thought.
OHMAN

Reading, PA

#9 Aug 7, 2009
Cash For Clunkers is a great program. Its been all over the news for week-thats pretty good advertising for a government program dont you think? CARS DOES stimulate the auto market and it DOES directly benefit the consumer. Look at how everyone is getting bail outs on our dime. This is one of the few programs that actually benefit US directly. I know 3 people who have already used this program. Thats a great thing. I have no problem with my tax dolalrs going towards programs that help US and not big companies-even though the side affect of this program stimulates big auto. its a win win. My only problem with it is that they should have allowed higher rebates for consumers who bough domestic versus foreign. Why should we have to fill the accounts of Hyundai, KIA and others when those COUNTRIES do everything they can to keep OUR product out. BS.

Since: Mar 07

Bethlehem, PA

#10 Aug 7, 2009
walt wrote:
<quoted text>People are buying cars and we are unloading gas guzzelers and junk.And you can buy any car not just one of the big three.
Seems to me the plan is working and working far better then they thought.

And you don't have a problem with Federal Tax Money being used to buy Toyotas and Hondas?
SolarGUY

Reading, PA

#11 Aug 7, 2009
angry taxpayer wrote:
Who in the hell saved the Bethlehem Steel from closing.I suppose this was not a tangible product.
the whole steel industry crumbled. Look at who controls the steel industry now-China and India. It it a shame. As someone in renewable energy I am watching as we have another industry sucked out from underneath us- SOLAR. All of the solar panel manufacturers in the states and Europe have been low balled by cheaper chinese product and are now closing plants here in the states and moving them offshore. I thought this new administration was going to help protect jobs? I know of two major manufacturers who just closed regional solar panel plants for china and Mexico. There is another one we work with who is still domestic with plans to go offshore in a year.

Our government should protect our industries just like all these other countries do. If we dont, we are just going to be the consumer nation that we cant be anymore. We need manufacturing jobs , we need industries to call our own and we need to reward domestic manufactured producers in some way to keep them here....
tom

Walnutport, PA

#12 Aug 7, 2009
walt wrote:
<quoted text>People are buying cars and we are unloading gas guzzelers and junk.And you can buy any car not just one of the big three.
Seems to me the plan is working and working far better then they thought.
And what exactly is this going to accomplish? So, a bunch of people drive new cars, how has this helped business? A bunch of Toyotas have been sold, where is the long time benefit?
walt

Newnan, GA

#13 Aug 7, 2009
Dennis Mac wrote:
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And you don't have a problem with Federal Tax Money being used to buy Toyotas and Hondas?
There are lots of Americans working for foreign companies.But you should pose your question to those who are buying those cars. I bought a new Mercury a few days ago. My trade didn't qualify as a clunker.Since '91 I bought two Japanese cars and to American cars.My Mercury is too soon to compare,but my '01 Chrysler out performed either of the Japaneses cars.
It is a good time to buy a car.You can get a great deal,especially if you have a clunker.
FightBack

Whitehall, PA

#14 Aug 7, 2009
walt wrote:
<quoted text>People are buying cars and we are unloading gas guzzelers and junk.And you can buy any car not just one of the big three.
Seems to me the plan is working and working far better then they thought.
Sure is working walt, but lets see in a year or so when we have another housing market on our hands except thi time with cars. This admin. has no foresight. Secondly, where is this money coming from to pay for this?

Since: Mar 07

Bethlehem, PA

#15 Aug 7, 2009
walt wrote:
<quoted text>There are lots of Americans working for foreign companies.But you should pose your question to those who are buying those cars. I bought a new Mercury a few days ago. My trade didn't qualify as a clunker.Since '91 I bought two Japanese cars and to American cars.My Mercury is too soon to compare,but my '01 Chrysler out performed either of the Japaneses cars.
It is a good time to buy a car.You can get a great deal,especially if
you have a clunker.

Congrats on your purchase, and I'm happy that your experience with American makes has been a good one.

The foreign companies may employ American workers, and may have suffered during this downturn, but not to the degree the "big-3" has.

It just strikes a sour note with me that we (you and I) spend BILLIONS to get the big-3 back on their feet, and now more of our money is going directly to foreign balance sheets.

This CARS program needed to be JUST FOR AMERICAN BRANDS.
Underdog

Flemington, NJ

#16 Aug 7, 2009
Bethlehem wrote:
My question is , where are some of these people going to get the money to make the payments?
Now that's a good question. Funny and very thoughtful, considerating the job market. Money is coming from somewhere.
walt

Newnan, GA

#17 Aug 7, 2009
FightBack wrote:
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Sure is working walt, but lets see in a year or so when we have another housing market on our hands except thi time with cars. This admin. has no foresight. Secondly, where is this money coming from to pay for this?
I don't see the same thing happening. True there are a lot of clunkers around but there are more people who make a purchase before their car reaches that stage. In a year or so,assuming the economy recovers,there should be loads of people in the car market.
carlton

United States

#18 Aug 7, 2009
The government takes my tax dollars and gives them to someone else who uses that money to buy themselves a new car. I drive a 9 year old Accord with almost 100,000 miles on it and I am subsidizing someone else's new car purchase while I get zero because I was smart enough to buy a car that was fuel efficient and reliable nine years ago. That is simply not fair. Of course, Obama doesn't care. He gets to reward his buddies at GM and hand out more free money to the simps who support him.

Since: Mar 07

Bethlehem, PA

#19 Aug 7, 2009
carlton wrote:
The government takes my tax dollars and gives them to someone else who uses that money to buy themselves a new car. I drive a 9 year old Accord with almost 100,000 miles on it and I am subsidizing someone else's new car purchase while I get zero because I was smart enough to buy a car that was fuel efficient and reliable nine years ago. That is simply not fair. Of course, Obama doesn't care. He gets to reward his buddies at GM and hand out more free money to the simps who support him.

Don't feel bad Carlton.
Evidently, we're ALL idiots - all 250 million of us.
OMG

Allentown, PA

#20 Aug 7, 2009
Bethlehem wrote:
My question is , where are some of these people going to get the money to make the payments?
They will be claiming Bankruptcy and then they get to keep a free car. Ya gotta know how to run with the system.
I hate people who don't pay their bills and get away with clearing their debt, while I myself keeps hers, but has to pay a higher interest rate to supplement those charge card companies for losing money on the scums that don't pay.
Obama Blows smoke up everybody's tush!!!!!

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