Some drivers hit jackpot with 'Cash f...

Some drivers hit jackpot with 'Cash for Clunkers' program

There are 166 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Jul 23, 2009, titled Some drivers hit jackpot with 'Cash for Clunkers' program. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

After two decades and 126,000 miles, John and Susan Musinski's 1990 Ford Econoline has made its final run.

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Hank Rearden

Oldham, UK

#27 Jul 24, 2009
Yet another wasteful governmental program diverting funds from more fruitful endeavors to a more politically connected industry. Next idea would be to start breaking windows to jump start the replacement glass business. Then we can start digging holes so that the "hole fillers" have jobs as well.

At least BO is wrapping up the protectionist auto industry vote in Michigan and the surrounding area. I would hate for all my tax money (yes, US citizens living abroad pay taxes) to go to waste without helping further the socialist cause.
JFR

Schaumburg, IL

#28 Jul 24, 2009
Bill wrote:
Tell me again why I have to help pay for someone else's car?
Obama and the democrats know that the best way to hang on to political power is to get every dollar to pass through the federal government's hands, with the majority party dictating where the dollars go. Creating a massive welfare state is a great way to secure the dependence and loyalty of large numbers of people who receive the benefits, and to disenfranchise and strangle those who favor limited government.
Just plain nuts

Coal City, IL

#29 Jul 24, 2009
$4500 for a van worth $300?

And this guy thinks he can fix health care...Only the lemings are foolish enough to follow him.
sankar

Palatine, IL

#30 Jul 24, 2009
think it is a great move. the whole aim is to get the economy moving and people spending.
dusty

Chicago, IL

#31 Jul 24, 2009
I thought the program was suppose to help the "American" car industry? Common sense would indicate that the program will only help those buying car the is from the USA.
walks like a duck

Dixon, IL

#32 Jul 24, 2009
Bill wrote:
Tell me again why I have to help pay for someone else's car?
Amen. I thought one of the major reasons that we are in this economic downturn was that people are in so much debt. Now we have a program that assists people taking on even more? One thing about that old Ford was that there were no monthly payments.
JDG

Chicago, IL

#33 Jul 24, 2009
It's a stupid program....the car you trade in has to have been rated unter 18 mpg when new, and can't be older tan 1984. Thus, just a bunch of SUVs, a few Crown Vics, some Grnad Marquis and maybe a Caprice will be qaulified.
Depot Jim

United States

#34 Jul 24, 2009
If this is the best idea the Federal Government can come up with since they are now in the Automobile business we are in real trouble. What a waste of taxpayer money.
Willie

Northbrook, IL

#35 Jul 24, 2009
I'm taking my wife to a dealership this week. I want to see if she qualifies as a clunker. Hey, I'll take $250 for her.
zermatt

Chicago, IL

#36 Jul 24, 2009
Buy American wrote:
I think the idea of giving a rebate to anyone who buys an American car is a good idea.
Since American taxpayers are paying to bail out much of the US Auto Industry -- why not focus the rebates towards American auto companies?
Although improvement is often needed in the quality of cars the U.S. produces -- It would be a great loss to drive American auto makers to extinction.
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It is only a shame that the automakers couldn't figure out what to do. Management, unions, styling and engineering have brought the US automakers to their knees.

Did you stop buying TVs when the last TV was made in the US? Is the computer you are working on made in the US?

Let's get real about how this all works. If people don't want to buy your stuff, you go out of business.
Hmm

Chicago, IL

#37 Jul 24, 2009
This really is a stupid program. If you have a car that gets decent gas mileage and you want to get a new car with super gas mileage, you get no rebate.
zermatt

Chicago, IL

#38 Jul 24, 2009
Cat wrote:
This program still disqualifies most vehicles because the government changed the EPA combined standards. My car would be considered a clunker especially since it's falling apart with door handles breaking off, oil leaks, and the other traditional breakdowns that cost money and yet the government says my car might not qualify.
Meanwhile, luxury vehicles like Lexus, Porche and others qualify with no problems. This program will do more to hurt the consumer that needs a new car rather than help them.
While there may be some Lexus and Porsche vehicles in the mix they will be far and few in between as they hold their value better that the POS that obviously drive. The trade in value is perhaps higher on these vehicles than what the owner would receive from this program.

The real problem that you have is that you don't maintain your car. Why give you any incentive money if all you are going to do is run yet another car into the ground?
well duh

Prospect Heights, IL

#39 Jul 24, 2009
God I wish my husband would bring his old Vett in. It's a real piece of "pit"
Dave

Carpentersville, IL

#40 Jul 24, 2009
Good for them, they bought a Hyundai!
This whole program was set up to help Obozo motors/Union motors sell more cars. I hope more people use the money for brands other than GM and Chrysler, i know i will never buy another car from a company the goverment or unions own and i have bought GM cars my whole life and currently own a 2007 Chevy Avalanche.
Bman

Chicago, IL

#41 Jul 24, 2009
Hmm wrote:
This really is a stupid program. If you have a car that gets decent gas mileage and you want to get a new car with super gas mileage, you get no rebate.
Well the program is not designed to give you rebates for cars that get decent gas mileage. It's for people who drive old broke down cars with bad gas mileage or huge trucks with poor mileage.
Bman

Chicago, IL

#42 Jul 24, 2009
Boy, people will complain about anything. This is not just about trying to get people in dealerships to buy cars, it's about not relying so much on oil. Cars with poor mileage have to gas up more. You do realize oil is a limited resource right?
Jaxon

Tampa, FL

#43 Jul 24, 2009
Make sure you do your homework. There are scams emerging that threaten to make havoc of this program. Read about them here: http://tinyurl.com/nlv3ed
Right

Des Plaines, IL

#44 Jul 24, 2009
JFR wrote:
<quoted text>
Obama and the democrats know that the best way to hang on to political power is to get every dollar to pass through the federal government's hands, with the majority party dictating where the dollars go. Creating a massive welfare state is a great way to secure the dependence and loyalty of large numbers of people who receive the benefits, and to disenfranchise and strangle those who favor limited government.
You hit the nail on the head.
RegularGuy

Prospect Heights, IL

#45 Jul 24, 2009
Willie wrote:
I'm taking my wife to a dealership this week. I want to see if she qualifies as a clunker. Hey, I'll take $250 for her.
Maybe. My ex-wife actually used to produce gas, so I doubt she'd qualify for the program.

Still, almost anything would be 'trading up.'
Albigensian

Morristown, NJ

#46 Jul 24, 2009
Bill wrote:
Tell me again why I have to help pay for someone else's car?
Because some see an election as little more than an auction of goods which have not yet been stolen?

The UAW is a high-maintenance friend, and enviros don't come cheap either. So, sorrybut, now you have to pay-- because, elections have consequences, and, government has the power to take what you've earned and give it to their supporters.

Is that clear enough?

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