August 2, 2009

Your Tax Dollars At Waste

Filed under: Business Moves,Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 11:17 am

The jaw drops (HT P.J. Gladnick at NewsBusters), as a perfectly good car is trashed:

Repeating the exercise about 222,000 times throughout the country ($1 billion divided by $4,500) is such a great idea that we’re going to do it 444,000 more times (“House approves $2B more for ‘cash for clunkers’”).

P.S. People who are familiar with enviro industrial regs need to help me with this: Doesn’t spilling oil and spewing pollutants into the air like this normally create a hazardous waste site requiring visits by the EPA, mountains of paperwork, cordoning off the area, and removal of anything the waste could conceivably have leaked into?

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6 Comments

  1. I thought the clunky “Cash for Clunkers” plan was being suspended, and this video illustrates why it should it be terminated completely, and now I hear 2 bil more for this? What gives?

    P.S. Why does the video only get two stars? Do the youtubers not think this compelling enough to show the idiocy of Obamanomics?

    Comment by zf — August 2, 2009 @ 11:46 am

  2. #1, that means Obamaniacs are piling on, while normal viewers are mostly ignoring the chance to rate.

    Comment by TBlumer — August 2, 2009 @ 5:27 pm

  3. FYI, 7/31 press release by our Senator:

    “Sen. Voinovich was a co-sponsor of the original legislation creating the program, with Sens. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Sam Brownback (R-KS).

    “I am glad the House passed an additional $2 billion to fund the cash for clunkers program, which I co-sponsored with Sen. Stabenow and Brownback. As is evident from the extraordinary response to the program, it is a win-win – it will stimulate our American economy, provide much needed jobs and it will promote fuel efficient cars to benefit our environment.” Sen. Voinovich said. “I am thankful the House understood that this money should be taken from the
    already-enacted stimulus bill…”

    Full press release link:
    http://voinovich.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=NewsCenter.PressReleases&ContentRecord_id=d2b8e523-cbf1-2b8e-d822-067b521ed589

    Comment by Cornfed — August 4, 2009 @ 9:39 am

  4. “Doesn’t spilling oil and spewing pollutants into the air like this normally create a hazardous waste site requiring visits by the EPA, mountains of paperwork, cordoning off the area, and removal of anything the waste could conceivably have leaked into?”

    No – it isn’t hazardous waste. They’re doing the work on a paved surface, so they have to clean it up and prevent any discharge into a stormwater collection/discharge system. The quantity of the spill is such that for each individual instance it is probably neither recordable nor reportable.

    Comment by NewEnglandDevil — August 4, 2009 @ 12:00 pm

  5. #4, thanks, and I’m assuming you’re not worried about whatever the air pollutants are. I guess it’s all “fine” as long as it isn’t raining (thought of that because of how much it’s raining today).

    Comment by TBlumer — August 4, 2009 @ 1:47 pm

  6. #3, I’m having a hard time with the willful destruction of property part.

    Comment by TBlumer — August 4, 2009 @ 1:48 pm

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