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‘Cash for Clunkers’ or ‘Ask Us No Questions, We’ll Tell You No Lies’

Posted by Larry Doyle on August 4, 2009 3:31 PM |

Instinctively, I am very suspicious of how $1 billion was spent on the ‘Cash for Clunkers’ program within such a short time frame. As such, is it unreasonable to ask for an audit of this program prior to allocating more funds? Who is to say that some degree of misappropriation, if not outright fraud, has occurred?

Whose money is being allocated? Yours and mine. I want an accounting. Who is supposed to protect our interests? Our elected representatives. They must be held accountable.

Perhaps there has been no fraud or misappropriation in the allocation of these funds. Perhaps administratively this program is overmatched by demand. If so, those administering the funds should swallow their pride and say as much.

I find  it totally unacceptable, though, that upon request those in Washington overseeing this program can not give a timely and accurate accounting. As the Associated Press reports, Obama Administration Withhold Data on Clunkers:

The Obama administration is refusing to quickly release government records on its “cash-for-clunkers” rebate program that would substantiate — or undercut — White House claims of the program’s success, even as the president presses the Senate for a quick vote for $2 billion to boost car sales.

The Transportation Department said it will provide the data as soon as possible but did not specify a time frame or promise release of the data before the Senate votes whether to spend $2 billion more on the program.

We deserve so much better!!


  • Aaron Kramer

    LD Secretary LaHood said that “80% of the autos turned are SUVs.” But when asked whether he could tell them the breakdown of the name plates purchased he said “We don’t have any access to that type of detailed information.” These guys are so full of bull. I am just sick of the spin and blind support from the media. The republicans were just as bad with Bush.

  • kbdabear

    Obama and Congress are playing Luca Brasi, telling us that either our signature or our brains were going to be on that contract.

    Jonah Goldberg in an LA Times column compares Clunkers to the old French parable of the boy and the broken window. The boy breaks the shopkeeper’s window, so the shopkeeper had to buy a new window, thereby stimulating the economy.

    What’s unseen is that the shopkeeper had to pay to replace a perfectly good window, rather than spend on other things not immediately seen by the public.,0,4375010.column?track=rss

  • kbdabear

    According to the report, the 5 top CFC sales are the Ford Focus, Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic, Toyota Prius, and Toyota Camry.

    That indicates that other than the Prius, the buyers are going for reliability as well as mileage.

    What I found very curious was sales by state. Michigan was the top sales state followed by California. Michigan has been in a multiyear recession and has the highest unemployment. Some homes have been foreclosed for so long that they’re being torn down.

    Something in there doesn’t smell right, but until they release the complete data, who knows. Even then, who knows.

  • H Baskerville

    Not sure if we deserve but we should insist on better. But can’t we trust the car dealers to ensure that the trade-in cars meet the program requirements. It’s not like the dealers have an incentive to lie or anything…Wait…belay my last.

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