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August 3, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Cash for clunkers: Does program prove government can’t do health care too?

Nothing but idiocy in ‘cash for clunkers’

It is astounding that the Obama administration would join Congress in lauding and rescuing one of the most poorly planned and thought-out programs ever.

I voted for President Obama on the hope that yes, maybe “we can.” He seemed so authentic, and I was especially heartened by his oft-stated concern for environmental issues.

This “cash for clunkers” gimmick, however, is irresponsible and totally contrary to the goal of developing a future energy policy that is not based solely on fossil fuels.

It rewards greedy car owners who can turn in their oldest car, get a brand new one that makes just a couple more miles per gallon and pocket $4,500 from the National Treasury. Now they can add a high-end hybrid to their shiny new Lexus and claim to be green.

Did it not occur to Congress and the president that the neighborhood meth addict can now turn in his pile of junk for a nice new ride and plenty of money to feed his addiction?

This is nothing more than a free gift to the greedy and the car dealerships under the guise of doing something to combat global warming.

Just brilliant. Brilliant idiocy.

— Richard P. Champlin. Seattle

Government can’t handle ‘cash for clunkers’ — or health care

President Obama’s “cash for clunkers” program is well named.

Under the program, you can buy a new car and receive credit up to $4,500 of taxpayer money if your new car gets at least four gallons per mile more than the trade-in. Once the trade is made, the trade-in car is crushed, even though there are thousands of hard-working citizens who would love to have it.

The government estimated that the $1 billion funding would cover the program for four months, but it went broke after four days. The government is in total confusion as to how to administer it.

After changing its position three times, Obama’s administration proposed an additional $2 billion.

And this is the same government that wants to administer its proposed massive health-care program.

Good luck, America. You will need it!

— Richard King, Seattle

No faith in government health care after clunkers debacle

Congress gives us “cash for clunkers” and four days later suspends it, leaving buyers and dealers in limbo over the weekend. These same Congressmen promise we can keep our health insurance and doctor with their government option. Incredible.

— Phillip A. Scott, Maple Valley

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