Is ‘Cash for Clunkers’ A Forewarning Of Obamacare?

As MM points out, the Obama administration’s ambitious ‘Cash for Clunkers’ federal rebate program failed after only 3 days.

It wasn’t just the fact that the program ran out of money to buy back junk cars in exchange for gas efficient ones in only 3 days — it’s worse than that. The truth is, the Obama administration doesn’t have a clue what they’re doing.

The cash ran out because there was a woeful lack of planning, budgeting and strategizing on the part of the administration. Once again we get excuses from the White House as to why their bills or programs just don’t work:

The Obama administration is attempting to use the fact that the program was popular with consumers as evidence that it was a “success,” but that only serves as evidence of government incompetence. Unfortunately for Obama & Company, many people are aware that sometimes “too successful” is far more expensive than “didn’t work at all.” READ MORE…

So add the ‘Cash for Clunkers’ program to the growing heap of failures for the Obama administration. And then try to imagine what ObamaCare will be like if it passes.

A car dealer responds to this post after the break…

Loyal reader D. Davis writes:

Hello Sandra,

I just read your post about the Cash for Clunkers being a failure. I am a Car Salesman and I would have to say that you are wrong about it being a failure. This program was a great success. We went from selling normally 30 cars during the weekend to selling 86 cars in 2 days. We have surpassed the number of vehicles that we thought we were going to sale.

The reason the goverment pulled out last night wasn’t because it was poorly ran, it was because they have poor computer systems. Dealerships were supposed to start submitting for reimbursement on monday, but dealerships were so scared that they were going to get stiffed out of their money they flooded the system and the systems have been crashing all week. Last night they had no clue how many deals were pending because the systems kept crashing, so they actually put a halt until they caught up.

And trust me the goverment knows what they are doing, because they might spend 1 billion dollars but they’ll make all of that back, because if a dealership screws up one little piece of paperwork, they are getting fined 15k per screw up. So at the end of the day, the gov’t probably won’t spend anywhere near a billion dollars.



 


11 Responses to “Is ‘Cash for Clunkers’ A Forewarning Of Obamacare?”

  1. 1
    Anna says:

    Friday, July 31, 2009 at 1:31 p.m.

    WASHINGTON (AP) – The House has voted to rush an additional $2 billion into the popular but financially strapped “cash for clunkers” car purchase program.

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    spongebobfan says:

    heck i wanted to take advantage of it…sounds like a good deal

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    Charles says:

    Once again sandra I know ur a very smart woman but sometimes u reach in your writing……. it didn’t fail it was actually for more succesful than they thought it was gonna be… pleaseeee dnt reach

  4. 4
    LadyJustice says:

    me and my husband will be taking advantage of this. we already found our car ;) thanks president obama

  5. 5
    Anna says:

    spongebobfan Says:

    heck i wanted to take advantage of it…sounds like a good deal

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    Most car dealers are mathing the rebate=$9K. Don’t forget to check to see what the insurance is going to be before you purchase the vehicle. I have many mad customers because their ins. went up, not sure what they expected. They’re turning a cluncker with liability in for a brand new car with full coverage.

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    SunnyPA says:

    Charles Says:
    Once again sandra I know ur a very smart woman but sometimes u reach in your writing……. it didn’t fail it was actually for more succesful than they thought it was gonna be… pleaseeee dnt reach
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    It’s not a matter of how popuar the program is … it’s that they did not properly plan for it.

    That’s like saying “the government can’t pay for your healthcare because they didn’t expect that many people were going to get sick”.

    All those things should be taken into consideration before you put it out there.

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    spongebobfan says:

    Anna thanks for that info …i forgot i hate full coverage ins its so expensive….hmmmm still.. if i find a good deal on car it may be worth it…. need to find a new car no more than 12000

  8. 8
    SunnyPA says:

    Also, slow payment from the government is what was wrong with Medicare/Medicaid until private industry started taking it over.

  9. 9
    Sandra Rose says:

    Charles Says:
    Once again sandra I know ur a very smart woman but sometimes u reach in your writing……. it didn’t fail it was actually for more succesful than they thought it was gonna be… pleaseeee dnt reach
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    SunnyPA Says:
    It’s not a matter of how popuar the program is … it’s that they did not properly plan for it.

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    Thank you for pointing that out Sunny. Reading is sooo fundamental. :rolleyes:

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    masonmom says:

    obama is still a man of his word to still add funds to it to keep the program going. im so glad becuz im tired of being behind people with cars from 70′s to early 90′s blowing out polluted air every time they step on the gas. knowin dmn well they aint pass emissions! i know not everyone can afford brand new cars but they do have good value cars that are new for around 12k so ur note shouldnt be over $250!

  11. 11
    Charles says:

    @9 @8

    Not too much on the car dealer agreeing me, shame reading can’t buy one common sense!

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