Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Cash for Clunkers

Starting with some trivia, back in the 1930's a little man rose up to save Germany from Communism with Socialism. He put in motion a car company called Volkswagen which translates as "The People's Car." You may have noticed one or two of them on the road. The picture below may suggest what the future has in store for us.

-----------(Satirical Rendition of Batman’s nemesis, The Joker)---------

Let’s see now, your car isn’t worth $1,000 and you can turn it in and buy a new car and get a $4,500 rebate. I wonder if the $4,500 is considered a down payment? Then the dealer is going to drain the oil on the clunker and then add Liquid Glass to it and run the engine until it freezes up. In essence, the government has destroyed the low end of the car market. The new minimum price for a used car is now $4,500—do you wonder how I arrived at the figure? Plus why do we have to destroy vehicles that have real value as spare parts?

California still offers a plan where you can get $1,000 for a clunker that can’t pass a smog check. Of course the only way to get it to fail the test is to disable one or two spark plugs (sshhh). Business has to be slow at the smog return window.

Charity car donations have gone to hell. The services they provided have vaporized (things like food banks and soup kitchens). They don't even need the volunteers anymore, they have nothing to hand out.

I’m not ready to turn in our 95 Dodge Caravan and have them pour Liquid Glass in it. It has another 50,000 miles in it. Why not let anyone that wants a car get the rebate? Not everyone bought a gas guzzler.

Most of those clunkers are probably paid off. Let’s give these new car owners some real debt to help "stimulate the economy" (force them into bankruptcy????). Now, the car buyer has a new car for a couple of months or until the repo man discovers the vehicle's location.

Lost your home and have clunker? Relax, trade up to a new Ford Camper, courtesy of our government. Thank the "Klunkers" in Congress for your new "Mobile home." The great thing with this rebate program, if you keep on the move, you don’t even have to worry about making the payments.

Do you get the idea that the "Fog a Mirror" Real Estate Loan Game works quite well when applied to other products?


Anonymous said...

Plus why do we have to destroy vehicles that have real value as spare parts?

Because that's what democrats do. They destroy that which is viable in favor of that which has failed.

Doesn't matter if it's cars, banks, manufacturers or farms.

Anonymous said...

Comparing the president of the U.S. to an insane, genocidal dictator? Redistributing a picture depicting him as a sociopath? Where has your common sense gone?

Anonymous said...

>Comparing the president of the U.S. >to an insane, genocidal dictator? >Redistributing a picture depicting >him as a sociopath?

If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck....

>Where has your common sense gone?

This IS common sense.

Jim in San Marcos said...

Hi Anon 2:49

My German teacher grew up under Hitler. She told us the guy was the best thing since sliced bread when he first came to office. Everyone went back to work.His rise to power was very well scripted.

I see the same thing in Obama. He always has an American flag behind him. Picture the Grand Wizard of the Klu Klux Klan standing in front of an American flag. If you are not for the guy in front of the flag, you are labeled unpatriotic. People who use flags, I consider dangerous, they have a hidden agenda.

You heard the statement, "I want this health care passed by August 4th." And "the health care system is broke and needs to be fixed." It doesn't sound like there is much room for discussion here. It sounds more like someone who has sloughed off the cape of Democracy.

The picture doesn't portray him as a sociopath (Antisocial Personality). That picture could define his Presidency. Up to now, the news media has manipulated the news consumer with flavored content (everything is great, the President will save us).

It's a little like Microsoft's Vista operating system. It's a piece of crap, but no one will say so fearing they will look stupid.

Common sense asks the question, Where is all of this money the government is spending coming from? Ask the Joker!

I agree it does seem like quite a stretch to compare Obama to Adolf.
My German teacher made me think when she said, "If Hitler had died before starting the war, he would have been considered the father of his country, kind of like the way we revere George Washington."

Jim in San Marcos said...

Hi Anon 5:14

Thank you for agreeing with me.

If Obama wants to be President, he has my full backing.

As chief executive, it is his job to enforce the laws, not write them.

Plus if it walks like a duck, the Democrats will probably feed it, and the Republicans will want to eat it. If you are a duck, avoid Washington DC their kindness will be your death.

Take care

Jim in San Marcos said...

Hi Anon 8:09

I think we have to be fair, we have to throw in a few Republicans into the mix along with the Democrats. After all, the only difference between the two, is that a Republican is just a Democrat with money.

Franco said...

To be fair:

Jim in San Marcos said...

Hi Franco

I looked at the link--Horrible piece of artwork. I started out looking for another picture to go with the Joker one, kind of a before and after picture. The closest I got was a shot of Al Jolson. It didn't really fit. You have to remember Obama is kind of a sensitive topic. I try to keep race at a distance and at the same time keep out of taking a political side on issues.

I'm waiting for GW to follow in his fathers footsteps and parachute out of an airplane. He'll probably out do his dad by jumping out of a helicopter flying upside down.

Anonymous said...

How can the poor benefit from this "Cash for Clunkers" plan? A new car loan comes with mandatory full insurance coverage, which few working class people can afford to add to their budget at this time. At best, it benefits only the middle class, although it puts them deeper in debt.

As for the picture, sometimes a little shock value is needed , so I agree with the presentation, even though the comparison doesn't fit.

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