It was difficult to choose a category for this message, because the problem spans many areas the government has its tentacles in.
A co-worker told me today about the $4500 trade in he got under "cash for clunkers" -- and that the perfectly serviceable vehicle he traded in will be destroyed.
Why are these vehicles not being recycled, given to the needy working poor or to welfare recipients who can not find work due to lack of transportation?
I work every day with people who are desperately trying to get off welfare, whose cheap clunkers -- real clunkers costing $2000 or less -- constantly break down, leaving them stranded, sometimes costing them their jobs. They desperately need these "cash for clunkers" vehicles that are being casually destroyed in the name of environmentalism -- meaning that these poor people are stuck driving cars even less fuel-efficient than the trashed "clunkers". So even the "green" goal isn't realized, as poor people are stuck driving pathetic heaps of junk that are barely roadworthy.
Does nobody in Washington have a clue? Or is this some sort of animosity toward the working poor and people who are aspiring to become at least *working* poor and no longer on the dole?
I am outraged beyond words at this callous waste of a desperately needed resource that could make such a significant difference in people's lives.
Monday, July 27, 2009
Cash for Clunkers counterproductive, cruel
Here's the email I just sent my Senators:
at 6:59 PM