Saturday, August 22, 2009

Nationwide rally against Obamacare Sat., Aug. 22

Rally at your congresscritter's office on Saturday at noon.

We can't trust them with a used car. Now they want to control our health care, our lives, and 1/5 of the US economy.

These are people with a history of getting some cockamamie idea and ramming it through without recognizing the consequences.

Cash for Clunkers destroyed serviceable cars that could have lifted poor families out of welfare. They've hurt salvage yard owners, people who rebuild car parts for a living, charities that depend upon used car donations, and the working poor. And this was just one single idea that was implemented short-term. What will they do with some massive cluster of ideas that they intend to implement permanently?

Never mind if you agree with X, Y, or Z element of Obamacare. Do you want the people who dreamed up Cash for Clunkers running your health care?

  • Cash for Clunkers Drives Up Used Car Prices
  • How Cash for Clunkers Cars are Destroyed
  • Cash for Clunkers Hurts Charaties

    Velociworld takes the words right out of my mouth, every expletive-laden one:

    I turned a jaundiced eye toward the Cash For Clunkers program when I first heard of it. It seemed like just another bit of progressive feel-good theater designed to make the ecomaniacs feel splendid about themselves. ....


    Two things about this program drive me absolutely insane: first, anyone who can afford payments on a new vehicle doesn't need my ... tax dollars to make that happen. ....

    Second, and most egregious, is the fact that these "clunkers" are being willfully destroyed to prevent their use forevermore. ....

    You poor people who voted for Obama? He just fucked you again. Poor people can't afford $500 car payments even with a $4500 taxpayer bailout. All those "clunkers"? They were traditionally immediately auctioned into the bottom rungs of the used car market. High school and college kids looking for a first car? Poor folk who can only afford a $500 to $1500 car, where the dealer carries the paper and you pay him weekly because your credit resembles that of the Weimar Republic circa 1922? You're boned, Patsy.

    It's just like the old trope of burning a village to save it. ....

    A government that purposefully destroys perfectly serviceable consumer goods, inexpensive goods that most benefit the poorest and most desperate members of society, is a government gone so .... mad it makes the ravings of tertiary syphilis look wholesome in comparison.

    This singular act belies any affectation of good faith, compassion, or humanity this craven and diabolical regime presumes. Barack Obama would rather have poor people beggar a damn ride to work, or walk holes in their shoes, than drive an affordable vehicle that does not meet his arbitrary and capricious definition of environmental friendliness.

    I work in a county full of poor country sods, black and white. Almost to a person they drive "clunkers". ....

    I suppose King Barack I wants them to ride public transportation. Well, they don't have ... buses in the country, or the small towns. That's an urban construct designed to help enslave the city proles. Hamlet proles need a cheap car, you miserable wretches.


    And we're supposed to trust them with our health and 1/5 of our economy. I don't think so.

    “Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.” -- P.J. O'Rourke

    UPDATE: Our local rally got local coverage, because a TV reporter on her way to interview somebody else about a local transit issue drove past us and was curious.

    army_wife said...

    I love the quote at the end of this post! It's perfect.

    Although bad language gives me bit of indigestion, I agree with the main premise of the post. No matter what happens, I really HOPE that this (everything that's going on in politics now) shakes things up in the next election. I'm never happy with the Democratic party (they espouse way too many ideals I disagree with, to say the least), and of late I've been less than happy with the Republican party as well. Too many RINOs, too little conviction, too much compromise. Not conservative enough anymore. Blah. I eagerly anticipate my next chance to go to the polls and fire a few politicians. :-) I hope we've got some really good conservative choices this time around (unlike the last time).

    An interesting tidbit: my mom (who moved in recent years from the midwest to the east coast) says that a lot of her acquaintances in her new location who voted for B.O. for president now regret that decision. Seems they don't like their freedoms being taken away very much, after all. (What did they think would happen? Duh... but at least they realize they made a mistake now!)

    Christina Dunigan said...

    Well, there were six of us here in Johnstown -- not bad for something that wasn't organized! And a TV reporter was driving by in her van on the way to meet somebody she was interviewing for a local transit story and came back to cover us. We shall see the quality of the report later. But the people driving by gave lots of thumbs-ups and waves.

    My sign said on one side, "We can't trust them with a used car. How can we trust them with our health care?" on the other side, "Health care is for the sick, not just for Congress and the worried well."

    Joseph M. Fasciana said...

    I guess the fact that it moved over 500,000 cars off the inventories of car dealers. It made car dealers hire more people. It also put a few steel mill back in action, it boosted the parts production affiliates of all manufacturers in the auto industry. It also primed the pump of the sluggish auto industry, it brought people out to showrooms and some of them bought even it they didn't have a clunker.

    This month will report the highest sales of autos since 2007, it also put laid off sales people and mechanics back to work.

    It also took dangerous and gas guzzling pieces of crap off of our streets. Just because it gave some people about a half a million of them to upgrade doesn't mean its all bad.

    Christina Dunigan said...

    And it made the lame to walk and the blind to see, from the way you make it sound. The Obamasessiah has healed the land!

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