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“Cash for Clunkers” Is A Non-Starter
In less than a week, the $1 billion allocated for the program was gone so Congress quickly appropriated an additional $2 billion that will supposedly extend the program and see it through until Labor Day.
The program, officially known as the Car Allowance Rebate System, or “CARS” provides $3,500-$4,500 rebates to consumers (depending on model and fuel efficiency). In the early going “CARS” appears to be popular. However, I hasten to remind you that Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac were once popular as well, but fell out of favor after it became obvious that they were an integral part of the housing meltdown that led to the current recession.
CARS is essentially a small scale, vehicular “Fanny Mae” if you will, that serves the same purpose as the 1977 Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) designed to “encourage” commercial banks and savings associations to provide low interest home loans to low- and moderate-income borrowers.
That certainly sounds good, but as they say, the devil is in the details. Ultimately the CRA morphed into a political tool for liberal politicians who used the program to force lenders to provide loans to unqualified borrowers. The political motive for these unscrupulous politicians was pure demagoguery – pandering to a particular socio-economic class that would ultimately translate into more votes.
Barely six months removed from that historic, government-induced economic crash, the Obama administration is driving headlong into another one with this politically motivated scheme that is ostensibly designed to sell cars and stimulate the economy. On its face, there are a number of flaws with the “CARS” program that should have car dealers slamming on the brakes.
First, the dealers who take these clunkers in trade are not allowed to resell them to offset any losses they may incur. Instead they are forced to have the cars crushed, and where they go after that is any body’s guess.
Second, the reality is these rebates amount to little more than a 9-10% discount in real dollars. I don’t see shoppers hurrying to Wal-Mart to save 27 cents on a gallon of milk. However, perception is reality, so the rush to buy a new car is especially urgent when the program may run out of money by Labor Day.
Ultimately, nobody wins here and, as usual the taxpayer picks up the check. The car manufacturers, some of whom have already been bailed out once, are stuck with piles of scrap metal that they can’t do anything with. (I wouldn’t be surprised if the EPA levied fines on them for improper disposal.) Get ready for another car bailout.
Then there’s the new car owners. Many are already experiencing financial strain, and that strain is likely to increase before the new car smell fades. Like many others, I’ve been there, and I can tell you that not having to make a car payment every month – particularly in an economy like this one – is truly a blessing.
Like the recent housing meltdown that led to mass foreclosures across the country, we could be looking at a nationwide wave of car repossessions within six months putting even more pressure on our already vulnerable car industry and further slowing an economy that can’t get out of first gear.
Bottom line – “CARS” is the wrong lubricant for our seizing economic engine.
White House Trying to Ferret Out Anti-Obamacare Groups, Individuals
In an effort to quell free speech, the Obama Administration has enlisted the help of “concerned citizens” to help them identify those who oppose Obamacare. Dissenters associated with anti-universal healthcare rhetoric – either by their connection to “chain e-mails” or even through “casual conversation” – should be reported to the White House according to a post at www.whitehouse.gov published Tuesday, August 4th, 2009 at 6:55 AM.
An excerpt of the post follows:
“There is a lot of disinformation about health insurance reform out there, spanning from control of personal finances to end of life care. These rumors often travel just below the surface via chain emails or through casual conversation. Since we can’t keep track of all of them here at the White House, we’re asking for your help. If you get an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to email@example.com.”
What seems fishy to me is this administration’s complete disregard for, and utter contempt of, the Constitution. What also seems fishy is that our elected representatives seem to have taken little, if any, notice of this blatant flouting of our First Amendment rights.
Rest assured that as your Representative of Arkansas’ First Congressional District, I will not let actions like these go unchecked.
Cap-And-Trade is Energy Snipe Hunt
ABC: All Barack – All the Time
While the temptation to tune in and watch this spectacle may be great – driven primarily by curiosity – I think the best thing concerned citizens can do is tune out. By watching this broadcast you’ll be helping to improve ABC’s ratings which they will then report as a rousing success and a complete buy-in by the American public. They will then use this as a propaganda tool to help buttress the Obama healthcare plan. This will ultimately even improve their bottom line by presenting stronger ratings to potential advertisers.
I’m not buying it, and they shouldn’t be selling it.
Mums the Word on Iran
Since then, I have read several historical accounts of the Islamic Revolution and feel like I have a pretty good handle on the events that precipitated the 1979 seizure of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and the ensuing hostage crisis.
What I think our leadership today appears to be overlooking is the fact that 30 years removed from those historic events, the very people who implemented the Islamic Revolution – radical, extremist mullahs and their followers under the direction of the Ayatollah Khomeini – are the very people now “governing” Iran, a rogue nation and state sponsor of international terror on the cusp of nuclear capability.
It seems apparent that our President and his administration have no intention of addressing this potential crisis in the making in a meaningful way. That responsibility then falls to our elected officials in Congress. I wonder how much longer we’ll have to wait for someone in Washington to take an official position.
30 years is long enough.
Patriotism: The Cowboy Way
While I’m certainly proud to have been a cowboy (once a cowboy, always a cowboy), my abiding love of our country is the driving force behind my motivation to serve, as I did in the military, and as I now seek elected office. Your support in that endeavor is graciously and sincerely appreciated.
True Faith and Allegiance
This oath is very similar to the oath that military officers take to which he/she solemnly swears (or affirms) that he/she will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign or domestic, that he/she will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that he/she takes this obligation freely, without any mental reservations or purpose of evasion; and that he/she will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office upon which I am about to enter; So help me God.
The oath of office above is virtually identical to the oath of office taken by Senators, Congressmen and Congresswomen, as well the President of the United States. In each case, the individual swears to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign or domestic, that he/she will bear true faith and allegiance to the same. Again, very similar to the oath of enlistment.
However, note the responsibilities the enlisted service member is charged to uphold in addition to supporting and defending the Constitution of the United States. The enlisted man or woman swears to obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over him/her, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
What that means to me is that we are to rely on the sound judgment of those officers above us – military, Congressional, or Executive – to discern right from wrong and communicate that to their subordinates.
Notice that the oath of office, versus the oath of enlistment, does not prescribe obedience to the President of the United States, but does require the officer or officeholder to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign or domestic, and to bear true faith and allegiance to the same.”
Implicit in this oath is that the officer (or office holder) should discern those orders which would be morally questionable or would put the Constitution of the United States in peril. By deliberately obeying an order that is morally questionable or would put the Constitution of the United States in peril, the officer is not bearing true faith and allegiance to the Constitution of the United States.
All that to say this: I believe the Constitution is in peril and we need officers – office holders – who “will bear true faith and allegiance to the same.” We need leadership that we can trust to discern right from wrong, communicate that to those they represent, and stand for the right – whether it’s popular or not, politically correct or incorrect.
The day I entered the U.S. Army – January 2, 1985 – I swore an oath to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same.”
My oath has no expiration date.
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