Senate GOP to Oppose More Funding for Popular, Successful ‘Clunkers’ Stimulus Program

The “Cash for Clunkers” program has been a success by all metrics. Car buyers who traded in their older cars for up to $4,500 in downpayments for new, more energy efficent vehicles depleted the program’s $1 billion funding within the first week. As many as 250,000 cars were sold last week, according to government estimates.

These sales benefited the local economies in the hometowns of the dealerships as well as, ultimately, the auto industry.

So who would oppose adding another $2 billion to this win-win deal? You guessed it. The Party of No:

“My children and grandchildren are going to have to pay for these cars and we’re helping auto dealers while there are thousands of other small businesses that aren’t getting the help,” said Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) during an appearance on Fox News Sunday. “The role of the federal government is not to run the used car business.”

“We’re definitely going to debate it and I’ve heard that John McCain is going to stand up and try to stop it and I’m going to work with him every way that I can,” he said. “This is crazy to try to rush this thing through again.”

“I just think this is a great example of the stupidity that’s coming out of Washington right now, and I think Americans realize the numbers that we’re throwing around don’t work,” DeMint added.

Unless these pols are looking at polling that shows that no Republican voters are taking advantage of this deal — and the chances of that are next to nil — this kneejerk opposition is even crazier than the rest.


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  • August 3, 2009 - 2:46 pm | Permalink

    Actually, the program is only for new cars so DeMint need not worry about the federal government trying to run the used car business.

  • Sam Simple
    August 4, 2009 - 12:51 pm | Permalink

    I think it is a fabulous program for several reasons, including; it stimulates the economy, it takes vehicles that pollute more off the roads, it puts more fuel-efficient vehicles on the road, and it reduces highway fatalities since people will be driving safer vehicles.

    I sure as hell would rather see my tax dollars spent on this program than given to the Pentagon!

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