Let's see, President Barack Obama and Congress were surprised that people would like $4,500 toward a new car for an old car that they were going to trade in or that would die in the near future, anyway. The initial $1 billion was used to choose approximately 0.1 percent winners (250,000 people out of 300 million). Each additional billion will add another 0.1 percent winners. Thus, for everyone who got such a deal, 999 people were disappointed that their neighbor got help from the government to buy a car and they didn't. Half of the people - those of us who pay income taxes - also are angry about having to help with the car payment for their neighbor's shiny new car.
If you like how the federal government has run this program, wait for health care. It also will choose winners - i.e., people without health insurance (but not without health care), including illegal immigrants who shouldn't be here anyway - and losers, primarily so far seniors like myself who are on Medicare. These seniors are Americans who have paid into the program all of their lives and now will have to search even harder for a doctor willing to take even less reimbursement from Medicare. They also will have a "duty to die," as the government tries to keep from spending too much at the end. Seems about as fair as "Cash for Clunkers."