Ken Collins: Think about it

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Let's say you are in good health, a non-smoker, a normal drinker and eat decently. You drive responsibly with no accidents and an occasional speeding ticket. You live in a nice home in a region that has no hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, fires and little or no crime.

Yet every time your insurance bills come due, you see that they increase it for no reason of yours. You make no claims and they still go up, sometimes by 15 to 20 percent. Are you calling your congressman? Insurance company? No. You know what's going on? You are subsidizing all those people who live in disaster areas or who smoke and eat horribly or drive dangerously.

If this is what you do, then you should not gripe about Cash for Clunkers. It is a subsidy, but it is the only one of these mentioned that is truly a positive move. When three-quarters of a million inefficient cars are removed and replaced by new ones that average 12 mpg more, at an average of 10,000 to 12,000 miles a year, that's a hell of a lot of imported oil that is not imported, a hell of a lot of CO2 tonnage not spewed into the air and a few thousand jobs replaced. Yes, most of the cars were Japanese, but they were built in America. If all our subsidies benefited the planet this much, we'd be a lot better off. Think about that the next time you pay an insurance company.

Ken Collins

Oak Creek

Comments

StopTheBrutalChemtrails 5 years, 3 months ago

LMAO, Baaaa Baaaaaaa The sheep are noisy. CO2 is NOT toxic, in fact, all plant life on this planet must have CO2 in order to exist, the more the better. no amount of CO2 that we humans can produce can cause the planet to heat up. Maybe Mr. Collins is thinking of CO, Carbon Monoxide, which is actually dangerous to the environment, unlike harmless CO2.

GM has the ability to make cars that get over 150 mpg, why aren't they making them? So they can continue to fleece you of your hard earned cash at the gas pump. I'm not going to trade in my paid for old car for one that gets 10 mpg more just so I can take on a huge payment that adds to our country's debt. Honda had a car that got 50 mpg in the early 80's, we can make cars that run only on water, but that wouldn't make any sense because the big oil companies wouldn't make near as much money as they are making from petroleum products and the machines that use them.

Cash for clunkers is being paid for by the poor people - Here's a four minute video of a Texas Congressman telling us why. http://www.prisonplanet.com/ron-paul-on-cash-for-clunkers.html

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aichempty 5 years, 3 months ago

Obama is from illinois. Neighbor (close neighbor for Chicago) to Michigan. It's all about the northern midwest constituency and union votes.

The most traded-in vehicle was the Ford F-150 truck.

At least this has been an efficient poll on changing American attitudes. About time. Americans will act in the national interest when you pay them to do so.

Makes me proud.

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Jeff_Kibler 5 years, 3 months ago

"Cash For Clunkers Drives Up Used Car Prices." I recall viewing this last month on CBS 5, San Francisco. Click on the KPIX Video, top right. You'll eventually get to the aforementioned feature.

http://cbs5.com/consumer/cash.for.clunkers.2.1124376.html

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JLM 5 years, 3 months ago

We have an interesting experiment underway.

East Germany = GM or Obama Motors

Ford = West Germany

GM/Obama Motors/East Germany takes huge subsidiary pretends to be competitive. Government directs its fate.

Ford/West Germany hikes up its pants and fashions its own rescue plan.

How will this all turn out?

My bet is that GM/Obama Motors will be back at the sugar teet shortly and will never really make it.

Ford will struggle along and will eventually be the only American car company left.

Place your bets, folks. Obama has already done it for you and guess what --- with YOUR money!

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