October 21, 2009

Unintended Consequences

One of the problems with liberal schemes are the unintended consequences. For example, due to the Great Fucking Society we have bred a permanent underclass solely dependent upon the gummint. We saw what that led to in Nawlins when the gummint failed the welfare leeches who were unable to cope on their own. Wait! Maybe the Great Fucking Society was designed to breed welfare leeches. After all, they vote for Dimocrats the party that keeps them poor and on welfare. Maybe this wasn't such a good example after all.

Howza 'bout cash-for-clunkers. Now this is a good example.

In her search for a cheap, used minivan for her and her husband, Krissy Dieroff has visited seven dealerships across Berks and Schuylkill counties in the last week, but to no avail.

"There's not much to pick from, and the ones we do find are overpriced," said Dieroff of Auburn, Schuylkill County, while browsing the lot of a city dealership on Monday.

Dieroff blames the shortage of inexpensive used cars on the federal cash-for-clunkers program, in which almost 700,000 used vehicles were traded in for newer, more fuel-efficient vehicles, and then scrapped.

Yep! They took perfectly good vehicles and trashed them.

Those clunkers were the cars Dieroff and her husband, Jason Boyer, would have been shopping for, they said.

"I saw the cars they were putting in the junkyard, and they were better than what we're driving now," Boyer said.

Critics of the program said that this is exactly what was gonna happen. They said it would affect the supply of inexpensive used cars and that's exactly what it did. By the way Krissy, did you by any chance vote Dimocrat? I bet you did.

In his 20 years in the business, salesman Mark Sauer has never had a tougher time finding inexpensive used cars.

"It's never been this bad," said Sauer, buyer and sales manager of Vaccaro's Auto Buyers of Reading, 805 Hiesters Lane.

The trend is occurring nationally as well.

The Manheim Used Vehicle Value Index reported that prices reached record highs in September. The consulting firm that publishes the index blamed low inventories.

Oh no! It's that old pesky law of supply and demand thingy that the libs are always trying to circumvent. When you have less of sumpin' the price usually goes up.

And there are more unintended consequences. Cash-for-clunkers really only moved new car buying up a few months. People who were planning on buying a car in the near future took advantage of CFC. New car sales are now dropping. As an added bonus, the people who used CFC are gonna find that $4500 the gummint "gave" them is taxable.

So the gummint wasted $3 billion of our money to destroy inexpensive used cars and cause a temporary blip in new car sales.

Hope. Change. Another stupid gummint program.

Posted by denny at October 21, 2009 01:32 PM  

So the gummint wasted $3 billion of our money to destroy inexpensive used cars and cause a temporary blip in new car sales.

Yep, this effect is about what I expected. One wonders which campus of the "Larry, Moe, and Curly" school of economics these asshats attended.

Never mind, all libtards go there.

The good news is, at least I'll be able to get a few more bucks for a couple of these old Chryslers (non-CARS eligible, natch) I have sitting around collecting dust.

Posted by: Grumpy Old Ham on October 21, 2009 03:02 PM

Hurricane Katrina was a natural disaster that became a man-made disaster.
Your blog is always a great read.

Posted by: Tremblin Soul on October 21, 2009 03:15 PM

Katrina was the biggest sob story CNN used and overused for weeks. Three times, I sent money to the poor sods who came on TV weeping for help. Then I said, "What the heck! Get up and walk, lazy good-for-nothing moaners!"

New Orleans is still moaning!!!! It totally cured me from ever giving money to disaster areas.

Posted by: Claudia on October 21, 2009 03:45 PM

"almost" 700,000 servicable assets!

Posted by: Jim on October 21, 2009 04:00 PM

"Cash for Clunkers" was pure voodoo economics. We borrow money we don't have from China to buy cars we don't need from Japan. We end up with bigger debt and the same number of cars on the road, except they cost more. It's not even green; the "green" thing to do is squeeze the most use out of our existing stock. But there's a tick up in auto sales, so the government can claim success and pay off some of its cronies, even as they dig us into an ever-bigger hole. This is suicidal insanity at the helm, and decent, ordinary citizens are paying for it.

Posted by: TalkinHorse on October 21, 2009 04:04 PM

Happens every-time. What is the definition of insanity again? Oh yea, Washington D.C

Posted by: kerrcarto on October 21, 2009 04:57 PM

Cash for Clunkers. I wrote this on my blog.

Posted by: KarlU on October 21, 2009 05:29 PM

Katrina...They had about a week-10 days notice th' damthing was comin'....ANY TIME you turned on ANY TV that week-10 day period, even up here in Tennessee, there was this huge, angry red blob aimed straight for Nawlins in the corner of the screen...To me, that means, "Get The F#$K OUT..." Hell, start hoofin' it if you had to... Did NOBODY in Nawlins have friends and/or relations they could have stayed with ? Did ANYBODY there have CARS that ran so they could beat a hasty retreat ? YOU are responsible for YOUR @ss....Not the local, state, or Federal Gummint...But its STILL all Bush's fault, right ?!?

Posted by: Sandy G. on October 21, 2009 08:54 PM

When the N.O. levees broke the second time, I figure that it once and for all time established the eternal fact.

New Orleans is a "two-flusher".

At least, I thought so then. Way I see it now, it's just a busted septic system, needing to be plowed under.

Way, way under.

Sunk New Dawn
Galveston, TX

Posted by: Jim on October 21, 2009 10:57 PM

Don't knock the democrat 'give away' programs. If I can find out how I'll buy one of them cheap new (government help) golf carts. It's possible using the democrats 'stick it to us program'.

Posted by: Scrapiron on October 22, 2009 09:54 AM
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