Archive for June 9, 2009

Cash for Clunkers? Another Brilliant Idea From Government

Several sources are reporting this story, but I got it from USA Today:

Hoping to boost auto sales and reduce pollution, the U.S. House has passed legislation to give Americans up to $4,500 to scrap their gas-guzzler and buy a new car.

The so-called cash-for-clunkers bill sets aside $4 billion for electronic vouchers to entice owners of older vehicles to buy new, more-fuel-efficient models, AP writes. The vote was 298-119.

Oh, yeah, a $4,500 electronic voucher for somebody driving a “clunker” to buy a new car is going to work reeeeal well. After all if I, as a newly unemployed person, am driving a clunker (which I am, because it is paid for!), then how in the hell is giving me an electronic voucher going to enable me to make the payments on a new vehicle?

Dementia. They’re all suffering from dementia. Or maybe they’re just really, really out of touch with reality because they never actually use their own money to pay for anything.

*sigh* And we will all be paying for these “free” vouchers through our taxes. Or, if I don’t get another job soon, you will be paying for it through your taxes.

That’s actually quite a good reason for not getting another job except for that whole starvation thang, although I could stand to lose a few pounds!

Oh, Gawd. I’m up too late. The infomercial on how to make a fortune part-time on Ebay is on. G’night!

Maybe the government will give me $4,500 per clunker and I can auction them off on Ebay. Hmmmmm.

Or maybe I can collect 10 or 15 clunkers and get $4,500 for each one, and then buy me a nice lil’ $50,000 fuel efficient truck vehicle with all those vouchers.

Oh, snap! I could be earning over a million dollars a year selling worthless crap collector’s items on Ebay! I won’t hardly even need to know how to use a computer. Shucky dern. My money worries are over. I’ll sell my crappy woodcarvings rustic crafts on Ebay, carrying them to ship to the auction winner in my new car that I traded the clunker in for.

The bullsh** fairy dust is gettin’ deep tonight, ain’t it?

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Another Letter the NYT Wouldn’t Publish

But you can read it here (H/T Gulf Coast Pundit).

AN OPEN LETTER TO PRESIDENT OBAMA

By Lou Pritchett

Dear President Obama:

You are the thirteenth President under whom I have lived and unlike any of the others, you truly scare me.

You scare me because after months of exposure, I know nothing about you.

You scare me because I do not know how you paid for your expensive Ivy League education and your upscale lifestyle and housing with no visible signs of support.

You scare me because you did not spend the formative years of youth growing up in America and culturally you are not an American.

You scare me because you have never run a company or met a payroll.

You scare me because you have never had military experience, thus don’t understand it at its core.

You scare me because you lack humility and ‘class’, always blaming others.

You scare me because for over half your life you have aligned yourself with radical extremists who hate America and you refuse to publicly denounce these radicals who wish to see America fail.

You scare me because you are a cheerleader for the ‘blame America’ crowd and deliver this message abroad.

You scare me because you want to change America to a European style country where the government sector dominates instead of the private sector.

You scare me because you want to replace our health care system with a government controlled one.

You scare me because you prefer ‘wind mills’ to responsibly capitalizing on our own vast oil, coal and shale reserves.

You scare me because you want to kill the American capitalist goose that lays the golden egg which provides the highest standard of living in the world.

You scare me because you have begun to use ‘extortion’ tactics against certain banks and corporations.

You scare me because your own political party shrinks from challenging you on your wild and irresponsible spending proposals.

You scare me because you will not openly listen to or even consider opposing points of view from intelligent people.

You scare me because you falsely believe that you are both omnipotent and omniscient.

You scare me because the media gives you a free pass on everything you do.

You scare me because you demonize and want to silence the Limbaughs, Hannitys, O’Relllys and Becks who offer opposing, conservative points of view.

You scare me because you prefer controlling over governing.

Finally, you scare me because if you serve a second term I will probably not feel safe in writing a similar letter in 8 years.

Lou Pritchett

Note: Lou Pritchett is a former vice president of Procter & Gamble whose career at that company spanned 36 years before his retirement in 1989, and he is the author of the 1995 business book, Stop Paddling & Start Rocking the Boat.

Mr. Pritchett confirmed that he was indeed the author of the much-circulated “open letter.” “I did write the ‘you scare me’ letter. I sent it to the NY Times but they never acknowledged or published it. However, it hit the internet and according to the ‘experts’ has had over 500,000 hits.

Yep.

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