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$3 billion buys not-so-green vehicles??? Is this fiscally responsible use of taxpayer money?

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, the nation's top car salesman in recent weeks, has cited the Obama administration's best-seller list of mostly smaller, fuel-saving cars like the Ford Focus to describe the success of the Cash for Clunkers rebate program.

But what LaHood and other administration officials usually don't mention is that some trucks and sport-utility vehicles that get less than 20 miles per gallon, like the Ford F-150 truck and one version of the Cadillac SRX Crossover, also are being purchased with the new government subsidies. Both are bulky vehicles weighing more than 6,000 pounds when loaded that boast at least 248 horsepower.

Just how many consumers used the federal rebates to buy these larger, not-so-green vehicles is unclear. The Obama administration has declined so far to release detailed records of purchases under the program being compiled by the Transportation Department...

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grlygrlz2

Asked by grlygrlz2 at 8:46 AM on Aug. 14, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 8:47 AM on Aug. 14, 2009

  • Lol, we wound up not getting into this program. Too hypothetical for me. Not to mention, you can't purchase a gas friendly motorcycle with the credit! This is what we will be doing, with cash in the dead of winter when demand is low and so are prices. A nice used bike that doesn't require excess production, gas to run, or a large payment. But wait, I'm conservative! I couldn't possibly care about stuff like that! I care about being responsible. Doesn't mean I think the earth is going up in flames tomorrow.
    lovinangels

    Answer by lovinangels at 9:08 AM on Aug. 14, 2009

  • Are they blind? They should have known that people woudl do this. Dealerships want to sell vehicles, and they dont care what kind it is. In fact the bigger the vehicle, the better for the dealership. If the govt wanted restrictions put on this, then they should have done it. Again, they cant even run this program effectively, so they are going to do WHAT with our healthcare? Im still convinced that many of these vehicles will be repo'd in less than 12 mos. I have a vehicle that qualifies, but I would rather keep it and pay the gas than have another payment. Ridiculous.
    momofsaee

    Answer by momofsaee at 9:32 AM on Aug. 14, 2009

  • Yes it is. It is a subsidy to assist compliance with the environmental bill that passed and gives GM and Chrysler cash (by ways of overall purchased) to pay back their loan.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:37 AM on Aug. 14, 2009

  • Its ridiculous.. of course the people who created this bill werent smart enough to put limitations about WHAT kind of cars you could buy. Or wouldve that just been "too much work" for the wee widdle dims?
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:01 AM on Aug. 14, 2009

  • You can trade in your 18 MPG minivan to buy a giant SUV that gets the same mileage, and get PAID to do it! Yippee!

    However, if you own a '76 pickup truck that gets 8 MPG, it doesn't qualify as a Klunker. Good use of the tax payers money.

    There is NOTHING green about this program. Junking running cars is a complete waste.
    mancosmomma

    Answer by mancosmomma at 10:24 AM on Aug. 14, 2009

  • That our government as usual they run things effectively and efficiently so much so that many are willing to hand them our healthcare ;)


    sarcastic
    tnmomofive

    Answer by tnmomofive at 11:55 AM on Aug. 14, 2009

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