Leading from the Left

Friday, July 31, 2009

A Good Problem to Have

The federal "Cash for Clunkers" program is a prime example of government leaders creating a win-win situation. News that the program may have run out of money already should be viewed in a positive light.

Clearly the program is resonating with the American public. If it works as intended, people will be replacing gas guzzlers (defined by the feds as vehicles that get less that 18 miles per gallon) with cars that get significantly better gas mileage. Better gas mileage means less air pollution, less dependence on foreign oil, and it means the feds are doing something positive to address global warming. It's a win-win-win solution!

I hope Congress and the Obama administration can find the resources to keep this program going. It's rare to find a program that nearly everyone can agree with: it puts the auto workers back to work, it's good for the environment, and it saves money for consumers. And it's a darn sight better than the "Bonuses for Bankers" program that Congress passed last winter.