Is It Now a Crime to Be Poor?

//www.commondreams.org/view/2009/08/09-4

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How the Government's Billion-Dollar Cash for Clunkers Boondoggle Hurts the Poor
//www.lewrockwell.com/north/north741.html

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Fallacies of the clunker program

Tibor's Space
by Tibor R. Machan

08/09/09

Most have no time to consider the big picture so when the clunker program comes their way, they think only of the immediate consequences. It all reminds me of those horrible failed urban renewal government plans to raze innumerable small city communities and built huge high rise apartments, plans that Robert Moses of New York City pushed on New Yorkers all the time, which the late Jane Jacobs, the brilliant theorist of city life, opposed most of her life. But when you present the artist conception of the new high rises it tends to look kind of cool and many people are seduced by them. Same with the clunker trade in program — I will just toss my old jalopy and get me shiny new wheels. Never mind that the money you get from the government will eventually come out of your or, especially, your children’s and grand children’s pockets and the clunkers will end up in some junk yard that will cost millions and millions to clean up...

//tibikem.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!B2FD693F4B9A5746!1051.entry



The real clunkers in this deal

Reason
by Steve Chapman

08/10/09

Cash for Clunkers has been a thrilling moment for advocates of expanded government, who say it proves what we can accomplish when our leaders put their minds to it. They are absolutely right. The program proves the federal government is unsurpassed at two things: dispersing money and destroying things. Of course, it already proved that in Iraq. But for sheer rapidity of confirmation, this program is hard to beat. Cash for Clunkers managed to go through a billion dollars in about four days, vaporizing a fund that was supposed to last until Halloween...

//www.reason.com/news/show/135318.html


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