The government estimated it would take four months to use up the Cash for Clunkers money, but it only took six days. All those polluting cars were taken off the road months earlier than anticipated, and the struggling auto-industry received a shot in the arm. Obviously, this is a huge disaster. NPR's Mara Liasson knows what I'm talking about:
I thought that woman actually asked a pretty legitimate question — especially Cash for Clunkers is like a mini- Katrina here. I mean it’s not good to start a program and not be able to execute it.
Whoa, whoa, whoa. A wildly popular stimulus program that works better than expected is basically the same as government negligence leading to the deaths of nearly 2000 people and the permanent displacement of countless others? That is a pretty reckless comparison. Everyone knows Cash for Clunkers is more like 9/11 than Katrina.
More precisely, Cash for Clunkers is like if the Holocaust and slavery had a baby and the baby had lasers for eyes.
In Liasson's defense though, I tried to trade in my clunker yesterday and my family drowned.
Tags: Auto Industry, Fox, Hurricane Katrina, NPR