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A Better East Texas: Cash For Clunkers

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The Car Allowance Rebate System or Cash for Clunkers has sold a lot of fuel efficient cars.  That is about the only fact that is indisputable in this leg of the stimulus plan.  The program has received additional funding that Congress hopes will take give it legs until November, although, if demand matches what happened the first week of the program, funding will run out again - soon.  Dealers are running out of inventory and it will take months for production to ramp back up to meet even the existing demand.  But the biggest downside of the program is that we are destroying some perfectly functioning vehicles just because they get 15 miles per gallon or less fuel economy.  Now I understand that one goal of the program was to lessen our dependence on foreign oil and it should have some impact there, but with all the need in our country today and even right here in east Texas, shouldn't there be some practical use for these vehicles.  I remember when you used to be able to buy retired jeeps from the government and people used to jump at that opportunity.  But with the Cash For Clunkers program we are destroying tens of thousands of running cars, vans and trucks.  The government actually hit the mark with some of this program but Congress needs to see a great opportunity on these trade-ins and keep them in service and that will make for a Better East Texas.

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