WASHINGTON — Republican opposition is stalling Senate efforts to keep the popular "cash for clunkers" program alive. The program, which gives consumers who trade in old gas-guzzlers for more fuel-efficient models as much as $4,500 each, is likely to end by the weekend unless the Senate approves additional funding.
Senate Republican leaders railed against it Monday, calling the program a model of government inefficiency and out-of-control spending.
The program originally got $1 billion, but all but exhausted that funding last week, its first. The House of Representatives approved another $2 billion on Friday, but the Senate's balking.
Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., the Senate's second-ranking Republican, said Monday that "I don't care about the political risk. I'm concerned about the process and about how the government is going to pay for this . . . $4,500 is a lot of money to give somebody to buy a car who was already going to buy a car."
You are absolutely correct to filibuster this bill and keep Obama from giving away our tax dollars to those Joe Six-Packs and Red Neck Mothers who are trading in their gas guzzling pickup trucks for fuel efficient Ford Focuses. How will we be able to recognize this element on the road if they look like everybody else? This transfer of wealth and melding of social classes needs to be stopped NOW!
Kill this bill before you go home. Please, please kill this bill and show that you are a Party of principles. Don't be worried that selfish self serving hecklers who may have lost out on the deal at the last minute will bother your town meetings. Don't worry about those way too small car dealers for whom a half dozen sales means survival. Kyl is correct it is worth the political risk. Go home and shit on the Health Insurance Reform Bill , if you pass the Clunker Bill that will distract from your efforts to kill the health bill. Americans are satisfied with the health care they have and they should be happy with the cars they have. In the name of Democracy, please kill the Clunker Bill. Do it, I double yellow dog dare you.