As my office shares facilities with the local Chrysler dealer I have had a front row seat to watch the “Cash for Clunker” program unfold. In all honesty I am having trouble seeing an up side to this.

These photos are of the most recent vehicles taken in through the “Cash for Clunker” program. When I spoke with the owner on Friday evening they were working on a deal that would add a beautiful 1989 Jeep Cherokee to the collection.
At this juncture I should note that these vehicles seem to run as well as they look. I should also add that most of the trades are free of encumbrances.
So, can someone help me understand this? Am I missing something?
How does the use of tax monies to move people from being debt free to indebtedness benefit the long term economic direction of the nation?
How will removing a large pool of vehicles from the market that could be sold for $3,000 to $4,500 benefit the folks on a tight budget in need of transportation?
Which creates more pollution, driving a well maintained older vehicle or crushing it to build another vehicle?
In the long term, six months or more, how will this benefit the dealerships?
How do we justify the irresponsibility and waste involved with destroying perfectly good engines?
Any thoughts or ideas?
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