With globull warming looming on the horizon (or not), Government Motors has stepped up to the plate and whiffed out. They have managed, after years of effort and diligence, to produce yet another loser for the American people.
According to Consumer Reports, the Chevy Volt, pride of politicians everywhere, doesn’t have a good range, it doesn’t have a good heater, it takes a long time to charge, and it’s like riding in a tuna can. Well, actually, they didn’t say that last part, but I’ve seen those little buggers on the road, and I am just going to throw that out there as a fact, Jack.
And to add insult to injury, they still aren’t making electricity out of pixie dust and unicorn farts, so not only are these people putting an enormous amount of money into their car ($48,000 purchase price for the one purchased by Consumer Reports – EEP!!) the electricity expense is just beginning.
So at what, precisely, does the Volt succeed? (You know everything and everyone has to be good at *something*, don’t you?) They eat money, including taxpayer money, like Pac Man ate little balls. Not only have the taxpayers given GM bucketloads of money that we’ll never get back, buyers of these rolling rechargeable batteries get tax credits of up to $15,000. That’s right, people. Tax Credit. As opposed to a deduction, you get to whack that right off your tax bill.
For the guy who spends $8,000 and buys a used Honda Civic, getting about 35-40 mpg… his tax credit is exactly $0.00. Now say it with me, “Tax breaks for The Rich.” So much for the tired, old, quaint notion that Democrats were the party of the “Little Man.”
Of course, the buyer of the Honda Civic is still better off, even though he doesn’t have Uncle Sugar throwing our money at him. He gets a reliable car that will take him across the country, costs little to drive and can be ‘recharged’ in every little hovel of a town in the country, but who cares about that stuff, right?
I’ve heard it argued that if a roomful of monkeys use a typewriter long enough, they will eventually produce a Shakespeare play. I don’t know about that, but I’m positive that if America elects a roomful of monkeys to govern us, they will eventually fill the Federal Register with enough insanity to destroy our country and our lives. Not to mention our automobile industry. Sigh.