The following was emailed to the members of the Tidewater Virginia
Antique Automobile Club. (Norfolk/Virginia Beach and other areas) The message should be appropriate for all states.
The message from the writer is reproduced below. I have omitted the Virginia Senators and Congressmen that came with the original email.
“It has come to my attention that Congress is in the process of petitioning the Obama transition team to support a Federal scrappage program as part of the stimulus package. The belief is that low income families will trade their clunker for approximately $1,500.00 or some other minimal sum from Uncle Sam, and then rush to buy a new car. In addition, it is believed that buying and scrapping these older cars will clean the air. Both assumptions are heavily flawed.
Many of the cars traded in under this plan will have been driven sparingly, if at all, and many will likely come from junkyards and junk dealers. Additionally, these vehicles aged 13 years and older are a minimal part of the pollution problem due to their small numbers and minimal annual mileage driven. This is another proposition that does not address the true causes of air pollution.
Think about it. Low income families will never be able to run out to buy a new car simply because someone gave them $1,500. New cars cost far more than that. The $1,500.00 will not cover taxes, DMV fees, and the higher insurance required on most new vehicles. Not only will these lower income folks not be able to buy a new car, but they will find the cost of a used one in their price range is harder to find, as all the inexpensive cars will be scrapped under this plan. Accordingly, they will be limited to working in areas serviced only by public transportation, which will trap many in deteriorating metropolitan areas without access to better jobs.
In addition to the motorists being affected, auto body shops, general repair shops, auto parts companies, and many other businesses in our neighborhoods will be affected negatively through the scrapping of these cars. Furthermore, body shops and auto service related businesses will dwindle in number, putting employees out of jobs and increasing unemployment.
If you really want to help in these times of crisis by selling cars while cleaning the air, you should consider supporting the following instead of cash for clunkers:
Allow an above-the-line tax deduction for interest, sales and excise taxes associated with the purchase of a new car as put forth in the Bills S 3684 & HR 7273 from the 110th Congress, or provide a tax credit/voucher for everyone towards the purchase of a new or used car, a more efficient car, etc.
Provide tax credits to help repair or maintain an older vehicle since this will keep the persons who make the parts, sell them, install them, etc. employed. This will offer the owner added performance, drivability, fuel mileage and significantly reduce pollution, since maintenance and not age is the greatest factor affecting air pollution from vehicles.
Significant emissions and fuel economy improvements can be achieved in older vehicles through relatively simple and inexpensive means: repaired/replaced exhaust systems, tune-ups, etc.
I hope I can count on you to reject “Cash for Clunkers.” Thank you for taking the time to read this message.
Very truly yours,
Print it on the appropriate number of pieces of paper, sign them and mail them to your Senator.”
As well as
The Honorable Nancy Pelosi
Office of the Speaker
H-232, US Capitol
Washington, DC 20515
Click on the following link for your Representative and click on the drop down box for your State and insert your Zip Code:
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This has to be a joke!
That situation is akin these no money down house mortgages.
If they got the car, they would not make the payments.
Can I just write a letter and say "You stupid morons, STOP IT!!"
Seems that might be shorter and have the same effect!
Need to tax or tariff items coming in from countries that don't support clean air act or EPA standards here in the US. This would impact the auto parts and other items coming from these 3rd world countries. Need to level the playing field.
GM just announced they are going to buy Lithium ion batteries from a Korean mfg. versus US for the Chevy Volt. The Korean supplier will invest $800 million for new plant. We could use the jobs here in the US.
100% inspection of everything entering the US, paid by the importers. We are being poisoned by drugs that are supposed to cure, for starters.
Import tariffs would be the second step, until our exports equal our imports.