Remember the federal government's "Cash for Clunkers" program? Ah, those were the days, back when the government had a billion dollars to hand out to people who wanted to trade in old cars to get more fuel efficient cars. And now five days later, "Cash for Clunkers" is ironically being junked, at least for now.
Aside from the lack of money, the bad planning, the people taking advantage of the system for "free" money, and, oh yeah, people using the money to buy newer, fuel-inefficient vehicles, "Cash for Clunkers" was a great idea. In fact, I'm going to use it, but in a different way.
Right now (and for quite a few years now), Congress has been a joke. Congress-critters don't seem to listen to their constituents when we ask them to consider being fiscally responsible or at least acknowledge our needs before taking lobbyist money. They simply can't do the job very well right now, at least not without a lot of work.
That's right, boys and girls. I'm starting the Cash for Congress-Clunkers program. If you're sick of politicians betraying you, I'm going to ask you to give money to people running against them. Sure, it's not the same as $4500 in cold hard (taxpayer) cash, but you'll get the satisfaction of putting someone in power that wouldn't dream of giving $4500 on a badly-run program in the first place.
And I think that's going to be worth more than anything the "Cash for Clunkers" program could ever give.