November 20, 2008

An epiphany about the auto bailout

On one hand, liberal members of Congress claim we must bail out the auto industry, or it will go bankrupt, killing millions of jobs for American workers and causing a shortage in car production that would be detrimental to the economy.

On the other hand, liberal members of Congress and the House tell us that we must shrink our so-called "carbon footprint," and one of the best ways is to invest in a hybrid or alternative fuel car that will release less carbon emissions into the atmosphere.

Consider three facts:

One, the major reason why the auto industry is failing is because after the government created new regulations restricting car emissions, the auto industries were forced to produce more "fuel efficient" and "green" cars.

Two, the sales of these green cars is pitiful precisely because people do not want to buy them. It's simple economics: if the demand is not there, you needn't supply so much.

Three, another government tried to mandate exactly what kind of car people could drive. They succeeded in only producing one type of car, as well as limiting the number of people who could own it. That country? The Soviet Union.

My conclusion?

Let the auto industry fail. This will do a couple of things: First, it will force smaller auto companies to pick up the slack, competing for the buyers' dollars. Similar jobs will be created at these companies, as the demand on them will be increased. Capitalism in action! Shouldn't our elected leaders, whose economy (like mine) is founded and thrives on capitalism, be happy about that?

Secondly, the amount of cars produced will decrease. Smaller companies may not, at first, be able to keep up with the demand, so some people will have to wait to buy a second or third car. But shouldn't liberal Congress and House members be happy about that, too? After all, it would mean they would not have to create more carbon emission regulations, because the problem would take car of itself. Less cars = less carbon emissions.

Any takers?


Parisienne Farmgirl said...

Did you see Mitt's comments on Hot Air - what do you think? What do you think about what Laura says about the U.A.W.??
Good stuff here.

Farmgirl Cyn said...

I'm thinkin' bicycles! Actually, I'm not kidding. I rode my very old bike ("no hand brakes" old) to the grocers this summer, and loved it! I have a large basket at the front...big enough to bring home a couple of bags.
The great thing about having a really old bike is you don't need a bike lock...who would want it???
And...when gas was over $4 a gal., a bike made great sense.


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