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By lil_paul

This month, I have a very important topic to address. I want more people to understand and appreciate the car hobbyist as well as the committed, hardcore automotive fabricator. there are some people out there who don't appreciate our art. You could say these individuals are trying to control the automotive hobbyist and squash him or her out of existence.

Many of you may or may not know who Nancy Pelosi is and her recent antics. She is the Speaker of the House, and she has an idea to start a national "Cash for Clunkers" program. Speaker Pelosi thinks that destroying old cars would help stimulate the economy by increasing new car sales. The only thing crushing old cars does is create more debt, not to mention the affect it will have on small business trying to sell parts to maintain older cars.

The reason I say more dect is simple: If we don't have a selection of older vehicles to choose from, we are compelled to get a new or newer car, which means constantly making loan payments! Consider that you, the consumer, just bought a new car with a $700 a month payment, plus $300 per month for insurance, not to mention annual taxes. In this economy you never know if you're going to lose your job, which adds considerable stress to the deal.

Alternatively, if you had the option to buy an older, more affordable used car that perhaps requires some love and care, you could pay for it in full. Of course, the accompanying insurance and taxes would be far more reasonable as well.

Parts suppliers will be affected by the proposed measure as well. Some will go out of business, and those hard to find replacement parts will be so expensive, they will be nearly impossible for the average person to afford.

Ms. Pelosi's idea is elitist because it asserts that she believes she has the solution to how the common folk should manage their everyday transportation needs. Ms. Pelosi is totally disconnected from what real working people want and need in this dismal economy. Not only does she want to destroy our ability to buy older used cars, but she will also eliminate our ability to maintain beloved hobby, and further, she'll impair the ability of fabricators to make a living.

This plan is definitely not the solution to repairing our damaged economy. Now, I don't have a degree in economics, but I do know that if I ran my shop the way the goverment is spending my tax dollars, I would be in jail. Since I totally disagree with Speaker Pelosi, here is my idea to fix the budget. Some of you might have heard that some banks and some unnamed American insurance groups have, under severe scrutiny, given back some of their bonuses. To go along with that theory, I feel Congress should take a 40 percent pay cut. After all, in 2009 members of Congress will earn an annual salary of $174,000 with party leaders making more. Speaker Pelosi (D-Calif.) will earn $223500 this year. Amazingly, that is what legislators get paid of their public service. which doesn't include payments on the side for speaking engagements, etc. so, Let's do the math for a second using just the average Congressional member's earnings of $174,000. forty percent of $174,000 is $69,600. Now, let's take that figureand multiply it by 535 Congress members; that's $37,236,000 per year. Wow, now that's a big chunk of the deficit. In addition to that savings, we should make it known that we want them to reduce the costs associated with their "pet projects," cut back their staff numbers and reduce all of their traveling expenses on the tax payers' dime.

Those clowns in Washington work for us, we put them in office. These games that they are playing with our future are unacceptable. Stand up and use your voices Start contacting your local representatives and let them know we support a cap on Congressional salaries in addition to opposing the Cash for Clunkers bill. People are losing their jobs on a grand scale, while CEOs screw us over and take away our retirement benefits. We must stop complacently watching them do these things. and quit accepting the fallacy that we don't have any control. Our children and their children will be paying this money back. We need to make a difference now!

- Lou Santiago

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CorvairJim’s Profile Photo
Apr 5, 2010 at 11:50 pm
I read that Cash For Clunkers, the program that paid out a maximum of $4,000 per new vehicle bought, cost the American taxpayer- you and I - MORE THAN $25,000 PER CAR/TRUCK BOUGHT!!! This is due to administrative costs that we weren't told about. Further, one of the stated goals of the program was to promote the sales of cars and trucks made right here in America. On that front it fell flat on it's face, with better than 2/3 of the vehicles bought manufactured overseas. Many more were made here, but by foreign-owned companies who pay their American workers substantially less than American companies pay theirs. Then, the profits from those vehicles goes into the coffers of those companies, NOT back into the American economy.

Cash For Clunkers is only one example of how the government of this country is in sad shape, the latest example being the incredibly badly thought-out Healthacre bill that "King Barack" had his lackeys push through Congress. He promised we'd have healthcare reform and, for better or worse, we got something called healthcare reform. More than half of the money Obama CLAIMS the nation will save comes directly from a $563 BILLION cut in Medicare. The bill says that the individual states will be responsible for picking up any shortfall in coverage for our seniors, good people who paid into Medicare since the 1960s. This in and of itself is blatantly unconstitutional, since it is what is called an "Unfunded Mandate" - The Federal government tells the states they MUST spend money on a certain program, but provides no money to do so. This would have the effect of having Washington look good since they show a big savings, but your state taxes will go right through the roof - and you'll STILL have Medicare deducted from your paycheck! Further, if Medicare payments to doctors are cut, the American Medical Association says their members are within their rights to deny service to patients whose only coverage is Medicare. This will have the effect of having millions of seniors essentially without medical coverage. Is that what you want for your retired mother and/or father? My folks are in their 80's - My dad is diabetic and mom has arthritis. If their Medicare is cut, I don't know what they'll do!

November is coming: EVERY seat in the House of Representatives, and one-third of the Senate is up for grabs in the election. They surest way to show that we're fed up with the treatment the current administration is giving us is to vote out EVERY member of Congress who voted for Cash For Clunkers and EVERY member who voted for the Healthcare bill. EVERY ONE! This will show "King Barack" we mean business!
wardvwracer’s Profile Photo
Apr 5, 2010 at 8:49 pm
I hate that ugly pig.... Now I just hate her more. Thanks for passing this along.

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