I suggest we start a new feature here at Cold Fury. I submit that we dedicate a post to that politician, regardless of party, who demonstrates the most thorough inability to grasp reality for that week. Hopefully the boss here at Cold Fury will pick this up as a feature – especially as the available pool of choices seems to be especially deep this season. Whaddya say, Mike?
So in the spirit of kicking this off on the right foot (see what I did there??), I offer one Ray LaHood, Secretary of Transportation and RINO extraordinaire. Yes, when it comes to talking about Cash for Clunkers, it takes a special kind of cluelessness to offer the following:
“It’s been a thrill to be part of the best economic news story in America,” Secretary Ray LaHood said in a statement. “Now we are working toward an orderly wind down of this very popular program.”
Now, Ray is clearly – like his Vice President – delusional. But to be fair, on Ray’s planet it takes a special kind of self-actualized politician to shamelessly piss on your leg and then tell you its raining. It takes a Real Man of Genius.
Even the most partisan observer will aver that “Cash for Clunkers” is a poorly run program given its failure to accurately forecast demand, its unintended consequences on the used car market and its failure to pay dealers on time using the rules devised by the very same bureaucrats who couldn’t forecast correctly in the first place. But not our Ray, nope, he doubles down on teh stoopid. It takes a politician, nay, a Real Man of Genius to equate “successful” with “popular.”
Giving free money is popular. Screwing your middleman (i.e. car dealers), on the other hand, does not mean “successful” – except to Ray LaHood.
Thanks Ray. We salute you, Mr. Enormous SUV Driver.