Mister, we could use a man like Eric Blair again. In the meantime, Shikha Dalmia of Forbes does an excellent job outlining the Orwellian aspects of “The Godzilla Solution — The sci-fi economics of clunker-crushing”:
So, to recap, the Cash for Clunkers plan involves restoring the economy by destroying wealth and healing the environment by destroying resources. By this logic, we should use the stimulus money to fund a new Godzilla brigade to mow down the country and rebuild it in a more environmentally friendly way. Imagine how much richer and cleaner the planet would be.
Test-drive the whole article.
Found via Steve Green, who also links to a Letterman-esque Top Ten List variation on the Cash For Clunkers theme:
At the Huffington Post, Michael Likosky and Josh Ishimatsu make no bones about exactly what they want: a Federal bailout for the formerly-golden state. They even came up with ten whole reasons, one of which even uses the phrase “moral hazard.”
I do not think that phrase means what they think it means.
As one of Steve’s commenters writes about the third item on the HuffPo-Meets-Letterman list, “With Joe Biden overseeing the Cali bailout, what could go wrong?”
And speaking of Joe Biden and Top Ten Lists…