'Car Thieves Aren't Doing Their Share to Save the Planet'

Stacy McCain links to a USA Today article on which models are the favorite brands of carjackers, and quips, “They’ll Never Steal a Chevy Volt:”

Car thieves aren’t doing their share to save the planet:

The Cadillac Escalade, a big luxury sport-utility vehicle, once the favorite of rappers and moguls alike, remains tops for average insurance theft losses, according to the insurance industry’s Highway Loss Data Institute report out today.
Other automotive eye candy, such as the Chevrolet Corvette Z06, also placed high on the theft-loss list — but so did the workhorse Ford F-250 crew cab pickup with four-wheel drive.

Frequency of reported theft of a Dodge Charger Hemi? 7.1 per thousand. Theft rate for Toyota Prius? 0.8 per thousand.

No self-respecting car thief would want to be seen driving a hybrid.


Meanwhile, the de facto CEO of Government Motors, a man whose politics are forever trapped in the era of FDR and LBJ, and whose party has controlled both houses of Congress since November of 2006, and then the presidency two years later, whines pissily barks to Republicans:

After his speech on Iraq Monday, President Obama attended a Democratic National Committee fundraiser at the same Atlanta hotel. Obama delivered a revved-up version of the stump speech that he has given in recent weeks — and that you will no doubt be hearing throughout the fall. The president said the Republican Party lack one “single, solitary new idea” and are “betting on amnesia” to help them in November. During a bit that drew hearty laughs from the Democratic audience, he likened the GOP to a driver who has gone into a ditch, and after not helping to push the car out, demands the keys back.

“You can’t have the keys back,” Obama exclaimed. “You don’t know how to drive!”

Says the man who supported higher gas prices in 2008, and told voters that year:

“We can’t drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times … and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK,” Obama said.

“That’s not leadership. That’s not going to happen,” he added.


And it hasn’t — the economy has been stuck in the slow lane, with the A/C only blowing hot air ever since.

At Commentary, Peter Wehner notes the intensity gap between voters in the two parties, which is only going to grow as quotes such as the above from the president make Republican voters fired up, ready to go, to vote for real hope and change, to borrow some of the president’s favorite rhetoric from a bygone time.


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