By Jerry D. Rose
Although I wouldn’t mind having a new car, my “clunker” doesn’t quite qualify for the cash for clunkers voucher. Sure, she’s old enough, a 2000 Toyota Camry, but she still gets about 30 mpg and doesn’t qualify as a gas-guzzler. Oh well, I have another idea, how about “Rags for Cash?” I have a wardrobe that definitely needs updating with new clothes and I could use a government voucher to spend to buy some of the Asia-sewn clothes at Wal-Mart. Of course you’d want to put my turned-in rags in the incinerator like clunker cars have been turned into scrap confetti. So my cast-aside clothes will no longer be available to be repaired by clothes repair people or sold by Goodwill or Salvation Army to those unable to afford new clothes, even with a voucher. Well, nobody worried that incinerating clunkers was going to deprive less wealthy people of the only kind of car they could afford to buy (they used to call clunker cars used cars) or even of a free one if community-minded people turned in their clunkers for a tax break to be furnished as free transportation for the indigent. So what, let em cake those poor folks, it’s their own fault if they’re poor. And they can walk or get their clothes from dumpsters.
And, by the way, I have a couch that’s still serviceable but seen better days and I’d love to get a voucher to buy a new one at Furniture Kingdom. Before you know it, my whole life style will get bailed out with taxpayer dollars and every purveyor of every kind of newly manufactured product will see sky-high rises in their sales. Yippee, it’s go shopping time, how patriotic is that?
This material appeared in a slightly edited form as a Letter to the Editor in the Gainesville (FL) Sun on August 11, 2009.
Jerry D. Rose is editor of The Sun State Activist