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IOUs for suckers

Posted By Russ Roberts On August 19, 2009 @ 12:03 pm In Intervention,Subsidies | Comments Disabled

Turns out it isn’t Cash for Clunkers. It’s IOUs for suckers. (HT: Drudge [1]). The AP reports [2]:

Hundreds of auto dealers [3] in the New York area have withdrawn from the government’s Cash for Clunkers program, citing delays in getting reimbursed by the government, a dealership group said Wednesday.

How is the program going? Slowly. Very slowly.

“(The government) needs to move the system forward and they need to start paying these dealers,” said Mark Schienberg, [4] the group’s president. “This is a cash-dependent business.”

The program offers up to $4,500 to shoppers who trade in vehicles getting 18 mpg or less for a more fuel-efficient car or truck. Dealers pay the rebates out of pocket, then must wait to be reimbursed by the government. But administrative snags and heavy paperwork have created a backlog of unpaid claims.

Schienberg said the group’s dealers have been repaid for only about 2 percent of the clunkers deals they’ve made so far.

TWO PERCENT. Very impressive. Ah, the efficiencies of government. Health care reform joke goes here.

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