Thought experiment: Imagine you're one of those evil/rich CEOs liberals are always complaining about. Obviously (because you're so rich and evil) you spend most your time figuring out new ways to fuck-over poor people for your own amusement. The tears of the poor actually arouse you sexually. For you, bus security camera footage is like hardcore German pornography. Hurricane Katrina was your "Two Girls One Cup".
So you wake up one morning, affix your monocle, and begin devising your master plan to destroy the lives of poor people nationwide. But what's the best way to use your immense wealth to inflict maximum damage? Well, you could pay the poor to punch themselves in the face and maybe put out cigarettes on their arms... But for that to work, they'd have to agree… you need to think bigger.
You could send henchmen to grocery stores to buy up all the food so poor people would have nowhere to spend their food stamps, but creating a famine would hurt everyone and the logistics involved in pulling that off nationwide are ridiculous. No, this plan requires finesse.
You finally realize: So much of people's happiness is tied to their car. A shitty car that keeps breaking down is a nonstop hassle, but not having a car at all and being forced to ride the bus every day... That’s even worse. Without a car, every trip, whether it's commuting to work, running errands, applying for jobs, or going on dates, your day is twice as difficult as it should be.
With that in mind, you settle on a plan: Now you can't simply buy up all the poor people’s cars; that would give them money and defeat the purpose. So instead, you pay middle-class people (with jobs and good credit) to trade in their perfectly good used cars for brand new cars… and then burn all their old ones. It's perfect.
It's like a kid burning all the clothes they’ve outgrown so their younger siblings don't get any hand-me-downs. It's ultimate dick move. People driving terrible POS mobiles can't afford new cars, their only possibility for bettering their transportation situation was upgrading to a slightly better used car... but you just burned them all. The poor get fucked and the rich get richer.
Well done sir... You truly are one evil son of a bitch. Now all your plan needs is a name, maybe something like "Cash for Clunkers" Yeah... That's catchy.
Liberals, you remember cash for clunkers, don’t you?... It was your idea, after all, and it went something like this: “We’ll all be better off (and save on gas) if we borrow billions of dollars from China to pay people with good used cars to buy new cars, and then destroy those 700,000 perfectly good used cars.” So… how’d that turn out?
Well... after cash for clunkers ended, Edmunds.com analyzed the results and found that of the almost 700,000 cars sold, all but 125,000 would have been sold anyway. So the government spent $3 billion and stimulated 125,000 extra car sales. That’s $24,000 per car… Goddamnit. It would have been cheaper for the government to have simply bought 125,000 Ford Focuses and have given them away.
Dealers have reported the supply of used cars is so low that the dealers themselves are paying 25% over bluebook at auction to buy cars to sell on their lot (that’s before they add their markup). Liberals, if you didn't know reducing the supply of used cars would make them more expensive, then you’re dangerously incompetent and should probably be beaten with a rolled-up newspaper until you feel shame for what you’ve done.
It didn’t stimulate the economy, gas is more expensive, used cars are more expensive, it was massively inefficient, and it fucked the poor … Everything we’ve come to expect from a liberal program.