And why shouldn’t the poor have free cars? The rich are already getting green car subsidies

Working class and lower middle class people can't afford to own this car, but they can help offset the costs for the rich guy who wants one.

Working class and lower middle class people can’t afford to own this car, but they can help offset the costs for the rich guy who wants one.

One of the things that drives me bonkers-nutso about the green movement is the way that it subsidizes rich people when they make “green” purchases.  I dislike subsidies generally, because they’re a form of wealth redistribution.  But I really dislike it when government takes taxpayer money and hands it over to the very wealthy so that they can buy themselves an electric sports car, such as the Tesla.*  I know that the rich pay the largest percent of taxes in America, but the non-rich middle and working classes are paying some taxes too, and they shouldn’t be subsidizing luxury automobiles simply because they’re “green.”  (And I’ve mentioned before that their “green” claims are dubious, since they rely on electricity generated through dirty means at far-away plants.  It seems to me that all they do is move pollution, not decrease it.  And let’s not even talk about the toxic batteries….)

In a perverse way, therefore, it makes sense for the broken and broke California government to play around with the idea of giving free green cars to poor people.  After all, since the shrinking middle class is already paying for rich people’s “green” playthings, why shouldn’t they pay for poor people’s cars too?  Each increasingly poverty-stricken middle class taxpayer can take pride in the greening of California and can only hope that he goes broke (and therefore qualifies for a free green car) before all the other taxpayers go broke too.

The worst part is that the “green” subsidy, which currently benefits rich folks, is all part of a giant con to prevent an apocalyptic event that’s not going to happen.  If anything, we should be hoping that the increasingly ephemeral, even illusory, greenhouse effect really does kick in, because we’re hosed if there’s another ice age.  Water and sunlight — both of which are plentiful during warming periods — are good for all living things.  Barren, frozen wildernesses are not.

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*These green subsidies also fund the solar panels you see on rich people’s houses.  Indeed, they fund everything green that the rich can afford without subsidies and that the poor can’t afford even with subsidies.

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  • Jose

    A couple years ago John Stossel did an episode where he demonstrated a certain electric golf cart that legally qualified for tax breaks as a fuel efficient vehicle. The tax breaks completely offset the cost of the golf cart, making it cost exactly nothing, for the purchaser, anyway.

    There was such a demand that Stossel had trouble finding one for his show.

  • Ron19

    Meanwhile, the middle class is being pushed toward bicycles and busses, and in a few years Brown’s High Speed Train to Nowhere.
     
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  • Matt_SE

    California. Couldn’t happen to a nicer state.
    I used to dread the overdue “big one”…the huge, centennially-recurring earthquake that would destroy Cali. Now, I can’t wait for it.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    That’s a lot of liberal family members and friends that would get destroyed in Matt’s earthquake there. Well, I suppose it doesn’t matter if it’s just nature pushing a button.