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Tracking Cash For Clunkers

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Instead of thinking about the US according to geography, the Patchwork Nation project groups counties in all 50 states into community types based on similarities in culture and local economy. Project director Dante Chinni discusses how Cash For Clunkers played out differently in the community types, from "monied 'burbs" to "evangelical epicenters," and everything in between.

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Comments [8]

Melissa Bower from Kansas

This program allowed my husband and I to buy a new car for the first time in our lives, instead of buying a used car that would initially cost the same but require thousands in repair costs soon after. It also allowed us to buy an American made vehicle rather than a cheaper used import.

The new vehicle has greatly enhanced our employability by providing a quality car that will allow either of us to commute to work, since we live near Kansas City. It will save us thousands per year in fuel costs and emit less greenhouse gases into the atmosphere than our trade-in car, which had an 8-cylinder engine.

Dec. 16 2009 02:11 PM
Joel Hubbard from Long Island

Thank for this great Patchwork reference tool, when the 2010 census information is given to the American people we can cross-reference them. A new road-map to the 21th century "Grapes of Wrath" reality we are leaving unborn Joad families who will be living under the bridge to the 21th century.When we can't afford the gas for "Cash for Clunkers” we can live in them. See you on the road.

Dec. 16 2009 01:46 PM
the truth!! from BKNY

FYI...Cash for clunkers was a success in Atlanta Georgia. City and Metro areas

Dec. 16 2009 12:00 PM
Voter from Brooklyn

And the cynic you have on saying buying a quality fuel efficient foreign car (probably made in Tennessee or the Carolinas, sold by Americans to other Americans and serviced by Americans) doesn’t help Americans is just pure BS.

Dec. 16 2009 11:44 AM
Voter from Brooklyn

Wasn’t the point of so called “Cask for Clunkers” to stimulate automobile sales and get more fuel efficient cars on the road to replace older less efficient ones?
I don’t remember it having anything to do with welfare for the poor. Are you suggesting the federal government buy cars for the poor? Are you suggesting that the jobs it supported for automobile and parts as well as keeping dealerships in business aren’t worth supporting because they sold cars to wealthier people. We shouldn’t support jobs for washers/detailers, janitors, parts manufacturers, truckers, etc. because they service the wealthier American?
What exactly is the point of this segment other than that is wasn’t social as well as corporate welfare masquerading as environmentalism?

Dec. 16 2009 11:41 AM
Calls'em As I Sees'em from Langley, VA

Given the Bama's commitment to fighting "global warming" why would he do anything to put anyone in a car.

Ban all cars, now!!!

Lol.

Dec. 16 2009 11:39 AM
Calls'em As I Sees'em from Langley, VA

Did the Obama admin finally pay the car dealers?

Why weren't people told that they were going to be 1099'd?

Did Obama take into account that 750,000 good used cars went out of the system yielding a large increase in used car prices for poor and working class people; as well as a future cost as used parts will be much harder to find for everyone?

This spike in buying only helped folks with cash and hurt dealers and insurance companies.

I understand that the real cost for this program was 3 or 4x the amount the Obama admin announced; but that's par for the course.

Once again the Bama and the Dems screwed their base.

Dec. 16 2009 11:38 AM
George from Bay Ridge

How did C4C help out local car dealers?

How did it help local municipalities?

Dec. 16 2009 05:42 AM

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