Cash for Clunkers

I have a lot to update and will do so soon, but I want to write about how pissed I am with the Cash for Clunkers program.  Sure, I see the need for people to drive more fuel efficient vehicles, but in this economy, to offer people as much as $4,500 to trade in their “clunker” towards a new, more fuel efficient vehicle and then to pour toxic liquid into the engines of these clunkers so that they can no longer be sold … is that in any way efficient, sustainable or good for the environment?  Where are they going to put all those no-longer useful vehicles?  In the trash?

This is a perfect example of where our society is going.  If an item is no longer shiny, popular, vogue, hip or whatever, well, just throw it away and get another one.  No problem, the government will even give you thousands of dollars to bring in a vehicle which may still be running perfectly so that you’ll buy a new vehicle which you may or may not be able to afford.  We live in such a disposible society.  It is incredibly disgusting to me.  These days, I think long and hard before I throw anything away.  I am throwing away less and less.  Think of all that you’ve thrown away just today, or better yet, all that you’ve thrown away in the past six hours.  Scary.  What you throw away isn’t going into some void somewhere.  Soon, there’s not going to be anywhere to throw things away.

It seems to me that there’s a better use for the billions of dollars that are going into this program.

In thinking about the cars that I see being driven around town, I see few that I would consider “clunkers.”  What is the description of a “clunker” anyway?

I am pleased with how Obama is handling the country, but the country is so damned screwed up these days, that poor man’s head must be spinning trying to deal with all the issues.  I can’t see it straightening out any time soon, I really can’t.

I heard on the news tonight that unemployment may be extended yet again.  I’m glad to hear that.  While I am enjoying having the time to “farm;” I’d really like to get back to work, but there are simply no jobs out there.  A friend of mine told me that she was offered a four month long temporary position with pay less than what she is getting on unemployment.  She countered a dollar more an hour and was refused.  I’ve never seen the employment market as bad as it is now.  I’ve never been out of work for so long.

Luckily, I am still in the running for the position with the local law firm.  I should be called back this week for a second interview.  Fingers, toes and everything else that can be crossed are crossed.  I realize now that I had a very cushy job at the law firm I recently worked at; at almost all of the other law firms I worked at for that matter.  Sure, I did my job, but I wasn’t driven like I am at Wal-Mart.  If I get this job, I’ll pour my heart and soul into it.  I don’t ever want to end up at a job like a cashier at Wal-Mart ever again.

Everything does happen for a reason and I am certain this is all happening for a reason, but I hope the reason makes itself known relatively soon and I can get back to some sense of normalcy soon.