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Friday, September 23, 2011

Those damned subsidies

What's Mallard raving about today?

Chevy Volt, Government Subsidies.

Remember when Republicans refused to end subsidies to the most profitable companies in the history of the world? And remember how Mallard screeched about Big Government and Federal subsidies during that debate?

Yeah, me neither.


Tog said...

We're still spending billions for "development" of the Star Wars Missile Defense System, right? Gotta keep Milwaukee safe from a sneak attack by the USSR! It's in Damnation Alley, people!!

Anonymous said...

Hey duck, where does that figure come from? Your usual sources?
So far the availability of the Volt has only been in "selected markets" (Wikipedia), and sales limited only by production capacity.
It will also be sold in Europe and China. Apparently MF prefers that we buy our cars from China.


Kip W said...

Fifty thousand dollars? That's shocking (ho ho)! The Pentagon could have used that fifty grand for a toilet seat cover or something!

(Seriously, you get a really great toilet seat cover for fifty grand! Once you've tried it, you won't want any other cover on your toilet seat.)

dlauthor said...

Shock! Horror! That $50,000 could buy an untalented cartoonist booze for at least two weeks!

Anonymous said...

The more that are sold, the greater the return on the investment that the taxpayers will get. Whatever the true subsidy per car is, (mostly in building a factory for the batteries) it will get lower as more are sold. So why would it be good news if few are sold? Sounds like tea party/GOP logic.

Rootbeer said...

Lacking even a pointless citation like "* Fox News" to work from, I did a little googling to try and find the origin of this idea that American taxpayers are paying $50K for every Volt that's sold.

Couldn't find anything remotely similar to that premise.

Found some op-eds criticizing Chevy for NOT using the bailout funds to sell the car at a loss, and some complaining about the way some dealers were hiking up prices because demand was outstripping supply, but those support kind of the opposite of the duck's point.

Anonymous said...

How about solar cells, that's progressive! Maybe 500 million or so of taxpayer money. Yeah, that's the ticket, we'll throw public money at a solar cell company with solid political connections. It's OK if it's wasted, because Tinsley didn't complain about some moronic debacle 10 years ago, which is the sole standard for this blog.

Anonymous said...

Yup, millions wasted on no-bid contracts in Iraq, for a very well connected company. Plus millions just disappearing in Iraq, by the truckload. When did MF complain about that?

deepbeep said...

Of course no one's buying it, it looks like it was drawn by a 10 year old.

Tinsley: Sociopath said...

Why are we not using nuclear power, the safest and most efficient form of power? Right, because the Republicans' precious oil companies do not control it, and they think a technology that has existed for seventy years is way too new and scary. Oil and coal power plants create more shit and radiation when they meltdown than nuclear plants, but knowing that would contradict the willful ignorance of Republicans.

rewinn said...

Anon 7:52 AM seems to be referring to Solyndra, a project pushed by the Bush Administration but that didn't get its paperwork done until 2 months into the Obama Administration.
The reichwing is lying about Solyndra in at least 5 ways - the first being that it somehow profitted Obama campaign contributor George Kaiser.
George Kaiser is not an investor in Solyndra. There is a Foundation called the George Kaiser Family Foundation, and that Foundation invested in the company. Such business distinctions are too complicated for Anon.

More about Solyndra

rewinn said...

Oh hey - debunking the reichwing lies about Solyndra can be fun - here's a point-by-point analysis.

It's kinda funny to see Anon 7:52 accidentally attacking the conservative Walton family - a major Republican investor (I mean ... contributor)! Who would have guessed that Obama would use Solyndra to pay off his political debt to the GOP!!!

Bill the Splut said...

Hey, Bruce, Chevy just announced their new Chevy ReVolting! It costs the Pentagon only $500M a piece--and "costs the Pentagon" means "costs taxpayers nothing"-and it launches drones and shoots white phosphorus shells at wedding parties and gets 2 MPDF! (Miles Per Dead Furriner)

Bet you're on board now!

WV: avowe; Bruce is an avowed retard

Bill the Splut said...

AnonyBruce squeals: It's OK if it's wasted, because Tinsley didn't complain about some moronic debacle 10 years ago, which is the sole standard for this blog.

I'm pretty sure DaveyK was talking about the $4 BILLION in YEARLY oil company subsidies, buddy.

Technically, yeah, that was 10 years ago. Also every year since then, and many before that. Did Rush not cover that for you?

Tog said...

We also take Batshit to task for making shit up and/or repeating lies fed to him by his masters, as already demonstrated above. Then there's his bigotry, hypocrisy, his substandard cartooning skills...the list goes on.

Rewinn, Rootbeer and another Anon already did all the homework on Solyndra for us -- something Batshit would NEVER be bothered to do -- but since Batshit's entire shtick is (or at least used to be) LOOKIT ME EVERYBODY I SPEAKS TROOTH TO POWAR!!!1, his selective silence and sinkhole-sized (yet overflowing) Memory Hole are fair game.

Steve-O said...

I CAN'T WAIT until the Solyndra-based Mallard Fillmore "comic" coming up in a week or so!

And by "I CAN'T WAIT" I mean I get nauseous just thinking about the wheelbarrows full of derp we'll be subjected to.

CW in LA said...

I like how Anonydildohead can't bring itself to mention who the authors of "some moronic debacle 10 years ago" were. Truly a Tinshleyan level of honesty there.

Kip W said...

Moronic debacle, ten years ago? Anon's not squawking about the response to the 9/11 attacks, is it?