Ow! My Head Hurts!
Okay, my head doesn't really hurt, but I've known a few coffee drinkers (okay, these folks drink extreme armounts of the stuff) over the years who, when suffereing from caffeine depravation, will get a forehead-splitting headache.
If the analysis done by Edmunds.com is anywhere close to accurate, our economy must be suffering from a migraine at the moment.
Last August I blogged about my concerns over the Cash for Clunkers program -- how I thought it was nothing more than an artificial stimulant which, at the moment, might make us feel a little better but that, down the road, would do little if anything to address the underlying economic problems.
Well, at $24K per additional car sold as a result of the program, will someone please pass the Tylenol?!
Oh sure, some additional cars were sold. Sure, some of the most ineffecient and biggest polluting vehicles were taken of the road permanently (and that is a good thing), but at what cost?
But what else could we have done with that 3 Billion dollars?
Healtcare reform seems to be a hot topic lately. According to this 2008 data, we could have given health insurance to about 237 thousand families for a year.
Or, according to this data we could have fed about 169 thousand families of four for a year.
The list, of course, could go on... and on... and on.
Maybe I do feel a headache coming on.
If you'll all kindly excuse me, I think I need to refill my coffee cup about now.
Russell (a.k.a. TMFEldrehad)