quote: It's a net societal win overall
quote: ou don't have a choice about being taxed, and a future used car buyer doesn't have a choice about the average fuel economy of the cars available to him. It's the same thing.
quote: Would you support the gov't using shoddy materials for a highway that it sells as a toll road to the private market? Who do you think is going to pay for that down the road? But hey, let's minimize the spending of your tax dollars because you're not going to be driving on that road.
quote: Poorer families aren't going to buy a used hybrid because it'll still cost more than a used Kia Rio.
quote: One is a direct consequence of the majority's authority over the minority (often for a political gain), and one is an indirect consequence of thousands/millions of unrelated decisions by individual people.
quote: What? If we're giving this road away to some private entity to operate, why are we building it in the first place?
quote: I'm very clearly talking about everyone who buys used cars.
quote: You can't plead ignorance and pretend direct taxpayer cost is the only thing that matters.
quote: So stop dodging the question and tell me if it makes sense for the gov't to cut corners in a long term asset it builds and later sells.
quote: Veering into conspiracy theory land here... maybe someone in the government has a good idea of what fuel prices are going to do in the near future. :)
quote: Governments are supposed to do what's best for society in the long term.
quote: Did you just compare extremists like Hitler to the US government? lol
quote: If there was no government and someone doesn't like what you say, anyone can do whatever they feel like to you since there is no police force to do anything about it.
quote: I actually prefer the government that takes the position that letting people decide what's best for themselves is the best thing for society in the long run, and so its goal is to ensure that people can remain free by not letting me trample on your freedom .
quote: Sure, a hybrid uses less fuel. But it costs more up-front. Given the nature of government purchases, a hybrid won't be owned by the government long enough to recoup the initial purchase differential.
quote: No that is your assumption. They actually pick the cheapest models that meets their needs. They make a comparative analysis based on 3 different vendors.