Theodore's World: King (?? LOL) Obama Withholds Data On "cash-for-clunkers" Rebate Program

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August 05, 2009

King (?? LOL) Obama Withholds Data On "cash-for-clunkers" Rebate Program

Obama administration withholds data on program



The Obama administration is refusing to release government records on its "cash-for-clunkers" rebate program that would substantiate—or undercut—White House claims of the program's success, even as the president presses the Senate for a quick vote for $2 billion to boost car sales.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said Sunday the government would release electronic records about the program, and President Barack Obama has pledged greater transparency for his administration. But the Transportation Department, which has collected details about 157,000 rebate requests, won't release sales data that dealers provided showing how much U.S. car manufacturers are benefiting from the $1 billion initially pumped into the program.

The Associated Press has sought release of the data since last week. But the public and Senate Republicans demanding more information will have to wait for details because federal officials running the program don't have time to turn over data delivered by car dealers, said Rae Tyson, spokesman for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

LaHood said in an interview Sunday he would make the electronic records available. "I can't think of any reason why we wouldn't do it," he said.

DOT officials already have received electronic details from car dealers of each trade-in transaction. The agency regularly analyzes the data internally, producing helpful talking points for LaHood, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs and other officials to use when urging more funding.

LaHood, the program's chief salesman, has pitched the rebates as good for America, good for car buyers, good for the environment, good for the economy. But it's difficult to determine whether the administration is overselling the claim without seeing what's being sold, what's being traded in and where the cars are being sold.

But there's no way to verify his claims without access to DOT's data.

Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky has argued against quick approval of $2 billion for the program because little is known about the first round of $3,500 and $4,500 rebates.
"We don't have the results of the first $1 billion," McConnell spokesman Don Stewart said. "You don't have them. We don't have them. DOT doesn't have all of it. We'd hate to make a mistake on something like that."


Wild Thing's comment.......

AP turns on BO administration for the second day in a row. Hmmmm Looks like somebody at the AP wants to get kicked out of the White House press corps. Obama won't be putting up with this.

Transparency! The only transparency with Obama and his administration are their lies. More secret Obama information. Apparently, our entire government is now the Secret Service.

Hey Comrade Obama, as proof of my loyalty to the party and to you "Dear Leader" I will turn in your Kenya grandmother to Cash for Codgers. She isn’t contributing enough to The Community. Now can I keep on posting about you lard ass!

Obama witholds entire life......details at 11............

Posted by Wild Thing at August 5, 2009 06:04 PM


Amazing when you give something away for FREE, everybody shows up. These people consider themselves the smartest people in the world...A friggin moron could've figured this one out.

Posted by: Mark at August 5, 2009 07:42 PM

Love his grill, that's Klazzy!

My head has just been spinning. The lies and more lies the liberals and their spokesholes are spouting are just obscene.

Posted by: Eden at August 5, 2009 08:03 PM

Transparency to Obama is looking through a concrete wall.

Posted by: BobF at August 5, 2009 09:48 PM

Cash for Clunkers??? My dad was a Director for GM and he died over twenty years ago. Even after the Bankruptcy I can get a huge discount (well into the 20% plus range) on any GM cars Dealer price.


Posted by: Buzz Bannister at August 5, 2009 10:15 PM

Mark, Ditto all you said.

Posted by: Wild Thing at August 5, 2009 11:24 PM

Eden. Hahahaha it suits him heh heh
I found the graphic in google.

Good to see you.

I agree it is obscene, sometimes when
there is so much happening with Obama
I feel dizzy, I know what you mean.

Posted by: Wild Thing at August 5, 2009 11:26 PM

BobF.,LOL good one!!!!

Posted by: Wild Thing at August 5, 2009 11:29 PM