Just when you thought you’d seen and heard it all at the auto-mall. Remember back in those halcyon day of the campaign, when Candidate Obama promised transparency?
“The Obama administration is refusing to quickly 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.
The Transportation Department said it will provide the data as soon as possible but did not specify a time frame or promise release of the data before the Senate votes whether to spend $2 billion more on the program.
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 on 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.”
In other words, “No, we won’t tell you where the money went… we’ll be doubling down on the program we’ll not be telling you about…”
Now, there has been some information released, it isn’t looking good for Government Motors. Of the vehicles purchased under the program, the top selling car is the Ford Focus, a non-government made vehicle. The next four aren’t even American cars, let alone government products — three Toyota models (Toyota Motor Corp.’s Corolla, Prius and Camry) and the Honda Civic.
I guess that, despite the “incentive,” the American people don’t trust Government Motors.