Of course: The Pentagon is buying Chevy Volts

posted at 6:01 pm on September 11, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

Yesterday, Reuters reported that (federally-bailed-out) General Motors’ Chevy Volt is selling at a loss of as much as $49,000 per vehicle, and that certain experts think it doesn’t look likely that GM will ever make that money back. GM fired back today, claiming that Reuters performed an unfair, “grossly wrong” assessment of their business operations, but whatever, GM — you’re missing the point. Either way, I don’t really care how you choose to run your company or whether you choose to take big risks and develop new products, because that’s what businesses do. Sometimes they succeed, and sometimes they fail. I care, however, when you’re doing it at my expense – no matter the outcome but most especially when the evidence is pointing to failing.

The green car industry has become completely politicized and tangled within the clutches of the federal government, which is never a good thing if you want that industry to succeed on its own merits. Not only does every Chevy Volt come with a $7,500 tax credit, but now taxpayers will also be boosting their sales numbers as the feds start to purchase them through the Department of Defense in order to ‘green up’ the military.

The Chevy Volt, the plug-in car that has been plagued by sluggish sales and mounting losses since General Motors rolled it out in 2010, has one deep-pocketed customer: the Pentagon.

The Department of Defense is planning to purchase 1,500 electric cars including Volts as part of its effort to make the military more environmentally friendly. But given the federal government’s bailout of Chevy maker General Motors, President Obama’s praise of the Volt and the car’s long-running problems, the federal purchase is likely to become the latest controversy in the Volt’s short life. …

Those sales will be boosted at taxpayer expense. The Department of Defense began buying Volts this summer as the Marine Corps Air Station in Miramar, Calif., purchased two in July. Another 18 Volts will soon be delivered to Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, where Air Force One is based, according to military magazine Stars and Stripes.

So, let me get this straight: The defense budget is looking at billions of dollars in budget cuts to create a “leaner military” over the next decade, and Secretary Panetta has said that the upcoming half-a-trillion sequester would be a “disaster” as-is, but now we’re using our limited defense funds to buy cars that the free market is rejecting in order to prop up the Obama administration’s green agenda? …Is this real life?


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Of course: The Pentagon is buying Chevy Volts

Funny that the monies for buying insanely over priced Volts wasn’t cut from the DOD budget. No conspiracy theory here… Wink wink nod nod, say no more.

SWalker on September 11, 2012 at 6:05 PM

I remember in the early 80′s after the first Chrysler bailout I would see a lot of military recruiters driving around in those ugly Chrysler K-cars.

Mark1971 on September 11, 2012 at 6:05 PM

Black holes. Vortex. Vacuum of space. U.S. Treasury. Tax payers pockets. Empty chair.

thatsafactjack on September 11, 2012 at 6:06 PM

Gifts for dictators? As a Trojan horse assassination device, it could be a diabolically clever plan.

Cicero43 on September 11, 2012 at 6:06 PM

They could buy BMWs…all the same in dough, and PC.

Schadenfreude on September 11, 2012 at 6:06 PM

The same business model that Solyndra so effectively executed and will provide the same end result. It will just cost 100 times more. A t least the greedy UAW retirees got to keep those big fat juicy pensions!

Solyndra:

1. Enter a market where the product sells for $3.
2. Make a product that costs $12.
3. Sell the product for $6.
4. Go Bankrupt leaving taxpayers on the hook.

Gov Motors:

1. Enter a market where the product sells for $30,000.
2. Make a product that costs $96,000.
3. Sell the product for $42,000.
4. Go Bankrupt leaving taxpayers on the hook.

Both business models relied on government subsidies as a feature.

Wile B. Obama
Economic Super Genius
Have OPM Will Invest!

jukin3 on September 11, 2012 at 6:07 PM

This has been going on for a while now. It wasn’t enough for Obama to bail out GM. In order to create an illusion that GM is selling Volts, the Obama admin has been purchasing the cars that America isn’t buying.

Like everything else with Obama, it’s all smoke and mirrors. And of course, he never brings up the fact that sales of Volts are happening because he’s using taxpayer money to make sure they are bought.

Never underestimate the dishonesty of a democrat.

BruthaMan on September 11, 2012 at 6:07 PM

Shocking

faraway on September 11, 2012 at 6:08 PM

If Government Motors built a rifle it would cost $20,000 per copy, weigh 90 pounds, fire six rounds, take 10 hours to charge, and blow up in the user’s face.

Cicero43 on September 11, 2012 at 6:10 PM

So we’re still federally buying them out?!

Axeman on September 11, 2012 at 6:11 PM

Just think what the government can do when it controls our healthcare…

d1carter on September 11, 2012 at 6:12 PM

Pentagon should use them as moving targets for drone missile practice.

pilamaye on September 11, 2012 at 6:12 PM

So we’re still federally buying them out?!

Axeman on September 11, 2012 at 6:11 PM

Ooops, that should be “bailing”. I blame George Bush for my typos!

Axeman on September 11, 2012 at 6:12 PM

If Government Motors built a rifle it would cost $20,000 per copy, weigh 90 pounds, fire six rounds, take 10 hours to charge, and blow up in the user’s face.

Cicero43 on September 11, 2012 at 6:10 PM

Hmmm, are you suggesting that Microsoft is run by the US government?

SWalker on September 11, 2012 at 6:12 PM

common Erika, quit trolling Drudge for stories….

maineconservative on September 11, 2012 at 6:13 PM

Just think what the government can do when it controls our healthcare…

d1carter on September 11, 2012 at 6:12 PM

That’s right. Make you feel healthier by making everybody else sick.

“GM’s MOVING AGAIN!!” … ’cause we’re paying for it again!!.

Axeman on September 11, 2012 at 6:13 PM

Well someone has to.

ThePrez on September 11, 2012 at 6:14 PM

Well someone has to.

ThePrez on September 11, 2012 at 6:14 PM

Yes, but why does it have to be MY tax dollars?

SWalker on September 11, 2012 at 6:15 PM

Ah, didn’t the government already buy those (cough*bailout*cough)?

Shouldn’t these be free? Why not give a brand new Volt as an enlistment bonus? Or in lieu of Government cheese? Or in lieu of a tax refund?

juanito on September 11, 2012 at 6:17 PM

This is kind of like the government confiscating money from the private sector then paying one guy to dig a hole and paying another guy to fill it up. Leftist economics 101…

visions on September 11, 2012 at 6:19 PM

Well that brings it to 3.15% of Obama’s goal of 1 million Volts sold! Yay!

DanMan on September 11, 2012 at 6:21 PM

This is why the US Govt. should not be in private business.
How many other companies “green vehicles” are being purchased by the US Govt? Bet GM gets the bulk of the sales.

albill on September 11, 2012 at 6:23 PM

Wow. I wish I could still be surprised and outraged by these people anymore. But I can’t. They’ve somehow managed to make sickening the new normal.

squint on September 11, 2012 at 6:25 PM

The Russians and Chinese are laughing their a%%es off…

Seven Percent Solution on September 11, 2012 at 6:28 PM

Do you realize that this could be a TREND for the Local Indie Scene????

Just think….”PENTAGON buys 1.5 million copies of a completely unheard of Underground Rock Band’s album.”

“PENTAGON buys 1 thousand copies of a completely unheard of Artist’s Watercolor painting of a Waterfall.”

“PENTAGON buys 2 Billion Downloads of a “Global Warming” App on Apple’s APP Store.”

I think we found our solution to America’s economic Woes!! And the solution is named, “PENTAGON.”

Varchild on September 11, 2012 at 6:30 PM

The Russians and Chinese are laughing their a%%es off…

Seven Percent Solution on September 11, 2012 at 6:28 PM

Sad but true.

jukin3 on September 11, 2012 at 6:33 PM

Our administration could decide to save $ and go green in the field!

If you were active duty in theater would you rather have a Volt or Hummer?

Remember Caligula and the “Bottom’s Up”, watchword?

IlikedAUH2O on September 11, 2012 at 6:35 PM

The Pentagon is has been ordered to buying Chevy Volts

No one that has any sense would buy a fleet of these on purpose.

Do you realize that this could be a TREND for the Local Indie Scene????

Just think….”PENTAGON buys 1.5 million copies of a completely unheard of Underground Rock Band’s album.”

“PENTAGON buys 1 thousand copies of a completely unheard of Artist’s Watercolor painting of a Waterfall.”

“PENTAGON buys 2 Billion Downloads of a “Global Warming” App on Apple’s APP Store.”

I think we found our solution to America’s economic Woes!! And the solution is named, “PENTAGON.”

My bet is the orders for buying them came from higher up than the Pentagon. If that’s what our Commander in Cheif orders the Pentagon to buy, by gosh, thats what is requisitioned.

hawkeye54 on September 11, 2012 at 6:36 PM

If being full of sh…uh, stuff…wasn’t enough, with the proper level of mental imbalance, you too can experience “diaper guilt.”

If only someone would make an app where you could reach out through the net and b!t¢h slap a liberal.

BruthaMan on September 11, 2012 at 6:36 PM

The Russians and Chinese are laughing their a%%es off…

Dude, they’ve been doing that since Obeyme was sworn in. I’m pretty sure they are in on the fraud.

hawkeye54 on September 11, 2012 at 6:37 PM

I bet if you looked at all the Volts sold you would find the government buying more than 50% of them now.

JeffinSac on September 11, 2012 at 6:38 PM

The government buys civilian vehicles all the time, espcially for GOVs for official business. Why not have it be both an American car and one that coincides with our energy conservation efforts?

Typhonsentra on September 11, 2012 at 6:38 PM

I remember in the early 80′s after the first Chrysler bailout I would see a lot of military recruiters driving around in those ugly Chrysler K-cars.

Mark1971 on September 11, 2012 at 6:05 PM

Hey! I was driven to the recruit processing center downtown in a nice K-Car, in the middle of winter and freezing my cajones off.

Bishop on September 11, 2012 at 6:40 PM

The Volt is GM’s biggest disaster since the XP-75. The Petagon paid for that one as well. They were both ordered as a “sop” to GM and both were superfluous to the needs at the time.

1921 C DRUM on September 11, 2012 at 6:41 PM

The government buys civilian vehicles all the time, espcially for GOVs for official business. Why not have it be both an American car and one that coincides with our energy conservation efforts?

Typhonsentra on September 11, 2012 at 6:38 PM

Because nothing is better than scrambling bomber crews and finding out their Volts are dead because someone forgot to plug them in the night before.

“You guys are going to have to run out to your planes, it’s only a half mile or so.”

Bishop on September 11, 2012 at 6:43 PM

why are you anti-American at hotair.com?

Pragmatic on September 11, 2012 at 6:43 PM

The government buys civilian vehicles all the time, espcially for GOVs for official business. Why not have it be both an American car and one that coincides with our energy conservation efforts?

Typhonsentra on September 11, 2012 at 6:38 PM

Because they are Federal Employees. They of already get a significant subsidy for transportation via light rail on top of their high salary and most of them don’t live far away from the pentagon to begin with.

Bluray on September 11, 2012 at 6:43 PM

Where is Romney on this? A made to order issue for him and not a word. I guess it’s really close in O-I-H-O. Or is he still saying the marxist’s a nice guy?

bgibbs1000 on September 11, 2012 at 6:44 PM

why are you anti-American at hotair.com?

Pragmatic on September 11, 2012 at 6:43 PM

I didn’t know that all of the Toyota plants here were staffed by Japanese Sweat Shop labor /sarc

Bluray on September 11, 2012 at 6:45 PM

They should be buying these:

LA Times: Pope to Bless Harleys at Vatican

SailorMark on September 11, 2012 at 6:45 PM

Oh, we got to pay for them twice. Or is that three times now? There’s no end to the nightmare of this administration.

Philly on September 11, 2012 at 6:47 PM

I remember in the early 80′s after the first Chrysler bailout I would see a lot of military recruiters driving around in those ugly Chrysler K-cars.

Mark1971 on September 11, 2012 at 6:05 PM

I had to laugh. I worked for a Dodge dealership and sold Dodge Aries in the early 80′s while going to college. You do what you have to do, lol. I’d open the hood and blurt out the whole spiel that I had memorized, 2.2 liter engine, more room than the Ford somethin’ or other… I sold quite a few cars before it got too skeezy working there. The owner and manager were sent to prison for skimming rebates. Ah, good times.

Fallon on September 11, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Hey! I was driven to the recruit processing center downtown in a nice K-Car, in the middle of winter and freezing my cajones off.

Bishop on September 11, 2012 at 6:40 PM

MUST.NOT.SAY.ANYTHING… ;p No, that’s my Mercedes over there… —-> points at Ed’s house…..

SWalker on September 11, 2012 at 6:49 PM

“The government buys civilian vehicles all the time, espcially for GOVs for official business. Why not have it be both an American car and one that coincides with our energy conservation efforts?”
Typhonsentra on September 11, 2012 at 6:38 PM

“Federal agencies are mandated by the Energy Policy Act, Executive Order 13423, and the Energy Independence and Security Act to purchase alternative fuel vehicles (AFV), to increase consumption of alternative fuels, and to reduce petroleum consumption. Information on Federal fleet requirements are found on the Department of Energy’s website (http://www1.eere.energy.gov/femp/program/fedfleet_requirements.html). Information on leasing or purchasing AFV’s from GSA can be found at http://www.gsa.gov/afv.”

Varchild on September 11, 2012 at 6:50 PM

$300 hammers, $800 toilet seats and $80,000 Chevy Volts. Face in double palm.

banzaibob on September 11, 2012 at 6:55 PM

If only someone would make an app where you could reach out through the net and b!t¢h slap a liberal.

BruthaMan on September 11, 2012 at 6:36 PM

I’d actually go out and buy an iPhone and the data plan just for that.

Good heavens! I followed your link and was rewarded with this gem:

This has come as quite a surprise to me. Like most comfortable and educated Americans, before a few months ago I barely realized that slavery – even as the somewhat more broadly defined “modern day slavery” – still existed. And if I did have a fuzzy idea about the forced labor and human trafficking that exists around the globe, I certainly didn’t think I had any hand in it. I mean, I buy organic. I walk to the grocery story. I even had one of those “(Product) Red” campaign Gap T-shirts, before I shrunk it. I’m a “good” consumer

Can you say smarmy, self righteous, liberal? Sure ya can. This author is the quintessential example.

I did follow her link to the “State Department approved” web page to determine how many slaves I am responsible for: I’ve got 76 slaves! Wow! I feel about this the way I do about the silly energy use things my electric company sends me; I like being an over-achiever. Now, given that this is a State Department approved web site, I would say we have identified a potential budget cut candidate. Since the “slavery” in these countries has nothing to do with our use of their products, but is a result of tyrannical statist governments that don’t embrace capitalism (gee does that sound like our current administration? Yes, yes it does)

AZfederalist on September 11, 2012 at 6:56 PM

That “Red Dawn” remake isn’t sounding so stupid now, is it?

Ben Hur on September 11, 2012 at 6:57 PM

$300 hammers, $800 toilet seats and $80,000160,000 Chevy Volts.

The Pentagon is getting very, very special fleet pricing on these babies.

hawkeye54 on September 11, 2012 at 6:59 PM

That “Red Dawn” remake isn’t sounding so stupid now, is it?

It may actually be mistaken for a documentary or reality show in some circles.

hawkeye54 on September 11, 2012 at 7:00 PM

The Department of Defense is planning to purchase 1,500 electric cars including Volts as part of its effort to make the military more environmentally friendly.

NOPE NOPE and NOPE.

The whole business is entirely MANDATED. The Military absolutely has no say or ability to purchase a Car that isn’t an alternative fuel vehicle.

This isn’t the Military being “Environmentally friendly.”
This is the Military forced to comply with 2 separate ACTs and Executive Order 13423.

It’s *Purchase Chevy Volts* or else, point of a Gun, regulatory Hogwash.

This type of thing always has the potential of distorting the market. Like my earlier ficticious, hypothetical, example of the PENTAGON purchase 1 Million copies of a completely unheard of Rock Band’s Debut Album.

Any Debut Album from your local Garage Band that sells Platinum gets tons of Publicity for sure….But imagine it coming from 1 single source based on a Federal Mandate? Then the whole thing is a SHAM.

Varchild on September 11, 2012 at 7:01 PM

The government buys civilian vehicles all the time, espcially for GOVs for official business. Why not have it be both an American car and one that coincides with our energy conservation efforts?

Typhonsentra on September 11, 2012 at 6:38 PM

Well, let’s see:

1) Because other car companies would like to compete for the business (US car companies by the way). So, instead of giving Ford a fair shot to employ some of their workers, they go with the Obama Motors company. Can you say collusion and unfair advantage? Sure you can.
2) Because $49K for a Volt, compared to $15K for the equivalent Chevy Cruze will buy a heck of a lot of $4/gallon gasoline. About 8500 gallons worth for the price difference. At 26/36 MPG (lets assume 26 MPG for this case), that’s 221,000 miles before the Volt even breaks even with the Cruze and that assumes $0 cost for electricity. Can you say, not cost effective? Sure you can.

AZfederalist on September 11, 2012 at 7:02 PM

The Department of Defense is planning to purchase 1,500 electric cars including Volts as part of its effort to make the military more environmentally friendly.

Because an institution whose purpose is to violently destroy things and kill people really needs to be environmentally friendly.

farsighted on September 11, 2012 at 7:03 PM

. Why not have it be both an American car and one that coincides with our energy conservation efforts?”
Typhonsentra on September 11, 2012 at 6:38 PM

You bet it’s an American car…we paid for the GODDAMNED THINGS ONCE ALREADY!!!

Hey!! Here’s and idea!! Let’s make the taxpayer fund the manufacturing and then buy em’ with taxpayer money!!!

BRILLIANT!!!!

…and you see no problem with this???

BigWyo on September 11, 2012 at 7:04 PM

If Government Motors built a rifle it would cost $20,000 per copy, weigh 90 pounds, fire six rounds, take 10 hours to charge, and blow up in the user’s face.

Cicero43 on September 11, 2012 at 6:10 PM

Yeah, but it would be ‘proudly made’ by greedy union labor. Get your priorities straight.

♪♫ ♪♫ Look for the union label! ♪♫

slickwillie2001 on September 11, 2012 at 7:09 PM

This thing with Obama/GM forcing the Pentagon, GE, others to buy ‘surplus’ Chevy Volts sounds a lot like the Milo Minderbender character in Joseph Heller’s Catch-22 — Milo trying to sell his black-market cotton as chocolate-covered candy, which nobody wants to eat. Yossarian then convinces Milo to bribe the U.S. Military to buy back his excess cotton.

16MPG on September 11, 2012 at 7:10 PM

If Government Motors built a rifle it would cost $20,000 per copy, weigh 90 pounds, fire six rounds, take 10 hours to charge, and blow up in the user’s face.

Cicero43 on September 11, 2012 at 6:10 PM

Makes the Reagan-era hammers and toilet seats seem like a bargain in comparison. And, of course, those items are useful which an overpriced golf cart is not.

Happy Nomad on September 11, 2012 at 7:10 PM

The government buys civilian vehicles all the time, espcially for GOVs for official business. Why not have it be both an American car and one that coincides with our energy conservation efforts?

Typhonsentra on September 11, 2012 at 6:38 PM

Because they are impractical. They go less than 40 miles before needing a recharge and how many users are going to be able to figure that out? How many trips involving GOVs are that short (round-trip)? The fact of the matter is that there are better options for gas conservation unless you have a very limited range which runs against why GOVs are used. They may putter around military bases where recharging stations are available but if conservation is the key, why not give them cheaper golf carts than the Volt?

Happy Nomad on September 11, 2012 at 7:14 PM

The Navy is paying over $20/gallon for biofuel for its ships instead of regular fuel.

FirelandsO3 on September 11, 2012 at 7:15 PM

The government buys civilian vehicles all the time, espcially for GOVs for official business. Why not have it be both an American car and one that coincides with our energy conservation efforts?

Typhonsentra on September 11, 2012 at 6:38 PM

folks, that right there is the thread stopper.
cause nothing can get any stupider than that.

dmacleo on September 11, 2012 at 7:18 PM

I can already picture the next war where the pentagon is frantically trying to “up armor” all these volts.

Resolute on September 11, 2012 at 7:19 PM

I remember in the early 80′s after the first Chrysler bailout I would see a lot of military recruiters driving around in those ugly Chrysler K-cars.

Mark1971 on September 11, 2012 at 6:05 PM

we MP’s got to use them as cop cars.
yay.
they were marginally better than the 55mph governed VW vans we used in Germany though.

dmacleo on September 11, 2012 at 7:20 PM

I would love to hear what the grunts think about a ‘greener’ military, you know, the guys who actually fight. Next thing we will have to use only steel rounds. Can’t leave all that lead laying around after your done killing the enemy.

kam582 on September 11, 2012 at 7:27 PM

I did follow her link to the “State Department approved” web page to determine how many slaves I am responsible for: I’ve got 76 slaves!

AZfederalist on September 11, 2012 at 6:56 PM

That’s impressive! That’s what I’m talking about!

I saw the link in the HA Headlines section earlier, so definitely H/T to them. Democrats kicked “God” out of their party. You would think they can’t get any dumber, then you come across a “diaper guilt” gem like that.

Her parents must have had access to some really good LSD when she was consumed.

BruthaMan on September 11, 2012 at 7:29 PM

I did follow her link to the “State Department approved” web page to determine how many slaves I am responsible for: I’ve got 76 slaves!

AZfederalist on September 11, 2012 at 6:56 PM

Newsflash: You are a slave

I submit as evidence this article and hundreds of similar articles about the government taking the result of your labor and spending it without your consent.

Lost in Jersey on September 11, 2012 at 7:30 PM

The most likely role’ for these vehicles is as pool cars for use in DC. My guess is that we will soon learn that the Pentagon’s mandated-by-The-One buy of Volts is nothing compared to the number that will be bought by the General Services Administration, Treasury, Justice Department, & etc.

In future, you will be able to spot a low-level or out-of-favor bureaucrat in DC immediately. He’ll be the schlub driving a Volt on official business.

Or more likely, taking a cab because the Volt is sitting alongside the Beltway, having run out its charge or “bricked” its battery.

Thus do we prove how “green” we are.

clear ether

eon

eon on September 11, 2012 at 7:31 PM

The defense budget is looking at billions of dollars in budget cuts to create a “leaner military” over the next decade, and Secretary Panetta has said that the upcoming half-a-trillion sequester would be a “disaster” as-is, but now we’re using our limited defense funds to buy cars that the free market is rejecting in order to prop up the Obama administration’s green agenda? …

…F O R E W A R D…!!!

KOOLAID2 on September 11, 2012 at 7:33 PM

I remember in the early 80′s after the first Chrysler bailout I would see a lot of military recruiters driving around in those ugly Chrysler K-cars.

Mark1971 on September 11, 2012 at 6:05 PM

Was there another auto bailout in the 80s???? …seriously??? but don’t think I read this anywhere or anybody mentioned it to me….somehow I thought that this bailout thingy is a relatively new development in the US….in Europe and particularly in France this happened a lot during Mitterand, at least I heard that from my parents’ stories, but here….hmmm…

jimver on September 11, 2012 at 7:43 PM

The government buys civilian vehicles all the time, espcially for GOVs for official business. Why not have it be both an American car and one that coincides with our energy conservation efforts?

Typhonsentra on September 11, 2012 at 6:38 PM

folks, that right there is the thread stopper.
cause nothing can get any stupider than that.

dmacleo on September 11, 2012 at 7:18 PM

‘Big Stupid’ is his specialty.

slickwillie2001 on September 11, 2012 at 7:46 PM

The government buys civilian vehicles all the time, espcially for GOVs for official business. Why not have it be both an American car and one that coincides with our energy conservation efforts?

Typhonsentra on September 11, 2012 at 6:38 PM

folks, that right there is the thread stopper.
cause nothing can get any stupider than that.

dmacleo on September 11, 2012 at 7:18 PM

‘Big Stupid’ is his specialty.

slickwillie2001 on September 11, 2012 at 7:46 PM

The government has been investing in and subsidizing alternative energy sources for decades. Believe it or not, there are wartime scenarios in which the Middle East is transformed into a burning battlefield where oil no longer ships out of the Straight of Hormuz.

There’s strategic value in the success of an electric car and that has nothing to do with the past bailout. But given the currently low level of Volt sales, sales to the military can’t amount to much and have close to zero material impact on GM’s income statement.

bayam on September 11, 2012 at 7:58 PM

The government buys civilian vehicles all the time, espcially for GOVs for official business. Why not have it be both an American car and one that coincides with our energy conservation efforts?

Govt: $85 billion loan to GM
Govt: Purchase GM stock at $56 high, now worth $23
Consumers balk at buying $90,000 GM Volt for $40,000
Govt: Buy 1,500 GM Volts that cost $90,000 each to make for $40,000 each

See a pattern here? Figured out yet who got screwed for each of the above events? Let’s ignore it and go back to raising taxes on the rich and making sure everyone pays their “fair share”.

katablog.com on September 11, 2012 at 7:58 PM

given their penchant to spontaneously combust – might they make a good alternative heating source for our homes (once anyway)?

Tim_CA on September 11, 2012 at 8:02 PM

The government has been investing in and subsidizing alternative energy sources for decades. Believe it or not, there are wartime scenarios in which the Middle East is transformed into a burning battlefield where oil no longer ships out of the Straight of Hormuz.

bayam on September 11, 2012 at 7:58 PM

So it would seem that offshore drilling here off of our coast and development of our own oil reserves would be a high priority to prevent such disruption. It would be more cost effective and useful than a few high-priced electric vehicles driving around.

But you knew that and it doesn’t fit your Messiah’s narrative so no way you’d support that.

AZfederalist on September 11, 2012 at 8:05 PM

And they will all be shariah compliant.

VorDaj on September 11, 2012 at 8:10 PM

Was there another auto bailout in the 80s???? …seriously??? but don’t think I read this anywhere or anybody mentioned it to me….somehow I thought that this bailout thingy is a relatively new development in the US….in Europe and particularly in France this happened a lot during Mitterand, at least I heard that from my parents’ stories, but here….hmmm…

jimver on September 11, 2012 at 7:43 PM

It was in the form of loan guarantees to Chrysler. Controversial at the time as well. The current bailout far eclipses that set of loan guarantees, there was no takeover of GM, no government commands that obligations to bondholders be abrogated in violation of contract law and in favor of unions. Nor did the government command the closure of autmobile dealerships that coincidentally seemed to be owned by Republicans in higher number than democrats. The Chrysler loan guarantees set the precedent; the government bailout of GM used that precedent and pegged the meter.

AZfederalist on September 11, 2012 at 8:10 PM

The Pentagon is run by a$$-fuc*ing liberal twit Obama drones, with no guts, no brains, and no particular fealty to the soldiers on the lines. They are more worried about keeping their Georgetown-cocktail-party jobs than anything going on in Afghanistan.

That town needs an enema.

Jaibones on September 11, 2012 at 8:12 PM

but now we’re using our limited defense funds to buy cars that the free market is rejecting in order to prop up the Obama administration’s green agenda? …Is this real life?

Unfortunately Erica, yes, yes it is.

KMC1 on September 11, 2012 at 8:20 PM

I did follow her link to the “State Department approved” web page to determine how many slaves I am responsible for: I’ve got 76 slaves!

AZfederalist on September 11, 2012 at 6:56 PM

Yeah, well I think I may be responsible for over a thousands serfs somewhere in central Europe. Either that or my ancestors were among them them. I haven’t worked out the details yet.

farsighted on September 11, 2012 at 8:32 PM

I remember in the early 80′s after the first Chrysler bailout I would see a lot of military recruiters driving around in those ugly Chrysler K-cars.

Mark1971 on September 11, 2012 at 6:05 PM

Yes!

When I was a kid living at Fort Stewart, all the MPs drove around in Chrysler K-cars. They were painted this green color that wasn’t quite lime but wasn’t quite OD green either.

I think by the mid 90s they switched to GM cars. My recruiter drove a Chevy Corsica and all the MP cars I remember were Impalas.

Lay-Z on September 11, 2012 at 10:07 PM

Lets see, the Gov. gives GM a very big bunch of our tax dollars, tells GM to build this green clunker, pays people a bunch of our tax dollars if they will buy one of these green clunkers, not enough people take the bait so the Gov. buys a bunch of these green clunkers with a bunch more of our tax dollars… Anyone still wondering why we are $16T in debt.

aposematic on September 11, 2012 at 11:09 PM

No wonder he put Panetta there. The Navy is buying bio fuels at $35.00 per gallon and now these 1500 Volts, that’s over $50 million. Either 0 never took even econ 101 or he failed it.

Oleta on September 12, 2012 at 1:55 AM

Hmmm, are you suggesting that Microsoft is run by the US government?

SWalker on September 11, 2012 at 6:12 PM

No, but they certainly subsidize it. The US government is probably the largest consumer of M$ products in America, since it decided to “standardize” on a set of products.

GWB on September 12, 2012 at 9:41 AM

common Erika, quit trolling Drudge for stories….

maineconservative on September 11, 2012 at 6:13 PM

Can you comment at Drudge?

“No”, you say???

Then shut. up.

db on September 12, 2012 at 10:02 AM

In August 2006, God called America a “nation of fools and madmen” (Ruinous Times). Think back over the past few years to some of the other fiascos America has engaged in. Anyone feel like contradicting the Most High?

Gordy on September 12, 2012 at 10:51 AM

With all of his billions of dollars being given away make me wonder how much went into his pockets! Like I heard all of my life ” follow the money”. His oath of office must have been: I solemnly swear to pervert, paganize and destroy the USA!
Our worst enemy is our supposedly elected half-breed mudslum president.

harvey1 on September 12, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Buy as many Volts as you like, but pay the true unit price including all money owed each taxpayer per vehicle.

Folks, you are about to get a big chunk of change back!

Sherman1864 on September 12, 2012 at 12:27 PM

The true cost of the VOLT needs to be adjusted upward to reflect the excess cost paid by government agencies for these excuse-for-a-vehicle contraptions over what would have been paid for a real passenger vehicle. The true cost also needs to include the cost of government-purchased charging stations and electric installations.

Also needed are adjustments for the towing charges needed to keep the dead VOLTs from clogging roads, and the excess maintenance costs accrued for the eventual replacement of the batteries (assuming that the batteries can actually be replaced: obsolescence and disposal costs will probably make battery replacement prohibitively expensive).

landlines on September 12, 2012 at 1:03 PM

Well that brings it to 3.15% of Obama’s goal of 1 million Volts sold! Yay!

DanMan on September 11, 2012 at 6:21 PM

Is it really a “sale” when GM merely transfers some of its assets to its owner??

Would any other corporation be allowed to claim transfers to its owners as “sales”?? Wouldn’t this more likely trigger SEC and/or IRS investigations??

landlines on September 12, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Next, f’n liberals will be replacing Humvees with Volts.
Then they’ll replace helicopters with kites.
Finally, they’ll replace the AR-15/M-16 with slingshots.

Then, the military will cry out a groan, and, feel just like Frank Barone had once famously said,
Then, you become just like me. When not a day goes by that I don’t pray for a comet to come and bring me sweet relief.

Danny on September 12, 2012 at 6:10 PM

I was recently in an accident and my car was totaled (the other driver ran a red light) and so we will be needing a new car as soon as we can come up with the money. We are 100% certain that we won’t be considering anything made by Chrysler or Government Motors. We are not going to support government owned companies by buying anything from them. It’s bad enough that the money the government takes from us all in taxes is being used to support these failing companies.

sherrimae on September 12, 2012 at 10:49 PM