Cash 4 Clunkers Causes Conservatives 2 Clamber 4 Gov’ment Cheese

Cash 4 Clunkers Causes Conservatives 2 Clamber 4 Gov’ment Cheese

An interesting sociological experiment and a great leadership lesson has emerged from the US Government’s Cash For Clunkers program: We observed the previously fiscally-conservative put their hands way out, looking for their version of Government Cheese.

It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.

We love using this quote by Upton Sinclair because it explains so much about how humans, even staunchly conservative ones, act when money is involved. We understand why so many car dealers are fiscally conservative: They want to keep their hard-earned money in their pockets and not in the government’s. We get it, and we agree with them. What’s interesting here, however, is the nation’s car dealers – mostly old, rich white guys – argue against virtually every welfare program and any government involvement in their businesses. But, when it’s their turn to suck from the government teat, they will knock you and me down to get theirs.

No one doubts that without the collective efforts of NADA member dealers …, the cash-for-clunkers program would not exist today. – National Automobile Dealers Association Chairman John McEleney

We certainly don’t doubt it. It seems that greed trumps principle. The same businessmen and women who routinely vote against liberal candidates were salivating last week while lobbying for President Obama and the Democratically-controlled Senate to pass legislation putting another two-billion tax dollars in their pockets. Do they have any sense of who will pay for this? Do they care?

WIIFM – What’s In It For Me?

Not that we expected the nation’s car dealers to react any differently than virtually anyone else would, we just thought it was interesting what strange bedfellows can be made when there’s something in it for someone. In a weird way we half expected that at least the conservative members of the NADA to remain so… Wow, are we naïve.