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Lawyer Hits Jackpot with Minivan Trade

The news that the billion-dollar jackpot giveaway that was “Cash for Clunkers” is being shut down could not be more welcome. I listened in horror this week as an extraordinarily well-compensated — and I do mean extraordinarily — D.C. lawyer told me of trading in his 12-year-old Chrysler minivan for a new Toyota that got all of two-miles-per-gallon better gas mileage, all with the help of a federal taxpayer subsidy. One can hardly blame those people who took advantage of a federal boondoggle available to all — well, that’s not entirely true, is it? Yet when Congress develops a program that subsidizes the purchase of unneeded and barely more fuel-efficient automobiles by millionaires, all to the tune of several billion dollars that we don’t have, why is it we’re supposed to trust it to takeover national health care?

Shannen W. Coffin is a contributing editor to National Review. He practices appellate law in Washington, D.C.

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