But, alas, too good to be true. According to the Journal, the legislation is really about helping the Detroit three companies move their trucks off their lots. Those getting the biggest and easiest rebates would be people turning in large trucks for—wait for it—new trucks that get as little as one- or two-miles to the gallon better mileage. As Jon Stewart might say, “What?”
The lesson here is that power is still wielded in Washington, even as the president attempts to work around the traditional power brokers. (See my previous blog post.) Maybe it’s just an expectations game. We want government to change all at once with the new president, but we forget that the old power structures are still in place. Things change slowly, and that’s probably good. It should take a consensus of the public, represented by their House and Senate members, to enact major changes to major issues, such as healthcare, social safety net programs, the economy, and national security. On the other hand, we can expect our elected officials to tell us what they are doing, and not hiding behind what sounds like a well-intentioned program.
-Don Goldberg, partner, Qorvis
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