FROM Michael Conlon
Cash for Clunkers: Does Haste Make Waste? Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says that Cash for Clunkers “has worked better than any other stimulus program that was conceived.” It started off slowly on the first of July, and then exploded through almost a billion dollars in the past week alone. The House quickly approved another two billion before taking off for vacation, and this week the Senate appears ready to go along.
Cash for Clunkers: Does Haste Make Waste? Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says it "has worked better than any other stimulus program that was conceived." Starting slowly on July 1, " Cash for Clunkers " then exploded through almost $1 billion in the ten days. The House quickly approved another $2 billion before leaving for vacation, and this week the Senate appears ready to go along. Auto dealers are ecstatic, but students of car culture say the summer jump in sales would have occurred anyway, without any government subsidy. One skeptic says trade-ins might end up costing taxpayers $20,000 apiece; others complain that past gas guzzling is being rewarded. We look at the unexpected benefits and unintended consequences of CARS.
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?
Trump's ethical conflicts pile up as transparency diminishes President Trump's refusal to reveal his income tax returns is just one example of a lack of transparency that could be hiding conflicts of interest. Other conflicts are already obvious from his appointments. And he's being sued for using his job to increase his profits.
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.