Electric cars are like “masks” – and “vaccines” – in that all three don’t work and so depend on government to prop them up.
Sen. Joe Manchin just did his part – to not stop the spread – of electric cars, by agreeing to support the ongoing and expanded subsidization of them. Buyers of new and used electric cars will get paid to buy them – to the tune of $7,500 for the new and $4,000 for the used – if the deal brokered ends up becoming law, as is likely given the near-certainty that a sufficiency of Leftist-enabling Republicans will go along to get along.
It is noteworthy that the government also tried paying people to take the “safe” and “effective” drugs styled “vaccines.”
Does it not occur to these pushers that if it is necessary to pay people to take (or “buy”) something that it is prima facie evidence the thing isn’t salable on the merits? Does that not beg the question about the merits of the thing?
Electric car pushers will say it is a temporarily necessary “incentive” to give EVs enough time to no longer require “incentives” to prop them up. But the government has been “incentivizing” EVs for 20 years and there is no indication they will ever not need “incentives” to get people to “buy” them.”
It is evident that these “incentives” have worsened the very problem they were meant – supposedly – to ameliorate. The evidence for this being the “cap” placed on the subsidies – which (as regards new EVs) will only be available on EVs that cost $55,000 for electric cars and $80,000 for electric trucks and SUVs. The former figure is almost exactly $20,000 higher than the average priced paid this year for a new, non-electric family car such as a loaded Toyota Camry or Honda Accord – while the latter figure is more than twice the cost of an entry-level non-electric half-ton truck such as a Ford F-150 ($30,870).
In other words, the “incentives” have “incentivized” the creation of electric vehicles that are even more expensive than they would have been, absent all of these “incentives.”
$50k electric cars are not basic, economy-oriented cars. They are models like the Tesla3, which is electric only incidentally. It is primarily a high-performance luxury-sport sedan that happens to be electrically powered. Just as the electric version of Ford’s F-150 and other electric trucks and SUVs tout power, performance and all kinds of features rather than economy and efficiency.
In other words, the “incentive” is to subsidize the purchase of high-end vehicles by affluent people who ought to be paying full freight for the extras they want.
Instead, their indulgence is bought by people – the taxpayers – who for the most part cannot afford to indulge as most taxpayers cannot afford $50,000 cars and $80,000 trucks, electric or not.
The average American is forced to pay another way, too. By “incentivizing” the car companies to build $50,000 electric cars – and $80,000 electric trucks and SUVs – there is less incentive to build $20,000 (and less) cars – and trucks – that average Americans could afford to buy, without being paid to buy them.
The “incentives” serve to inflate the cost of cars and trucks generally – just the same as if the government “incentivized” the purchase of fancy houses twice the size of normal-sized houses. There would more fancy houses twice the size – for those affluent enough to buy them – and fewer normals-sized homes for those who just want a house to live in.
There is irony – and tragedy – here.
If you think electric cars are a good idea – which maybe they could be – then it is a terrible idea to pervert the incentives to make them at least as economical as non-electric economy cars, which might be possible if there were incentives – as in free market incentives – to make them so. That would entail not designing them to be quicker than non-electric cars – and definitely not fancier. This business of fitting them with battery packs far larger (and far more powerful) than is necessary to get from A to B sufficiently would end – for exactly the same reason one does not find a V8 engine under the hood of a non-electric economy car. Nor heated leather seats, either.
The free market would impose that discipline – which you’d think would be desirable, if the point of this exercise is to get more EVs in more average people’s hands, so as to (as they say) “fight climate change.” How do you “fight climate change” by paying a relative handful of affluent people to buy over-batteried, overweight, high-performance, luxury-kitted electric cars?
It is probable there would be $20,000 electric cars that would for just that reason make sense to average people, who cannot afford $50,000 cars (let alone $80,000 trucks) and who would therefore buy them without being paid to buy them.
Instead we have this example of double think:
The deal Manchin has signed on to “doubles down on supporting American workers and puts us in the driver’s seat to win the global clean energy race,” says Leftist (“Democrat” being as misleading a term as “vaccine” these days) Senator Debbie Stabenow, who no doubt also favors stabbing us all now, with “vaccines” that don’t immunize.
“Supporting American workers”? By adding $20,000 to the price of a car – by paying them $7,500 to make it more “affordable”?
It almost makes you want to put on a “mask” – and pretend that “works,” too.
Of course, it does work – though not in the sense most people take that to mean. “Masks” work – to prop up the narrative that a “pandemic” exists – just as “incentives” work, to prop up electric cars that are being used to make cars (and driving) unaffordable for “American workers,” so that only a relative handful of affluent elites can afford to own cars in the future.
It’s noteworthy that Manchin hails from one of the least-affluent states in the country, where “American workers” do not drive $50,000 cars – electric or not – and may resent being used to “incentivize” their purchase by their “betters” in Los Angeles and San Francisco.
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