Pat Prostrollo, president of Madison's Prostrollo Auto Mall, has no doubts that the rebate progam has performed in the manner that its backers had hoped.
"Since the program started, it's been fast and furious around here," Prostrollo said. "It's certainly done the job that the program was designed to do."
"We'd certainly like to see it carry on," he said. "We'd hate to disappoint the customers who want to use the program" [Chuck Clement, "Cash-for-Clunkers Runs out of Cash," Madison Daily Leader, 2009.07.31].
We are all socialists now.
I should have accepted that invitation to the Thune reception at Pat's dad's house last month. The conversation had to be fascinating:
Thune: All this government intervention in the economy is terrible.
Prostrollo: Darn right. No one should get a handout.
Thune: That's why I'm working to stop the bailouts.
Prostrollo: By the way, do you think just one billion is enough for Cash for Clunkers? I really thought the $4 billion in the House bill was a better idea....
Also of interest:
- Pat Prostrollo's campaign donations on OpenSecrets.org ($15,400 to the state GOP and GOP candidates for Congress and President over the last two decades)
- Representative Herseth Sandlin voted against Cash for Clunkers, along with 8 other Dems and 110 Republicans. She also voted yesterday against the $2 billion extension, with 13 other Dems and 95 Republicans.
- Senator Thune tried to block Cash for Clunkers, but ultimately voted with Senator Johnson and 89 other senators to pass the supplemental appropriations bill that authorized the program.
- The National Auto Dealers Association is alerting dealers to call their senators and urge them to pass more funding for Cash for Clunkers. Senator Thune, Pat Prostrollo on line 1....