Did You Know...

   

Wealth redistribution watch: Cash for carts

Share
By Michelle Malkin  •  October 19, 2009 02:22 PM

The WSJ spotlights tax code affirmative action for golf club carts:

We thought cash for clunkers was the ultimate waste of taxpayer money, but as usual we were too optimistic. Thanks to the federal tax credit to buy high-mileage cars that was part of President Obama’s stimulus plan, Uncle Sam is now paying Americans to buy that great necessity of modern life, the golf cart.

The federal credit provides from $4,200 to $5,500 for the purchase of an electric vehicle, and when it is combined with similar incentive plans in many states the tax credits can pay for nearly the entire cost of a golf cart. Even in states that don’t have their own tax rebate plans, the federal credit is generous enough to pay for half or even two-thirds of the average sticker price of a cart, which is typically in the range of $8,000 to $10,000. “The purchase of some models could be absolutely free,” Roger Gaddis of Ada Electric Cars in Oklahoma said earlier this year. “Is that about the coolest thing you’ve ever heard?”

The golf-cart boom has followed an IRS ruling that golf carts qualify for the electric-car credit as long as they are also road worthy.

As always, clever opportunists are finding ways to exploit the program:

The IRS has also ruled that there’s no limit to how many electric cars an individual can buy, so some enterprising profiteers are stocking up on multiple carts while the federal credit lasts, in order to resell them at a profit later. We should note that some states, such as Oklahoma, have caught on to the giveaway and are debating whether to cancel or limit their state credits. But in Congress they’re still on the driving range.

This golf-cart fiasco perfectly illustrates tax policy in the age of Obama, when politicians dole out credits and loopholes for everything from plug-in cars to fuel efficient appliances, home insulation and vitamins.

You’ll recall that the porkulus bill incorporated a golf card stimulus as well.

How many more fiscal black holes to go?

Posted in: fiscal stimulus

House Republicans make counter offer to Obama's fiscal cliff non-starter

December 3, 2012 07:36 PM by Doug Powers

Return volley

Obama’s Layoff Bomb

October 31, 2012 09:56 AM by Michelle Malkin

Update: Bankrupt green crony A123 gets a last-minute lifeline

October 17, 2012 10:01 AM by Michelle Malkin


Categories: Enviro-nitwits, fiscal stimulus, Politics