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Obama Hides The Ball On “Cash For Clunkers”

by @ 4:45 pm on August 4, 2009. Filed under Auto Industry, Barack Obama, Business, Economics, Politics

The Obama Administration keeps telling us what a great success the “Cash for Clunkers” program is but, for some reason, they refuse to release any information to back up their claims:

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration is refusing to release government records on its “cash-for-clunkers” rebate program that would substantiate—or undercut—White House claims of the program’s success, even as the president presses the Senate for a quick vote for $2 billion to boost car sales.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said Sunday the government would release electronic records about the program, and President Barack Obama has pledged greater transparency for his administration. But the Transportation Department, which has collected details about 157,000 rebate requests, won’t release sales data that dealers provided showing how much U.S. car manufacturers are benefiting from the $1 billion initially pumped into the program.

The Associated Press has sought release of the data since last week. But the public and Senate Republicans demanding more information will have to wait for details because federal officials running the program don’t have time to turn over data delivered by car dealers, said Rae Tyson, spokesman for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

LaHood said in an interview Sunday he would make the electronic records available. “I can’t think of any reason why we wouldn’t do it,” he said.

Unless, perhaps, the news isn’t as good as they want us to believe.

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