Friday, March 04, 2011

Chevy Volt By Govt Dolt

Big government, to paraphrase W. F. Buckley, does two things well; 1) wage war, and 2) raise taxes, but after Vietnam one is in doubt. There has never been any doubt that government interference and involvement in the automobile industry creates disaster.

Peruse Chevrolet's February sales release, and you'll notice one number that's blatantly missing: how many Chevy Volts were sold. The number – a very modest 281 – is available in the company's detailed data (PDF), but it apparently isn't something that GM wants to highlight. Keeping the number quiet is understandable, since it's lower than the 321 that Chevy sold in January.

Nissan doesn't have anything to brag about here, either. Why? Well, back in January, the company sold 87 Leafs. In February? Just 67. Where does that leave us? Well, here's the big scorecard for all U.S. sales of these vehicles thus far:

  • Volt: 928
  • Leaf: 173
Just think what they will accomplish with their health care reform. You don't need a pacemaker, eh? You need an appendectomy? All we have is a pacemaker so do you want it or not?

My father, a surgeon, stated in 1965 that Medicare and Medicaid would lower the quality of medicine, but would accomplish an incredible rise in the cost of medicine.