“Cash for Clunkers” — a program that our genius financial managers in Washington budgeted to run, appropriately enough, to around Halloween — has been suspended after just a few days. There were many “unforeseen” problems, meaning that nobody who created the program knew anything about what they were doing. These guys couldn’t organize a two hybrid car funeral.

The Obama administration will attempt to attribute the fact that the program was popular with consumers as evidence of its success, but all it serves as is evidence of government incompetence. Unfortunately for Obama, too many people are aware that sometimes “too successful” is far more expensive than “didn’t work at all.” If Apollo 11 had been “too successful” by the Obama administration’s definition, the crew would have overshot the moon, and they’d be dead and halfway to Alpha Centauri by now.

The fact is the program could not have lasted for very long in its present form even if the government didn’t run out of money, for reasons I outlined here.

In the private sector — which the government hopes to compete with using the private sector’s own money (some “competition”) — when you create a “sale” of some sort, you must make sure you’re covered in case it is very successful. Poor planning equals unhappy customers, which equals going out of business. Fortunately for the government, they have no such consequence as “going out of business.” In government, incompetence is rewarded. Simply put: In private sector business, there are just as many execs who have been fired because they didn’t plan for what to do if a sale went “too well” as there are who created sales that didn’t work at all.

But people are catching on, and you’re seeing that reflected in the poll numbers for government-run health care and even in Obama’s plummeting approval ratings.

This sums it up:

“If they can’t administer a program like this, I’d be a little concerned about my health insurance,” car salesman Rob Bojaryn said.

Unfortunately for Obama, Pelosi, Frank, et al, this is going to be an oft-repeated observation. We may be intimidated by the size and scope of health care and think that somebody else may know better than we do, but when we see those same people screw up a freakin’ car sale, the mask comes off and we don’t want them messing with our health too.

We don’t need to go back far in time to find a similar government cluster f*#k. Remember the well thought out “converter box” coupon program? The one that quickly exceeded the $1.34 billion funding limit set by Congress, causing a delay in the transition and costing an additional few billion dollars to taxpayers and private industry? “Cash for Clunkers” is brought to us by most of the same people — the same ones who will bring us our “free” health care.

The White House and Congress are going to go all out to resuscitate Cash for Clunkers. They have to — because the total failure of this “wild success” may well kill their dreams of National Health Care — a clunker none of us can afford to have our cash confiscated for.

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