Rarely do we get to see a “poor hardest hit” headline that is closer to the mark than it is in this instance.

The Senate OK’d another $2 billion for “Cash for Clunkers,” as expected. But, Senator Coburn had proposed an amendment that would have donated “clunkers” that were turned in to the poor and needy families instead of scrapping them, as is being done now.

The Democrat-controlled Senate — champions of the poor all — voted down the amendment 56-41.

Which party is the party of the poor and working class? The poor obviously take a back seat (figuratively, not literally, thanks to those who voted down the Coburn amendment) to bogus “environmental” issues that are simply fronts for the special interest spend-fest that “Cash for Clunkers” is all about.

The cars won’t be given to the poor and needy because it would defeat the alleged purpose of the program, which is to save the environment — but here’s something Congress can chew on after they choke down all that pork:

Surveys by research firm CNW Marketing Research have found that clunker-upgraders drove their old vehicle about 6,200 miles in 2008, barely half the typical annual mileage of 12,000. But most said they’d drive their new car more and take longer trips. CNW’s math shows that if clunker-upgraders drive just 90 percent of the annual average mileage in the first year of ownership, they’ll end up burning an extra 61 gallons of gas, even though they get better mileage. Multiply that by 750,000 vehicles, and cash for clunkers would result in an additional 46 million gallons of gas being burned.

If Democrats keep looking out for the poor and the environment like they are, both will be forever miserable.

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