Chevy Volt Will Make US Ethanol Fiasco Look Tame

George Will: Government should stay out of the auto business
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 13, 2010 5:16 PM CST
A file photo of a Chevy Volt.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

(Newser) – Safe bet, you won't catch George Will driving one of GM's new Volts. He lays out everything he hates about the car, including that it's not quite the electric vehicle originally promised and that the government realizes people must be "bribed" with $7,500 subsidies to buy the $41,000 4-seater. As for maker GM and its claim to have paid off its bailout in full? Sure it did, he writes in the Washington Post, by "using other federal funds."

"Meretricious accounting and deceptive marketing are inevitable when government and its misnamed 'private sector' accomplices foist state capitalism on an appalled country," writes Will. "But those who thought the ethanol debacle defined outer limits of government foolishness pertaining to automobiles were, alas, mistaken."

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