So President Obama is going to give businesses a break by letting them write off 100% of the cost of new equipment and plants. Welcome to "cash-for-clunkers-o-nomics," writes Joe Weisenthal at Business Insider. In a tepid economy, probably the only companies that take advantage will be those that have older equipment due to be replaced in a few years anyway.
"Cash-for-clunkers simply pulled demand forward, by getting people who had aging cars, who were about to buy a new one, to speed up their purchases," writes Weisenthal. "Predictably, sales tanked once the program was over." That's what will happen here, too. Oh, but there's one difference, he writes: "While clunkers was just a $3 billion program, this is a $200 billion program, more than 66x bigger." For more on Obama's plan, click here.