AlphaNinja - Those of us ranting about the Cash For Clunkers program sarcastically brought up the argument, "well why not cash for refrigerators!" We were kidding, and making a point that the government can't simply throw taxpayer's dollars at subsidising purchases it deems worthy.
But you can count on the government to continually amaze...
CHICAGO -- Appliance manufacturers are counting on a "cash for clunkers"-type rebate program to revive slumping sales of refrigerators, washing machines and dishwashers.
"It's a good way for the consumer to get back into the marketplace," said J.B. Hoyt, director of governmental relations for Whirlpool Corp., the world's largest producer of household appliances by revenue. "Clearly, anything that boosts business is good for us."
Clearly, J.B, you're a genius.