The government of the USSR made it a point to dictate every minutiae of manufacturing policy to "companies" all across Russia. For instance, as one of my engineering friends described to me once, cigarettes in Soviet Russia for some reason just happened to be the exact same size as bullets. This, of course, was no accident—It was the official policy that machines which make cigarettes should be able to be converted into bullet-manufacturing purposes if and when the Soviet government decided that it needed more bullets.
Considering that all companies in Russia just happened to be owned by the Soviet government, this is almost understandable.
What is not understandable is how the New Soviet Government, seated on Capitol Hill, thinks that it can dictate to American industry in the same manner—without going through such "nit-picking" issues like "property ownership" and the like:
Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA) and Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA)
Oppose S. 247 and H.R. 520
SEMA ( Specialty Equipment Market Association) is opposing an effort by some Washington lawmakers to include a national car crushing program in the upcoming economic stimulus package. Vehicles targeted for the scrap pile will likely include Chevy Blazers, Silverados, S-10s and Tahoes; Dodge Dakotas and Rams; Ford Explorers and F-Series; Jeep Cherokees and Wranglers; and any other SUV or truck that obtains less than 18 mpg.
The so-called “Accelerated Retirement of Inefficient [read: anti-Soviet] Vehicles Act” is "Cash for Clunkers" with a twist. Instead of focusing exclusively on old cars as is typical with scrappage programs, this bill will target any vehicle with lower fuel-economy ratings. Participants will receive a cash voucher to purchase a more fuel-efficient new car or used car (model year 2004 or later) or receive credit for the purchase of public transportation tickets.
Under the legislation, “fuel efficient” means at least 25% better mileage than the CAFE standard. It will be illegal to resell the scrapped vehicles. Bill sponsors want to destroy 4 million pickups and SUVs over the next four years.