I was wrong for supporting "Cash for Clunkers".
This is how the government's program is actually "hurting" the working poor families who need cars for basic transportation. With trade ins being destroyed instead of normally being sold at the used car dealer auctions for used car dealers to buy, used car dealers have to pay a lot more for their inventory. In the end, the used car dealers are going to have to raise the cost of the used cars they sell dramatically. It comes down again to supply and demand. So the unseen victims are actually the "working class" folks who can't afford a new car but need "affordable" transportation. Since used cars are being destroyed by the request of the government, the parts for older model cars are going up in price as well, because the parts are now harder to find. It comes back to "supply and demand" yet again. So the victims in the "Cash for Clunkers" government program are Used Car Dealer Auctions, Used Car dealers, Auto Part Recyclers, and moderate to low income used car buyers. This is why ideas shouldn't be allowed to pass just because politicians "meant well". A supposedly good idea by the government really wasn't that good an idea after all. I fell into the same trap originally that the government does on a daily basis. I saw the possible short term benefit of a government program without understanding what the long term negative impact would be. Things should get back to normal once the program ends in September.