The federal government should just purchase $25 billion worth of vehicles from the auto companies, then distribute them according to population via state lottery departments, which can then award them as prizes. Should be great for voluntary tax revenue!
Imagine the excitement each week, and imagine the bonanza for the traditional media during a time of lackluster ad sales. The possibilities are endless. A car an hour! Seven cars at once! Bowling for cars! You get the idea.
All this bridge loan stuff sounds pretty fishy to me anyhow. I don’t even know what it means. Most likely it means “you will never see this money again, taxpayers, making it a “bridge loan to nowhere.” Might as well make sure some lucky citizens get a new vehicle out of the deal.
Okay, small problem: there are a handful of states that have no lottery. According to this Wikipedia entry they are Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Mississippi, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming. Maybe some of them could be persuaded to quickly enact a temporary car lottery or something. I’m sure Nevada could dream something up. Utah, well, you know.