There's much talk of the flaws in the Cash for Clunkers program that is ending Monday. This is the program that gave buyers a rebates up to $4500, each, for trading in their gas guzzlers for fuel efficient models.
While it stimulated sales, the program turned out to be a bureaucratic nightmare. It was underfunded, the paperwork to receive the rebate was too complex, delays in mailing the rebates were painfully slow causing many dealers to drop out and it was underfunded.
All of this could have been avoided. Instead of putting the Department of Transportation in charge, Congress sould have passed it off to a defense contractor. Between sloppy record keeping and cost overruns, cash would have poured into customers pockets.