Tag: Miami-Dade County

Government Motors

Only government can misplace 300 cars:

Have you ever bought a brand new cars only to forget where you put it? How about 300 of them? Probably not – unless you’re Miami-Dade County, which was recently reunited with 298 vehicles it bought brand new between 2006 and 2007.

The county “discovered” this fleet of no-mileage vehicles after reading about them in a Spanish-language newspaper there (see the source for more images). Most of the misplaced motorcade is made up of Toyota Prius hybrids whose warranties either expired with very few miles on the odo or will very soon.

I’m being a bit unfair, really. I mean, who hasn’t misplaced a Prius, sometimes on purpose. Even hybrid owners don’t buy new hybrids at trade-in time. And, when you think about it, I’m sure this a great economic stimulus. Buying cars and abandoning them so you can buy more cars? Somebody call Paul Krugman! And really, once you’ve shelled out $600 million in corporate welare to build a stadium for a baseball team, what’s a few million more to buy some cars that nobody uses?

Miami: the only place in America where buying and losing 300 cars is an improvement in the quality of governance.