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Debate Score:34
Arguments:26
Total Votes:36
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Is the Chevy Volt a failure?

Volt

YES

Side Score: 23
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NO

Side Score: 11

The failure of the Chevy Volt is just one of the many failed economic policies of the Obama Administration.

Ever since the dawn of automobiles, people have had a fascination with electric cars, which dates back to the early 20th Century. Environmentalists, government officials and market analysts have predicted that these cars would eventually overtake the market, but the lack of demand has showcased the continued failure of electric cars despite being heavy subsidized by failed government policies.

The failure of the Chevy Volt is monumental.

"Each Chevy Volt sold thus far may have as much as $250,000 in state and federal dollars in incentives behind it – a total of $3 billion altogether, according to an analysis by James Hohman, assistant director of fiscal policy at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.

Hohman looked at total state and federal assistance offered for the development and production of the Chevy Volt, General Motors’ plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. Hohman included in his analysis 18 government deals that included loans, rebates, grants and tax credits. The amount of government assistance does not include the fact that General Motors is currently 26 percent owned by the federal government." Volt

Side: yes
iamdavidh(4856) Disputed
1 point

1. Over 50% of all bailouts have been paid back, nearly all auto bailouts specifically have been paid back http://money.cnn.com/news/storysupplement/economy/bailouttracker/ Considering the original size of the loan, the number of people not in the unemployment line due to specifically the auto industry bailout (over 50,000), and it's only been about four years, that's a great deal.

2. Did I mention how many jobs the auto bailout saved? Your don't take a couple things into account, how much it saves and makes when you have people working and paying taxes instead of using government programs that cost money, and that it's actual people with lives and families who still have jobs.

3. The bailouts, for the billionth time, were during the Bush administration. You call a good thing bad, than blame it on a someone who wasn't president.

Focusing on one model of the hundreds of cars is a cute trick though. Sure, ignore that the auto industry is doing better now than anytime after 9/11, and find one car that isn't doing great and use that one vehicle to fuel your blame-the-government-for-everything psychosis.

Electric cars are a great idea. It's more American jobs, less money sent to foreign countries, more money in people's pockets so a boost to the economy, and is better for the environment. There is literally no downside. So one car is not doing quite as well as hoped. It doesn't mean you whine and cry and give up. So make a better electric model next time.

Side: one car doesn't make an industry
3 points

Over 50% of all bailouts have been paid back, nearly all auto bailouts specifically have been paid back http://money.cnn.com/news/storysupplement/economy/bailouttracker/

What are the sources? Sources: Federal Reserve, Treasury, FDIC, CBO, White House

All government information disseminated is always convoluted and distorted based on bias economic models and political agendas. Therefore, government is in constant lie mode. Price of GM Bailout

Did I mention how many jobs the auto bailout saved?

Saying that the bailout prevented unemployment is purely fictional. In a free market, demand readjusts and either buying the old assets of GM or building new companies, and ex GM employees find new jobs. Bankrupt is vital to capitalism.

how much it saves and makes when you have people working and paying taxes instead of using government programs that cost money, and that it's actual people with lives and families who still have jobs.

How is a car or company being heavy subsidized with each Volt being sold costing the taxpayers $250,000.

The bailouts, for the billionth time, were during the Bush administration. You call a good thing bad, than blame it on a someone who wasn't president.

GM is still 33% OWNED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, so IT IS STILL RECEIVING SUBSIDIZED money SINCE 2008.

Electric cars are a great idea. It's more American jobs, less money sent to foreign countries, more money in people's pockets so a boost to the economy, and is better for the environment.

Of course, electric cars are a great idea, and they have been since the early 20th century, but they don't create more jobs because they are expensive to produce with no demand.

New research suggests that you have to drive an electric car a long, long way for it to be greener than a gas-guzzling vehicle. Car

Side: yes
2 points

Yes, it is. Even the design team will fess up to that. The real issue is not the fact it flopped, but the fact it has so many safety recalls they may have tio crush every last one!

Side: yes
1 point

YES, all Chevys are failures.Ford is built tough not fake like Chevys.

Side: yes

Chevy Volt gets the worst product of 2011. Volt

Side: yes

I wouldn't say that it is a complete failure, but it didn't turn out as great as was expected. I believe that more people would have purchased the car if the price wasn't so high.

Side: No
2 points

That price was highly subsidized, so it was artificially low even. It is a complete failure.

Side: yes
brycer2012(1002) Disputed
1 point

It's still not a complete failure. If no one bought it I would say that it was.

Side: No