The crushed cars are delivered from the surrounding countryside. They are then cut up into scrap like the pile you see in the picture. Then they are loaded on barges and sent to a scrap metal recycling plant where the various metals are separated and processed. Then the metal is shipped to China because we do not make anything here. The Chinese then make it into cheap things we think we need and we buy it when it comes back as a favored nation trade partner. So what is idiotic about that?
First, we the taxpayers provide financial incentive to those who scrap their old clunkers. Second, we provide financial incentive to the scrap yard. Third, we provide financial incentive to the recycler as a “green industry”. And finally we give tax breaks to those who import these goods. So the Chinese, to whom we owe our souls, get metal at a greatly reduced price by our government subsidizing the industries that are producing the metal. They use that cheap metal to produce even cheaper goods than they otherwise might, thus making it impossible for us to produce those goods here at such a price. And we are so happy to get an electric fan from Walmart at a bargain price. We think we are getting ahead when all we are doing from beginning to end is cutting our own throats. And we never learn because we want to be green and help everyone including our competition. Enough. Back to boating. Sorry I got distracted.
Cbay is primed and ready to go. Come enter the great Erie Canal with us as we make our way toward Canada.