So, we destroy perfectly functional automobiles (2 tons of metal, engine, and finished material) in order to sell a new vehicle that gets 2-5miles per gallon better fuel economy? The environmental payback on that is probably a nice 200-year time period, hope you keep up the scheduled maintenance on that new Ford Focus.
Is it really that important to destroy these vehicles just to keep union guys working on the line? Why couldn't we just keep subsidizing the unions AND NOT destroy decent cars. Who would've thought someone could get choked up seeing an Oldsmobile Aurora being read its last rites?