Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Day 1 - Federal Paperwork Hell

Only in Congress could they codify something as simplistic as a Paperwork Reduction Act. Yet it is true; they have done just that in the name of reducing waste. Bravo. Nonetheless, if what they receive now is paperwork reduction, then I dread to think what they might have recieved before this Act.

Why is this the subject of tonight's Vision Blog, well, I will give you some choices from which to guess:

1) we are buying the Pelosi car and applying for insurance























2) we are applying to receive a loan as part of the Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing Loan Program (ATVMLP)

3) we are bored.

If you guessed "2" you would be correct....(though the GTxi/SS/Rt is tempting)

We are indeed applying to receive some of the unprecedented Federal Incentive that has been designated to assist Green Car Companies in their quest to change American automotive. For this reason, we have refocused part of our team and crawled under a paperwork mountain until the New Year. Say goodbye to Christmas, but despite all of the pain, I actually believe that this $25BN package to help new-thinking American manufacturers is one of the only smart things I have seen from this Congress in a long time when it comes to automotive policy.

Naturally the Vision Blog will also trim down, for the next several weeks to make way for some more subdued writing in government speak....but don't fear, we will be back soon with a full vengeance.

In the meantime, sit back, relax, and enjoy this motivational video, after all this is why we do what we do light-weight, fast, efficient and just downright thrilling:

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