In Which Harry Rants About Hummer H1s, H2s, and the SUT

Mark at The Bemusement Park notes an unflattering review of the new Hummer SUT.

I hate the Hummers, H1, H2, SUT. They, to me, represent everything that is worst about contemporary American values – big, heavy, wasteful, inefficient, of poor quality, and as I’ve said before, something that only an American ad marketer could convince an American consumer to buy. I watched the other day as a woman driving, not a Hummer but a weight-class contender SUV, tried to dock her rolling behemoth in a mall parking lot. She couldn’t maneuver the thing well enough to go straight in to the parkingspace, so she went back and forth, back and forth, trying to get the angle down so she could open her door and get out. Meanwhile, carswere stacked up in both directions, and eventually the traffic back-up extended into the cross lanes in the lot. It took her something on the order of 5 minutes to get parked. And the resulting angular position left the car beside her blocked in unless they were willing to scrape their car against her. At that point, I realized the solution – we should require a separate license to drive a vehicle over a certain size and weight. Maybe not a commercial license, but a certified license that required a driving and maneuver test in one of these. And there should be no tax subsidy for these beasts!!

I hate these things.

December 17, 2004 · Harry · 2 Comments
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2 Responses

  1. loren - December 17, 2004

    The tax subsidy on these damn things is infuriating.

    I still wonder why the lady who owns the local Daycare center really needs one of these to get back and forth to work.

    And why should I subsidize it?

  2. jim - December 17, 2004

    It’s only infuriating if you can’t take advantage of it. Trust me, on tax day it’s about the least infuriating thing I’ve ever experienced. The credit is not on the books for 2005 so if you’re been thinking about taking the dip you’ve got about 2 weeks left to jump. Go for it, nothing so bad ever felt so good 🙂