This is what I told my friend Frank: Under the "cash for clunkers" program, you could get more money for your '93 Mercury Grand Marquis than it was worth -- up to $4,500 if you used it to buy a new vehicle with much better gas mileage.
"What would they do with the Merc?" Frank asked.
"Throw it in the hopper," I responded.
"You mean, destroy it?"