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An expert on industry subsidies says the president’s call for a bigger rebate on the Chevy Volt is indicative of a bigger problem.

The budget proposal from President Barack Obama would raise the rebate from $7,000 to $10,000 in some cases as part of the president’s continued effort to get one million electric and hybrid vehicles on the road by 2015. But with only 7,600 Volts sold thus far, The Heritage Foundation’s Jack Spencer reasons that the president may think another $3,000 will get the job done.

“But really, this is indicative of a bigger problem,” he explains. “Bureaucrats and politicians think that they can determine how much something should cost, how many should be sold. And if the market doesn’t do that, then they’ll use regulations and other policies.”

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