Only suckers and taxpayers buy American hybrids

Are you one of the 310 million or so Americans that wasn't planning on buying a Detroit-model hybrid automobile?

Too bad — you already did, Bloomberg reports:

President Barack Obama’s administration has bought almost a fourth of the Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Co. hybrid vehicles sold since he took office, accelerating federal purchases as consumer demand wanes.

The U.S. General Services Administration, which runs the government fleet, bought at least 14,584 hybrid vehicles in the past two fiscal years, or about 10 percent of 145,473 vehicles the agency purchased in that period, according to sales data obtained by Bloomberg under a Freedom of Information Act request. In fiscal 2008, hybrids accounted for less than 1 percent of government purchases, the data showed.

Even if Government Motors can't increase its market share or improve its offerings, it will always have the Obama administration. Well, at least for two more years.

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