What you are not recognizing is that the government does not want you to buy cars they actually want to to move back to the cities and rely on public transportation which is so much more efficient then cars. No, you, yes I say. Just look at the guy who is in charge of transportation and listen to his ideal world where gas goes to $10/gal so we are forced into electric cars which of course have a limited range. The outcome of that is that everyone has to live near where they work and that would be back into cities.
Hey the Russians did it and the only the "betters" lived in the country. Just like they want here.