Perhaps it would be more useful if the lease advocates made a thread as to how to determine if leasing is a better or worse deal than buying (and cash versus financing) based on the conditions specific to the person and car. For example:
Predictable amount of time person will keep the car?
Predictable mileage to be driven on the car?
Relative level of subsidies for lease, rebates for buying, incentives for financing for that particular car?
Lease restrictions on moving residence?
Creditworthiness and how it affects lease money factor and financing interest rate?