Without a doubt, one could post on this subject every day of the year. Government idiocy is so common place we release a collective yawn and go on about our business. Let’s look at a couple of recent examples.
Paying Wind Farms Not To Produce
From this Fox News story we learn:
Wind farms in the Pacific Northwest — built with government subsidies and maintained with tax credits for every megawatt produced — are now getting paid to shut down as the federal agency charged with managing the region’s electricity grid says there’s an oversupply of renewable power at certain times of the year.
The problem arose during the late spring and early summer last year. Rapid snow melt filled the Columbia River Basin. The water rushed through the 31 dams run by the Bonneville Power Administration, a federal agency based in Portland, Ore., allowing for peak hydropower generation. At the very same time, the wind howled, leading to maximum wind power production.
So, for a period of time there was more electricity being generated into the grid than consumers could use. Bonneville Power (BP) did the smart thing and shut down the high cost wing farms in favor of low-cost hydro-power. But, being the nice government bureaucrats that they are, BP has proposed that the consumers should compensate the wind farm owners for some of their loses. The estimated cost to the rate payers could reach fifty million dollars per year.
So, let’s recap this. Rate payers who are also taxpayers had to help subsidize the construction of wind farms they didn’t ask for and for that privilege they were required to pay higher rates due to the high cost of wind power and now it is being suggested they pay even more when the wind power is not needed. In our government, that makes sense. IDIOCY!!!
Can’t Get A Job Without New Clothes, Right?
This is an excellent example of how the stimulus money stimulated somebody’s economy. Back in 2009, some genius in Detroit convinced some genius in the Obama administration that with $11 million from the stimulus package they could help 400 of Detroit’s poor get jobs by providing them with new clothes for job interviews. From this Fox News article we learn how this brilliant plan worked out.
The 2009 grant in question was used to start a service center — which included among other features a call center for families in need and a clothing boutique.
Those folks in Detroit have flair, don’t you think? They weren’t planning to take these 400 poor to Wal-Mart and let them pick out some new job interview clothes. Nooooo! These poor were going to have their own “clothing boutique”. It’s all for a good cause, right? Well, it was good for somebody’s cause; just not for the cause of getting some of Detroit’s poor back to work.
If you read the article, you will find out that an audit has discovered that exactly two people received new clothes. TWO!!! There is an investigation going on in Detroit and maybe someone will go to jail. That would be nice. But, if our government is going to give away our money for a “good cause”, wouldn’t be nice if they did some follow-up to see that the money was actually going to the “good cause”. Somebody in Washington should be fired when these things happen, right? Forget it. If they did that every time money was wasted in Washington, there wouldn’t be anyone left in Washington and what would we bloggers have to write about? Best to just yawn and go about our business.
Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?