Government Idiocy Again

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?


21 thoughts on “Government Idiocy Again

  1. All we need is a GOP candidate that can frame this nonsense so the average person can understand that this is money out of their pocket. Up to now, we just worry about contraception. Anyone who did not catch Obama and his rhetoric yesterday regarding how we no longer need oil really missed a treat in the most bizarre take on reality. I really cannot watch him any longer.

  2. While I agree with the concept of getting people dressed nicely for a job interview (along with teaching them job skills like showing up – heh) this is something that should be handled by a local charity and has been in the past. Plenty of cities have charities that have been set up to do just this.

  3. The wind farm story highlights the problem with renewables: Storage.

    Stupid government. They should have just encouraged everyone to use the hell out of electricity during the surge, and give everyone a proportionally-calculated discount.

    1. Storage is the problem, plus the fact that it’s intermittent, and one of the sources, namely solar, tends not to work in the evening and at night (you know, those times when people are home and are using their lights and appliances).

      It all reminds me of a great episode of the Dudley Dooright show, where Dudley was being chased by a wolf. The narrator said, “Dudley could run like the wind… Unfortunately, there was no wind that day.”

  4. Remember the old saying: an elephant is a mouse designed to government specifications. Or the F111 which could do everything: fly high, fly low, fly fast , fly slow, fly at night, flight during the day, fly in rain or shine. It just couldn’t stay in the air. It crash a lot. Also they reinvented the venerable “Good Bus Design”, I think it was called. This was the city bus you saw in many of the movies from the 1970’s and 80’s. The new design to meet government specs did all kinds of wonderful things, let squat down to help handicap get on board. Only it had a huge tendency to catch on fire. When are we going to learn that products and services designed by bureaucrats with little real world experience are always failures. Here is a radical idea: cut taxes and let businesses keep the money to hire people. Works much better than having more government programs.

  5. Head banging insanity. I had just read that story on the windfarms before coming here…great minds think alike (meaning you and me most of the time). And Bunker, I’m with you. Listening or watching the big Zero O is more painful by the day. The sorry thing is there must be a whole lot of idiots in this country who have the keys to our treasury. Those are the people who need to be on the unemployment lines. (or institutionalized in prisons, actually.)

  6. Its not insane or idiocy. It all benefits someone, question is, are we ready to start asking whom when we read stories like this? Remember that Frederic Howe said that a government subsidy was worth more than a silver mine. Lots of return for the investment.

  7. Jim, you just don’t get it. From their perspective they are smarter, more compassionate, and wiser than we are. So what we see as government idiocy, they see as an attempt to be smart, compassionate, and wise that didn’t work out because the people they were trying to help were just too stupid to utilize their program and we’re not compassionate or wise enough to appreciate the attempt.

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