Thursday, April 1, 2010

Big Government -- Reduced Services

Mid week finds us under a continued assault from an expanding government at every level. The intrusion into the lives of the citizens moves apace with the bureaucratic desire to exert additional controls. Mark Steyn in National Review caught California and their genius governor, Schwartzenegger, in a further effort to bring the Golden State under the thumb of increasing bureaucracy.

For greater efficiency, “he combined the Bureau of Electronic and Appliance Repair with the Bureau of Home Furnishings and Thermal Insulation and renamed it the Bureau of Electronic and Appliance Repair, Home Furnishings and Thermal Insulation. Mr. Steyn then suggested, “Why not the Bureau of Electronic and Appliance Repair, Home Furnishings, Lingerie and Gift Wrap?”

This will no doubt require the addition of several new employees just to change over the stationary, business cards, signage, and a reprint of every document to reflect the name change. More jobs saved and jobs created I guess. To think that these people express surprise that the state is for all intent and purposes, bankrupt.

At the federal level, we face an even more ominous threat. Where on the outside of your house are you going to hang your new license plate? License plate you say? Yes, some believe that provisions within the Cap and Trade legislation passed by the house about a year ago, include articles which could easily lead to that. These critics foresee a formal certification of the energy efficiency achieved by retrofitting and upgrading (read that weather proofing) existing homes. Among those who never saw a liberal program they didn’t like--that would include—are on the offensive in disagreement. My money is on an expanded role of government in these matters and further abridgement of our liberties.

As it currently stands, the only beneficiaries are the Al Gores of the world and their ilk who stand to obtain a substantial financial gain from the resultant trades. The legislation has yet to pass the Senate but it is doubtful that it can be held off past the upcoming midterm elections. For common slobs, the result would be a minimum hike in the electric bill of $340 per year and it goes up from there as your consumption increases. Hey, it’s only money and it’s “for the children.”

These two items are just a couple things which I thought I’d toss out to wreck your day. If I cause you enough worry, perhaps you will be admitted to a hospital for treatment and get to try out your new socialized medicine. Don’t thank me, it’s my job.

In His abiding love,

Cecil Moon

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