A ‘Stimulus’ Scam in Austin, TX

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

From reader Jeff comes this gem (from earlier this year):

The government is continuing to encroach on freedoms more and more in the name of climate change. Case in point: An ordinance that went into effect June 1 stating if you sell your home in Austin, Texas and you fail to get a clean energy “green” audit, you will likely face criminal charges.

According to an ordinance passed by the Austin City Council passed in November 2008, any home 10 years or older will require an “Energy Conservation Audit.

“It’s a very good thing,” David Malone, auditor from 1st Choice Energy, said. “Well to be honest with you, this was a, I think that this ordinance coming at this time is really Austin’s version of the stimulus package.”

Such are the disadvantages of those cool hot spots like Austin. They are also bastions of left-wing totalitarianism. Check out the website for the Green Energy Audit Certification program. Energy audit companies have been popping up all over Austin. One story reported that 86% of homes “audited” failed the audit. Apparently, homeowners are not required to make any of the recommended repairs, which exposes the audit program as a money-making scam for the green industry and its backers and administrators. Note how ‘taking your money by the force of law’ to line the pockets of favored recipients has become “stimulus.”

One hallmark of any totalitarian society is the perversion of words and their definitions on the part of government(s) in the process of establishing arbitrary decrees that rob the majority to benefit the few.

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3 Responses to A ‘Stimulus’ Scam in Austin, TX

  1. Shannon says:

    December 17th, 2009 at 12:23 am

    The stimulus is just redistribution wrapped with a pretty bow. I wonder if a great deal of the economic stimulus funds are being embezzled by various agencies, given that I have yet to meet anyone who has genuinely benefitted from it, minus the ones who devise such a plan.

  2. miles says:

    December 17th, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    Here is to hoping for a record cold winter with no swine flu epidemic.***

    ***Of course if that happened, we will be told that CO2 has been found to “block the sun’s rays” and therefore we must still not be allowed to emit it, and that the cool weather somehow killed the flu epidemic. Lefty’s never cease to amaze me with their herculean skills at disinformation and phony explanations. BTW—-Ive already seen a couple of lies the left is already telling to explain cold here in the US and in Canada: In response to cold weather here, they claim that global warming is pushing the jet stream northward, and when it snowed heavily in OCTOBER in Colorado, they claimed that it “rarely snows much when the tempereature is below 20 degrees. In effect they were explaining away FALL snow by saying that it wasn’t cold enough. I’d be prepared to see these lies if weather gets bad this winter.

  3. MoT says:

    December 18th, 2009 at 9:39 am

    Austin used to be the kind of small “big” town you could hang out and enjoy some brews while catching the local color. Over the years that kind of laid back uniqueness pulled in the “artistes” and when it became cool ( and that word alone should scare anyone away ) all the hipsters and goof balls flooded in. The fact that the cost of living, back then at least, was and pretty much still is cheaper than California or the Northeast, brought in your establishment leftists, with their companies and cadres, who, with their typical arrogance and self importance, had to bring order out of chaos. Naturally THEY gravitated towards the levers of power in order to force everyone else to do what was “right”. And so Austin becomes the San Francisco of central Texas. If you dislike the changes then you’re labeled intolerant and small minded, a troglodyte of the past (remember they moved here and not the other way around), incapable of seeing the light. So if there are any freedom lovers in Texas they’ll have to saddle up again and fight tooth and nail to beat back this political camel with its nose in the tent. Only a matter of time for other pernicious “ordinances” to wriggle themselves deeper into the collective colon.

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