A ‘Stimulus’ Scam in Austin, TXTuesday, 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.