Thursday, July 30, 2009
The suspension of the "Cash for Clunkers" Program would make one think our beloved tax and spend and tax some more President and Democrat controlled Congress is in over their heads when they can't manage a simple billion dollar giveaway. And what did they expect...a mere billion dollars doesn't stretch very far down at Obama Motors. Based on the rate they are going out the door...it will be less than a month before round two of this freebie runs out of money.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Seems the Feds are in the process of building their own "guest" digs in North Platte according to the North Platte Bulletin. While a bit down the road...the new hostel may put a bite on Grand Island's intent to fund their new jail by housing federally detained foreign nationals.
According to local sources...the troubled GI Jail is already experiencing an "un-anticipated" decline in membership support from the federal folks. Maybe GI/Hall County can sub-let during the State Fair...or better yet...or better yet for GI's constabulary to drum up some business for the new jail...if they can find their own operating capital.
Reading the story in the Grand Island Independent this morning got me to thinking. I am not electrical engineer...or even an electrician....but if my grade school math serves me correctly the 1.8 kilowatts of power that will be generated by the "Loup City School Turbine" is only enough power to light up 18 - 100 watt light bulbs at a time...which totals up to be about enough lights to light one average classroom....if the wind is blowing. Of course if they use incandescents...they would see some slight benefit from the extra heat they would generate during those cold Loup City winters. I will leave the btu benefits to the heating experts.
Now maybe their focus is just directed toward the learning benefits...but between you and me...using $8,800 in stimulus money (hint: stimulus money = what the students will be paying back in taxes for the rest of their lives after they graduate and land a real job.) and $1500 in taxpayer funded "school dollars"...is an insult to the U.S. taxpayer...especially when you factor in all the other schools across the nation that will also have to "have one." Now we're talking real money kids. They would be better off...in several ways...by providing each of the students in that one single classroom a stationary bicycle with a power generator attached.
Maybe the students will also learn that the fledgling wind industry in it's current state is a terribly poor investment that is already heavily subsidized by taxpayers that will eventually be subsidized even more by "rate" payers. Or maybe they will learn that they have to shut off their lights so they can use one or two laptops in their same one classroom (how many lumen does a laptop put out?) Or how quickly it will require costly maintenance or how in an instant a lightning bolt can put them completely out of business...or how they will be left in the dark when the wind hasn't blown for two or three days. Yes...I predict it will be a total and costly learning experience. Then again you always hear that experience is the best teacher.
Here's a heads-up for LCPS administrators...if the students line up to use the classroom microwave to heat their lunchtime Hot Pockets in the dark...when the wind is blowing...the school district better plan on extending the lunch hour. If the wind isn't blowing...they will have to fall back on the evil coal industry for lunch. Yep...I love it when our tax dollars...the tax dollars of our children...their children...and the children of their children go to work for us.
Hmm...I wonder if the kids have done their homework on nuclear energy? I'm almost sure their teachers haven't covered nuclear energy in the same positive nature they didn't present the negatives of wind generation in...when the wind was blowing.