Pork, pork, and more pork

By Christopher Harper 

By my calculations, every man, woman, and child of the 331 million citizens of the United States should get a benefit of $3.021.14 of the $1 trillion in pork just agreed upon by Congress. 

I’m willing to get a little less than others, and I realize that some of the alleged benefits of the program may not become apparent to me. 

Nevertheless, I suggest everyone do some calculations about how this megaton barrel of pork will affect you. Here’s an overview of the plan: https://www.investopedia.com/here-s-what-s-in-the-usd1-trillion-infrastructure-bill-passed-by-the-senate-5196817 

Pork Barrel No. 1: $110 billion for construction and repair of roads, transportation research at universities, funding for Puerto Rico’s highways, and “congestion relief” in American cities. 

I moved from the congested city of Philadelphia and rarely use major highways. To wit, the major highway near my current home in Muncy, Pennsylvania, Interstate 180, is moving along just fine without any new federal funding. Moreover, the state roads near my house, including the street at my front door, have just been redone. Benefit to me: Nada.

Pork Barrel No. 2: $66 billion for railroads include upgrades and maintenance of America’s passenger rail system and freight rail safety, but nothing for high-speed rail. Thirty-nine billion dollars for public transit would provide for upgrades to public transit systems nationwide. The allocation also includes money to create new bus routes and help make public transit more accessible to seniors and disabled Americans. 

I love railroads and have traveled throughout the world on trains in China, France, Poland, Russia, and the United Kingdom. But the money here will be spent mainly on the Northeast Corridor, which means that Democrat-held cities will get nearly all of the dough. The same goes for public transit systems, which are almost entirely under Democrat control. Benefit to me: Zero.  

Pork barrel No. 3: $65 billion for the power grid to fund updates to power lines and cables and to provide money to prevent power grid hacking. 

Can’t the power companies charge their customers for the upgrades? Since PG&E, California’s main utility, is an absolute mess, I suspect a big chunk of the goodies will head to the Left Coast. Benefit to me: Nothing. 

Pork barrel No. 4: $65 billion to expand broadband in rural areas and low-income communities. Approximately $14 billion of the total would help reduce Internet bills for low-income citizens. 

I live in a rural area and get broadband just fine. Money in my pocket: Zero.  

I’ve gone through the rest of the appropriation, including dough for electric buses, electric charging stations, lead-pipe removal, and various other plans. I don’t find anything that will save me money or make my life better.  

What Brandon and Congress did accomplish, however, is to add a massive government bureaucracy to oversee all of these projects that won’t get going until 2023 at the earliest.  

It’s also important to keep in mind how unwieldy and corruption-prone massive projects become. Take, for example, the Big Dig highway project in Boston. Starting in 1991, the project was supposed to be completed in 1998 for $2.8 billion. Instead, it wasn’t finished until 2007 at the cost of $23 billion—a project tarnished by corruption, design flaws, and waste. 

Just think what the Democrats can do with budgets nearly 500 times the original estimate of the Big Dig!  

All told, I don’t see any appreciable difference in my life except that I am likely to pay increased taxes to cover the plunder and pork from the almost blank check Brandon and Congress have signed. 

Dumb Energy Policy? That Depends on their Goal

I was perusing the next this morning and spotted this at Powerline on the Biden Administration’s energy policy

So at the same time the administration is trying to block oil and gas leases on federal lands, it contemplates leasing federal waters for wind turbines. Wind turbines are environmentally awful and produce electricity less than half the time, so along with wind farms watch for many billions of dollars to be spent on natural gas plants that will operate the majority of the time when the wind turbines produce no electricity.

I didn’t think it would be possible to produce an energy policy this mind-numbingly foolish, but the Biden administration has exceeded my expectations.

As usual this piece is worth reading but it is making a simple error when it classifies the Biden Administration policy as “dumb” and the origin of said error is based on a faulty assumption.

The author assume that the goal of the Biden Administration is the same as the goal the Trump administration had, namely to make America energy independent and to lower fuel prices to help the economy and the working class.

Now if this was the goal of the Biden Administration then, yes this would be a really dumb energy policy.

BUT if your goal is to use government power, funds and taxes to enrich allies who will in turn enrich you and your relatives and your hangers on and to support those who are advancing your goals of remaining in an exclusive powerful rich elite, then not only are these policies not dumb, they are VITAL to reach said goal.

Once you realize that this is the goal of the Biden Administration then you realize that it is far from dumb.

Now if you want to argue that’s it immoral , or bad for the interest of America and Americans then fine, but don’t call it dumb, because its primary result, satisfying the powers that support them, is being achieved.