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Saturday, May 13, 2017
Sacramento Gives Free Cars to Public Housing Residents. Free CARS!
In today's episode of "Why The
Hell Do I Bother To Work For a Living," we learn that the city of
Sacramento, California, has decided to purchase a fleet of cars that will be
made available, free of charge, to 300 residents already using that city's
Gas, maintenance and insurance will
also be paid for by the state, which can only mean that the $1.3 million is
just the beginning of yet-another very expensive government debacle, but one
that will never be repealed because if you take away people's free cars they
Naturally, the cars are electric cars and come
from a private company called Zipcars, a
company that appears to be all about making a bundle off your tax dollars by selling to
touchy-feely governments the touchy-feely idea that sharing cars is a
And since we are talking about California,
I think we can all agree, then, that if it is a good idea to use your tax
dollars to purchase sharing cars, using your tax dollars to purchase electric cars is an even
better idea; which means nothing can top the inspired idea using your tax
dollars to buy electric
cars for public housing residents, amiright?
Can you feel the Utopia?
Reach out, it is right there in front
What seems especially odd is that
while left-wing governments are doing everything in their power to discourage
car ownership for those of us who, you know, actually buy our own cars, these
same governments are now using our confiscated tax dollars to give cars away for
free. Moreover, the whole idea that electric cars are better
for the environment is yet another whopper told by the High Church of the Gaia
Affordable? Hell, it's FREE!
Where do you think all that
electricity comes from to charge an electric car's battery?
But those smokestacks, many attached
to coal-fired power plants, are the single-largest source of greenhouse gas
pollution in the U.S., at two billion metric tons of CO2 per year. That source
would grow as electric cars demand more and more electricity, unless tighter
pollution controls are placed on power plants or electric utilities shift to
less polluting sources such as solar. As it stands, a conventional Toyota Prius
hybrid vehicle, which burns gasoline when its batteries are not engaged, and
the all-electric Nissan Leaf produce roughly the same amount of greenhouse gas
pollution: 200 grams per mile, according to data from the U.S. Department of
And if you want to know the appalling
condition these electric
cars will soon find themselves in, look at the appalling condition of
public housing. As a whole, people do not take as good of care of something
they rent as opposed to own. That is just human nature. Who among us has not
used our rental car to spin donuts in a cornfield? But when you are not even
paying for it -- when it is provided free of charge courtesy of the taxpayers,
it ends up looking like, well, public housing.
That truth might not be politically
correct, but that doesn't change the fact that it is true.
Listen, I am all in favor of taking
care of those who cannot take care of themselves, and I am also in favor of
some kind of public safety net to temporarily help those who are able to
take care of themselves when misfortune strikes. Public housing is neither --
public housing is nothing more than our government warehousing the poor,
sentencing them to a horrible life that strips away their human spirit through
the dark art of "taking care of all their needs," and now, like a street
dealer upping the power of his drug, the government is further incentivizing
this terrible idea with the lure of free cars.
Some grateful residents
Forget how wildly unfair this all is
to those of who have to pay for our own transportation. Forget how ludicrous it
is for a government to purchase cars for people.
The State is now telling its citizens
that a car is a Right, not a luxury you must work for; that if you want a car,
there is no need to aspire. All you need do is hold your nose and take the
plunge into the State's Socialist Utopia Net where there is only one thing
expected of you: keep voting against those evil Republicans who want to
take away your Constitutional right to an electric car.