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March 14, 2014
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Letter: Thoughts on energy, stimulus, taxes and ObamaCare

See how your taxes are used

First, I have a question concerning the charge stations for the toy electric cars here in Oregon. Just where do they get their power? I haven’t seen acres of solar panels or dozens of windmills, so do they use the usual sources, like evil oil or even (gasp) coal? Just wondering.

We just had the fifth anniversary of the wonderful stimulus program, including the “shovel-ready” jobs, which even Obama once joked about. But some other things taxpayers paid for were: $1.5 million to help Brazilian women quit smoking; $800,000 to study if there is any benefit to sex among New Zealand mud snails; the Environmental Protection Agency spending $93,000 on an urban compost center in Mexico; and $355,825 to develop a “culturally relevant stigma reducing intervention” program for the transgenders in India (what?). In addition: The FBI spent 1.5 million to help Hollywood accurately depict its agency. And $400 million went to some furloughed workers who stayed home during the government shutdown. Tell me again how these federal employees suffered during the shutdown. In fact, taxpayer money ended up in at least 23 different countries. Gee, I wonder if we could have used some that money right here at home?

Finally, new rules (as usual) required federal lawmakers and staffers to enroll in healthcare plans through the Small Business Exchange on the District of Columbia’s new market. So far, more than 12,000 have enrolled. That’s small business? Thank you, Obama, for taking care of your own, while the rest of the country is still trying to figure out what ObamaCare is.

And — abolish the Internal Revenue Service.

Jim Nikirk

Oakland


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