Our view: Another spending stumble


Craig Editorial Board, October 2009 to January 2010

  • Bryce Jacobson, newspaper representative
  • Joshua Roberts, newspaper representative
  • Collin Smith, newspaper representative
  • Karen Knez, community representative
  • Ken Wergin, community representative
  • Kenny Wohl, community representative

Another example of federal government spending unwisely is on the table.

Next week, the Moffat County Commission will decide whether it wants to partner in a proposed program that offers rebate incentives to residents who make new purchases — such as household appliances — that improve energy efficiency or use renewable resources.

The program is offered through the Governor’s Energy Office and has roughly $20 million in dedicated federal funds, which will be available until 2012, or until the money dries up.

If the county decides to partner, local residents would get an additional rebate for new purchases.

Two of three county commissioners heard a presentation in November from Kate Nowak, Yampa Valley Partners executive director, on the proposal. The proposal, it seemed, had little support from commission members.

And it shouldn’t.

The program is another example of unwise federal government spending practices. The primary example of this continued trend: the stimulus package.

It’s questionable whether the stimulus, which was touted as a mechanism that would create jobs, has done what it was sold to the American people as being able to do.

It’s even more questionable that green energy rebates are the best use of $20 million.

Couldn’t that money be better used for infrastructure repair or new projects?

Those are the projects that put people to work — a desperate need in today’s difficult times — and truly help people. History has proven public works can help jolt an economy forward.

However, on the surface at least, the green energy rebate program presented to the county looks like a gimmicky, short-term and minor incentive that probably won’t help a lot of people.

Perhaps time will tell that the critics were wrong and federal spending like what was doled out in the stimulus package did indeed provide the economic boost it was designed to.

Maybe that will be the case, years from now, after the package has had time to cycle.

But, if recent history or this latest proposal shed any insight, it appears the final verdict on the stimulus could be exactly as unflattering as it seems to be today.


John Kinkaid 7 years, 4 months ago

The White House "Jobs Summit" last week came up with "Cash for Caulking" as a job creator. This came from meetings with corporate executives, union leaders, non-profit organization heads and administration officials.

Now, lets collapse the economy. This week EPA administrator Lisa Jackson is set to declare that CO2 must be regulated by her agency. This will effect every area of your life. Like whether you will be able to feed your family. It will be that bad. By the way, you exhale CO2 with every breath that you take. "Under my energy plan, electricity rates will necessarily skyrocket." (Barack Obama interview during the campaign) That's a direct quote. You will pay more for everything and you will be fortunate to have a job.

A health care bill will also help to kill job growth and collapse our economy. Every employer will be under even more pressure to not hire additional staff.

Government needs to lower taxes, lower spending and get out of the way.


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