Sunday, January 03, 2010


Two weeks ago, not much fanfare and little dissent, the Obama Administration announced it was unleashing another round of government "stimulus" dough in the name of financing the so-called "smart grid." Heralding the 3.4 billion dollar program, Obama called it:

"the largest single energy grid modernization investment in U.S. history, funding a broad range of technologies that will spur the nation's transition to a smarter, stronger, more efficient and reliable electric system. The end result will promote energy-saving choices for consumers, increase efficiency, and foster the growth of renewable energy sources like wind and solar."

Obama, apparently is an expert on energy matters, and goes on to explain:

"Most of the projects that are receiving grants involved the installation of what are known as smart meters -- devices that will have direct benefit for consumers who want to save money on their electric bills."

Personally, we think that sounds more like Crap and Tax!

Thank about that for a moment -has Obama ever done or proposed ANYTHING that won't cost you more money? Or doesn't involve you having to make do with LESS of something you presently enjoy or use?

Don't forget - that 3.4 billion dollar handout is coming from someplace, and it isn't Obama's pocket.

At some point, this is simply more money borrowed from communist China that our children and their children's children will be on the hook to repay.

Back to the smart meters. What-you don't know what that is?

Who better to explain that then Obama the new Energy Expert:

"Now let me explain what's going on with these smart meters. Smart meters will allow you to actually monitor how much energy your family is using by the month, by the week, by the day, or even by the hour. So coupled with other technologies, this is going to help you manage your electricity use and your budget at the same time, allowing you to conserve electricity during times when prices are highest, like hot summer days."

Sounds great, right?

Who doesn't want to be able to maximize their energy dollars?

The devil as always, is in the details.

You see, a smart meter provides for two-way communication in order to make all this happen. It will track and monitor usage, and allow those wonderful adjustments to be remotely-as on by someone outside your home. This will allow users, say proponents of these devices, to be provided with feedback that can be used to conserve and reduce consumption.

We can see the wheels turning in our readers heads:

"But Erik, really. None of this sounds all that bad. I WANT to save on energy!"

Yes, indeed you do. And so do we. The problem is the fact that the government is funding it. And not just ANY government, mind you...

We're talking about a government headed by Barack Obama - a president who has been inserting government into nearly every industry and facet of life here in America in the belief that only he can save us from all challenges placed before us!

Think about it for a minute...

We now have a government that dictates and regulates what kind of toilets we crap in, what kind of light bulbs we can put in our homes, and what our vehicles must look and perform like.

NOW we're going to allow Obama to install electric meters in our homes that can be controlled from afar?!

Where do you suppose THAT will end up?

We say: "Drill Baby Drill!"

So, how's that "Hope & Change" working for you?