Get both trotters in the trough!

Discussion in 'Economics' started by TGregg, Jul 15, 2009.

  1. TGregg


    Time to start sucking the blood out of the taxpayers before everybody else does. Get set up as a contractor and get piles of ca$h from the feds, courtesy of The One.

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Ready or not, states are getting a tenfold boost in federal money to weatherize drafty homes, an increase so huge it has raised fears of waste and fraud and set off a scramble to find workers and houses for them to repair.

    An obscure program that installs insulation in homes and makes them more energy-efficient is distributing $4.7 billion in stimulus funds — dwarfing the $447 million originally planned by Congress this year and the $227 million spent in 2008.

    That is enough to weatherize 1 million homes, instead of the 140,000 normally done each year.

    President Barack Obama said pouring money into the program would lower utility bills for cash-strapped families, provide jobs for construction workers idled by the housing slump, and make the nation more energy-efficient.

    "You're getting a three-fer," Obama said. "That's exactly the kind of program we should be funding."

    But some worry states won't be able to keep track of the money.

    Leslie Paige, spokeswoman for the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste, said the program is open to fraud because of the way oversight is divided. The federal government passes the money to states, then states pass it to community action agencies, and the agencies pass it to contractors who work with customers.

    "It's such a Rube Goldberg operation it should be setting off alarm bells," she said.