During the broadcast of this year's Super Bowl, viewers were entertained by many of the expensive commercials. One ad in particular featured during the Super Bowl envisioned how the government would monitor every aspect of your life for affronts to the environmental movement.
The Green Police ad sponsored by Audi, brought to life brigades of eco-law enforcement officers searching residential trash cans for unsorted recyclables.
This Garbage Gestapo arrests a variety of citizens for choosing plastic instead of paper at the grocery store; failing to sort compostable materials and recyclables from regular trash; and even sitting in a hot tub at a comfortable temperature.
This is not just a creation of science fiction writers.
The Obama Administration is using stimulus funds to implement this vision.
The city of Dayton, Ohio has received stimulus funding to distribute recycling bins to residents that are embedded with a microchip to track the recycling practices of its citizens.
According to the Dayton Daily News,
“The microchips, which use radio frequency identification technology, are installed in the bin handles. Four city waste collection trucks will be equipped to read the microchips that will be associated with specific street addresses.
A $500,000 federal stimulus grant will pay for a consultant to design a campaign promoting recycling for Dayton, the purchase of 8,500, 96-gallon recycling containers and equipping trucks to read the microchips.”
The Obama Administration's Stimulus Bill is attempting to create jobs by creating a Garbage Gestapo. The government has no business snooping in your trash. If anything should be recycled, it should be the stimulus money used for this idea.
A warning against government growth
Our neighborhood in Northern Virginia has private roads and we pay the nice man down the street to plow. After the last of Snowmageddon, our roads were clear within a day. However, many of the government owned streets in our town were still a wreck a week later.
The county asked people to shovel sidewalks and school bus stops, which they did. When government plows finally appeared, they dumped snow back from whence it came, resulting in additional school closings.
In response to complaints, the Virginia Department of Transportation noted, “we don’t do sidewalks.”
As the Constitution specifically mentions roads, snow removal is arguably one of the few legitimate roles of government. Regardless, they stink at it.
It is abundantly clear that the White House and Congressional Democrats are hell bent on expanding the size of government and increasing its intrusion into our lives. If unchecked, government will not be accountable to us; we will be accountable to it.
Happy first birthday to the “stimulus” plan. The majority of jobs it saved (whatever that means) or created appear to be government or government-related. Last month alone, more than 33,000 workers were added to government payroll. They won’t be creating products or jobs. They will be paid handsomely to manage the continued dependency or economic decisions of others.
In a recent CBS/New York Times poll, only 6% of Americans thought the stimulus created jobs. As any pollster will tell you, an answer over 90% is everybody.
Americans have been disgusted to discover that much of their money went to worthless projects and political presents for Congressmen’s friends. They also know that they will still be paying for these now firmly entrenched bureaucrats when stimulus dollars run out.
Poor plowing performance in the Capital area exemplifies problems inherent in a government venture. Although plow operators worked long, miserable hours, their hard work could not overcome the inefficiency of government and its slow reaction time.
Thanks to global warming, we broke the more a hundred-something year record for snow in this area. Dealing successfully with this unusual circumstance requires an innovative response including immediate modifications to purchasing, communication, equipment maintenance and personnel management.
In other words, it would be easier to push an elephant through a keyhole.
Government schools are performing poorly in some areas and not at all in others. Government brings you the cheerful efficiency of the DMV and the accurate responses of the IRS. And now it wants to control your healthcare and dictate your medical decisions.
To expect government to make rapid adjustments under unusual circumstances or respond to the unique needs of its individual citizens, well – it is something it simply cannot do.
If politicians or bureaucrats appear either on your doorstep or in your wallet with exciting new ways to manage your needs, tell them to go plow themselves. They can take care of the enumerated powers, and we can deal with the rest.