Free Cars For Welfare Recipients

Last week officials in Sacramento, California, dropped a fleet of eight electric cars in several public housing communities across town as part of a pilot program to help make the lives of welfare beneficiaries even easier than usual.

What Is This Insanity? It’s liberalism delivered in the California way.

The city spent $1.3 million in government grant money to fund this insane program, which according to The Sacremento Bee will provide up to 300 welfare leeches with “on-demand access to the vehicles, with no charge for maintenance, insurance or juicing up the battery.”

It’s no wonder that The Daily Wire editor-at-large John Nolte asked, “Why the hell do I [even] bother to work for a living?”

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Read More:

Capital Public Radio News: Electric Car Share Program Launched In Sacramento Public Housing Complexes
American Thinker: Frontiers of the welfare state: Free use of electric cars for public housing tenants
The Daily Wire: Sacramento Gives Free Cars to Public Housing Residents. Free CARS.

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Where Is The Money Coming From? California’s “clean air agency,” known formally as the California Air Resources Board, which according to the Bee funded this welfare program by “using cap-and-trade funds that businesses pay to offset their carbon emissions.”

In other words, this whole debacle was funded courtesy the left’s money-driven obsession for putting a halt to the alleged threat of man-made climate change. Go figure.

Why Is Sacramento Doing Something So Dumb? Because its officials are all bleeding-heart liberals who falsely believe that lavishing the downtrodden with freebies galore incentivizes them to become more productive.

“Not having a car … it can be a real strain to get places safely,” said Thomas Hall, a spokesman for the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District, which is reportedly “running the program in partnership with car-share company Zipcar and other governmental agencies,” according to the Bee.

So his theory is that by handing out free cars, the agency will motivate the poor to work harder. To read an essay I wrote explaining why this is false, check the link below:

Why The Sacramento Choose Electric Cars? Because its officials erroneously believe they are less damaging to the environment than traditional vehicles.

Of course, they’re dead wrong, as usual.

Cue Scientific American:

Cars and trucks are responsible for roughly 24 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas pollution—nearly 1.7 billion metric tons per year. Because those emissions come from hundreds of millions of tailpipes, this source of pollution seems difficult to control. Shifting it to hundreds of smokestacks at power plants that supply electricity to charge electric cars therefore seems like a more effective way to clean up the fleet.

But those smokestacks, many attached to coal-fired power plants, are the single-largest source of greenhouse gas pollution in the U.S., at two billion metric tons of CO2 per year.

Is There ANYTHING Positive To This Program? Only that those public housing beneficiaries genuinely interested in using the vehicles to acquire and maintain employment will have an easier time at doing exactly that.

My only concern is that most of the users will likely not fit this profile even slightly …