Rebate smokescreen

As the saying goes, "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, but teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime&quot
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

As the saying goes, "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, but teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime". The tax rebate that the worst president in my lifetime and our corporate-serving Congress have generously 'given' America, is a perfect example of a $1.6 billion, 'give a man a fish'. It's not free because we have to pay it back over the next two years, and is nothing more than an election time feel-good smokescreen.

One billion of that money could easily build 20 factories that manufacture smaller solar or wind generators designed to fit single homes or city buildings and could possibly, for a start, employ a few hundred people in each factory in states where job loss is greatest. With assembly factories being built, parts suppliers already in business would automatically increase manning to meet the new supply demand, creating more jobs.

The remaining $600 million could easily be used to give low income, start-up loans to thousands of small businesses that would install those green energy units on homes and city buildings or to homeowners to purchase those units. The new small businesses would result in tens of thousands of additional new jobs that could never be outsourced. These efforts plus regular subsidies equal to that 'regularly given' to oil and coal industries would guarantee the success of green energy businesses, and these tens of thousands of new, green energy jobs would then spur tens of thousands of other new jobs in non-related service industries.

It would be a nice change if Americans who whine constantly about our country's energy problems, but still loyally follow where corporate-serving politicians lead them, would actually make an effort to think about real job-producing economic incentives.

Rick Mullins

Norwalk