It’s summertime, and the air conditioners are humming…
According to a 2003 study from the Heritage Foundation called Understanding Poverty in America, 76% of “poor” people in the United States have air conditioning. And while air conditioning makes us comfortable in hot weather, billions of people around the world survive without it today. And throughout most of human history, everyone has survived without it.
The question is: Who should get air conditioning? And why should we even be debating personal choices?
Answer: Because it gives us insight into a wider question about entitlements and about the out-of-control tax system that is used to fund entitlement on the back of so much unsustainable national debt.
So the Nikitas3.com proposal is this: That no person or household that receives any government funding for food stamps, welfare, housing subsidies, medical care or any other service should be allowed to have air conditioning unless it absolutely is a matter of survival.
Consider the facts. First, hot weather kills a small number of Americans every year, primarily very old people. Second, poor people on government assistance who use air conditioning could better be using for food, rent and other expenses the handout money that they spend to buy and operate an air conditioner. And thus they could be cutting their dependency on taxpayers by shutting off the AC.
Third and most importantly, however, many millions of hard-working people in America who pay taxes and accept nothing from the government – including the working poor – cannot themselves afford to buy and operate an air conditioner. Meanwhile the taxes that they pay often go to buy and operate AC for dependent people.
Therefore, Nikitas3.com believes that all air conditioners should be removed from the homes of dependent people.
Naturally welfare-state Democrats will object because they have crafted an elaborate social hammock which keeps them in power, and they become hysterical when any aspect of their plan is exposed to the sunlight. They will lash out, accusing those of backing this air-conditioner removal plan of “mean spiritedness” and all the other usual invectives.
So when liberals refuse this removal plan, conservatives should offer this compromise: Anyone in America who works and pays federal taxes should be offered a federal tax credit to acquire an air conditioner. Under this plan, the air conditioner’s purchase price and operating costs (AC requires a lot of electricity) can be directly subtracted dollar for dollar from that person’s federal income tax payment.
Naturally liberals will oppose this because it equals a “tax cut” for hard-working people, which they always oppose because they wish to control all citizens through the redistribution of wealth garnered through taxation. And second, this tax credit plan will benefit productive people who pay taxes, who are not in any way a realiable voting bloc for the Democrat party.
But this plan is only fair, is it not? This would put taxpaying people on equal footing with the dependent poor (having air conditioners) but with one huge difference: The working citizens are contributing to this nation and paying the taxes while the dependent poor often are not working at all and often are not paying any taxes at all.
So who deserves the luxury of air conditioning more?
If Democrats reject this incentive plan, all the dependent poor should have AC removed from their homes. And if “the poor” object to removal, all government assistance to that person or household should be ended.
This is economic justice for the people who are working every day to make America a better place.
Free air conditioning for all!
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