Columnist Lewis Diuguid (3/30, Opinion, “Energy step one: Tighten up our homes, businesses”) compares President Obama’s green initiative to President Franklin Roosevelt’s push for hydroelectric power during the Great Depression and development of the coast-to-coast rail service in the 1800s. He praises the Obama stimulus package that would weatherize as many as 1 million homes and boost the value of homes and businesses.
Government programs like the railroads and hydroelectric plants benefited all Americans and generated revenue for the government. It is not a function of government to selectively benefit particular citizens and businesses by increasing value of their homes or businesses. After all, if green initiatives really do pay off, home and business owners will do the improvements without government stimulus.
There is no reason for the government to get involved in weatherizing homes and businesses.
David Blasiar Sr.