One of my pet peeves is the MSM inability to use skepticism and basic arithmetic skills to check bullshit put out by guvmint officials.
For instance, here is a quote from the Philadelphia Inquirer today about Fat Eddie's plan to spend $850 Million on a new program to make the state energy independent. I will believe that when Fat Eddie can make himself "cheesesteak independent". Read this quote below:
"Rendell says the small new "system benefits charge" - one-twentieth of a cent per kilowatt-hour, or about $5 a year for an average residential customer - would allow the state to establish an $850 million fund that would make Pennsylvania a leader in the effort to reduce U.S. dependence on imported oil."
So the governor said it is not a tax, it is a "system benefits charge" and it's only $5 per year!! Well that only gets him about $28 Million cause there are about 5.5 Million households in the state and I assume they all are "average residential customers".
So I ask who will be paying the rest of the $850 Million in new tax revenue(let's call it what truly is instead of system benefit charge)?