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The Wisdom of Barnyard Bruke: Rain-Test for Welfare-A Sad Tale from Canada

Greetings ta ever one in western Illinois and all readers of "The Quill."


The rain last week was a welcome relief for the crops. Some areas received over two inches and not to far away from them received less than one fourth inch. Few got nothing and are really suffer'n.

There are some areas over in Iowa, Missouri and the Dakota's that are predict'n corn yields of less than 50 bushels for acre. Those kinda yields combined with low market prices will cause serious economic consequenses.

Test for Welfare

I have a job.

I work, they pay me.

I pay my taxes and the government distributes my taxes as it sees fit.

In order to get that paycheck, in my case, I am required to pass a random urine test (with which I have no problem).

What I do have a problem with is the distribution of my taxes to people who don't have to pass a urine test.

So, here is my question: Shouldn't one have to pass a urine test to get a welfare check because I have to pass one to earn it for them?

Please understand. I have no problem with helping people get back on their feet. I do, on the other hand, have a problem with helping someone sitting on their behind---doing drugs while I work.

Can you imagine how much money each state would save if people had to pass a urine test to get a public assistance check? I guess we could call the program Urine Or You're Out"!

Something has to change in this country - AND SOON!

Just a thought, all politicians should have to pass a urine test too... They should also have to pass an intelligence test, a common sense test and an understanding the constitution test, as well!!

A Sad Tale from Canada

And then if'n the urine test requirement is not enough to think about, heres a sad tale from Canada:

Some folk say they want an electric vehicle????

As a "joke". my Chev dealer game me a Volt as a loaner while my full-size pick-up was getting some attention. He thought it was funny to give his energy company CEO this thing here on Vancouver Island!

I live 30 kms outside of Victoria near Sidney.

The battery was dead - later he admitted they almost never charged it. While the car was "ok", on gasoline, it was pretty anemic. So for the extra money, even taking into account Chev rebates and Provincial incentives, you get an under-powered, heavy car that felt "too small" for its actual size. (battery has to go somewhere).

Now the kicker: at a neighborhood bbq, I was talking to a neighbor, a BC Hydro executive. I asked him how that renewable thing was doing.

He laughed then got serious. If you really intend to adopt electric vehicles, he pointed out, you had to face certain realities. For example, a home charging system for a Tesla requires 75 amp service.

The average house is equipped with 100 amp service. On our small street (approx. 25 homes), the electrical infrastructure would be unable to carry more than 3 houses with a single Tesla, each. For even half the homes to have electric vehicles, the system would be wildly over loaded.

This is the elephant in the room with electric vehicles...Our residential infrastructure cannot bear the load.

So as our genius elected officials ram this nonsense down our collective throats, not only are we being forced to buy the darn things and replace our reliable, cheap generating systems with expensive, new windmills and solar cells, but we will also have to renovate our entire delivery system!

This latter "investment" will not be revealed until we're so far down this dead end road that it will be presented with an oops and a shrug.

If you want to argue with a "green" person over cars that are eco-friendly, just read the below:

Note: However, if you ARE the green person, read it anyway. Enlightening.

Eric test drove the Chevy Volt at the invitation of General Motors...and he writes...For four days in a row, the fully charged battery lasted only 25 miles before the Volt switched to the reserve gasoline engine.

Eric calculated the car got 30 mpg including the 25 miles it ran on the battery. So, the range including the 9 gallon gas tank and the 16 kwh battery is approximately 270 miles.

It will take you 4 1/2 hours to drive 270 miles at 60 mph. Then add 10 hours to charge the battery and you have a total trip time of 14.5 hours. In a typical road trip your average speed (including charging time) would be 20 mph.

According to General Motors, the Volt battery holds 16 kwh of electricity. It takes a full 10 hours to charge a drained battery. The cost for the electricity to charge the Volt is never mentioned so I looked up what I pay for electricity. I pay approximately (it varies with amount used and the seasons) $1.16 per kwh. 16 kwh x $1.16 per kwh = $18.56 to charge the battery.

$18.56 per charge divided by 25 miles = $0.74 per mile to operate the Volt using the battery. Compare this to a similar size car with a gasoline engine that gets only 32 mpg. $3.19 per gallon divided by 32 mpg = $0.10 per mile.

The gasoline powered car costs about $15,000 while the Volt costs $46, the American Government wants proud and loyal Americans not to do the math, but simply pay 3 times as much for a car, that costs more than 7 times as much to run, and takes 3 times longer to drive across country..... Still wonder why Trump won?

Well, there ya have it then - enough fer they boys ta dwell on.

Keep this in mind: "If'n the religion ya practice requires you ta hate someone, ya need a different religion".

"No one is born hating another person because of skin color, or background, or religion.

Folk must learn ta hate and if'n they can learn ta hate, they can be taught ta love, fer love comes more naturally ta the human heart than hate."

Hope'n ta see ya in church.

Have a safe and blessed week!

Remember, wherever ya are, what ever ya be a do'n. Be A Good One!!

Keep on Smile'n

Catch you later

Barnyard Bruke