If it wasn’t already bad enough living in Chicago, with the massive crime rate – residents will now have the honor of paying more taxes for the pleasure.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has announced that she will be spending over $12 million of taxpayer funds on an initiative that would allegedly “offset” gas prices, rather than just lower the city’s gas tax or ax it all together.
Any sane person would understand that spending millions of dollars to “save money,” is quite simply, ridiculous. But because the Democrats love to do everything backwards – in pursuit of their pet-projects that never garner any positive outcomes – the residents of Chicago are gonna have to hand over the dough.
The plan will include handing out gas cards, worth around $150 each, to around 50,000 residents and another 100,000 transit cards worth $50 each, will be given to residents so they don’t have to drive.
The cards will be given out via a type of lottery system, which seems counterproductive as it’s not guaranteed to those who would probably need it most. Cutting the city’s gas tax, however, will benefit everyone across the board.
It’s a typical response from Democrats, who love to hand cash to worthless causes that give back no positive outcomes.
According to American Greatness, only a few will benefit from the scheme:
Both cards will primarily be given to low-income residents, who can start applying for them on April 27th. Applicants must be residents of the city of Chicago, at least 18 years old, must have a valid sticker on their vehicles, and must have a household income either at or below 140 percent of the city’s area median income.
“People have to be able to get to work, school, places of worship, medical offices, grocery stores,” said Lightfoot at a press conference. “The goal of this program is to help make those moves easier.”
“I know from talking to many residents that they are feeling the strain,” she added. “There’s no ifs, ands, or buts about it. And many are unable to fill their tanks as much as they normally would because their dollars just don’t stretch that far. So, my administration’s been working through a variety of options to see how we can provide the greatest relief to as many residents as we can.”
California’s Gov. Gavin Newsome is proposing a similar “solution” to rising costs – by giving $800 checks to residents.
The money is apparently to help pay for gas, which could have easily been solved by again dropping the gas taxes, which would benefit everyone.
Obviously handing out taxpayer cash isn’t going to help anything when the Democrats continue to implement policies that directly affect energy prices.
When Joe Biden took office, his very first Executive Order was to cancel the Keystone XL pipeline, a project that was supposed to take longer than 10 years and had been delayed in court by Obama until President Trump approved it finally.
Biden also did away with all new oil leases on federal lands and ended drilling in oil rich Alaska.
Instead of embracing the plentiful energy in America’s hands, Biden instead has pushed a green agenda and is wanting to move towards more “sustainable” and “green energy”, despite the fact that renewable energy is largely unreliable and simply doesn’t have the capacity to power a country the size of the U.S.