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webmaster | 07/16/12

Our PG&E bill this month has a Public Purpose Program assessment of $23.39.

This is a tax on us working people, to give away solar, weatherized homes (free dual pane) or subsidize power bills for those that are on assistance or, as they say, low income. Along with subsidized telephone service, food and housing assistance, Medicaid, free gunshot medical, free drug assistance, free alcohol treatment, free fishing licensee, free driver’s license, free get out of jail assistance, free education for their kids, free spousal abuse treatment, free, free, free. Free camp for the kids so the mom can go out and do what she does. Free soft drinks, chips, free, free, free.

PG&E proudly treated 133,000 homes, exceeding their target for the year, while 400,000 new “customers” enrolled in the CARE program, bringing 1.5 million customers, or more than 90 percent of eligible participants, exceeding the California Public Utility Commission’s enrollment target.

Other than paying my bill on time, do Iget a reward? No. We will more than likely have to pay more to give out to them. Watch for California to take over this program so they can do it more efficiently ... just like the hearingimpaired program.

Pacific Bell used to do that through the business office ... same person that did your service needs.

So much money was in that account that the state took it over to do a “better job.” Your contribution now funds a state agency, funding not only hearing impaired, but also buildings, salaries, vehicles, wages, retirements and parties.

This IS the land of the free ... and the stupid.

Bill Hoffrage,


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