Crazy Leftist Schemes
that Newt Gingrich would Denounce as Socialism!!!!!
This is what is (and was) known as investing in infrastructure, the current energy problems beg for similar investment. 8 years of George W Bush and his trickle down economics (which isn’t as bad as what Newt espouses) have left no rational choice.
The Urban area power Utilities shied away from Rural electrification due to the higher cost of the transformers. The Government studied it and found a usable , but higher cost transformer and put up money to assist. Now the country at the time was much more rural centered, the resulting stimulus to the other industries, (Vacuum cleaners, coffee pots, heaters, toasters, light bulbs and fans and so forth) probably more than paid for it with additional tax revenues and growth. One final thought at the risk of sounding like a Lefty Egghead, Food stamp assistance as part of increased aid to the troubled families at this time will not go to China. My understanding is that Doritos are still produced in the United States of America.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
the Rural Electrification Act of 1936 provided federal funding for installation of electrical distribution systems to serve rural areas of the United States.
It was proposed by Representative John E. Rankin and Senator George William Norris. The act signed into law by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. At the time the act was passed, electricity was commonplace in cities but largely unavailable in farms, ranches, and other rural places.
The funding was channeled through cooperative electric power companies, most of which still exist today. These member-owned cooperatives purchased power on a wholesale basis and distributed it using their own network of transmission and distribution lines.
In the 1930s, the provision of power to remote areas was not thought to be economically feasible. A 2300 volt distribution system was then used in cities. This relatively low voltage could only be carried about 4 miles before the voltage drop became unacceptable.
REA cooperatives used a 6900 volt distribution network, which could support much longer runs (up to about 40 miles). Despite requiring more expensive transformers at each home, the overall system cost was manageable.
Wiring homes and farms
REA crews travelled through the American countryside, bringing teams of electricians along with them. The electricians added wiring to houses and barns to utilize the newly available power provided by the line crews. A standard REA installation in a house consisted of:
- A 60 amp range circuit
- A 20 amp kitchen circuit
- Two or three 15 amp lighting circuits
A ceiling-mounted light fixture was installed in each room, usually controlled by a single switch mounted near a door. At most, one outlet was installed per room, since plug-connected appliances were expensive and uncommon. Wiring was performed using type NM nonmetallic sheathed cable, insulated with asbestos-reinforced rubber covered with jute and tar.
Many of these installations still exist today, though most have been augmented to support a greater number and variety of appliances.
My Mother’s father was born a farmer, but unlike his brother, he learned to be an electrician and was employed all though the Great Depression, his brother also survived, and prospered as well, but was just a very good Indiana farmer (Bargersville Indiana, Guy and Chester Clore).