Saturday, February 19, 2011
The Fallibility of Memory
President Obama proposed a big cut to the program which helps low income people with their heating bills. See Pro Publica's discussion here. Now I would have sworn the program originated under Carter in response to the big rise in oil prices and the embargoes of the 70's. But while a weatherization program seems to have begun then, the LIHEAP was begun in 1981. I repeat, 1981! The first year of Ronald Reagan's term, the President notorious for being personally amiable but professionally hard-hearted. And 1981 was the year he was cutting taxes and some programs. So, what happened then?