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Go Green Go Broke

Updated on August 18, 2011


August 17, 2011

It is the best of times it is the worst of times...

In these times of “job creation” by the Obama administration it is becoming the worst of times…

Oh, that’s right, it’s been 2 ½ years and Mr. Obama’s promises about the economy have all come true. Excuse me? They haven't?

Hasn't he created jobs and stimulated the economy?

No is the answer. In fact there have been many, many jobs lost during his tenure.

What is it you say? We’ve saved jobs? Oh, yeah, that’s right, thanks to the Obama administration there have been millions of jobs saved by that stimulus package they implemented I always forget that economic term...

Right. If you believe that I have this bridge in Brooklyn I’d love to sell you at a deep discount…

Let us take Evergreen as a prime example of an Obama success shall we? You might not know about Evergreen but you should. Your money was funneled into this business in the guise of subsidies and “stimulus.” You may ask, "So, just what did my tax dollars get me?"

The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported Reuters published a story hailing the god-like miraculous qualities of getting on board with "green power". The Reuter's headline was: “As Energy Costs Soar, U.S. Looks to Solar.”

That was 2008.

The CEO of Evergreen agreed saying “It’s not far away” while putting his hand out for more subsidies.

So with infinite wisdom, Democrat Governor Deval Patrick poured taxpayer money into Evergreen because he said he wanted to “…help Evergreen Solar grow and thrive right here in Massachusetts and give us a head start toward building a clean energy economy…”

I've discovered a well kept secret by Al Gore and the so-called main-stream media. You know those environmentalist claims? It's just a pile of baloney.

Case in point: Evergreen just filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Your tax dollars were wasted.

Okey Dokey. Well then, let’s take Seattle’s Green Jobs program! Surely in the land of hippies and rabid environmentalists, success is a foregone conclusion!

That would be a big NOT! Apparently, the entire Seattle Greens jobs idea is a complete debacle! Wow! Say it ain’t so!

Sorry to report such distressing news. Much to our chagrin, and by “our” I mean the 49% who pay taxes for the 51% who do not--after shoveling in $20 million dollars to Seattle to well…create shovel-ready jobs, one year later, a whopping—are you ready? Can you stand the suspense??

14 jobs were created! Break out the band, let’s par-tee! Ye Ha! Now that’s what I’m talkin’ about!

Wait, you say 14 jobs created means the economic geniuses Mr. Obama hired to give us this great Hopey-Changey-Infusion-of-Tax-Dollars-Into-Pet-Obama-Projects-Plan didn't work? I don’t understand! I can’t comprehend why the stimulus didn’t work especially when it was tossed into that great big “global warming” pile!

Now I guess if you use your noggin, some will say it’s the economy.Stupid.

Well you have the stupid part right...

I’m not making this up. Read the link to the Seattle article. That’s what environmentalists are saying is the cause of this total and utter failure of the Green jobs Creation program in Seattle. The bad economy just messed up all their plans.

Wait…let me get this straight. So you’re saying that millions of tax dollars that were to be used to create jobs in a bad economy didn’t work because the economy was bad?

Who knew?!

They also say not enough tax dollars were taken from American citizens for the program. Actually I'm sure they used the term "invested" - I stand corrected. Not enough tax dollars were "invested" for the program...

That’s the liberal mantra, “throw tax dollars onto it and if that doesn’t work, golly geepers, just throw more!”

I’m so very puzzled as to why overall our economy isn’t working. It just makes me…well…sad that I can’t come up with a reason (nor can Mr. Obama and his entire administration) the Obama stimulus didn’t work. L

et’s take the Ruby Pipeline. Maybe we can see a light at the end of the tunnel on that one.

Now there’s a shovel ready idea that should soar with promise and success. The Ruby Pipeline. Has a nice ring to it don't you think?

According to an op-ed in WSJ August 16, last month “…the 682 mile Ruby started feeding liquefied natural gas from the Rocky Mountains to the growing West Coast markets. Stretching underground from Opal, Wyoming, to gas interconnections near Malin, Oregon…”

This massive project is one of those shovel-ready jobs paid for with federal tax dollars.

Now in this case, the Ruby pipeline is up and running. [waits for applause to die down]

However, that it was built and is functional is in itself a modern miracle. There was for example, pre-filing. That is “…a process to apply for a permit to to apply for the permit known as an ‘environmental impact statement'.” Something that is a must for any major U.S. project. A blessing is needed from, as the WSJ puts it, “…the alphabet soup of federal agencies.”

There were paleontology rules that had to be signed off on, a study of “rock stacks” that were possibly used as “…navigational markers for routes and trials prior to maps” that had to be considered. They had to take into account wild horses of course. Then there was the sage grouse. Even though the bird wasn’t listed in the Endangered Species list, “…a 44-member environmental inspection team identified 1,600 migratory bird nests during construction…”

All monitored by the Historic Preservation Act of 1966 and some others from the alphabet soup of agencies.

Your tax dollars hard at work because of the EPA folks.Oh it's up and running. Over budget, and still as of this writing, stalled and prevented from business as usual due to a laundry list of other EPA Nazi-like demands.

What a lovely way to entice businesses to take up shop on our amber waves of grain! Come on in! We'll force your employees to become union against their own wishes, therefore jacking up your wholesale costs, then tax the ca-ca out of you and we'll even slap you with so many EPA rules to prevent you from any type of building or production, why you'll just tuck your corporate tail and go to China!

Isn’t it time we dumped this green business and allow private businesses to get down to what they do best, namely creating jobs and tax revenue. This can only occur when the federal government gets out of our dad gum business! Green jobs, shovel ready jobs failures. Seeing a pattern here? Go green, go broke!


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      Carol 6 years ago from Michigan

      Will -- OH I KNOW! What a bunch of ya hoos these people are. They NEVER EVER think anything through - they just react!

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      Carol 6 years ago from Michigan

      Pop - it's just mind boggling, isn't it?? It's almost insane - or maybe they ARE insane that ANYONE supports this President as President. I just don't get it!

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      Carol 6 years ago from Michigan

      Frog - then after he rammed through the healthcare bill he SWORE he was going to hit the jobs problem as his number 1 priority. This guys is nothing but a con artist with a mean streak of narcissism.

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Another 'green' monster is wind power. Remember how the media took thousands of pictures of oil soaked birds after an oil spill? Remember how oil companies were fined thousands for every bird that died, especially if they were a protected species?

      Now we learn that 'green' windmills have killed thousands of such birds, including hundreds of protected eagles , hawks, and vultures, but they have never been fined, even once! What happened to equal protection under the law?!

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      breakfastpop 6 years ago

      There is no accountability. Just put your hand out, take the money and run. No one will be following or watching. More proof that big government doesn't work and that this government doesn't work at all. Up useful, interesting and awesome.

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      The Frog Prince 6 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Out there on the campaign trail in 2008 he said, "Give me the economy, I'll fix it." And we see what we see. Nuff said?

      In 2011and 2012, it will be everyone's fault but his own.

      The Frog

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      Carol 6 years ago from Michigan

      You got THAT right Wayne my friend - as you usually do!

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      Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

      Carol, this is stinking outcome of the stimulus people only one other hoax has come close to such proportion...Al Gore's global warming. Would it not be interesting to see just how much "investment" was actually made by the folks at "Evergreen". The owners must live good as they have already spent what they got from the stimulus...with no accountability for "how" it was spent. This goes beyond the pale of stupidity and outright theft by those in Washington. I shudder to think our many jobs were "saved" that by all rights should have disappeared down at Freddie and Fannie who still have their hand out. Where is the accounting for this money. This question should be asked of Obama everytime his feet touch the ground at another campaign stop...."Show me the money!" I noticed early in the week that he was struggle to use the term "job growth" rather than "job creation". He is finally getting the message that the government does not "create jobs" but it can do a hell of a number of getting rid of some good ones. This is a trainwreck that even Jimmy Carter could love. WB