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When I See an Obama Bumper Sticker

Obama Bumper Sticker Yes, I'm Stupid

By Gary P Jackson

Time for a little fun. The current top trending hashtag on Twitter is #WhenISeeAObamaBumperSticker

Yes, yes, I know it should be When I See “an” Obama Bumper Sticker, but so what! With so much evil coming out of the Obama regime, we could use a break! Some of the best:

https://twitter.com/wittynate/status/336380777283612672

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More Green Failure: First Solar lays off 2,000 workers

By Gary P Jackson

Here we go again. Yet another “green company is having difficulty.

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — America’s largest solar panel manufacturer is laying off 2,000 workers and closing factories in response to waning demand and increased competition from China.

First Solar Inc. says the layoffs amount to 30 percent of its global workforce. Some cuts come from shutting down production lines in Malaysia and closing a factory in Germany. The company will also cut additional jobs in both Europe and the U.S.

First Solar says its manufacturing costs should drop by $30-$60 million this year and another $100-$120 million a year afterward. It will book a restructuring charge of $245 to $370 million.

The Tempe, Ariz., company says the cuts are necessary to cope with deteriorating demand in Europe, which has been the biggest market for solar panels.

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Newt’s “Gingrich Group” Files for Bankruptcy

By Gary P Jackson

Yet another sign that 2012 presidential campaign back-marker Newt Gingrich is done. His continually poor showing at the ballot box is just one of his problems. It seems his ability to manage a business isn’t much to write home about either.

As MSNBC is reporting, Newt’s Gingrich Group is filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy:

In another black eye for Newt Gingrich, the flagship of what’s known in Washington as “Newt, Inc.,” has filed for bankruptcy.

In a Chapter 7 filing in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Georgia, The Gingrich Group LLC, doing business as the Center for Health Transformation, filed for bankruptcy Wednesday. (Chapter 7 is “the chapter of the Bankruptcy Code providing for ‘liquidation,’ that is, the sale of a debtor’s nonexempt property and the distribution of the proceeds to creditors,” as defined by the federal courts.)

The vast majority of Gingrich’s net worth is tied up in the Gingrich Group. Gingrich is worth overall between $7.1 million and $31 million, according to his financial disclosure. He lists a promissory note from Gingrich Group as being worth between $5 million and $25 million.

Gingrich was chairman of the group until May of last year, when he announced he was running for president. Since focusing his efforts on his presidential run, the “Gingrich Group” has struggled to raise money, leading to its eventual collapse.

The bankruptcy comes at a time when Gingrich’s campaign is struggling to regain any momentum. He has only won two states during his run for president — South Carolina and Georgia, his home state — and he lags far behind front runner Mitt Romney in the delegate count, in third place with just 137 out of the 1,144 needed to become the nominee.

Though he continues to pledge that he’s “going to Tampa,” the site of the Republican National Convention this summer, Gingrich is sounding increasingly like a candidate fighting for relevance rather than the presidency.

(Here are the bankruptcy filings – Part 1, Part 2.)

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Even More Wind Power Fail: $21,000 Wind Turbine Saves Nevada City $4 in Energy Costs

By Gary P Jackson

In Crony Capitalism: Blowing in the Wind we talk about all of the failed promises and corruption involved in the wind power schemes. From Reno, Nevada, comes a tale of even more failure.

The Las Vegas Sun reports on what an expensive failure wind power is in the state of Nevada. It’s a story of politicians jumping on a fad, without thinking any of it through. Poor standards and even poorer regulations have created a considerable mess for all involved.

You have wind turbines that can’t withstand sustained high winds, even those rated for higher winds than experienced. You have turbines far under performing the promised output. The bottom line is people are paying a lot of money, even after generous government rebates, and seeing little to no return on their investment.

One example is the city of Reno, which paid $21,000 to have a wind turbine installed. It’s saved them a whopping $4 in energy costs. In total, the city has paid $416,000 for all of it’s wind turbines, only to see a net savings of $2,800.

In two years!

At this rate, it will take almost 298 years for the investment to pay off.

These purchases were part of a larger $20 million “renewable energy” grant to the city, that was part of Obama’s stimulus package. Might as well have put all of that money in a big pile, poured gasoline all over it and struck a match!

As we have said before, heads need to roll. At the very least, politicians supporting this kind of nonsense need to join the unemployment lines. If one city got $20 million for this kind of lunacy, one has to wonder what the total bill for the entire country is.

And we wonder why we have $15 trillion [plus] debt to pay off.

Frankly I don’t see nearly enough people getting angry over wasteful spending like this. It’s this sort of insanity that has our debt to GDP to debt ratio at 103%. It’s unsustainable and, frankly, unsurvivable. And yet, no one has a serious plan to cut spending, or tackle this problem in a serious manner.

These 2012 elections are pivotal. I firmly believe nothing less than the future viability of our Republic is at stake. We need to replace a whole bunch of members of Congress, and a whole lot of politicians at ever level of government. We must defeat these attempt by government to further the “green energy” scam. If individuals want wind, solar, or goat power, that’s fantastic, but the tax payer can no longer be stuck with the bill for these proven failures.

Americans deserves better, and we must demand it.

Reno – A year ago, a Reno clean energy businessman warned the Public Utilities Commission that if it didn’t set a few standards for NV Energy’s wind rebate program, its customers could end up footing the bill for turbines that rarely produce electricity.
One reason behind his concern: To be eligible for rebates, customers didn’t need to prove that the wind actually blows enough to justify installing a turbine on their property.

This could allow unscrupulous developers to sell turbines to unsuspecting customers who will not generate electricity from an installed turbine because there is no wind to power the turbine,” Clean Energy Center managing member Rich Hamilton told the PUC last May. “This problem is especially vexing because ratepayer money could be contributing to the cost of such turbines, which could give the Wind Generations program and the wind industry a black eye.

The PUC agreed that such a standard would be a good idea but sided with NV Energy’s position that it was too early to move forward with it just yet.

A year later, however, Hamilton’s warning appears to have been spot on.

The electricity produced by NV Energy’s $46 million wind rebate program has fallen far short of expectations.

In a startling example, the city of Reno’s wind turbines — for which the city received more than $150,000 in rate-payer funded rebates — produced dramatically less electricity than the manufacturers of its turbines promised.

These manufacturers, when they gave us the turbines, they said they were designed to be mounted on a parapet at this height, and that’s what we did,” said Jason Geddes, who runs the city of Reno’s renewable energy program. “But when we started getting actual wind flow patterns, we realized their claims were wrong.

As first reported by the Reno Gazette-Journal, one turbine that cost the city $21,000 to install saved the city $4 on its energy bill. Overall, $416,000 worth of turbines have netted the city $2,800 in energy savings.

Not all of the city’s turbines performed so poorly. But on average, the small wind turbines installed statewide through NV Energy’s program have yielded disappointing results.

There is a lot of difference in some of the generators relative to what the (manufacturers) claim,” said John Hargrove, who manages NV Energy’s Renewable Generations program. “A generator can claim to put out 100 kilowatt hours, but that’s based on an assumption that there’s a certain amount of wind. If you don’t have the wind, you won’t have the output.”

That’s exactly why Hamilton pleaded with the PUC to impose a requirement that customers first prove their wind resource before winning a rebate.

I’m terribly worried about the future of the program,” said Hamilton, whose company does solar and wind projects. “We really, really feel strongly about this. I’m a rate-payer. And if the rate-payers are paying for this, the rate-payer should be getting the most bang for their buck.”

Hamilton also believes equipment standards should be in place to minimize faulty turbines, some of which have fallen apart.

That’s happened both in Reno and in rural Nevada. Geddes said one of his turbines that was rated to 110 mph fell apart in a 105-mph gust.

A more catastrophic failure occurred on a farm in rural Nevada, when a large turbine spun apart only days after it was installed. No one was injured, largely because it was in a remote locale.

It was very spectacular,” said Matt Newberry, who runs NV Energy’s wind program. “It was only up for a matter of days. We’re relieved we haven’t had any more of those.”

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Mitsubishi To ‘Mothball’ $100 Million Fort Smith Wind Turbine Manufacturing Facility

By Gary P Jackson

More green fail, and more government incentives down the drain. This time it’s a Mitsubishi plant in Arkansas. A combination of a bad economy, poor sales, and an ongoing battle with General Electric over patent issues.

This is a costly situation for the city of Fort Smith.

From TalkBusiness:

Mitsubishi has decided to “mothball” its Fort Smith wind-turbine manufacturing that was expected to employ 400 at full production.

Officials with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries said the demand for wind turbines in North America had stagnated, with new contracts difficult to obtain. The company is also in an ongoing legal battle with General Electric related to patent claims on wind-turbine equipment.

Since the 2008 banking crisis, demand for wind turbines in the North American market has stagnated, and the commercialization of cheap oil-shale gas and other matters have had a further dampening effect, making it more difficult for MHI to win new contracts,” the company noted in its statement. “In this market environment, the company has continued to promote the development of new and more competitive wind turbines, but in view of few signs of recovery in the North American wind turbine market, it was decided to take steps that include write-down of related inventory and to build a solid foundation for this business.”

The company is also in an ongoing legal battle with General Electric related to patent claims on wind-turbine equipment.

The GE litigation is one of the reasons for MHI’s decision,” Mitsubishi spokeswoman Sonia Williams told Talk Business content partner, The City Wire.As a result of GE’s serial litigation against Mitsubishi, wind turbine developers in the US are hesitant to purchase Mitsubishi wind turbines and banks are loathe to provide funding for projects that use Mitsubishi wind turbines.

Williams also said: “Mitsubishi plans to mothball the plant for the time being.

Mitsubishi officials said they will post a fiscal year 2011 loss of about $240 million (20 billion yen) for the “write-down of wind-turbine inventory and related measures.

HISTORY

Questions about the plant becoming operational were raised less than 90 days after it was announced the plant would be built at Chaffee Crossing.

Mitsubishi announced Oct. 16, 2009, plans to build the $100 million, 200,000-square foot wind-turbine manufacturing plant on 90 acres at Fort Chaffee. Construction is finished on the plant. The plant could employ up to 400 once fully operational, and Mitsubishi officials initially said full production and the 400 jobs could be in place within the first quarter of 2012.

In December 2009 it was learned that legal and trade disputes between Mitsubishi and GE would delay the opening of the Chaffee Crossing plant.

There were concerns that Congressional delays on extending the Production Tax Credit (PTC) to January 2014 was a factor in the decision to make operational the Fort Smith plant. The (PTC) establishes an income tax credit of 2.2 cents per kilowatt hour of energy produced by utility-scale wind turbines. The credit was first established in 1992, and is set to expire at the end of 2012. But Mitsubishi officials have said a PTC extension does not factor into when or if they will operate the newly construction Fort Smith plant.

REACTION

Gov. Mike Beebe issued this statement: “While this decision is a setback, it does not mean that Mitsubishi is leaving Arkansas. Mitsubishi has invested tens of millions of dollars in its state-of-the-art Fort Smith facility.  We will continue working with the company to be ready if the opportunity returns to open that plant.

Mitsubishi is dealing with patent litigation and energy markets altered by inexpensive natural gas. However, the complication I find the most frustrating is the inability of Congress to adopt a stable, long-term national energy policy. Wind-energy companies need to know if incentives will or won’t be available to them long-term. Having to wait every year to find out the fate of federal support for this emerging industry does not help innovation or economic development.

Paul Harvel, president and CEO of the Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce, and Fort Smith City Administrator Ray Gosack are confident the modern building will be used by Mitsubishi or another operator.

We have no idea when they will start. We just do not know. Their intent, I believe, is to open the plant and operate it,” Harvel said. “I do think it will be a long time.

Continuing, he noted: “At some point in time, there will be jobs in that building. There is no doubt in my mind about that, because that building is such a big asset.

Gosack said the news is unfortunate, but not a surprise.

They’ve formalized what we’ve been observing for the last few months,” he said.

However, Gosack believes wind energy is not a fad.

Looking to the future, wind energy is going to be a part of the American energy solution. Looking at the wind-energy market, the (market) winds have gone calm right now, but I expect in the future the winds will become more favorable,” Gosack said.

That future might be wind turbines unlike those planned for assembly in Fort Smith. Mitsubishi said in the statement announcing its Fort Smith decision that it “intends to speed up its development of large offshore wind turbines, which require a particularly high level of technological sophistication, and to expand its onshore wind turbine business in Japan, where demand is expected to grow as a result of the government’s ‘feed-in tariff’ policy to promote renewable energy, as well as in overseas markets.

INCENTIVES

To date, the Fort Smith chamber has paid a little more than $240,000 of a $585,000 incentive package used to recruit Mitsubishi. The chamber incentives have four components. They are:

Mitsubishi is paid $166,667 upon groundbreaking;
Mitsubishi is paid $166,667 when the plant opens;
Mitsubishi is paid $166,666 upon hiring 300 employees; and,

It was initially estimated that Mitsubishi would receive $85,000 for support of temporary office space for “key employees to begin typical start-up activities,” temporary housing for key employees for re-location and a corporate Hardscrabble County Club membership for one year.

I will tell you that if had it to do it all over again, we would do it the same way,” Harvel said.

In addition to the chamber incentives, federal stimulus funds were planned to be used to support $3.7 million in tax-exempt bonds as part of the Mitsubishi incentive package. The bonds, issued by the state, will be paid back by Mitsubishi but at a lower interest rate than traditional bond proceeds.

The city of Fort Smith spent about $1.6 million in road and water/sewer infrastructure support for the plant.

Gosack said the infrastructure support was for more than just the Mitsubishi plant.

Any time we have done infrastructure at Chaffee Crossing, we don’t do it for just one industry. We do it for the benefit also of other properties and other purposes,” Gosack explained, noting that road work related to the Mitsubishi work has opened up new areas of Chaffee Crossing for future development.

The city will also issue $75 million in Industrial Revenue Bonds of which Mitsubishi will make payments in lieu of taxes equal to 50% of the normal property taxes for the first 20 years on building improvements and 12 years equipment. The repayment of the bonds are the full responsibility of Mitsubishi, Gosack said.

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More People Watched Re-Run of “Pawn Stars” Than “Game Change” Twice as Many Saw New “Pawn Stars” Episode

By Gary P Jackson

The Washington Post tells us the premier of Game Change was HBO’s best in almost a decade, but the thinly veiled Obama campaign propaganda film had fewer viewers than a Sunday afternoon re-run of The History Channel’s Pawn Stars. As if to add insult to injury, nearly twice as many people saw a brand new episode of Pawn Stars than watched the Obama campaign schlockumentary.

One massive marketing and GOP-undies-bunching campaign later, the unveiling of HBO’s Sarah Palin flick, “Game Change,”attracted 2.123 million viewers Saturday night at 9. HBO says that is its biggest original-movie opening crowd in about eight years.

To put the audience in perspective, that’s slightly fewer people than sat down the next afternoon at 2 to watch a rerun episode of History’s “Pawn Stars” (2.129 million viewers).

Over the course of the weekend, multiple telecasts of “Game Change” — which chronicles the decision of Republican Sen. John McCain’s campaign to run the then little-known Alaskan governor as his presidential running mate — averaged a cumulative 3.6 million viewers. That’s slightly more than half the number of people who watched an original episode of History’s “Pawn Stars” last week on Monday night at 10.

To put all of this into perspective, when TLC’s travel-adventure series Sarah Palin’s Alaska debuted, 5 million viewers tuned in, the largest debut in the channel’s history. SPA maintained record high viewership throughout it’s 9 episode run.

We still haven’t seen numbers from the debut of The Undefeated on Reelz but seeing as the channel reaches more than twice as many households as HBO, I would think the numbers are strong.

For all the effort the Hollywood crowd put into their Sarah Palin hit piece, it looks to be a dismal failure. Not only did relatively few watch this thing, it’s been shredded by every honest movie critic in the country.

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WTF? Romney Adviser Wants a Gasoline Tax “Exceeding” $2 a Gallon to Cut Consumption

By Gary P Jackson

Just when you think your level of disgust at ALL of the candidates running for the GOP nomination couldn’t get any higher along comes something that is so over the top stupid that all you can do is shake your head and ponder how these people have the ability to feed and dress themselves.

I mean it takes industrial strength stupidity to propose such a tax in the middle of this [or any] economy.

From the Wall Street Journal:

THE NATIONWIDE average gas price is up to about $3.75 per gallon of regular — time for more partisan cheap shots about energy policy. Republicans are recycling Energy Secretary Steven Chu’s remark, shortly before he took office, that the United States should “figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe,” to cut consumption and help arrest climate change. Mr. Chu suggested gradually raising gasoline taxes over 15 years. Never mind that Mr. Chu has repudiated that view, or that President Obama scrawled, and underlined, the word “No” next to a gas-tax hike proposal when it came across his desk in 2009, according to the New Yorker.

And really never mind that N. Gregory Mankiw, former top economic adviser to President George W. Bush and current adviser to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, also backs a stiff gas tax increase, for essentially the same reasons as Mr. Chu. In a New York Times column this year, Mr. Mankiw offered a tax overhaul that might include a gas tax “exceeding” $2 per gallon. Though Mr. Mankiw was speaking for himself, not Mr. Romney, the GOP is in no position to make that argument, given its current use of Mr. Chu’s comments against Mr. Obama.

It should be noted that in this article the WSJ is actually advocating for these outrageous gasoline taxes, as they lament that Americans are significantly under-taxed. Never mind, that in some states the state and federal gasoline taxes can be as much [or more] than 10 times the profit the oil companies and services stations make. Seriously, those who take the risks, produce the product, and retail it, make very little, while the government makes a lot. And yet these nimrods want even more.

It’s not the fact we are taxed to little, it’s that government spends too damn much, and rarely spends it wisely.

As for consumption, that’s a bogus argument. According to the State Smart Transportation Initiative [SSTI] American gasoline consumption is down to 2000 levels. This is due, of course, to the fact that cars and trucks are more fuel efficient thanks to advances in technology. While I have no numbers to support this, I would imagine the Obama Economy™, which has so many out of work, has caused a decrease in consumption as well.

Just like we don’t have taxing problem, we don’t have a consumption problem. We have a supply problem. The demand for oil is strong world wide. We could do something to change the supply to demand ratio by simply exploring all of the God given natural resources we have in this country, and we have more than plenty.

According to a June 2008 article in Kiplinger Magazine, the United States has enough oil reserves to power the nation for upwards of three centuries :

… untapped reserves are estimated at about 2.3 trillion barrels, nearly three times more than the reserves held by Organization of Petroleum Exporting Counties (OPEC) and sufficient to meet 300 years of demand-at today’s levels-for auto, aircraft, heating and industrial fuel, without importing a single barrel of oil.

Again that was at 2008 levels and, at least for now, we are consuming far less. This also doesn’t talk about our incredible supply of natural gas. We have 1. 67 quadrillion (1,670 trillion) cubic feet of recoverable natural gas in the arctic alone. Natural gas is clean, green, and cheep. It’s a perfect, clean substitute for gasoline.

Of course, Energy Secretary Steven Chu, and Romney’s man N. Gregory Mankiw have another agenda. Both of these radicals believe global warming is real, not a hoax, and are thus driven to “fix” this non-existent problem.

Obviously this reflects on Mitt Romney in a highly negative way. Just as Newt Gingrich’s belief in the hoax [and his desire to “fix it”] should disqualify him from consideration as a serious human being, Romney needs to answer for his adviser’s position. Does Romney believe the hoax is real, or is his adviser out there on his own? Either way, it reflects poorly on Romney that he would surround himself with foolish people like N. Gregory Mankiw.

This sort of buffoonery is unacceptable.

We need people serving our president, and the American people, who are of sound mind and body, and in full control of their faculties. People with some common sense. Not the sort of gullible, unsophisticated thinkers who fall for the pseudoscience behind the warming hoax.

And people wonder why so many of us want a “do-over” this year. [or hope for an open convention and a new candidate].

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Crony Socialism Run Amuck: 11 More “Solyndras” Discovered in Obama Energy Program

By Gary P Jackson

More failure from the socialist Obama regime and it’s attempt to shove unproven “green technology” down our throats. This came out on Friday, when a lot of people may not have been paying attention:

From Real Clear Politics:

CBS News’ Sharyl Attkisson takes a look at 11 more Solyndras that were part of Obama’s Energy program. Attkisson was one of the original reporters that uncovered the Solyndra scandal.

CBS News counted 12 clean energy companies that are having trouble after collectively being approved for more than $6.5 billion in federal assistance. Five have filed for bankruptcy: The junk bond-rated Beacon, Evergreen Solar, SpectraWatt, AES’ subsidiary Eastern Energy and Solyndra.

According to CBS News, Beacon Power, a “green energy storage company,” received $43 million from the government. Standard and Poor’s had given the project a rating of “CCC-plus.”

Lots of hard earned taxpayer dollars thrown at companies tied to the Obama regime. This rush to fund non-viable “green” energy companies is insane.

None of these technologies are commercially viable. If the government wasn’t subsidizing them through loan guarantees [and outright grants] as well as huge tax breaks for end users, there would be no way any “green” company could survive.

This should anger every American.

I’m for clean energy, and finding alternatives, but at a time our debt is 105% of our yearly GDP we have no business funding any of this nonsense. Of course, even in good times government has no business picking winners and losers. I could see government funding a modest amount of research, but actually funding companies? No way.

It’s time government get out of the way of all businesses. It’s time government get out of the business of funding businesses. It’s time government gets out of the business of subsidizing or otherwise incentivising any business or product. It’s time government allow the free market to work.

It’s also time we start sending people, be they politicians, or their cronies, to prison for a very long time.

You might also want to read More Misadventures in Ethanol Production

A little dedication to all of the “green” con artists bilking the taxpayers out of their hard earned money. This should be their official theme song. A love song to the government stooges who hand out your money …. well…. like candy!

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Amateur Hour: Mitt Romney Likely to Be Only GOP Candidate on Illinois Ballot

By Gary P Jackson

First off, leave the conspiracy theories and the insane hatred for The Great Satan™ Mitt Romney, at the door!

Fact is, Mitt Romney is the only one who is professional enough to run a presidential campaign. Period. Does it make him our favorite choice, or even a an acceptable choice? Maybe, maybe not. But it must be said, that candidates who don’t have the skill and organization to get on the ballot so they can run for President, probably don’t have the skill and organization to BE president.

This is simple folks stuff, and something anyone running for any office, at any level, must do. It’s as basic as it gets.

There’s still a couple of days to go, and one or more candidates may come through, but judging them by their complete incompetence, and inability to get on the Virginia ballot, I ain’t holding my breath!

From Warner Todd Huston:

The first filing date for candidate petitions has now come and gone and those that are going to appear on the Illinois primary ballot is being set. And — drum roll please — we can just dispense with this whole primary dealio because apparently Illinois’ Republican voters will choose Mitt Romney.

Ah, but you might bristle at this. You might immediately launch into paroxysms of calling me a RINO for picking Romney over all the other worthy GOP candidates for president, right?

Well save your ire.

You see, I am not saying Romney is the best candidate for Illinois. I am saying that he’s the ONLY candidate for Illinois… literally.

Mitt Romney was the only GOP candidate for president that had the ground game in Illinois to even get on the ballot with the first filing date.

Below is a screen shot of the Illinois Board of Elections page showing all the candidates for president that filed their petitions.

Read more here.

People are so anti-Mitt that it boggles my mind. Again, he’s not my idea of the ideal candidate, especially in these times. But he’s going to be our nominee simply because he’s the only one who has his act together.

In a Republican field that has absolutely no one that excites me, no one who meets my expectations of what we need in our next president, I gotta say, and least Mitt is competent and detail oriented. That’s like a cool drink after wandering in the desert, compared to watching the clusterfark the other GOP presidential candidates and their campaigns have become.

Again, I’m not saying Mitt is the ideal candidate, but the rest are so disorganized, he’s going to be our nominee by default!

Candidates have until January 6 to turn in their homework. Let’s see if any others make the cut, or start crying the dog ate it!

H/T Whitney Pitcher

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Obamanomics: Half-Million Dollars Creates Exactly 1.72 Jobs

By Gary P Jackson

The best of both worlds in this story. Government waste at it’s worst, and “green jobs” all combine for exactly the kind of failure that is destroying the nation.

Oh and there is this little nugget as well:

The grant also funds Spanish-language training for Hispanics in the landscaping and tree care industry to “develop employability skills and increase job retention.”

Conrad could not say how many, if any, jobs were created by that training.

I can’t help but wonder why Americans, or legal immigrants, would have the need to learn basic English. I also wonder why it’s the Clark County Urban Forestry Revitalization Project’s responsibility to train them. I’m all for helping those who want to better themselves, and learning English will help them tremendously, but all of this stimulus money was supposed to create jobs.

A lot more than the 1.72 that it has.

From Peter Griffin at Fox News:

A federal stimulus grant of nearly $500,000 to grow trees and stimulate the economy in Nevada yielded a whopping 1.72 jobs, according to government statistics.

In 2009, the U.S. Forest Service awarded $490,000 of stimulus money to Nevada’s Clark County Urban Forestry Revitalization Project, aimed at revitalizing urban neighborhoods in the county with trees, plants, and green-industry training.

According to Recovery.gov, the U.S. government’s official website related to Recovery Act spending, the project created 1.72 permanent jobs. In addition, the Nevada state Division of Forestry reported the federal grant generated one full-time temporary job and 11 short-term project-oriented jobs.

It also resulted in the planting of hundreds of trees — which critics say is about the only good thing that came out of this stimulus project.

Looking at the failure of the stimulus to live up to its promises, not just in Nevada, but throughout America, I think the question becomes ‘is there any good use of stimulus money?‘” said Douglas Kellogg, communications manager for National Taxpayers Union, in an email to FoxNews.com.

A Nevada state official has a simple explanation for the low job growth.

If the question is ‘was this a job-creating project?’ the answer is ‘no, it wasn’t,'” said Bob Conrad, public information officer for the Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. “It was one of a number of projects that we do believe helped improve natural resources in the state.”

Conrad said the $490,000 is being used for a number of projects. Those projects include tree inventories, salaries for staff at the nurseries through the Nevada Division of Forestry, plant material and plant supplies.

The goal obviously was to make trees available to local government entities, parks, schools, things like that, at our state nursery,” said Conrad. “We basically grew and provided about 2,000 trees to these local entities.”

The grant also funds Spanish-language training for Hispanics in the landscaping and tree care industry to “develop employability skills and increase job retention.”

Conrad could not say how many, if any, jobs were created by that training.

We had to put together projects within very specific parameters. If the particular project you’re referring to didn’t create jobs necessarily, that’s really something that’s beyond the parameters of the program and it’s really something you’d have to ask the federal government, the U.S. Forest Service.”

Repeated calls by FoxNews.com to the U.S. Forest Service were not returned.

A project summary provided by Conrad showed an even lower amount of full-time jobs, with 1.37 full-time employees at the Las Vegas Nursery.

Conrad explained that the number of full-time jobs is low because most of the tasks, such as planting trees or driving plants from the nursery to participating schools or parks, are given to individuals on a short-term basis via a temp agency. For example, 11 people were hired temporarily for different aspects of the project, such as planters, trainers, drivers, and individuals to develop programs.

You’re not going to hire a driver full-time for this entire project if the driver is only needed for a limited number of hours,” said Conrad. “It wouldn’t make good business sense to hire a full-time person to do something that’s really just a short-term need for the project.”

Nevada has the highest unemployment rate in the nation, which, according to latest U.S. Department of Labor statistics, stood at 12.9 percent in July.

Kellogg said that the low job growth from this project could rub taxpayers the wrong way.

Job-killing taxes, or more debt for a downgraded nation, are not likely to bring relief to our unemployment crisis,” said Kellogg.

Conrad said that only 60 percent of the stimulus money has been used so far and of that amount, 90 to 95 percent of it is already allocated to salaries, sub grants, and other projects.

The project isn’t done,” said Conrad.

But Kellogg believes it’s a bad use of taxpayer money during these tough economic times.

The president may well propose new stimulus efforts when Congress returns from recess,” said Kellogg, “and those who learn from past stimulus debacles will not be fooled again.”

I’m stunned. How was Nevada growing trees before this deal came along? Did the American taxpayer really need to pay a half-million dollars for this?

It’s time for the Obama regime to get out of America’s way and let us do what we do best. If Obama would take his boot off the neck of the American entrepreneur he and she will create more jobs than anyone can imagine.These stimulus programs are worthless.

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