Justshows how this administration was not just wasting its time on health care reform. It wasted it's time on Green Jobs too! And the drilling moratorium! That helped. I just can't understand how we got ourselves into this mess.
Industrial Policy: The fact that President Obama's "green jobs" campaign has been an enormously expensive failure is now glaringly obvious.
The NY Times reports that "federal and state efforts to stimulate creation of green jobs have largely failed, and that Obama's goal of 5 million new green jobs in 10 years is a "pipe dream." For example, Obama's much-heralded weatherization program "never caught on."
California still has spent only about half its $186 million in federal weatherization funds, creating a grand total of 538 full-time jobs. He also points to the $59 million spent in California on green job training that resulted in just 719 placements. (As opposed to marginal tax rate cuts, which instituted instead of the "stimulus" would have us out of this mess by now)
Nearly three years into Obama's presidency (Three years!), the White House can't point to much solid evidence that significant numbers of Americans are scoring the green jobs the president has been touting. (No, but he can still blame Bush, the Arab Spring, and tax cuts from 10 years ago).
"Of course, we want to be part of the new innovation and green jobs," Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., said recently. "But you know, the green jobs have been about a lot of talk, and not a lot has been happening on that." (because Maxine you idiot Liberal/Socialist, you can't "government innovate".
The landscape is increasingly littered with failed "green" companies unable to survive in the marketplace even with huge government subsidies. But the Obama administration still has its head buried under a pile of solar panels, with the president endlessly touring "clean" factories, pushing electric cars consumers don't want and talking about politically correct "jobs of the future." (Let's hope one opens up in 2012)