Romney Fails To Capitalize On Obama’s Green Jobs Debacle – OpEd
By Jim Kouri
The Department of Labor was supposed to have trained over 124,000 people for new “green jobs,” but less than half that number have actually received any training. Of those, about 8,000 were placed in jobs, yet only 1,300 workers had jobs lasting more than six months, according to a Labor Department study that’s been all but ignored during the current election cycle.
The Solyndra scandal ignited a firestorm on Capitol Hill among congressional leaders who chastised President Barack Obama for responding to an economic recession with a failed “green energy subsidy experiment.”
But the firestorm seems to have been extinguished by Democrat Party operatives and their allies who infiltrated the news media in order to prop up a failed president, claims a political strategist and attorney, Michael S. Baker.
“While the Obama campaign smear — and jeer at — GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s background, Romney’s camp has failed to tell the American people about the billions and billions of their tax dollars thrown into the ‘black hole’ of green-job creation. It’s Chicago crony-capitalism gone national thanks to the likes of Obama and his Windy City gang,” said Baker.
In addition, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) released a special report blasting the president for wasting nearly $100 billion to create “green jobs.” Undue political influence has determined how much of the money has been disbursed, investigators found.
Rep. Issa expressed his views regarding a newly-released Department of Labor Inspector General report that documents costs and missed objectives of the Labor Department’s “green jobs” program.
President Obama touted green jobs as a way to improve the environment and as a central pillar of his stimulus program. The Inspector General’s report paints a starkly different picture than what the Obama Administration told the American people.
He also appointed an avowed Marxist, Van Jones, as his “green jobs czar, and Jones would still be in the Obama White House had the “alternative news media” not exposed him and his ideas, according to talk show host Glenn Beck.
Once exposed beyond the protection of the mainstream press, Van Jones resigned, according to Baker
“President Obama should move quickly to redirect these funds to deficit reduction and focus on broad-based job creation and economic recovery, not just a niche program that has fallen far short of expectations,” said Congressman Issa.
As President Barack Obama’s disastrous and costly green energy agenda became the focus of a congressional investigation, the administration celebrated the multimillion-dollar “green makeover” of a public housing facility in Washington State.
The festivities came on the heels of a major scandal involving a California solar panel company that folded after receiving more than half a billion dollars from the government. The White House helped the bankrupt manufacturer (Solyndra) get the money over the objections of federal budget analysts and news reports have identified one of the company’s major investors as an Obama fundraiser, according to Baker.
“Fortunately for President Obama, another scandal erupted in his administration that involved Attorney General Eric Holder and a little problem called Operation Fast and Furious and so the Solyndra swindle was relegated to the back burner,” quipped Baker.