On Thursday night, the president told a Democratic fundraiser in Washington that the Pass My Jobs Bill bill would create 1.9 million new jobs. What kind of jobs are created by this kind of magical thinking? Well, they’re “green jobs” — and, if we know anything about “green jobs,” it’s that they take a lot of green. German taxpayers subsidize “green jobs” in their wind-power industry to the tune of a quarter of a million dollars per worker per year: $250,000 per “green job” would pay for a lot of real jobs, even in the European Union. Last year, it was revealed that the Spanish government paid $800,000 for every “green job” on a solar-panel assembly line. I had assumed carelessly that this must be a world record in terms of taxpayer subsidy per fraudulent “green job.” But it turns out those cheapskate Spaniards with their lousy nickel-and-dime “green jobs” subsidy just weren’t thinking big. The Obama administration’s $38.6 billion “clean technology” program was supposed to “create or save” 65,000 jobs. Half the money has been spent — $17.2 billion — and we have 3,545 jobs to show for it. That works out to an impressive $4,851,904.09 per “green job.” A world record! Take that, you loser Spaniards! U.S.A.! U.S.A.!
Funny, except it’s a hideous truth: Obama and his enviro-zealots are pushing us to bankruptcy in the name of their religion.
Make no mistake, it is a religion, a matter of faith. This is the only rational explanation for the irrational, magical thinking that must lay behind the urge to throw more billions out the door, again and again, hoping for a better outcome. Billions of our money, mind you. Billions that we need to borrow from any bank or nation fool enough to trust a government led by an incompetent socialist like Obama.
Does any sentient being with an IQ higher than that of a tree moss not realize by now that “green jobs” don’t grow because you make bad loans to fraudulent enterprises like Solyndra?
It’s not easy being green. It does, however, hasten our descent into what Obama seems to desire: America as just another, ordinary, and, yes, second-rate nation.