The Obama Administration has already spent $500 million tax payer dollars for it's "green jobs" training program. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis claims that approximately 52,000 Americans have participated in the training, about 26,000 have actually completed the training, and only about 8,000 now have "green jobs". The kicker is that some of the 52,000 already had jobs before the Federal Government spent taxpayer money on them.
What we are finding out during the House Oversight Committee hearing on "Green Jobs" is that what the Obama Administration considers a "green job" can come down to some guy driving a diesel truck.
I got a few chuckles out of the article below as Sect'y Solis grasped at straws trying to defend the Obama Administration's definition of a "green job". Kudos to my congressman from FL, Connie Mack, for making his questioning of Solis quite entertaining.
Via: The DC
Obama Officials Play Defense During "Green Jobs" HearingThe article quotes former Oklahoma Congressman Ernest Istook, who is a Heritage Foundation fellow, as saying, "Green jobs are about government subsidies, cronyism, and job cannibalism. They aren't self-sustaining because they rely on giveaways of taxpayer money and they cannibalize existing jobs".
U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis admitted Thursday morning during a congressional hearing that she and the Obama administration believe driving a bus that happens to run on “clean energy” should count as a “green job.”
Florida Republican Rep. Connie Mack, questioning Solis during a House oversight committee hearing about why she and the Obama administration consider a man driving a “clean energy” bus to have a “green job,” pushed her on the absurdity of her argument. “Driving a bus is driving a bus, right?” Mack asked her. “I mean, you turn the wheel, you push the gas, you use the brake?”
Because the vehicles run on “clean energy,” Solis and the Obama administration classify the jobs of their drivers as “green jobs.”
“If you go back to the argument that’s being made about how you substantiate the green industry, the vehicles that were built there are hybrid vehicles, they’re fuel efficient,” Solis responded.
“If I’m sitting in a chair made out of ‘green’ material, does that make my job ‘green’?” Mack shot back. “I mean, he is driving a bus, and to count it as a ‘green job’…” Read more...
Hey, just ask the 1,100 former employees of Solyndra.