Oh Those Obama Green Jobs … $20 Million Federal Grant, Three Homes Retrofitted & 14 New Jobs Created
OBAMANOMICS AT ITS FINEST – WOW, OBAMA REALLY IS A JOB CREATOR, $20 MILLION AND 14 JOBS LATER … A TOTAL BUST.
Maybe President Barack Obama can tout the following job creation on his “Magical Misery” job bus tour? Then again, maybe not. One year ago, VP Biden praised the $20 million green job initiative of the federal grant to weatherize Seattle, WA homes. Yet another example of Obama’s job creation. Maybe Barack Obama should point the finger at himself while he is on his lame bus tour instead of blaming other.
Last year, Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn announced the city had won a coveted $20 million federal grant to invest in weatherization. The unglamorous work of insulating crawl spaces and attics had emerged as a silver bullet in a bleak economy – able to create jobs and shrink carbon footprint – and the announcement came with great fanfare.
McGinn had joined Vice President Joe Biden in the White House to make it. It came on the eve of Earth Day. It had heady goals: creating 2,000 living-wage jobs in Seattle and retrofitting 2,000 homes in poorer neighborhoods.
But more than a year later, Seattle’s numbers are lackluster. As of last week, only three homes had been retrofitted and just 14 new jobs have emerged from the program. Many of the jobs are administrative, and not the entry-level pathways once dreamed of for low-income workers. Some people wonder if the original goals are now achievable.
Michael Woo, the director of Got Green, in Seattle stated, “The jobs haven’t surfaced yet” and that “It’s been a very slow and tedious process. It’s almost painful, the number of meetings people have gone to. Those are the people who got jobs. There’s been no real investment for the broader public.” BINGO!!! This is what happens when you force something on the public that is not wanted and there is no market for. $20 million and 14 jobs. Nicely dome Barack Obama. Way to waste the tax payers money on your liberal agenda.
Brian in a Blue State