Barack Obama will give yet another major "jobs" speech this week. Ho-hum. For all the ballyhoo, he has been giving these for years..... Most of America will tune out and instead look forward to his speech being over so they can celebrate something consequential: the start of NFL Football.
Obama has become tiresome. He is over-exposed. He has overstayed his welcome. We can hear the clichés that will be laced through his speech even before he speaks -- the opposite of an echo.... The promises will be there -- what else can he sell? Certainly not his record on the economy.
He has always been a snake oil salesman; such people always tempt the needy with promises of great things to come....... So we will once more hear him tout his policies as creating legions of new "green jobs" while making America the world leader in green energy.......... We have heard it before. He must either think we are stuck on stupid or he is the one stuck on stupid..... This policy has clearly been one giant Green Jobs Con Job.
Those green jobs we have been promised have been a mirage..... They are often temporary in nature and come at an extraordinary high price..... Loan guarantees, mandates, feed-in tariffs, outright gifts of taxpayer money and other assorted goodies from the government have gone to bolster the prospects of profiteers and not the paychecks of workers..... Often the money eventually flows to China to buy products (solar panels, wind turbines, rare earth minerals)...... The billions for green energy buried in the stimulus bill and the budget of the Department of Energy have been a stimulus all right: to China. But not only have the Chinese benefitted.
Obama's spending has also enriched various venture capitalist supporters in Silicon Valley and other enclaves where Barack Obama is still popular..... The billions that have flowed out of Washington (that is, from us) have brightened the prospects for such Green Entrepreneurs as Al Gore, the political prospects of the Biden family in Delaware (the electric car company Fisker Automotive got hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars from Uncles Barack and Joe Biden to open a factory in Delaware of all places -- despite the fact that most new car factories now are located in right-to-work states; but the Biden political dynasty needs all the help it can get back home).