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Obama Wastes Hundreds of Millions on “Worker Training”

Oh no. The ruling class squandered some more of our money. That’s okay, we’ve all got endless sums of it. We’ll keep sending our taxes to Washington until they CHANGE CENTURIES OF PRECEDENT AND START OPERATING EFFICIENTLY.

Nearly half of those trained under a $501 million stimulus-funded green jobs training program didn’t get any job at all! Any many of those who landed employment didn’t get jobs that one might actually consider “green.”

At least the White House minted a new group of people who feel thankful to the government. It turns out they weren’t training people to be green workers. TheY were training them to be Democrats!

From Fox News:

The findings — released in a June report by the Government Accountability Office — showed that only 55 percent of those trained were able to place in a new job, many of which were not technically green jobs. The $501 million in funding came from the 2009 stimulus law.

The report also uncovered that the Department of Labor created a framework that led grantees to broadly interpret the program’s definition to include any job “that could be linked, directly or indirectly, to a beneficial outcome” which led to the gap between training programs and available green industry jobs.

That is, are you the bathroom attendant at a solar power company? Are you their slimy lobbyist? Then YOU are performing a green job!

Meanwhile, according to the Democratic-leaning Brookings Institution, the Obama administration didn’t know what it was doing, but spent money anyway! Who ever heard of government doing such a thing???

“Basically, this is what can happen when you fund large programs amid much uncertainty and when there’s too little data available,” Mark Muro, senior fellow and policy director for the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program, told

“In 2009, there was very little hard, detailed, metro-by-metro data available about the particular size, nature, and growth rates of the so-called ‘green economy.’

That is, there weren’t any green jobs, but the Five Year Plan called for green job training, so that’s what happened!

This is why the stimulus should have been structured as tax breaks instead of gifts to President Obama’s friends and favored industries.

Here’s some discussion of the matter on Fox News.

H/T to Jim Hoft at Gateway Pundit.

13 thoughts on “Obama Wastes Hundreds of Millions on “Worker Training””

    1. Hopey Copey–an interesting name. Is one of the dance steps that the Republicans bend over and grab their ankles?

    2. Nice blog Star. Learned some stuff. Profoundly disconnected was interesting also. Have a friend whose son is having a tough time. A lot of these kids who had plans (especially in the arts) are having a tough time making the mix it up and jump out of the box leap. Anyway, thanks.

  1. Pshaw, $500M is just a rounding number in our national budget. Besides that fact, the dollar is just an imaginary form of commerce that the Treasury prints out on their magic machine every day.

    After a moment’s thought, the only green job would be the farmer who turns over his field with a big twig, pulls the weeds by hand, and harvests his field’s bounty by placing it on a sled made with fallen logs and pulling it into the nearest community. It’s almost like the days after the cave-man discovered he could grow his own food instead of killing it.

    1. The REAL “green” job is keeping Obama’s WH “Choom Gang” supplied for Barry’s “Birthday”.

      Think Jay-Z has a Solyndra-sized no-bid contract for that?

    2. Liberals always try to reinvent the wheel, srdem. Green energy is the new magic elixir to cure all our financial ills doncha know. Heck, the feds dropped that much money on loans to Solyndra that will never be repaid, what’s another half a billion to “train” their former employees and other failed green energy boondoggles again, and again, and again…

  2. “TheY were training them to be Democrats!”(sic) – Keith Koffler

    Isn’t that what the last 40 years of public education have already done, as well as generations of welfare?

  3. I keep reading articles and nothing sticks in my mind on why AZ is not the solar capital. It would cost I think $20K to put panels on my little hut. That is a lot! Then they lower the amt the elec cos will pay YOU for excess power you can store and sell back to them…so it hardly pays to invest in the system…It seems so obvious for AZ–but I can never figure out why everyone does not have it here…

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