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A Lump of Coal From Hillary

We’re going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business. — Hillary Clinton during Sunday night’s CNN town hall.

Yes, she really said that. Clinton claims that somehow she is going to replace those jobs. But she’ll do it — somehow, somewhere — by getting all those people who have spent their lives in the mines spinning windmills or engaged in some other kind of “renewable” fuel production.

That is, Clinton is going to use federal policies to destroy an industry and, using the genius not of the market but of the bureaucracy, find work for everyone booted out on the street. It’s the remorseless logic of government planning, which gives the planners a self-indulgent thrill down their leg but results in misery for those whose lives are being planned for them.

“I’m the only candidate which has a policy about how to bring economic opportunity using clean renewable energy as the key into coal country,” Clinton declared Sunday. “And we’re going to make it clear that we don’t want to forget those people,” she continued. “Now we’ve got to move away from coal and all the other fossil fuels, but I don’t want to move away from the people who did the best they could to produce the energy that we relied on.”

How will she stay close to them?

“I am passionate about this, which is why I have put forward specific plans about how we incentivize more jobs, more investment in poor communities, and put people to work,” she said.

That must be comforting to miners in their 40s and 50s who have lost their jobs and lack skills to match the wages they were earning. Intentionally dumped from their employment by “enlightened” policies, you will now find them ringing up your order at Target or desperately trying to make it on their Social Security income.

Since January, six domestic coal producers have filed for bankruptcy, according to the New York Times.

“The decline has taken a heavy toll here in Wayne County and the surrounding area in West Virginia and Kentucky, where roughly one in three of the nation’s 80,000 coal miners work,” the Times reports. “They are at the center of a layoff epidemic that has reduced their numbers by roughly 5,000 annually over the last four years in the two states alone. And the wave of layoffs is spreading.”

Employment in coal mining is at a 20-year low, according to the International Business Times.

A version of this piece also appears on LifeZette.

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22 Responses to A Lump of Coal From Hillary

  1. The video of a candidate dismissing thousands of workers, and causing economic disaster for many regions of the US as a campaign promise is dismaying. The audience seems to be stunned by her callous and strange excitement that she might have the power to shut down an entire industry.

    ot: does she always wave her arms around like a deranged traffic cop?

    • And what about the companies, most of whom are in the 401(k) plans a lot of us have? they have a lot of investments in equipment, land, etc. which suddenly become worth very little, so the company is worth less (or maybe nothing) and our retirement goes down.

    • She does–but I have to agree with Keith on this one–talking about deliberately ruining a big industry depended upon by thousands–if only for cheaper electric bills–is completely disgusting. Yes, mining is a horrible, dirty business–witness the 60 Minutes piece last week on an awful, criminal player who routinely endangered all his workers–but coal has to be part of the mix.

      • The EPA is ratcheting them out of existence.
        Obama said he would do it and it is happening.

        Ohio struck oil and natural gas big time, but the coal industry in this region is essential for many people to make a living.

        The transition from a coal fired plant to a natural gas fired plant takes years and a lot of money, and the customers that demand heat in the winter are paying for it.

        Our electric bills are through the roof.

  2. Hillary will only equal another 4 years of Obama policy.
    People need to quit looking at skin color and gender and concentrate on getting America out of debt.

  3. The Democrats have decimated industries, especially the coal industry most recently. Hillary Clinton is vowing to finish what Obama started to bankrupt or drive coal out of business and call BS on the jobs. And these people know it — and yet so many of them will continue to vote Democrat. It’s bizarre.

    As for Hil being on TV with this as a campaign promise, we all know she could kill and eat a new born litter of puppies and the media and the Democrats would provide the fork and knife and a napkin.

  4. “People aren’t chessmen you move on a board/At your whim/Their dreams and desires ignored.”

    F.A. Hayek (Adam Lustick), “Fight of the Century: Keynes vs. Hayek Round 2”,

    • Alright, I read that Star.
      So who put us 19 trillion dollars in debt ?
      Answer, politicians.
      People that passed a health care bill that they are exempt from by their own edicts.

      Also, how do the bastards become millionaires given their paltry salaries to ‘represent’ US while the American People struggle to make ends meet ?

      Could it be the perks they get ?
      Maybe it’s the $’s they get from the lobbyists.

      Who knows ?
      BS, I know.

      Money and connections are what they are after, a lifetime of them.

      Trump already has them.
      Now why does he want to take on this mess ?

      Maybe, just maybe he loves the Country.

      • Are you denying the point of the story–that all this pandering will result in bigger govt? He sure won’t be lowering govt programs solely through cutting waste fraud and abuse. Maybe he loves this country or maybe he’s in it for himself, I don’t even know and neither do you for sure. You said “maybe.” As for “politicians” getting rich–how about Rubio–he’s not rich. I don’t think your hated Kasich is either, respite a stint in a local office of Lehmanns. There are many in Congress who aren’t–they even live in their offices so not to have to pay for two residences. As I said before, I could keep on typing all this–but you know where I stand. If you think that article was all wrong, then don’t pay attn to it. I offer everything “for what it’s worth.”