Oh Look, Another $500 Million In Green Money Wasted

Politicians in Washington, DC treat our hard earned tax dollars like Monopoly money. Here’s the latest example – another $500 million wasted on green jobs training. But we’re supposed to believe they can’t cut the budget.

A federal audit shows that nearly a half-billion dollars in government funds was spent on training workers for so-called “green jobs.” The only problem is that not enough positions in the growing industry exist.

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. …

“The GAO report is just more evidence that the administration has no clue what drives a successful economy and job growth,” said Paul Chesser, an associate fellow at the National Legal and Policy Center. “President Obama tried to build this economic sector, but the buyers didn’t come. And now after the initial flurry, the ‘green jobs’ are evaporating.”

“All along the administration has stretched descriptions to the extreme so they fit the “green job” categorization. Pour cement for a wind turbine? Green job! Pick up trash? Green job! Lay floors with ‘sustainable’ materials? Green job! Congratulations — you all get taxpayer subsidies for your work!” (Read More)

This is especially annoying considering A: the nearly $17 trillion national debt, and B: the number of kids with student loans who aren’t being steered into the trades where they could actually make a decent living, while providing much needed services.

The only private enterprises the Democrats like are the ones owned and run by their cronies and donors.

H/T The Pirate’s Cove

Update: LD Jackson linked – thanks!