Monday, June 13, 2011

Cruising the Web

Obama loves his image of sparking green jobs. It's just a shame that there is no real count of how many green jobs his policies are supposed to have created. And conveniently for Obama, such a count won't be available until after the election. So he can make all the claims he wants in campaign speeches with no real evidence to back up such claims. And how many of those jobs will survive without federal stimulus money to prop them up?

Anthony Weiner was happy to dump on other New York politicians having their own personal scandals. So it seems turnabout is fair play that his own party is now turning on him. And having more pictures emerge of him grabbing his crotch in the House gym is not going to help this story go away while he takes his "leave of absence." Though it seems that the local head of NOW is willing to add dispensation to Weiner for his naughty habits to the "one free grope" rule that feminists had for politicians whose politicians they like.

But at least you can buy your own Anthony Weiner action figure. There is even an adults only one you can purchase.

Mona Charen posits that the whole Weinergate story may well mean that we are returning to some minimal sexual morals for our elected leaders.

And now environmental regulations are going to make electricity bills jump 40 to 60% in the next few years. As Ed Morrissey points out, this is one campaign promise that Obama is keeping.

Of course when the head of the EPA has the rather unique economic theory that harming an industry will actually "create jobs" because it will increase the need for technology to work around EPA's regulations, is there any doubt about how this administration's policies are going to hurt both consumers and employees?

But then destroying jobs to create jobs is also Obama's approach as he travels to North Carolina today to trumpet jobs created by a company making LED bulbs while ignoring the jobs lost by government forcing incandescent bulb factories to close. And ignoring ticked-off consumers who actually prefer the old bulbs.

But why should we worry about the economy when Debbie Wasserman-Schultz assures us that the economy has turned around?

As Jonah Goldberg points out, it is economic growth that improves the environment, not living simply.

But, as Michael Barone points out, the Obama administration wants to send federal money to build a high-speed rail line from Iowa City to Chicago where it would take five hours to make the trip. Yeah, we should spend millions to build such a line when you can right now take an $18 one-way ticket to ride on a bus with wireless internet in under four hours. I guess Obama will have to depend on his EPA to drive the bus services out of business so he can "create new green jobs."

Two more major companies, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and the Chicago Board of Trade, are thinking of moving out of Chicago because of the high taxes there. Of course the governor is trying to woo them to stay with tax incentives that might cancel out the increase in business taxes that he pushed through. What fun to be a politician who can take with one hand what he presents with the other hand.

Oh, and that NC LED company that Obama is visiting today? It turns out that its strategy involves building new plants in...China.

5 comments:

ic said...

"...the head of the EPA has the rather unique economic theory that harming an industry will actually "create jobs" because it will increase the need for technology"

How about the head of the House's theory that unemployment compensation was stimulating the economy? (Fortunately, the airhead is no longer Speaker. Unfortunately, she still speaks.

ic said...

LED bulbs contain lead and arsenic.

Curly bulbs contain mercury, and emit a cloud of carcinogenic cloud over your head. (German scientists' suggested we don't stand under them.)

ic said...

"Of course the governor is trying to woo them to stay with tax incentives that might cancel out the increase in business taxes that he pushed through."

Of course only the little people, the unconnected small business owners, the working stiffs pay taxes. Btw, the working stiffs are grateful to the governor for not destroying their jobs.

LarryD said...

I predict that Obama's approval rating is going to go down, as these things take effect.

And he won't understand why.

Locomotive Breath said...

In LED "bulbs", the lead that was formerly in the solder has been or is being eliminated. This is true of all electronic products.

There is a minuscule amount of arsenic in red LEDs. The LEDs used for lighting are generally using indium gallium nitride. In red LEDs, the arsenic is bound up in a crystal structure.

All fluorescent lights contain mercury. It is only released if the glass is broken. Mercury is not a carcinogen but is a toxic heavy metal.