Tag: Failure of green energy

In the age of Obama..

The world is all upside down. The Social Justice Warriors have presided over a period when the rich have gotten richer than ever, and at a record pace. And ironically one of the biggest winners, Mr. Bezos, who raked in $16 billion in one year, runs a newspaper that makes him a ton of money peddling the SJW bullshit to idiots.

Then again, the crime syndicate in charge has had a lot of such first. Evil Boosh was a warmongering monster that made everybody hate and want to attack America. But the worst humanitarian crisis caused by war can be laid directly at the feet of the incompetent idiots showing us that it is amateur hour at every level of this administration. At least the crisis is fucking over the Europeans mostly right now, but the morons in charge will find a way to make Americans not just pay for their mistakes, but to make them suffer as well.

I won’t bore you with other such contradictions, ranging from environmental disasters caused by the very agency trying to destroy our economy with burdensome regulations that it is immune to and seem to mostly exist to help enrich connected rich people like Mr. Bezos in the first place, to the massive surveillance state created by the most open and ethical administration ever. Obamacare? That promise that it would save everyone big money, insure all the uninsured, and generally heal the sick across the board if we just let our betters pass it already? Yeah, it is costing us an arm and a leg, has barely covered a fraction of the uninsured they tauted would all disappear, and is replete with waste and horrible and destructive regulation that’s causing far more harm than if we had kept the status quo.

We are still printing money like it is going out of style and living large on borrowed money. The economy, which has been in recovery since 2009 when Black Jesus took office is in shambles, but the same idiots keep telling you all is well. Employment numbers are abysmal. Income inequality – another one of the big talking points of the SJW crowd – is at its worst. And the stock market, which had rallied primarily because of insane government spending and an ever devaluating dollar, is giving back every gain it has made.

Robots are taking the manufacturing jobs and even the McJobs, now that the SJW are pushing for insane wages for what amounts to entry level work any bozo off the street would be able to do. Cost of living is flying up, and the only reprieve is the fact that despite their promise to make us pay a shit ton more for energy usage, oil prices – you know that commodity they have been telling us for decades was just about to run out – have plummeted. And that happened despite efforts by this administration to do otherwise, although they are trying to take credit for this now.

Green energy has failed miserably (Volkswagen anyone?), across the board, and yet, this has not deterred the priesthood. After all, they have made more money than ever peddling this bullshit.

And the abuses of power continue as well. The IRS Scandal still remains unanswered. And they are not the only big government entity screwing over political enemies of the left. From the EPA to the DOJ, they are going after any and all that dare point out how corrupt these bastards are. Veterans are being fucked over. Whistleblowers that dare tell the truth about the abuses of this administration get crucified and destroyed. A criminal that has basically shown she shouldn’t be given any kind of security clearance is the top contender to replace Obama as the “Capo di tuti capi”. And the list goes on and one.

I guess, I think, my point is that these people are crooks and liars, and the true believers can’t be bothered either way. Long live the free-loaders!

Why tell little lies when you can get away with big ones?

While I will admit that anyone making the case that there is plenty of competition for all the lying done by this WH, the argument can be made that the ludicrous claim they are transparent in their dealings and want an independent press can be seen as taking the cake. With so many key Obama people, all under investigation, destroying subpoenaed evidence, or the history of Obamacare and the lies and vote buying that went along with what will likely be remembered as the most destructive and insane thing put into law in the US, the VA scandal and the attempt to CYA, which I should add portends the future of Obamacare, the long running IRS targeting political opponent scandal, the lies about Benghazi, the fact Obama, after claiming a victory in Iraq, now pretends it is not his fault it is lost, the Snowden revelations of government spying on citizens, the whole illegal invasion debacle, the shady anti-business green bullshit, and countless other such stories of abuses and cover-ups, one is hard pressed to not do a double take at this brazen lying.

Brave new world it is, though. Tell the lie enough times, and the idiots should buy it, seems to be the strategy of this criminal gang. The only thing transparent about this WH is that they are crooks and care very little for what you think about that. Of course the cock gobblers in the LSM will just ask for some more splooge on their face instead of asmitting Obama uses them for Bukkake fun.

I am going back to incandescent bulbs, man

So let me set this up for you so you can see who startling stupid these green laws really are, and I am gonna use someone else’s work to do this. Let’s set the stage:

Starting Jan. 1, the United States will no longer manufacture or import incandescent bulbs – although stores can still sell what they have in stock. The phaseout is a result of federal rules to switch to more energy-efficient bulbs. Energy-efficient bulbs cost more than incandescent bulbs but last much longer and save on energy costs in the long-term. So why are people still buying incandescent bulbs and what will the phaseout mean for you?

Get it? The greens passed a law banning incandescent bulbs because they were considered inefficient, energy wise, had a short life span compared to what they wanted to replace it with, at least so they claimed, and they created too much pollution, both on the energy generation/consumption/efficiency side of the calculation spectrum, and then they created lots of waste once they where spent and had to be done away with. But why take it from me? From the article:

Incandescent bulbs cost much less than their energy-efficient alternatives – mainly CFLs (compact fluorescent lamps) and LEDs (light emitting diodes). An incandescent bulb can cost as little as 70 cents. Meanwhile, a CFL bulb sells for at least a few dollars and an LED starts at $10 but usually runs around $20. The problem with incandescents is you end up paying more in electricity costs. Incandescents are inefficient – 90% of the energy goes toward heat and only 10% toward light.

Incandescent light bulbs also don’t last as long as CFLs and LEDs. The typical incandescent bulb lasts about 1,000 hours, while a 15-watt CFL bulb lasts 10,000 hours and a 12-watt LED bulb lasts 25,000 hours. In other words, incandescent light bulbs last about a year while CFLs can last 10 years and LEDs up to 25. All told, your energy costs can be 25%-80% less by switching to energy-efficient bulbs, according to Energy.gov.

The alternatives sure do look awesome compared to these incandescent bulbs if you were to take this information they peddle as gospel. Also notice what’s missing? The fact that LED and CFL bulbs cost tens of dollars, each unit, compared to the cheap incandescent light bulbs, making it a shitty buy for the consumer unless they really do last at least 10, or more, times as long. Remember that important detail. And for now lets ignore the fact that neither the CFL nor the LED bulbs that are replacing incandescent light bulbs, produce the same amount of light.

That’s not me making up shit. I have replaced some lights in my home with the ultra expensive CFL and LED bulbs, and in every case I had to drastically bump up the wattage to produce the same light. What used to take a 75W bulb to illuminate requires a 100W LED or a 120W CFL. And the higher the wattage on these replacement bulbs, the more pricey they are. Going from a $1.00 per unit (I am being generous since I used to pay less than $3 for a pack of 4 incandescent bulbs) price to anywhere from $6.99 to $25.00 for the alternative bulb (there is a wide distribution/swing in pricing, and the pricing also seems immune to competition since it’s another government mandated pile of shit that completely squashes the need for competition), one can see the conundrum.

These things better work – at least when it comes to life span, since they already failed the light producing test and required higher wattage bulbs to produce the same light – as advertised on their longevity. Bet you already see where this is going, don’t you? Be patient: there is a lot more. Back to the article and why so many are not bothering with these miraculous devices.

Despite the savings, many still stick with incandescents because they typically don’t spend that much in the first place on lighting in their homes. “There hasn’t been a lot of incentive to go more efficient because it’s not going to make a big deal on their electric bill,” said Joe Rey-Barreau, a lighting design professor at the University of Kentucky and a consultant with the American Lighting Association, about why some people haven’t switch to more energy-efficient bulbs.

While an office building may use 21% of its electricity for lighting, a house uses as little as 13%, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Home improvement store Lowe’s did a study comparing electricity costs of an LED vs. an incandescent bulb. Energy costs for the LED added up to $30 over the bulb’s 22-year lifespan. Energy costs for using an incandescent bulb over that same period added up to $165 – savings, certainly, but perhaps not significant enough for many homeowners over two decades to alter their buying habits.

Wait a minute? If you were saving between 25-80% on energy, that should make a huge ding on your electric bill, right? So why are we not seeing that efficiency savings in our bills? I bet that’s because you have to use a higher wattage bulb, and that means you are actually not doing a good comparison of efficiency. Maybe someone should have done the efficiency test while factoring the candle power output of these bulbs? Then they would have realized they couldn’t just compare a 75W incandescent bulb to a similar CFL or LED bulb? Go figure! Bad information produced by people with an agenda!

And $165 (nice round number, huh?) spread over 22 years is not that big of a deal, I am sorry to say. I replaced my windows with energy efficient ones and my oil consumption to heat my home dropped to ½ of what it was. That saved me a shit load of money and made it worth it. Similarly, putting in a new central air unit and getting rid of 5 window units saved me about 48% on my annual electric bill.

I am also thinking of replacing my generator with a liquid propane one, since I spend $25 a day to keep my gasoline one running. I have done research and a liquid propane genny will run for $4 a day. Granted, I will not run that too often, but when we had no power in my state, 2 years in a row, for more than 10 days, it added up. The day I get a new generator, at least 4 years from now, since my unit is still in great condition even after 4 years (I do maintenance!), I will get a propane one.

But I ordered me a shit load of incandescent bulbs online, and plan to replace the LED and CFL bulbs I have now out, because they suck, and I got ripped off. The LED and CFL bulbs burn out in months, not decades as advertised, because a lot of my lighting is on dimmers and recessed, which neither unit handles well. Between the variable power and the heating, these super expensive bulbs flame out faster than the supposedly short lived incandescent bulbs. It’s not just my own experience, as the article covers this issue somewhat:

Some consumers complain that CFLs don’t last as long as advertised. One characteristic of CFL bulbs is they are “fairly fragile” and can succumb to overheating, said Terry McGowan, director of engineering for the American Lighting Association. “Those life ratings are established in a test lab and not established in somebody’s living room fixture,” McGowan said. “When you put them in a fixture and bottle them up in a glass shade, they get too hot and the life will be shortened.”

LED lights can also overheat. McGowan recommends using these bulbs in light fixtures that have good ventilation. CFL bulbs are also susceptible to shorter life spans when they are frequently turned on and off. A bathroom might not be a good place for a CFL, for example. A table lamp, floor lamp or hallway light would be more likely to extend a CFL bulb’s life span, McGowan said.

It’s not as if this fact was not brought up when the green scumbags pushed this into law! I know several people, including some on IEEE, that pointed this heating issue, as well as the candle power output inefficiency of CFLs and LEDs out, and they did this a long time ago. Long before our green government warlocks straddled us with this idiotic mandate. Those pointing out the problems with the tests and assumptions were basically told to shut up. A lot of people stood to make a shitload of money selling consumers super expensive crappy green shit, mandated by government threat of force, and thus, never subject to the usual pricing mechanism that would lower the cost, which wouldn’t really make that big of a difference in the long run. Don’t buy the nonsense that prices will come down. If they do it will be decades from now, after they lose their government enforced monopoly.

The lesson here is to verify the real life implications of these dumb studies that fool people. Thanks greenies!

Yeah, this is some serious genius that’s gonna end well

I am not the first to make the prediction that this idiotic idea will result in massive abuse and cost the tax payers of New York a pretty penny. From the article:

New York’s first bank dedicated to boosting the deployment of clean technologies is set to open in early 2014, after the state’s Governor confirmed an initial $210 million of funding.

The NY Green Bank is eventually expected to be capitalized with $1 billion, investing alongside the private sector in renewable energy, energy efficiency and other low carbon technology projects.

On Thursday last week, Governor Andrew Cuomo confirmed an initial $210 million backing for the Green Bank, $165m of which is from unallocated government funds, such as surcharges in utility bills that the state already collects for energy-efficiency programs, and $45 million from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative emissions trading scheme.

He said the bank was now on track to open for business and start offering its first loans and other financial products in early 2014.

We all have seen how well this green sector shit has played out for us tax payers at the federal level. It’s been a horrible investment, period, and it has been nothing but crony capitalism wealth transfer schemes of the worst kind. Nothing says make the rich richer, and the poor poorer, like green energy. From Solyndra to Fisker, we have forked over tens of millions only to see a few connected people rake in the cash and the endeavor fail miserably. Tax payers were left to foot the bill and the jobs promised went poof.

Now double down on the fact that this new green energy bank is in New York, only out-crooked by the state of Illinois when it comes to donkey controlled corruption, and you can see how this is going to play out. When you get these government-business incestuous relationships, especially around the idiotic concept of green energy, they are doomed endeavors. The only way for green energy to make money is by political fiat: i.e. onerous and illogical regulations that cost the people money, and produce marginal, if any, value, be it short or long term. Did I mention it is NY state and government is involved to make the point this is doomed to a scandalous failure? Some are betting we find out in two years or so that this whole thing has been abused, and that it either is collapsing, or needs a new cash infusion, courtesy of the tax payers. I think they are horribly optimistic in their predictions.

For those that were still thinking we need to intervene in Syria

I present this tid-bit from the NYT about how nice those Syrian rebels really are.

The Syrian rebels posed casually, standing over their prisoners with firearms pointed down at the shirtless and terrified men.

The prisoners, seven in all, were captured Syrian soldiers. Five were trussed, their backs marked with red welts. They kept their faces pressed to the dirt as the rebels’ commander recited a bitter revolutionary verse.

“For fifty years, they are companions to corruption,” he said. “We swear to the Lord of the Throne, that this is our oath: We will take revenge.”

The moment the poem ended, the commander, known as “the Uncle,” fired a bullet into the back of the first prisoner’s head. His gunmen followed suit, promptly killing all the men at their feet.

This scene, documented in a video smuggled out of Syria a few days ago by a former rebel who grew disgusted by the killings, offers a dark insight into how many rebels have adopted some of the same brutal and ruthless tactics as the regime they are trying to overthrow.

I understand anger and the need for revenge. Where I draw the line is making propaganda videos of the violence. That’s no longer about anger or revenge. Then you also hear that these “poor moderate rebels“, them is John “Francois” Kerry’s words, are busy killing some other problem people. Seriously, these rebels are about as bad, if not worse, than Assad and his clowns.

Look, I will say it again: the best outcome for us in the west is that these people all fight each other to the end. Arm both sides, piecemeal and moderately so neither can get an upper hand, and let them duke it out. Like the Iran-Iraq war, we should all be rooting for – and if possible working towards that goal – both sides to lose. One would think that the lessons of Libya and Egypt would have made that abundantly clear by now, but our credentialed elite intellectual-wanna-be collectivist foreign policy experts, the ones that replaced the cowboy and were going to get the whole world to love us again, are too stupid, too craven, or both.

Leave Syria alone. There is no reason other than to give Team Obama some cover from the scandals that should be leading the news for Syria to even be a concern to us. When you hear stories of emboldened and entrenched leftist senior government bureaucrats EPA SWAT team harasses gold miners in Alaska, or better yet, that workers are yet again getting laid off in higher numbers, and especially as Obama’s signature law, Obamacare, is revealed for the disaster it really is, I can see why Obama and other big government types like keeping Syria in the news.

Shut this idiotic story down. Let those monsters kill eachother off, and lets get down to business discussing how corrupt and tyrannical our best and most transparent administration ever really is and how they are on full assault mdoe against our liberties and rights. That’s the war we should be fighting.

It’s all “unexpectedly happening” or just “faux scandalous”, so look over there!..

At a time when the NSA admits to serious abuse and our illustrious president wants us to believe that this abuse of power>, like so many other scandals and abuses of power from this administration and their cronies are being swept under the rug, that it is all an accident, most people are worried about their economic situation. How’s that recovery we have been told is just around the corner or happening right now, for over 5 years now, working out for ya? Not much recovery of any kind from where I stand, and I am doing real well, all things considered, precisely because I have not fallen for the idiotic propaganda about the donkeys, whose idiotic and destructive barrage of policies and extra-legal actions are nothing but destroy our economy now and for the future, fixing anything.

Just today AP has to report that new home sales have plunged, yet again, and I am sure they want you to believe that it is unexpected. Contrast that with the bullshit from just a couple of months ago, which – I believe – was nothing more than propaganda to help Team Blue look good during some though times. Home sales have been brisk in the Washington D.C. area, and about only there. Can you guess why? Three tries, and the first 2 don’t even count.In my area the same homes that were for sale 1,2, and even as much as 4 years ago, are still for sale, drastically reduced, but not moving. Some have even been demolished! I know of one home in my neighborhood that was purchased about a year ago, and it is now back up for sale. The owner lost their job in our deep blue state of Connecticut. My own home has lost close to 25% of its value from 5 years ago, but I am not hit hard, because I do not owe a bank more than the property is worth, despite some recent fiscal setbacks.

And it doesn’t end with home sales. Gallop reports that unemployment spiked from the fake 7.7% number they had been touting to a more realistic 8.9%, which I still think is low considering it doesn’t count the massive number of part-timers that would want to do full time work and the people that have dropped off the roles and simply do not have any avenue to correct their bad situation, a couple of days ago. Did you hear much about that? No? That’s because the LSM was more interested in deflecting attention from this fact for fear you might figure out they have been blowing smoke up your ass to help protect the donkeys from the economic ruination caused by their stupid policies. America is heading towards a part time employment economy and that’s because, even the lefty media has to admit this now, economic growth is all but non-existent and Obamacare is forcing employers to shed full time workers or risk the collapse of their business venture.

But hey, the problem is the obstructionists that want to kill the pox on our nation, better known as Obamacare, and not the pox itself. Don’t you worry though! Team Blue has a solution; give all the illegals amnesty and boost the rolls of Obamacare enrollees! Yeah, because the problem with Obamacare is that we don’t have enough people looking for freebees instead of enough money to pay for all the freebees. Unfortunately for that hag Sebelius (I call her that because she is a blood sucking monster, not fugly, CM) we find things out like that average healthcare premiums have climbed $2,976 since 2009, despite Obama and the donkeys vowing that wouldn’t happen. But hey, I am the insensitive one for daring to go there. And all this shit comes at a time that people’s average income numbers during this recovery period have dropped by double the number for even a recession!

I am not even going to bother with the details of how disastrous this administration’s foreign policies are. Remember the heady days of Black Jesus and his disciples undoing all the damage done by that Texan cowboy? Well, when you have people pointing out that Obama is worse than Carter, and that abuses of power by Obama and his followers now make what Nixon got kicked out for look tame, or in some cases, that he is the worst president in the history of the united states, one must wonder. This stuff is not baseless. This administration’s policies, domestic or foreign, are inexplicably stupid.

From the idiotic choices about energy to the fiscal policies that involve massive money printing and borrowing to prop up an economy otherwise under assault by other idiotic policies, to the fire raging in the Middle East and the escalation of our military activities, this administration has set new records for insanely stupid. And they are targeting their enemies list, and d don’t care that you know they are doing just that. How low can this moron and his party drag the office of the presidency, huh?

Things are bad, but don’t you worry,that bad Mo-Fo says he still got some game, baby! Hope and Change.. Bleh, this isn’t even funny anymore considering the butt hurt they are causing.

Some perspective on job & economic reality over the last few years

Five years ago when Black Jesus was crowned as the second coming and elected to the once prestigious office of the President of the United States, I remember having a few discussion with a bunch of progressive types at work. My warnings that Black Jesus and his cadre were about to destroy the economy, through the usual progressive belief that forceful coercion of the laws of economics, physics, chemistry, and human nature, by government fiat, were dismissed as crazy talk. Even worse, these types all stressed that the new democrat takeover amounted to the people agreeing with them that using the power of government to force their ideological beliefs and agenda on a reality that didn’t care a whit about unicorns or stupid collectivist fantasies about engineering “social justice” or what not, was a given.

In this case they told me Obama’s win was a mandate (not to be confused with 2 guys going out on a date) to create whatever the fuck a “green” economy is supposed to. That was the wave of the future. And Obama’s green economy was going to make America great, fix the economy, and make a lot of people rich. They were partially right: some people connected to the democrats got very rich from this idiotic green economy nonsense. Tax payers and America however didn’t fare so well. And we all know that despite the propaganda about how the economic recovery is just around the corner that we have been continuously subjected to by the LSM for the last 5 years, followed by all that “unexpected” revision to bad news, that our economy remains on life support.

Without the annual trillion dollar government stimulus spending porkulous handouts to democrat friends, lobbyists, donors, and campaign coffers, we would be in a nose dive. They have been playing fast and loose with fiscal policy. Printing, borrowing, and in general playing a shell game – we have not had a budget because of our Senate for going on 5 years now – all to mitigate the obvious damage they are doing. That green jobs economy has not only not materialized, it has sucked up billions and returned little.

But the funny thing is that as part of that green jobs agenda they have been hard at work destroying what they refer to as the brown (carbon fuel based) economy. And yet, we now find out that despite their massive campaign against the brown economy, that it is the brown economy that is creating jobs and wealth. Can you imagine how much better things would be for the economy and job market situation if these fucks were not undermining this growth at every opportunity and pissing away so much money trying to pretend their green economy is anything but a fantasy? From the article:

President Obama’s campaign promises of millions of green jobs haven’t materialized. A draft report by the Government Accountability Office found that the Labor Department’s $500 billion program to train people for green jobs produced just 55 percent of its targeted job placements—and most of those jobs were not in the solar or biofuels industries. But while green employment withers, brown jobs are booming: according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the oil and gas industry has added more than 162,000 jobs since 2007, a 40 percent increase. That growth rate is much higher than that of the total private sector, which has grown just 1 percent over the same time period.

The benefits of these new oil and gas jobs—which include positions drilling the wells, extracting the oil and gas, and supporting drilling operations—extend well beyond the men and women working American shale fields, the Energy Information Administration reports:

Beyond within-sector employment, oil and gas industry activity also directly supports output and employment in other domestic sectors, such as suppliers of pipe, drilling equipment, and other drilling materials. In addition, as with other forms of economic activity, there are indirect employment effects stemming from purchases made by industry and employees spending of their incomes. Because employee expenditures are closely tied to their incomes, higher paying jobs, such as those in the oil and gas sector, tend to have larger indirect effects on output and employment than lower paying ones.

The shale boom isn’t just providing American industry with cheap energy; it’s giving hundreds of thousands of Americans high-paying jobs and a path to recovery from the recent recession.

Let me ask again: can you imagine how much better this growth would be if the people that think government should pick winners & losers – meaning they get to choose who, works, who’s not paying too much for basic necessities, who gets wealthy, and who doesn’t – were not allowed to pull that shit? This green nonsense needs to die off, and die off quick.

Some real economic and unemployment numbers to help you put our situation into perspective

Mort Zuckerman has an awesome WSJ article about how the claims by the left of an economic recovery are bunk. For years now the LSM and the donkeys have been pretending we have been going through an economic recovery, but that the reason nobody but they saw it as such, was the fact that it was a jobless recovery. Zuckerman takes that idiotic meme apart in this spiffy article. From the article:

In recent months, Americans have heard reports out of Washington and in the media that the economy is looking up—that recovery from the Great Recession is gathering steam. If only it were true. The longest and worst recession since the end of World War II has been marked by the weakest recovery from any U.S. recession in that same period.

The jobless nature of the recovery is particularly unsettling. In June, the government’s Household Survey reported that since the start of the year, the number of people with jobs increased by 753,000—but there are jobs and then there are “jobs.” No fewer than 557,000 of these positions were only part-time. The survey also reported that in June full-time jobs declined by 240,000, while part-time jobs soared by 360,000 and have now reached an all-time high of 28,059,000—three million more part-time positions than when the recession began at the end of 2007.

That’s just for starters. The survey includes part-time workers who want full-time work but can’t get it, as well as those who want to work but have stopped looking. That puts the real unemployment rate for June at 14.3%, up from 13.8% in May.

The 7.6% unemployment figure so common in headlines these days is utterly misleading. An estimated 22 million Americans are unemployed or underemployed; they are virtually invisible and mostly excluded from unemployment calculations that garner headlines.

At this stage of an expansion you would expect the number of part-time jobs to be declining, as companies would be doing more full-time hiring. Not this time. In the long misery of this post-recession period, we have an extraordinary situation: Americans by the millions are in part-time work because there are no other employment opportunities as businesses increase their reliance on independent contractors and part-time, temporary and seasonal employees.

Even the federal government payroll is turning to part-timers: In June 2012, 58,000 federal workers were part-timers. This year it’s 148,000, and we still don’t know how the budget sequester will play out, for many agencies have resorted to furloughs rather than layoffs.

Our economic recovery seems to be generating mostly part time work, which affects many that would prefer full time employment, and the number of people dropped off the rolls that still can’t find employment is so large that the real unemployment number isn’t 7.6%, but a frightening 14.3%. Think about that hard. That’s some scary numbers, and no indication of any kind of economic recovery. As I pointed out before, the unemployment and part-time employment picture is massively impacted by Obamacare. A fact these leftists want to hide from the low information voters, at least until after the 2014 election. But the fact is that things are even worse than they seem. Speaking of those jobs being created, part-time or otherwise, the article says the following:

The latest unemployment report was as underwhelming as the Household Survey. The biggest gains in June came from leisure and hospitality industries, including hotels and fast-food restaurants. Of the 195,000 new payroll jobs, 75,000 were in restaurants and bars, where the average weekly paycheck is about $351, less than half the average for all other private industries. Not to mention that these positions offer fewer hours, especially in the restaurant world, which has averaged 26.1 hours per week versus 34.5 hours for all private employers.

What’s going on? The fundamentals surely reflect the feebleness of the macroeconomic recovery that began roughly four years ago, as seen in an average gross domestic product growth rate annualized over the past 15 quarters at a miserable 2%. That’s the weakest GDP growth since World War II. Over a similar period in previous recessions, growth averaged 4.1%. During the fourth quarter of 2012 and the first quarter of 2013, the GDP growth rate dropped below 2%. This anemic growth is all we have to show for the greatest fiscal and monetary stimuli in 75 years, with fiscal deficits of over 10% of GDP for four consecutive years. The misery is not going to end soon.

Oh, oh. So these jobs being created, in so far as the skillset needed to do them and the ability to earn big pay, are simple service sector jobs too? Low pay, fewer hours, and reduced career opportunities a recovery do not spell. Obamanomics has made our economy the fast food economy. The jobs created seem to all be about asking people if they would like fries with that. Not good. Zuckerman also brings the same concerns I constantly harp on – the cost of Obamacare and the unpredictability of the central planning government agenda the collectivists in charge favor – to the forefront in the article:

ObamaCare is partially to blame. The health-insurance law requires employers with more than 50 workers to provide health insurance or pay a $2,000 penalty per worker. Under the law, a full-time job is defined as 30 hours a week, so businesses, especially smaller ones, have an incentive to bring on more part-time workers.

Little wonder that earlier this month the Obama administration announced it is postponing the employer mandate until 2015, undoubtedly to see if the delay will encourage more full-time hiring. But thousands of small businesses have been capping employment at 30 hours and not hiring more than 50 full-timers, and the businesses are unlikely to suddenly change that approach just because they received a 12-month reprieve.

These businesses’ hesitation to hire is part of a larger caution among employers unsure about the direction of government policy—and which has helped contribute to chronic long-term unemployment that shows no sign of easing. Unlike those who lose a job and then find another one in a matter of weeks or months, fully a third of the currently unemployed have been out of work for more than six months. As they remain out of the workforce, their skills deteriorating, the likelihood rises that they will be seen as permanently unemployable. With each passing month of bleak job news, the possibility increases of a structural unemployment problem in the U.S. such as Europe experienced in the 1980s.

Can’t explain this to people that feel it is their duty to social engineer a better society, however. Leftists seem immune to economic facts, laws, and logic. No matter how often their meddling – be it truly to improve things or, as it practically always is to favor their political and ideological agenda, not to mention pocketbooks, – results in foreseen or unforeseen disasters, they refuse to accept that what they have done and continue to do causes far more harm than even a masochist could envision. Then again, I am not one of those people that believes the left does what it does to improve & expand anything but their hold on power, so the insanity of their meddling makes perfect sense to me. The end coal is a society comprised of the Alphas – the credentialed and leftist elites – and the workers. That’s why their policies are eroding the middle class while the level of lip service from the left about how much it wants to help the middle class keeps climbing. It’s easier to control a society where all are equally poor & miserable, and dependent on government for practically everything. Not to mention that such a society lends itself very well to holding onto power.

But back to the article and its salient point that our supposed recovery is bunk, and that the problem is the policies of the people in charge:

That brings us to a stunning fact about the jobless recovery: The measure of those adults who can work and have jobs, known as the civilian workforce-participation rate, is currently 63.5%—a drop of 2.2% since the recession ended. Such a decline amid a supposedly expanding economy has never happened after previous recessions. Another statistic that underscores why this is such a dysfunctional labor market is that the number of people leaving the workforce during this economic recovery has actually outpaced the number of people finding a new job by a factor of nearly three.

What the country clearly needs are policies that will encourage the modernization of America’s capital stock, where investment in modern production has plunged to the lowest levels in decades. Policies should also be targeted to nourish high-tech industries, which will in turn inspire the design and manufacture of products in the U.S. where they would be closer to the American market, spurring more hiring. This means preparing a skilled workforce, especially engineers suitable to work in manufacturing, and increasing the number of visas available to foreign graduate students in the hard sciences—who are now forced to leave America and who then work for foreign competitors.

Well, DUH! The popularism & envy based ideology of the left appeals well to both low information and credentialed elitist voters, and that’s why it is so successful. Too many people now prefer to give up freedoms for the promise – notice that word, “promise”, because that’s all it is – of protection from consequences of bad decisions and actions. The left’s hatred of profits and those that do things to make profits – unless they are of course leftists which while paying lip service to the dogma ignore the rules they straddle the serfs with, generate obscene amounts of money for themselves and their friends – stymies any and all actions that would actually positively affect employment and economic growth.

The lesson here is that while the social engineers have the upper hand only the well-connected will profit, while the rest of us all lose, and lose big. The class warriors love to pretend that it is those that oppose their policies & agenda that are the enemy of the common man, but that’s one of the most brilliant lies ever sold to a bunch of sheep. It’s not a coincidence that the people making out like bandits in these trying times all are well connect leftist and their friends, while the people they portend to help suffer, and suffer badly.

Can I say “I told you so” yet?

I, and many others that argued this point, were once demonized for pointing out that the Obama administration’s green agenda amounted to all but a war on fossil fuels and would sooner than later result in higher energy prices. Surprise, surprise, now that they have been getting away with murder and any and all abuses of power are ignored or explained away through insane donkey talking points by their shill in the LSM, these green warriors no longer feel any need to hide the fact that they meant to have a war on coal.

Daniel P. Schrag, a White House climate adviser and director of the Harvard University Center for the Environment, tells the New York Times “a war on coal is exactly what’s needed.” Later today, President Obama will give a major “climate change” address at Georgetown University.

“Everybody is waiting for action,” Schrag tells the paper. “The one thing the president really needs to do now is to begin the process of shutting down the conventional coal plants. Politically, the White House is hesitant to say they’re having a war on coal. On the other hand, a war on coal is exactly what’s needed.”

The war on coal has been going on since 2009. Don’t be fooled. They are just finally admitting it was going on. This is part & parcel of the Obama administrations campaign to throw some red meat to their constituency in the hopes of getting their help to deflect from the plethora of scandals the WH is now playing damage control with. At a time where the economy is taking another hit, these fucks are yet again targeting good jobs. Don’t worry: I am sure they will come up with some shovel ready stimulus jobs that will only cost tax payers a million dollars, or more, per unsustainable job created. Just like they did back when they convinced us to let them funnel a trillion dollars to their buddies, special interests, lobbyist friends, and own campaign coffers under the guise of stimulus.

At a time when more an more facts come out showing how ludicrous and stupid the whole man made climate change crisis nonsense is, they are doubling down on the stupid. Get used to European level of unemployment, anemic growth, if any growth happens at all, and even more intrusive control of all aspects of our lives. For our own good of course. Our elite masters know what’s best for us after all.

Please let them kill it already!

The “them” I am talking about is congress, and the “it” is the ludicrous ethanol mandate that was foisted on us by the evil progressive green movement to make tax payers enrich a bunch of them in return for a royal shafting. AP reports that the ethanol and green lobby are storming D.C. to buy off enough politicians to keep ripping of tax payers and anyone that buys gas so some liberals can make big money:

WASHINGTON, April 10 (Reuters) – U.S. ethanol producers are taking their case for protecting the nation’s biofuel mandate directly to lawmakers this week, as the latest Congressional push to revamp federal renewable fuel targets kicks off on Wednesday.

Growth Energy, a pro-ethanol trade group, said producers from Illinois, Colorado, Iowa and other Midwestern states would meet with their representatives in Congress to parry what they called a “desperate” attempt by oil companies to stamp out renewable fuel use.

They plan to reiterate to lawmakers their arguments that the ethanol mandate has helped to reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil.


The only thing the ethanol mandate helped reduce is the available corn on the market that could be used for cattle feed or human consumption and the energy efficiency of the gas tainted by this crappy product. Consequently, we now are looking at higher prices for anything coming from, containing, or eating corn, and are wasting more gas because the efficiency of ethanol tainted gas sucks. But, the connected members that receive support from progressive green movement to institute these sorts of tax payer screwing schemes and scams, was making a killing form this ludicrous idea, and they are not giving up that lucrative scam without a fight it seems.

Congress better end this dumb thing, and do so now rather than later. There is also a lesson here: practically every one of these fuel additives has been horrible failure. From MTBE to ethanol, all they did is enrich special interests while screwing the consumer and even the environment. Stop the stupid and keep gas clean and less expensive. We need to make enough CO2 to keep the coming ice age at bay anyway.