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Green Stimulus Jobs Had Only 16% Success Rate
Monday, 29 October 2012 08:04
Written by Darrell Lect
The phony $787 billion stimulus bill was rammed into law under the guise that it would lower unemployment to less than 6%, increase GDP to over 4% and increase green energy job opportunities. All were lies that failed miserably. A new audit of green jobs in the labor union payback stimulus bill shows they only had a 16% success rate, particularly because most workers that received training were already employed. Welcome to the office of the redundancy department.
Just look at Obama's failed green energy taxpayer funded initiatives and it's clear that ideology is the driving force behind government intervention in an area of business that is unclear. Liberalism wants to control as many aspects of the environment as possible to control more of the individual. Sure, it sounds good to help the environment, but these green policies and initiatives are phony.
From the Washington Times:
President Obama’s green jobs training program, which was part of his stimulus, has failed on most key jobs measures, according to a new internal audit that found it was training workers who already had jobs that didn’t need green energy skills, and was failing to place new enrollees in jobs once they finished the training.
The Labor Department’s inspector general also said grantees who received the green jobs-training money did a poor job of reporting their results.
Only 38 percent of those who have completed training got jobs based on it, and only 16 percent kept jobs for at least six months — the key measure of success for the program.
“Outcomes for participants were far less than originally proposed,” the auditors said.
The government earmarked more than $400 million for green jobs training programs, and $328.5 million has been spent so far.
About half were already working in the energy sector and wanted retraining, and half were potential new energy workers.
Of those workers who already had energy-sector jobs, the auditors said they were retrained, even though they didn’t need it.
“We found no evidence that the incumbent workers in our sample required services or training to keep their job or obtain a new one,” the investigators said in their report.
The Labor Department challenged the findings, saying that auditors didn’t consider the full progress of those who got training. The department said some of those who got training found jobs before their training was completed and said they should have been counted.
Jane Oates, assistant secretary for employment and training, also said as the rest of the training is completed, they expect the numbers to improve.
The audit was released by House oversight committee Chairman Darrell E. Issa, who requested the update.
Mr. Issa said in addition to poor performance records, the green jobs money “served as a slush fund” for the Obama administration to dole out payments to allies “like the National Council of La Raza, the Blue Green alliance and the U.S. Steelworkers Union.”
The stimulus drove government-funded welfare through the roof. Its impact on the economy was zero and it was one of the finest examples of government cronyism. Supporters of Barack Hussein Obama, particularly labor union thugs, saw the biggest payback from the phony stimulus, thanks to their massive role in getting the president elected.
What's interesting is that liberals won't see this report as interesting, but rather validation that they needed more money to spend so the stimulus would've worked. Liberalism is the philosophy of the stupid.
Darrell Lect is a contributing editor for Habledash.