Over at The Corner, Robert Costa has a great little postette — I say postette because it is just a shorty. It is a quote from George Will from his appearance on ABC’s This Week on Sunday.
I kind of wish that Costa had fleshed out the Will quote, though, as there is far more to the ineffectiveness of this president. But first, the quote:
He went to Massachusetts to campaign against Scott Brown; Brown is now a senator. He went to New Jersey to campaign against Chris Christie, who’s now governor. He went to Virginia to campaign against Bob McDonnell, who’s now governor. He campaigned for the health-care plan extensively, it became less popular. He campaigned in 2010 for the Democrats, they were shellacked. He began, in a sense, his presidency flying to Copenhagen to get Chicago the Olympics; Chicago was the first city eliminated. There is no evidence that the man has the rhetorical powers that he is relying on.
This total failure to pull others up with his coat tails is not just relegated to political candidates. Yes, it seems that every candidate that President Obama has gone out of his way to stump for has been crushed by Republicans. But this presidential bad luck charm has also extended to every so-called green company that he’s gone out of his way to advocate for.
Several companies that Obama made special mention of or visited for photo ops and stood making salutary speeches at have failed or are in trouble.
There was Evergreen Solar, a company in Massachusetts that received millions in government grants. Filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
Then there was Johnson Controls of Michigan that got millions but only made 150 jobs costing the taxpayers over $2 million for every job “created.” That is a failure of economy, for sure.
There was also SpectraWatt, Inc., a New York-based company, that failed after getting some $6 million in Obama stimulus money.
Mountain Plaza, Inc., a company that promised to create stations so that over-the-road truckers could plug in their rigs at truck stops so that they could turn off their constantly idling diesels, also failed after getting $240,000 in Obama bucks.
Olsen’s Crop Service and Olsen’s Acquisition Co. got some $10 million in federal green greenbacks; also failed.
Most recently has been the talk of the town, Solyndra, another bankrupted company at which Obama hoped to create green jobs.
Unfortunately, Obama’s green folly is not done. His administration has announced another $1.2 billion in loans to more so-called green companies. So far the only thing green these companies have created is the green of good money going after bad.