But let no Democrat claim that they are going to produce jobs. Even the Times admits that. From its editorial, "Hanging the future on new energy":
One of Tim Kaine's final hurrahs as governor was an announcement that 15 biomass and waste-to-energy projects around Virginia will split $10 million in federal stimulus grants to help develop alternative energy sources and create jobs....3 jobs in Martinsville.
[T]he grants are going to boost $110 million in private investment in projects that will offer more immediate cost and environmental benefits. Most involve just a handful of new jobs directly related to the projects.
The Southside city will get $1 million to help pay for a $3.4 million project that will generate electricity from landfill gas -- and create three jobs.
Similarly, the Roanoke Valley's Western Virginia Water Authority will get $500,000 to install a system in its water pollution control plant to turn excess biogas into power for heating and cooling the buildings, saving on energy costs. The work will create eight construction jobs and two permanent, full-time positions.
Every little bit helps -- a little. [my emphasis]
+ 2 jobs up in Roanoke.
= 5 freaking jobs.
Let's go back to the Times's quote:
"One of Tim Kaine's final hurrahs as governor was an announcement that 15 biomass and waste-to-energy projects around Virginia will ... create jobs."
5 to be exact.
Can't call him a liar.
But I don't think I'd call him a jobs creator either.
Meanwhile a Wal-Mart opens up in Manassas in October where 350 Virginians are provided with job opportunities - 350 - and there's not even a thank you - much less a Tim Kaine investment of millions of dollars - from the Times.
350 ........ 5.
Perspective, fellas. You might get your head out of your ass just long enough to get some perspective.