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Friday, August 19, 2011

Shining A Light On Tim Kaine's Judgment

We can debate whether or not the Democratic candidate for the Senate is right on the issues of the day. But certain issues are now being settled. And Kaine proves to be on the wrong side of them.

First, the obvious: As governor, Tim Kaine told us we desperately needed to raise taxes in order to stave off economic calamity. We didn't raise taxes. We didn't experience the cataclysm. Virginia prospers.

Beyond that, though, who remembers his 2009 initiative - "Renew Virginia"?

No? Let me help you. From the Roanoke Times in January of that year:
Kaine pushes 'green jobs,' renewable energy sources
By Michael Sluss

Richmond --Gov. Tim Kaine unveiled more details of his plan to create "green jobs" on Monday, calling for new incentives -- including state tax breaks -- to encourage production of biofuels and clean energy sources and greater use of renewable energy sources.

The proposals, part of Kaine's "Renew Virginia" initiative, will require legislative approval in the General Assembly session that begins Wednesday.

"Creating green jobs and a renewable energy sector of the Virginia economy is one way we can create opportunity from our current economic challenges," said Kaine, who announced his proposals at a Virginia Beach company that installs solar panels. [link]
A quote from Mr. Kaine that  appeared that same month in the Richmond Times-Dispatch:

"Virginia has the potential to create tens of thousands of green jobs by 2025." [link]

And, as every sane person in Virginia muttered to himself at that same time: Right.  And frogs have the potential to sprout wings, take flight, and not bump along on their bruised and battered little asses ever again.  But that ain't likely either.

So, not even three years after Kaine's brainstorm was unleashed upon us, the verdict on his proposal to create a pile of "green jobs" is in.

And a stinking pile it is.  In today's New York Times:
Number of Green Jobs Fails to Live Up to Promises
By Aaron Glantz

In the [San Francisco] Bay Area as in much of the country, the green economy is not proving to be the job-creation engine that many politicians envisioned. President Obama once pledged to create five million green jobs over 10 years. Gov. Jerry Brown promised 500,000 clean-technology jobs statewide by the end of the decade.  [And Tim Kaine promised "tens of thousands".] But the results so far suggest such numbers are a pipe dream.

A study released in July by the non-partisan Brookings Institution* found clean-technology jobs accounted for just 2 percent of employment nationwide and only slightly more — 2.2 percent — in Silicon Valley. Rather than adding jobs, the study found, the sector actually lost 492 positions from 2003 to 2010 in the South Bay, where the unemployment rate in June was 10.5 percent.

Federal and state efforts to stimulate creation of green jobs have largely failed, government records show. [link]
Federal and state efforts to stimulate creation of green jobs have largely failed.  At a cost of millions.

Who could have guessed?

Anyone who ever read the story of the miller who told Rumpelstiltskin that his daughter could spin straw into gold, that's who.  Rumpelstiltskin bought into the fable.  We Virginians didn't.

Now Tim Kaine is back.  With more fables.

(How about this one - he says if we agree to have our taxes raised again, his Democrats will devote every dollar to deficit reduction.  And green jobs will sprout wings, take flight, and ...)

Me?  I've had enough of his mischief.

More than enough.

We got rid of this storyteller once. Let's not let him crawl back ever again.

*The Brookings Institution is only to be considered "non-partisan" by those who want you to believe the sky is orange.  It's generally recognized that it leans quite left.