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Saturday, May 07, 2016

No one asked her where the $30 billion will come from

In 2008, Hillary Clinton took the West Virginia Primary 67% to 26% over Barack Obama. John Edwards got 7%.

She may not get over 40% this time. To the rescue comes NPR with a "fact-check" on Hillary's remark that she will close a lot of coal mines and put a lot of coal miners out of work.

Her actual comment was, "I'm the only candidate which has a policy about how to bring economic opportunity using clean renewable energy as the key into coal country.  Because we're going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business, right, Tim? And we're going to make it clear that we don't want to forget those people.  Those people labored in those mines for generations, losing their health, often losing their lives to turn on our lights and power our factories."

(Actually Trump has a better plan: Roll back regulations and put the miners back to work.)

The NPR piece said market forces -- not the federal government's demand that we stop using coal mined east of the Mississippi* -- are to blame. However, the market is forced to switch to natural gas because of those regulations.

(*West of the Mississippi coal mining largely on federal lands continues. If coal were evil, the federal government would stop this. East of the Mississippi mining largely is on private land.)

Hillary said she will re-train miners in a $30 billion program.

No one in the media asked her where the money will come from.

Trump's wall will cost $8 billion to $17 billion. The media demanded to know where the money will come from. Mexico.

Whenever Republicans propose a program, project, or tax cuts, the media demands to know where the money will come from. Democrats? No questions. Occasionally the Democrats will say they will raise the taxes on the rich (defined as that half of Americans who already pay all the taxes). But the media seldom presses them for a source.

12 comments:

  1. Silly, it will be magic government money.

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  2. No wonder West Virginians don't trust her.

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  3. Apart from where the money will come from, where will the jobs for those retrained miners come from? Will the government create new jobs in W Va for the retrained workers, as the out-of-work miners want, or will people be forced to leave the state to find work elsewhere? Will the state see new jobs created in place by private enterprise? How is that all going to work? It's the chicken and egg problem: which comes first, the availability of new jobs for retrained workers, or the availability of an appropriately skilled work force to be employed by businesses that do not yet exist in the state? Hillary's "plan" is 99% magical thinking...the government will create the work force and then out of thin air create the industry to employ them! This is something the free market solves day in and day out; it is something the government has NEVER, EVER managed to learn how to do with top-down planning.

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  4. The only people Hillary knows how to create jobs for are family members, by blood or marriage.

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  5. Those commies at NPR wouldn't know a market force if it crawled up their ###'s and died. The left used phony "research", propaganda, and an out-of-control EPA to destroy the coal industry. Nobody in his right mind will invest in a business that the federal government has put a contract out on. Up here in Montana and Wyoming, we are losing some of the best-paying union, blue-collar jobs we have. There is no longer any doubt that the Democrat Party despises us and will do anything for those trust fund bunnies in the Sierra Club.

    I work a union job for a hard rock mining company, and I asked our union president if our union was okay with Obama shutting down the coal guys. He basically said no biggy since they are in a different union than we are. Our unions, like the Democrats, only care about the lefty agenda and not working people.

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    1. Great post dude. Donald hit a lotta good riffs in his Charleston speech but it was the overall tone of it, that the people need to be trusted over the gubment, that once again confirmed why he's my guy. I worked for 28 years down in DC and (sux to be me) had to to interface with the SEC on many occasions. Utter incompetence. And their goal is NOT aimed at making things better for the people. It's for pleasing their bosses. And that's pretty effing scary, if you ask me. Stay strong bro..

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  7. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that the railroads are laying off here in the state because they have cut back on the coal trains. A guy at work said his boy expects to get the call any day now. Unfortunately, he had just bought a house. Why don't these clowns ever wipe out any of the poor paying, no benefit jobs? No biggy, though, we have a planet to save.

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    1. Where I live one of the lines has coal as the only thing they carry.

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    2. Warren Buffett's rr perhaps? Is he still making money carrying coal to be shipped to China?

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  8. So, we're going to spend more money to re-train these people for jobs that don't exist. Awesome. If a democrat ever did something positive for the economy it would be purely by accident.

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  9. It's simple. The money will come from taxpayers who will be paying much higher rates for electricity once coal is dead. To Hillary that's a win-win. Everybody suffers doubly, or in the case of actual coal miners, triply. - Elric

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