- White collar crime is mainstream.
"A chief example is corporate-welfare king General Electric, which has strategically used the Obama administration’s attempted takeover of America’s energy economy to pad its bottom line.
- “The Obama administration gave corporate giant
General Electric $24.9 million in grants from the $787-billion economic ‘stimulus’ law President Barack Obama signed in February 2009,
- according to records posted by the administration at Recovery.gov,” reports CNS News.
“Despite getting $24.9 million from U.S. taxpayers, GE decreased its U.S.-based employees
- by 18,000 in 2009.
According to Standard & Poor’s, GE took in $156 billion in revenue in 2009.”
Some of those lost employees used to make incandescent bulbs — jobs now shipped to China....Is there an inverse relationship here?.... Shuttering American bulb factories was a
- small price to pay for increased profits
- on compact fluorescents,
- courtesy of a Washington mandate.
- To save the planet, of course.
- that advance the electrification of the automobile.
- a key reason the feds bailed out Government Motors with $50 billion in 2009. Subsidized infrastructure, subsidized cars, and now . . . subsidized alliances.
The Detroit News reports this week that “General Electric will convert half its 30,000 worldwide fleet of vehicles to electrics, including purchasing 12,000 cars from GM beginning with the 2011 Chevrolet Volt. In all, the Fairfield, Conn.–based company, which makes charging stations, will purchase 25,000 plug-in electric cars by 2015.”
- subsidized by up to $2,000 of your tax money.
“It is . . . a vote of confidence in the Chevrolet Volt, which we will begin delivering to retail customers by the end of this year,” GM CEO Dan Akerson said of GE’s announcement. “We are pleased that the Volt will play a major role in this program, which will spur innovation and benefit our companies, our customers,
- and society as a whole.”
Akerson’s cynical take on GE’s buy assumes ignorance of the Iron Triangle between
- federal green subsides, GE and GM.
Greased by taxpayer dollars, the corporations benefit from this false market.
- “GE’s purchase will drive sales to help GM offset the vast investment it made in pioneering technologies.” said Edmunds.com analyst Michelle Krebs.
Um, yes, And it will also create a market for
- taxpayer-financed GE chargers. Small world, isn’t it?"
"GM says that, battery-powered, the Volt has a 40-mile range. Popular Mechanics says 33. Thomas R. Kuhn, president of the Edison Electric Institute, the trade association of the electric utility industry, is, understandably, a Volt enthusiast: This supposedly "green" vehicle will store electric energy - 10 to 12 hours of charging on household current -
- produced by coal- and gas-fired power plants.
The federal government, although waist-deep in red ink, offers another bribe: Any purchaser can get a tax credit of up to 50 percent of the cost (up to $2,000) of an extra-powerful (240-volt) charger. California, although so strapped it recently issued IOUs to vendors,
- offers a $5,000 cash rebate for which Volt buyers are not eligible but purchasers of Nissan's electric Leaf are. Go figure.
In April, in a television commercial and a Wall Street Journal column headlined "The GM Bailout: Paid Back in Full,"
- GM's then-CEO Ed Whitacre said "we have repaid our government loan, in full, with interest,
- five years ahead of the original schedule."
GM, which has received almost $50 billion in government subventions, repaid a $6.7 billion loan using other federal funds, a TARP-funded escrow account.
- Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) called this a "TARP money shuffle." A commentator compared it to
"paying off your Visa credit card with your MasterCard."
Meretricious accounting and deceptive marketing are inevitable when government and its
- misnamed "private sector" accomplices
foist state capitalism on an appalled country.
But those who thought the ethanol debacle defined outer limits of government foolishness
- pertaining to automobiles
- were, alas, mistaken."
via Tom Nelson