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Obama Gives SEIU A $4B Christmas Present

From a cheering Associated Press:

Obama, Clinton to announce energy saving program

By Jim Kuhnhenn, Associated Press
December 2, 2011

WASHINGTON (AP) — Enlisting former President Bill Clinton as a partner, President Barack Obama is announcing a $4 billion effort to increase the energy efficiency of government and private sector buildings, aiming for fuel savings and job creation at no cost to taxpayers.

The proposal, to be announced by Obama and Clinton on Friday, would upgrade buildings over the next two years with a goal of improving energy performance by 20 percent by 2020…

"Upgrading the energy efficiency of America’s buildings is one of the fastest, easiest and cheapest ways to save money, cut down on harmful pollution and create good jobs right now," Obama said in a statement

Which, oddly enough, is almost word for word what the SEIU said in their press release on the subject (see below), back in January 2009. In fact this is just Obama’s $4 billion dollar Christmas present to the SEIU.

The SEIU, by the way, got a similar present in the the first stimulus, which also funneled untold taxpayers dollars into ‘greening’ public and private buildings. Whatever happened to that?

Obama’s announcement is yet another in a string of White House initiatives designed to address the current weak economy without having to seek congressional approval.

This is part of Obama’s ‘We Can’t Wait’ drive. Where he intends to get his way by bypassing Congress with executive orders.

And we thought Congress had the power of the purse. But of course we aren’t Constitutional Scholars like Obama. And, after all, it’s just a measly $4 billion dollars.

Gene Sperling, director of the White House National Economic Council, said private economic analyses indicate that the $4 billion plan could generate about 50,000 jobs over two years

And of course we believe him. But at $80 thousand a job ($4 billion divided by 50,000), isn’t that a little expensive even for union jobs? Especially when these will be temporary jobs.

And speaking of Mr. Obama’s SEIU, here is a press release from the SEIU leadership we posted back on July 20, 2009:

Union Leader Says Greening Buildings Key to a Green Economy

(With more than 85,000 members in six states and Washington, DC, SEIU Local 32BJ is the largest property service workers union in the country. The union represents window cleaners, doormen, building maintenance workers, cleaners, porters, and security officers in New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Connecticut, Maryland, and Virginia.)


NEW YORK, July 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Speaking at the National Conference of State Legislatures’ (NCSL) Summit on "Green Jobs," 32BJ SEIU President Mike Fishman called on lawmakers around the country to prioritize buildings in their green strategies because buildings account for 60% of the country’s total energy consumption and generate 40% of the greenhouse gas emissions.

"The real estate industry should take the lead in reducing carbon emissions and conserving energy," said Mike Fishman. "Passing strong Green legislation that mandates such reductions will make our cities cleaner and our environment safer." …

32BJ’s Thomas Shortman Training Fund has launched an innovative and ambitious green building initiative, called "One Year, One Thousand Supers," to train superintendents, resident managers and porters to become energy efficient building operators certified by the U.S. Green Building Council and the Building Performance Institute. Building workers learn how to reduce water usage, improve heating and air conditioning performance and reduce overall energy use within common areas of the building. The first class of building service workers in the program is set to graduate this month.

With more than 110,000 members in eight states and the District of Columbia, [the SEIU’s] 32BJ is the largest property services union in the country.

They are also Obama’s most dependable foot soldiers. Besides, lest we forget, the SEIU donated $60 million dollars to his 2008 campaign. And Obama has to find a way to help them do that again.

So Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays, SEIU!

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, December 2nd, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “Obama Gives SEIU A $4B Christmas Present”

  1. Astravogel says:

    How’s that again? Spending $4 Billion
    AT NO COST to the taxpayers? Sounds
    like the Sorcerer’s Apprentice is at it again!

  2. P. Aaron says:

    Sure is costly for the gov’t to save money

  3. BannedbytheTaliban says:

    4e9/5e4 is $80,000 a job, spread over two years is $40,000 a year. But still, given the lavish compensation union employees receive, that doesn’t leave much left, if anything at all, for materials. But then agian, jobs are just liberal speak for wealth redistribution; people aren’t actually expeceted to work. If they actually did up grade the buildings, there wouldn’t be an excuse next year to give his foot soldiers another $4 billion of money earned by other people.

  4. platypus says:

    We need to stop placing all the blame on Jugears. If Boehner did not keep agreeing to these CRs, Jugears would not be able to spend like he wants.

    A CR does not limit the money to specific items of spending. Instead, it gives a sum of money to the executive branch and “trusts” it to spend on essentials.

    I don’t know about anybody else, but the only thing I trust a snake to do is act like a snake. Boehner hands over enough money to run the government at the levels the donkey party wants, yet we all get surprised when the kiddie kollege administration wastes it on its friends.

    If the Ohio tea parties don’t primary Boehner, I’m afraid we do not have a future. On that related note, this whole Congress insider trading scandal might be what we need to finally break the back of the crony capitalism beast.

    Next year will be the do-or-die year for freedom.

  5. proreason says:

    George Will climbs on board the Obama express:


    It sounds like George doesn’t want any competition at being the smartest guy in the room.

    But at least he’s an equal opportunity marksman. It was just a month ago when he pointed the 50 caliber at Romney.


    Well, there’s still Ron Paul. He’s humble enough and straight-shooter enough for a respected wise man like Mr Will to love.

    And there will be plenty of opportunities for pithy anaysis of Doctor Paul’s positions. George’s tenure as conservative the Solomon who really reluctantly prefers our marxist boy king is secure no matter what happens.

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