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Ryan asks Biden: Was it a good idea to spend taxes on electric cars in Finland?

During the vice presidential debate, the candidates tackled Obama’s “green pork” laden stimulus plan.

President Barack Obama’s $90 billion stimulus plan was loaded with “green pork” for campaign contributors and special interest groups prompting the Energy Department’s inspector general to launch 100 criminal investigations into questionable spending, Republican Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan said during Thursday’s debate.

Vice President Joe Biden countered that the investigations revealed no evidence of cronyism, and accused Ryan of writing letters on behalf of two Wisconsin constituents who sought some of the grant money.

‚??Was it a good idea to spend taxpayer dollars on electric cars in Finland, or on windmills in China?‚?Ě Ryan responded. ‚??Was it a good idea to borrow all this money from countries like China and spend it on all these various different interest groups?‚?Ě

‚??On two occasions we advocated for constituents who were applying for grants. That’s what we do. We do that for all constituents,‚?Ě Ryan said.

Biden responded that only four percent of the ‚??green jobs‚?Ě created by the stimulus bill ‚??went under.‚?Ě

‚??It’s a better batting average than investment bankers have,‚?Ě Biden said.

Interestingly, a report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics this summer showed that ‚??green jobs‚?Ě included welders, sheet metal workers, college professors, lobbyists and school bus drivers.

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Audrey Hudson is an award-winning investigative journalist whose enterprise reporting has sparked numerous congressional investigations that led to laws signed by Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton. She won the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi award for Public Service in 2009 for her report on dangerous drug experiments by the federal government on war veterans, which prompted internal investigations and needed reforms within the Veterans Affairs Department. The report also captured first place for investigative reporting by the Washington, D.C. chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and was a finalist of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences Webby Awards for news and politics. Her breaking stories have been picked up and followed by major news publications and periodicals, including Readers Digest, Washington Monthly, and The Weekly Standard, as well as The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Washington Post. With nearly 20 years of experience in Washington as a newspaper reporter and as a Capitol Hill staffer for Western lawmakers, she will now lead Human Events‚?? coverage of energy and environmental issues. A native of Kentucky, Mrs. Hudson has worked inside the Beltway for nearly two decades -- on Capitol Hill as a Senate and House spokeswoman, and most recently at The Washington Times covering Congress, Homeland Security, and the Supreme Court. Audrey‚??s email is AHudson@EaglePub.Co

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