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.