On Sept. 8, President Obama unveiled a new jobs plan before the full Congress. A couple of days later, he was on a whirlwind cheerleading tour to promote it — first at Fort Hayes High School in Columbus, Ohio, then to North Carolina State University in Raleigh.
As usual, he had grandiose plans on how he can get everyone back to work and how it will not cost the government anything.
The trouble is, while he was out sowing magic beans to the young folk, the solar firm Solyndra, the model of the president's ambitious green energy program, went belly up, leaving a $535 million loan guaranteed by the U.S. Energy Department.
To make matters worse, we learned that 46 million Americans live at or below the poverty level. There IS something is wrong in America.
My point here is coal.
From day one, this president has been against coal mining. He has allowed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to restrict coal mining to the point that it adversely affects everyone.
Electricity produced from coal is cheaper than from any other source. So when your electric bill goes up, you can be assured it is a direct effect of government regulations on the mining industry.
Bugs in the streams are more important than people's lives. Miners here in Appalachia have already been sent home, because these bugs prevent investors from obtaining timely permitting rights from the EPA.