Spain’s “green jobs” fiasco

Via Ed Driscoll guest-blogging at Insty’s:

“I HATE TO SAY I TOLD YOU SO,” Christopher Horner of the Competitive Enterprise Institute writes at PJM, “but I revel in it:”

As predicted was inevitable, today the Spanish newspaper La Gaceta runs with a full-page article fessing up to the truth about Spain’s “green jobs” boondoggle, which happens to be the one naively cited by President Obama no less than eight times as his model for the United States. It is now out there as a bust, a costly disaster that has come undone in Spain to the point that even the Socialists admit it, with the media now in full pursuit.

Breaking the Spanish government’s admission here at Pajamas Media probably didn’t hurt their interest in finally reporting on the leaked admission. Obama’s obvious hope of rushing into place his “fundamental transformation” of America into something more like Europe’s social democracies — where even the most basic freedoms have been moved from individuals and families to the state — before the house of cards collapsed has suffered what we can only hope proves to be its fatal blow. At least on this front.

La Gaceta boldly exposes the failure of the Spanish renewable policy and how Obama has been following it. The headline screams: “Spain admits that the green economy as sold to Obama is a disaster.”

A scanned PDF file of the La Gaceta article, as well as an English translation are included in Horner’s post.

0bama needs more oil-covered birds

As the British expression goes: “This s–t is for the birds.” Via Tim Blair:

Dominic Lawson in the Independent:

Barack Obama’s media advisers were quite distressed when the President travelled down to the Louisiana coastline last week to make his first on-the-spot statement about the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Their distress was caused by what they didn’t discover, rather than what they did. Despite their frantic requests, no photogenic dying oil-covered birds could be found to form a backdrop for the Presidential tirade as he weighed into BP.

Read the whole thing. When I read similar descriptions of tear-jerker propaganda and manipulative “journalism” in, say, David Weber novels I used to dismiss them as cartoonish, and wonder why his editor didn’t tell him to delete them or make them more plausible. But clearly, sometimes reality itself is overly cartoonish.