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Workers at Stimulus-Funded LG Chem Battery Plant Has Shipped no Batteries, Employees Play Cards

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When planning is centralized, the stupidity is concentrated in one place; namely the center.  The Porkulus funded many “green energy” projects.  Many of them, like the infamous Solyndra, have gone out of business.  Others, like LG Chem, haven’t closed shop, but they haven’t delivered any “product” either.  Breitbart has more…

An investigative report by WOOD TV in Holland, Michigan revealed on Thursday that workers at the LG Chem plant haven’t shipped a single battery yet because there’s no demand. People just aren’t buying Chevy Volts. Because they have no work to do at the plant, many of them are playing cards on the job:

Workers at LG Chem, a $300 million lithium-ion battery plant heavily funded by taxpayers, tell Target 8 that they have so little work to do that they spend hours playing cards and board games, reading magazines or watching movies. 

They say it’s been going on for months. 

“There would be up to 40 of us that would just sit in there during the day,” said former LG Chem employee Nicole Merryman, who said she quit in May. 

“We were given assignments to go outside and clean; if we weren’t cleaning outside, we were cleaning inside. If there was nothing for us to do, we would study in the cafeteria, or we would sit and play cards, sit and read magazines,” said Merryman. “It’s really sad that all these people are sitting there and doing nothing, and it’s basically on taxpayer money.” 

Two current employees told Target 8 that the game-playing continues because, as much as they want to work, they still have nothing to do. 

“There’s a whole bunch of people, a whole bunch,” filling their time with card games and board games,” one of those current employees said. 

“There’s no work, no work at all. Zero work,” another current employee said. “It is what it is. What do you do when there’s no work?” 

According to the original post at Breitbart, President Obama visited this plant two years ago, touting their “green” investments.  However, with not a single battery being shipped, it’s an obvious failure, and a complete waste of taxpayer debt.

This reminds me of stories from the USSR and Red China.  The centralized planners there would build entire cities.  And the cities would rot, abandoned in place, because no one ever lived there.  It was waste on a massive scale, as it is in any centrally planned enterprise.

But it will be just fine once government controls all health care, right?

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  • http://americaswatchtower.com Steve Dennis

    Our hard earned tax dollars at work and we can expect more of these same failed policies if Obama is reelected.

  • http://www.ldjackson.net LD Jackson

    What would we do without central planning? How can we possibly hope to cope with all the challenges, unless we have someone telling us what we need to do and when we need to do it? And, of course, they will need to take more of our money so they can make sure they are telling us the right things to do.

    Sounds familiar, doesn’t it? It’s what we’ve had for the last four years and we don’t need another four years. I’m not sure we can recover, if we don’t stop the bleeding.

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