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.” 

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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?


Obama Crafts “For All” Meme, With Some Notable Exceptions


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In an apparent response to Romney’s 47% speech, team Obama has created a rather creepy meme-“For All.”  He seems to be suggesting that his campaign is “for all” Americans.  The Hill has more…

In contrast, the Obama campaign said Obama is “for all” Americans.
“’For All’ illustrates the shared values of the president and young Americans across the country: that if we work together, we can continue to move this country forward,” reads a release from the Obama campaign. “Working together, we can continue to restore the strongest middle class the world has ever known — the promise that hard work will pay off, responsibility will be rewarded, and that everyone gets a fair shot, does their fair share and plays by the same rules.”
The campaign is asking supporters to snap a picture of their pose on Instagram and tweet to submit using one of the suggested hashtags: #forall, #obama2012, #campaigntrail, #opendoors2012, #dnc2012, or just tweet the president’s account @BarackObama.

Um, this seems for one, slightly creepy, and for two, completely creepy.  But, I must point out that “for all” is not without exclusions. You are not included in the “all” if you are…

1.  A “bitter clinger.”

2.  You have a job.

3.  You own a business (because you didn’t build that!).

4.  You create wealth.

5.  You believe in freedom, personal responsibility, liberty, and the Constitution (DHS has already labeled you a terrorist).

6.  You are a Jew.

7.  You USED to be a GM or Chrysler Dealer.

8.  You USED to be a GM or Chrysler stockholder.

9.  Your Chevy Volt burst into flames.

10.  You worked for Solyndra, or any other “green energy” company that had an Obama donor or bundler as an investor.

11.  You lost your job.

12.  You lost your job so long ago that you gave up trying to find another.

13.  You lost your job because of ObamaCare.

14.  You lost your plan because of ObamaCare.

15.  You lost your Doctor because of ObamaCare.

16.  You thought you were going to get a stimulus job, but the money got sent to China, or another country.

17.  You thought you were going to get a job with Boeing in South Carolina.

18.  You were a non union Delphi worker, and the administration killed your pension plan.  

19.  You are Benjamin Netanyahu (see #6).  OK, he’s not American, but he is a Jew, so he get’s on the list.

20.  You do not belong to the Muslim Brotherhood.

21.  You are not a Black Panther that wields clubs at polling places.  

22.  You are not an illegal alien.

23.  You are a Christian that believes in the Bible.

24.  You are a college student, and your insurance rates just skyrocketed because of ObamaCare.

Feel free to suggest more exclusions in the comment section.  And remember, you are ONLY part of the “all” if you agree with them.  Otherwise, you are a hateful terrorist that should be locked away.

 H/T:  Michelle Malkin


Chevy Volt Production Suspended: And how Much did that Cost us?


The Chevy Volt went from a very promising concept, to a very real failure.  If you recall, the Volt was initially a show car, and being planned for production prior to the governments takeover of GM.  The original idea was evolutionary; the car would be electric, with a small gas engine on board to charge the batteries.  It actually generated some excitement.  But, just before they were supposed to start rolling off the assembly line, we were told that the production Volt was nothing more than a hybrid car-and a rather expensive hybrid car at that.  Competing in a market against the much cheaper Toyota Prius, the Volt has not sold well.  That, and their tendency to catch on fire probably chilled sales as well.

Whether it’s the exorbitant cost, or the bursting into flames, Volt Production is being suspended for 5 weeks.  Gateway Pundit has more…

General Motors announced today that the company was suspending production of the Chevy Volt and 1,300 workers would be laid off. reported, via FOX Nation:

General Motors has told 1,300 employees at its Detroit Hamtramck that they will be temporarily laid off for five weeks as the company halts production of the Chevrolet Volt and its European counterpart, the Opel Ampera.

“Even with sales up in February over January, we are still seeking to align our production with demand,” said GM spokesman Chris Lee.

Lee said employees were told Thursday that production would put on hold from March 19 to April 23.

The Chevrolet Volt, an extended-range electric car, is both a political lightning rod and a symbol of the company’s technological capability.

Chevrolet sold 1,023 Volts in the U.S. in February and has sold 1,626 so far this year.

In 2011, Chevrolet sold 7,671 Volts, but fell short of its initial goal of 10,000.

GM had planned to expand production of its Volt plug-in hybrid to 60,000 this year, with 45,000 earmarked for the U.S.

Let’s translate.  “…we are still seeking to align our production with demand.” This means that people aren’t buying enough of the cars.

I wonder if they’re still going to roll out the Cadillac version?