Not So Sunny For Solar Manufacturing In The United States

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By Chuck Ring (GadaboutBlogalot ©2009 – 2010)

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There has been more than a little excitement about solar manufacturing in the United States and how it will would surely create thousands of  jobs for United States citizens.  Something must have happened on the way to success as the hype seems to be much greater than actual results.  According to this March 27th article from the American Spectator, solar manufacurers are not as keen on the United States as indicated a year or so ago.  Here is what was said back when things were rosy:

As impressive as the current boom is, Mike Eckhart, president of ACORE (American Council of Renewable Energy), forecasted an even brighter future for solar at the same CDMA event, particularly for the United States, which has only recently thrown the full weight of government subsidies and tax benefits behind the technology. “My prediction is in two years, solar will really take off,” Eckhart said. Admitting that the U.S. is the “laggard” in solar, Eckhart said he believes the country will catch up to the current market leader, Germany, which had 2000 MW of new solar capacity installed in 2009.

Let’s move to the present and and look at an article from The Washington Post as quoted in The American Spectator. The outlook forecast above doesn’t seem to gibe with the present facts:

BP will close its solar-panel manufacturing plant in Frederick, the final step in moving its solar business out of the United States to facilities in China, India and other countries….

“We remain absolutely committed to solar,” BP chief executive Tony Hayward said in an interview Friday. But he said BP was “moving to where we can manufacture cheaply.

An article on The Foundry website seems to have been a harbinger of what BP and other industry “giants’ are not building here as they leave the United States for China, India and maybe, Pacific Rim locations.  Here’s a link to the article.  By the way, The Foundry is a publication of  The Heritage Foundation, a conservative organization.

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Even WAPO Says NO

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By Chuck Ring (GadaboutBlogalot ©2009 – 2010)

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Writing in tomorrow’s (3/12) Washington Post (WAPO) columnists and former pollsters to Presidents Carter and Clinton warn the Democrats away from forging ahead with passage of the current health bill.  Patrick E Caddell and Douglas E. Schoen quote Barbara Tuchman from her book, “The March of Folly,” as follows:

“Why do holders of high office so often act contrary to the way reason points and enlightened self-interest suggests?” Her assessment of self-deception — “acting according to wish while not allowing oneself to be deflected by the facts”

They continue by expressing their opinion that is exactly the path that President Obama and the leaders of the Democratic Party are now following in their quest to push health care through the legislative process.  According to the writers, the players, who are pushing again for passage should have received the message from the last Senate election in Massachusetts, but they seem blind or deaf to the signal and carry on with their very own march of folly.

Caddell and Schoen are gruff, if not tough, when they state what they believe to be the truth of the issue:

First, the battle for public opinion has been lost. Comprehensive health care has been lost. If it fails, as appears possible, Democrats will face the brunt of the electorate’s reaction. If it passes, however, Democrats will face a far greater calamitous reaction at the polls. Wishing, praying or pretending will not change these outcomes.

They continue with what seems almost an excoriation of the Democrats when they point out that a popular poll say that four-fifths of those who oppose the health plan strongly oppose it.  They say that the Democrats and the White House fool themselves if they truly believe that time will make the bill more palatable once it passes.

The story continues with more surprise opinions that the Democrats (including the President) will rue the day the bill passes and  will suffer greatly at the polls coming in November and I would add … in 2012. You can catch the rest by flipping here.  And, here’s a flap from another columnist that writes that Caddell is not a Liberal Democrat. Meaning, I would suppose, that he can’t write about liberals in a truthful way.

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A Time When Tuff Ain’t Enuff

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By Chuck Ring (GadaboutBlogalot ©2009 – 2010)

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According to a report in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) and more than likely, other such media, POTUS has stated his readiness to get tough.  I suppose, getting tough is the opposite of bipartisanship.  Bipartisanship, which is really what he promised, but passed by on his and the Democrats quick trips to cap and trade and the health care bill.

A lesson learned and then unlearned is the same as a lesson never learned and it appears that the lesson taught behind the woodpile of recent events in Massachusetts is already forgotten.  That is, if members of Mr. Obama’s team mean what they have been quoted as saying in the WSJ:

Coming off one of the most difficult weeks of his presidency, Barack Obama has beefed up his political staff and is expected to deliver an uncompromising State of the Union address. Aides said Sunday that the White House wasn’t making any abrupt policy shifts, even as the message was retooled to focus more sharply on job creation.

David Axlerod, one of Obama’s hot rods, is now trotting out the old tired excuse, that everything wrong today can be laid in the lap of the previous administration:

…They’re falling behind. That’s been true for a decade. They look at a wave of irresponsibility from Wall Street to Washington that led to that. And those were the frustrations that got the president elected in the first place …

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Slow Down We Said, And We Say It Again

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By Chuck Ring (GadaboutBlogalot ©2009)

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Charles Krauthammer writing in the Washington Post is not the only voice of reason when it comes to asking the United States Congress to slow down and legislate changes in health care that make sense and will not mire us completely under the muck of a severe depression like the Reid and Pelosi bill is liable to do.  But, he may be the most succinct of all critics of Obamacare.  Mr. Krauthammer, is nothing, if not discerning and astute when it comes to matters of  the economy and just plain common sense. In his article, Kill the bills. Do health reform right, he fills a column or so enumerating the follies of the House bill and the Senate bill.

Mr. Krauthammer begins his article by stating in part:

The fundamental problem with the 2,074-page Senate health-care bill (as with its 2,014-page House counterpart) is that it wildly compounds the complexity by adding hundreds of new provisions, regulations, mandates, committees and other arbitrary bureaucratic inventions.

He continues that there is nothing to bring the components of the bills together and that both depend on political expediency for the string to bind them up. Mentioned in his article are the 118 commissions, boards and other “political” string that must also be bound up to make the pork roast. Mr. Krauthammer slams mandates with financial penalties, which he maintains are,  “picked out of a hat. He complains of  insurance companies being told what weights to give risk factors (something at which they are quite expert).  And, he speaks to sliding scales, also “picked out of a hat,” that will raise income taxes for the middle class along with other unintended consequences.

Mr. Krauthammer suggest three components for a health care overhaul that aren’t at all mentioned in either the House or Senate bills. Of course there are reasons why they are not mentioned and he does not leave them hanging.  After he trashes both bills by naming them irredeemable, he goes forth to explain why, suggesting the sacrifice of a couple of sacred cows and pigs in the process:

First, tort reform. This is money — the low-end estimate is about half a trillion per decade — wasted in two ways. Part is simply hemorrhaged into the legal system to benefit a few jackpot lawsuit winners and an army of extravagantly rich malpractice lawyers such as John Edwards. [he has much more to say on tort reform and the reader would do well to read his words]

Second, even more simple and simplifying, abolish the prohibition against buying health insurance across state lines. Some states have very few health insurers. Rates are high. So why not allow interstate competition? After all, you can buy oranges across state lines. If you couldn’t, oranges would be extremely expensive in Wisconsin, especially in winter.

But neither bill lifts the prohibition on interstate competition for health insurance. Because this would obviate the need — the excuse — for the public option, which the left wing of the Democratic Party sees (correctly) as the royal road to fully socialized medicine.

His third  component may be the least popular, but it is sure less dangerous and more practical than the silliness that our senators and representatives tell us about actual cost measures in their bills:

Third, tax employer-provided health insurance. This is an accrued inefficiency of 65 years, an accident of World War II wage controls. It creates a $250 billion annual loss of federal revenue — the largest tax break for individuals in the entire federal budget.

This reform is the most difficult to enact, for two reasons. The unions oppose it. And Barack Obama savaged the idea when John McCain proposed it during last year’s campaign.

Mr. Krauthammer ends his piece with a plea to take the issues one by one which amounts to the same thing as saying, “slow down you’re going to fast.” Something said,  over and over. Take the complete article and it makes sense and puts the Senate and House bills where they belong … in the trash bin. Grab the article. And, you don’t have to read th bill … these folks will read it for you.

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He Says, “You’re Right … Almost Right.”

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By Chuck Ring (GadaboutBlogalot ©2009).

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If you have never heard of Fareed Zakaria, you have missed something in life. That’s especially true in these times. Zakaria is a man who is difficult to label. He is a Muslim who believes that wine is worth writing about AND drinking. He not only writes about wine, he writes about the economy and economics in detail. He has been referred to a neo-conservative, but he probably is not, in fact,  a neocon. It is likely that he is best seated as a moderate. Zakaria recently wrote something which appeared in the Washington Post, and is to appear in Newsweek print edition the week of November 16th. Conservatives would do well to study and heed what he has to say.

The article in its entirety is found here, The Rise Of The Right,  but what Zakaria has to say about the health care issue is so spot on, that it should give conservatives a clue about what to do:

On health care, however, the story looks different. There are two great health-care crises in America—one in-volving coverage and the other cost. The Obama plan appears likely to tackle the first but not the second. This is bad economics but also bad politics: the crisis of cost affects 85 percent of Americans, while the crisis of coverage affects about 15 percent. Obama’s message to the country appears to be “We have a dysfunctional health-care system with out-of-control costs, and let’s add 45 million people to it.”

I can’t think of anything that describes the problem with the health care bill passed by Pelosi’s House of Cards, that describes the situation so succinctly.  Zacharia offers more and conservatives should take care to get the message or suffer the consequences:

Americans see a health-care bill that has been produced by the old Democratic machine rather than the new Democratic technocrats—more Lyndon Johnson than Larry Summers. That might please the party’s base but it will dismay independents. Were costs to rocket over the next few years, the Democrats will have squandered a reputation for economic competence that was hard won.

The above paragraph is Zacharia’s next to the last in this article. Don’t miss the last paragraph. To do so will cause you to miss the string which helps to wrap the article up tight.

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WA-PO Wakes Up, Maybe

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by Chuck Ring (GadaboutBlogalot ©2009).

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In a new story the Washington Post (WA-PO) cites several problems ACORN has faced in recent years. Everything from a huge embezzlement by the brother of the chief administrative officer to improper political endorsements and campaigning for candidates.

Of course, none of the information is new , but the fact that WA-PO is publishing it during ACORN’s current crisis indicates that one of the stalwart supporters of ACORN has brushed the sleep from its eyes and is now fully awake. Hopefully they will remain tuned- in for the rest of the show.

Probably not, but here’s their story if you wish to read more about an ACORN that shows serious fractures and is in danger of being swallowed up in the morass it has managed to create. Read here

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