Thursday, July 5, 2012
To: Friends & Supporters
From: Gary L. Bauer
Vets Combatting Unemployment
One of the truly heartbreaking aspects of the Great Recession is the difficulty so many returning veterans have in finding employment. While the national unemployment rate is 8.2%, it is nearly 13% for returning veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars has made reducing this startling statistic a top priority by sponsoring a company called VetJobs. VetJobs just announced that it is working to help our veterans fill thousands of jobs building the Keystone XL pipeline. But there’s a catch. These jobs are on the Canadian side of the border.
Unfortunately, there are no Keystone pipeline jobs in this country. VetJobs had corporate commitments to hire 8,000 veterans for the Keystone pipeline project in America, but government bureaucrats rejected the plans for the pipeline. A recent Rasmussen poll found that 60% of likely voters support the Keystone pipeline, while 22% who oppose it.
Thankfully for our vets, the VWF and VetJobs have been able to salvage something of their efforts. But this is just one more example of how the radical environmental movement is hurting America and costing jobs.
Wasting Your Tax Dollars
The radical environmental movement is also wasting your hard-earned tax dollars. In recent days, another stimulus-funded solar company announced it was going bankrupt, and company auditors are raising red flags about a Nevada-based geothermal company with a $98 million federal loan guarantee.
Here’s another example. Reuters recently reported that the “Great Green Fleet” recently set sail on a six-week tour of the Pacific. The carrier strike group is being powered by alternative fuels that cost — are you sitting down? — $26-a-gallon. That’s more than seven times the cost of conventional fuels!
Liberals are always looking for ways to cut the Defense budget. But somehow I suspect they will fight tooth-and-nail for this green boondoogle.
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