Here’s something that slipped through the cracks thanks to the fake drama that was going on during the fake fiscal crisis coming from our fake government in Washington, DC: Another fake green company boondoggle has resulted in federal dollars being spent on …nothing.
According to a report issued by the Department of Energy’s own inspector general, employees at LG Chem, a Korean company that operates a battery plant in Holland, Michigan- a plant that’s supposed to support the Chevy Volt- were paid for playing video games, board games, volunteer work at Habitat for Humanity and other local charities.
Another fake-work program brought to you by the DOE and Nate Silver.
“An investigation by the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Inspector General,” reports Mlive.com, “blasted the federal government for negligent oversight and LG Chem for wasteful spending of a $151 million stimulus project to build batteries for electric cars. Despite spending a majority of the money, LG Chem has yet to produce a battery.”
LG Chem’s defense seems to be: “Oh. You mean, we were supposed to WORK for that money, not play video games?”
Wired Magazine says, “LG Chem officials submitted those non-productive labor costs [that is, the costs for playing video games, etc.] for reimbursement because they were ‘unfamiliar with the types of costs that were allowable.’”
That seems to be a familiar complaint under the Obama administration.
Not being familiar with stuff is kind of rampant.
See, for example Ghazi, Ben.
This is not exactly a government that recognizes boundaries, laws, the United States Constitution, common sense, Generally Accepted Accounting Practices (GAAP), or even basic shapes and colors.
These are the same guys who pay unemployment benefits to convicts serving time for murder; they pay an adult male, who wears a diaper, a disability payment so said male- so-called- can pursue the “lifestyle” of an “adult baby.” Oh, and they pay the diaper changer who tends to him too.
So, really who can blame LG Chem?
Not manufacturing a single battery for the Chevy Volt- the sole purpose for which LG Chem built a plant in Holland, Michigan- actually seems kind of like an act of mercy toward the taxpayers comparatively speaking.
Yes, wasting over $75 million in tax dollars on a plant was fool-hearted, but at least the losses end at some point…probably.
In contrast, three years into manufacturing the GREATEST CAR IN THE HISTORY of the Empire, designed by the GREATEST
PRESIDENT EMPEROR EVEH! the Volt just keeps losing money, selling poorly and is still not using the batteries that LG Chem was supposed to provide.
Fake batteries for a fake Car-of-the-Year.
Gee: And some wonder why Detroit is going bankrupt?
So, congrats to the US Senate and Korea’s LG Chem on their new, low scores. Both have gone zero-for-three-years: LG Chem failed to produce a single battery for the Chevy Volt and the US Senate failed to produce a single vote for an Obama budget, fake or otherwise.
Since 2011, it’s gotten so bad that Democrats have pleaded with The Big Zero to submit no budget at all.
Which leads us to the burning issue of the day.
What’s a better use of taxpayer dollars? Funding high scores on Grand Theft Auto for employees of Korean crony capitalists, or funding the United States Senate to be against raising taxes before they were for them?
Although LG Chem has reimbursed Uncle Same Ole, Same Ole about $900,000 for the fraudulent labor, the real fraud here is elsewhere.
Because the fake budget item that allowed the theft to begin with, WAS authorized by the United States Senate.
The problem it seems for LG Chem and “those non-productive labor costs” was that the costs just weren’t big enough. Steal $900,000 and you’re just faker.
Steal over $75 million and you’re an official line item in the last budget passed by fake Democrat majority.