As War Against Coal Miners Continues, House Votes to Send Billions Offshore
President Obama continues to win his war on coal, and his chosen heir apparent, Hillary Clinton, proudly promises to “close a lot of coal companies and put a lot of coal miners out of work” if she is elected, as an entire industry in the U.S. dies, the House of Representatives approved an off-shore bailout on Thursday sending the money far away from the coal miners in the Ohio Valley.
Obama first derided the hardy coal miners of western Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia in 2008 when he called them “bitter” people who “cling to their guns and religion” when faced with change, and his opinion has done anything but soften in the two terms of his presidency.
He chose to back so-called “clean” or “green” energy industries with huge subsidies, even as companies like Solyndra, Abound Solar, and Fisker Automotive failed, costing taxpayers more than $2 billion for his experiment.
This summer, as the 200th U.S. coal power plant in shuts down and tens of thousands of workers are not only thrown out of work, but out of job skills rendered obsolete by Obama, the House voted to rescue Puerto Rico from its threatened bankruptcy as it faced default on $72 billion in debt.
The U.S. territory already defaulted on $370 million in bond payments, and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) urged members, “Puerto Rico is in trouble, and we need to act now.”
But, even as the bill, which now goes to the Senate for consideration and amendment, passed by 297-127, some Democrats argued against the creation of a board to oversee the funding.
Chicagoan, Rep. Luis Gutierrez, whose father was born in Puerto Rico, argued that the oversight amounted to a return to colonial rule that is offensive to Puerto Ricans who “are a proud people.”
Apparently, they are not too proud to accept help.
The bill must get through the Senate before it reaches President Obama, who says the bill is necessary to protect the island’s 3.5 million inhabitants.
Puerto Rico has been a U.S. territory since 1898 and its residents are U.S. citizens, but are not accorded the right to vote in presidential elections.