Another win for McGinn!

It looks like our bufoonish Mayor McGinn has yet another epic fail to pad his resume in anticipation of the voters tossing him out on his ass next election. Seems Seattle’s recently awarded 20 million dollar federal grant for green jobs isn’t working out quite as well as intended.

“Last year, Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn announced the city had won a coveted $20 million federal grant to invest in weatherization. The unglamorous work of insulating crawl spaces and attics had emerged as a silver bullet in a bleak economy – able to create jobs and shrink carbon footprint – and the announcement came with great fanfare.

McGinn had joined Vice President Joe Biden in the White House to make it. It came on the eve of Earth Day. It had heady goals: creating 2,000 living-wage jobs in Seattle and retrofitting 2,000 homes in poorer neighborhoods.

But more than a year later, Seattle’s numbers are lackluster. As of last week, only three homes had been retrofitted and just 14 new jobs have emerged from the program. Many of the jobs are administrative, and not the entry-level pathways once dreamed of for low-income workers. Some people wonder if the original goals are now achievable. Organizers and policy experts blame the economy, bureaucracy and bad timing for the program’s mediocre results.”

To review: A new bureaucracy is created, timed to provide jobs in a down economy, and it fails due to bureaucracy, bad timing, and the economy. And how ’bout those “mediocre” results! Three homes insulated by fourteen employees over the course of a year. Yes, out of the multitude of available words to describe this fiasco, mediocre is the word we’re looking for here.

We’re in the best of hands.


20 responses to “Another win for McGinn!

  1. I think the gaping, sucking fiscal wound is now gangrenous. I wonder how much we will have to amputate in order to save the Republic.

  2. If I could amputate McGinn it would be a good start.

  3. OT. I feel like I’m missing something in my life. Mainly your somewhat regular posts where you insult the female gender and I take great offense and insult you and all your male readers to a greater degree.

    It’s almost as if you’ve waved the white flag. While I may take great pleasure in that you have finally admitted all men are not created equal to women, but less than equal, it somehow does not make me happy.

    Surely you can find the last bit of energy to make a feeble attempt to prove that you men are not the weaker sex, if only to provoke Vanderloin into an hilarious comment.

    Come on boys, I’m counting on you. Where’s the fun debates?

  4. They’re over at Gerard’s watching this girl do things with a ball that defy scientific explanation.

  5. I assure the both of you, we’re not keeping our eyes on the ball.

  6. I was going to weigh in on the climate change scam debate, but Rita caused the discussion to take a curious turn.

  7. Thankfully I missed the Gerard post, not sure who he is, but I’m sure my brother looked it up immediately after ready this. I did see, unfortunately the one that Vanderloin (will he EVER figure out I misspell his online on purpose?) posted with all the boobs in it. I mean the women’s boobs, I wasn’t referring to all men being boobs. Well….ok, maybe I was

  8. *reading*, not ready.

  9. Gerard Vanderleun. I’m guessing you are pronouncing it German style.

  10. Ahh, enlightment Jewel, I didn’t know Gerard and Vanderloin were one and the same. Not really typing it German style, but more trying to goad him into admitting all men think about are their loins. It all started with WS’s post about the men not being smart enough to put the toilet seat down. Now that was a fun post.

  11. Aaah! I understand. Hmmm. Not sure about that assumption, but since I’ve never met the man, all I can say, is based upon the things he’s written, I would say no. The toilet seat post was fun, though. You should scour American Digest’s archives for his really fine writing. He surprises, angers, makes you weep and laugh hysterically. Sometimes all in one essay. Sometimes, he makes your spirit soar, and then at other times, he makes it come crashing down into the depths of sorrow. I don’t know but a few writers on the internet who can do that….and guess what? Westsound Modern is one of them!

  12. I agree completely Jewel or I wouldn’t be here. And I do read American Digest, sometimes for the fine writing, sometimes just to have a little fun seeing who can get in the better jab.

  13. Writer?!
    I’m just an unfrozen caveman real estate agent.
    Thanks for the huzzah’s you two.

  14. When you get around to writing, that is! Wink wink, NUDGE NUDGE!

  15. …gone a month tomorrow!

    Not. Good.

  16. Come on, Mark, the ladies are begging you to present them with a piece. Surely you wouldn’t refuse them a fresh stroke or two. Of writing.

  17. What is this world coming to???? I am beginning to feel like the best theraputic methodology to rid me of my hostility has abandoned me. WS, if you can provide for my needs to be insulted and allow me the ability to give you an even better smart ass answer back, can you at least direct me to a sight that will allow me to release my smartassedness with a fun group that knows not to get insulted?

    What’s up Buddy? Give us just one word. We’ll feell better. You’re still here with us, right????

  18. Helllllooooo? Anybody out there? Where are you?

  19. Thx Jewel. I was getting a little worried. I miss his wit and our sniping at each other on the gender fight. If you have the ability, tell him his followers wish him well and will keep him in our prayers.

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