"We pushed one of the greatest minds to the side in this country when we needed him most".
This was said as a justification for the NAACP providing Van Jones with an "NAACP Image Award".
Here are several points that I find contemptible about these words.
- Ben Jealous would likely not be able to tell anyone WHY Van Jones felt it compelling to resign.
- If someone who was himself "ideologically contemptible to Jealous his brilliance would not be enough for Jealous or the NAACP to refrain from protesting.
- Jealous believes that Van Jones in place as a government operative is the most effective means by which he can advance his "Green Initiative".
Those who oppose this theory oppose human-kind itself. For they stand against the long term existence of all living beings on this Earth as man's actions will imperil us.
The "boil the oceans", expansionary intention is the trademark of the progressive movement.
Those who are wise would instead demand "earnest money". Force them to temporarily forbear their long term goals as they accept a smaller project with better defined diminsions. Give Van Jones and The Apollo Alliance a plot of land of calculable dimensions. Take sufficent "before" pictures of the area and then evaluate the efficacy of what they do with respect to time lapsed measurements.
As it stands right now - Van Jones' theories and strategies make little sense to me. He was a guest on "Democracy Now" in which he suggested that the Federal government should spend its debt money to invest in "green jobs" and "green technology". He failed to observe that his own economic ideology, if in place over Washington would not allow this very same government to sell its "Debt Bonds" (Treasury Bonds) on the capitalist driven financial markets. Ironically Mr Jones and his ideological soulmates fail to see that our present economic doldrums was ultimately caused by the aggregation of those who sought funding to purchase property that they should not have received financing for (I am also talking about million dollar homes obtained with "interest only loans"), a financial system that convinced itself that it could sufficiently "spread the economic risk", thus doling out the money and middle men (mortgage brokers, property appraisers) who fudged the numbers all to make it work.
This entire "Green Jobs" scheme looks eerily similar. The key differince is that they are going directly to the federal goverment for a "bail in" rather than through the financial markets who themselves would turn to the government when the Ponzi scheme fails.
How about starting out with more economically viable ventures in the first place?