Phil Kerpen Explains How and Why He Went After Van Jones


Links connecting Van Jones to other organizations, via Fox News (Bigger pdf here)

Readers may know what happened to Van Jones but Phil Kerpen, Director of Policy of Americans for Prosperity takes credit for it, explains the details of how and more importantly, why, in Fox News in an article titled How Van Jones Happened and What We Need to Do Next. The subhead :

Now that Jones has resigned, we need to follow through with two critical policy victories. First, stop cap-and-trade, which could send these groups trillions, and second repeal the unspent portion of the stimulus bill, which stands to give them billions.


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Kerpen had no trouble digging up stuff from Van Jones's past; it was no secret. He writes:

As soon as I got back to the office, I e-mailed the East Bay Express article to one of Glenn Beck's producer, saying: "Please share with Glenn this article about green jobs czar Van Jones, a self-described communist who was radicalized in jail. Confirms "watermelon" hypothesis." (I was referring to an explanation we had offered on his show of the cap-and-trade bill as a "watermelon," green on the outside but Communist red to the core.)

Kerpen then lays out his concerns with Van Jones, as spelled out in his book, The Green Collar Economy (TreeHugger review here):

He urged adoption of a carbon cap-and-trade program, renewable electricity mandates-- including Al Gore's outlandish and impossible goal of eliminating fossil fuel use by 2018, large taxpayer-funded green jobs programs, a so-called smart grid for electricity, more mass-transit subsidies, higher fuel efficiency standards for automobiles, federal funding for organic farms, a ban on new coal plants, expanded ethanol mandates, and even a spirited, multiple page pitch for a cash-for-clunkers program--he called it "Hoopties for Hybrids."


image from Americans for Prosperity

He concludes with an explanation of his problem with green jobs, and what the next steps should be.

Green jobs are not economic jobs but political jobs, designed to funnel vast sums of taxpayer money to left-wing labor unions, environmental groups, and social justice community organizers.

Now that Jones has resigned, we need to follow through with two critical policy victories. First, stop cap-and-trade, which could send these green groups trillions, and second repeal the unspent portion of the stimulus bill, which stands to give them billions. The Van Jones affair is, as President Obama likes to say, a "teachable moment," and we need to put not just him but the whole corrupt "green jobs" concept outside the bounds of the political mainstream.

An unedited version of Kerpen's article can be found at fair and balanced Fox News. Readers looking for commentary on this article or an explanation of who is behind Kerpen's employer, Americans for Prosperity, can read Alternet and Climate Progress. I am just reporting. You decide.

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