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By the measure put out by the federal government, everything is a green job. A garbage collector? Green job. Antique dealer? Green job.
The lefty Talking Points Memo says that he's being ridiculous because there are a lot of green jobs out there:
Republican Congressman Darrell Issa is continuing his witch hunt against American jobs. Why? Because they are classified as green.
It may seem like an odd tactic for a politician to go after these kinds of jobs and isolate so much of his own constituency, since 338,000 of the green jobs he is belittling — representing 2.3 percent of total employment in 2010 — came from his home state.
Because, you morons, it's an artificial measure. They're listening, but not hearing. From Fox News:
GOP Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, made the assertion during a hearing on how the administration counts so-called green jobs and the Labor Department’s recent change to how reporters can access key unemployment reports and other information.
The Labor Department "has jeopardized the integrity of employment data in some cases for clearly political reasons," he said.
Issa suggested the administration is reclassifying such jobs to prove that billions of taxpayer dollars, through the federal stimulus program, have created green, or environmentally-focused jobs – a major initiative for President Obama.
“It’s about politics. It’s always been about politics,” said Issa, R-Calif. “If you work at the Salvation Army, that’s a green job.”