Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Kulongoski: No new jobs if it means actually doing things

Oregon Governor Kulongoski Causes A Ship Wreck For Oregon Economic Development
No nasty, polluting, job-creating ship wrecking business is welcome to set up shop in the purity of Oregon's aquatic environment. So sayeth the Guv. And he means it, too...tough environment protecting steward that he is...

Unfortunately, Governor Kulongoski didn't have the good sense to avoid wasting the time and money of the company that his Oregon Economic Development Department enticed into considering Oregon for its business expansion.

We want jobs in Oregon. No, not Wal-Mart jobs, not logging jobs, not nucleur power plan jobs, and certainly not ship-wrecking jobs. Just go work at that organic food store or something.

What a failure of a governor, why the unions will support him after this is beyond me. Oh wait, it's because that's how the unions get their power. They don't care about the rank-and-file. They don't care that hundreds of possible union jobs just got turned away.

So let me rephrase: why the union members will continue to vote for this guy is beyond me, I hope that they don't.

8 comments:

Kristopher said...

Yup.

And they bitch about PNW gas prices, but make threats if anyone broaches the subject of off-shore drilling in OR or WA.

( there is petroleum out on the shelf; a couple of wells as far inshore as Mist, OR produced methane. )

Sue K. said...

If only we could build more bowling alleys. That would certainly add jobs.

Anonymous said...

Did you read that this is an environmentally disasterous form of shipbreaking. Why should we risk Newport's harbor for a few jobs? He offerred to let them do it if they bought a dry dock but not all jobs, even all well-paying jobs, are worth the risk of so much environmental damage.

Gunslinger said...

sure they are. what kind of environmental damage, and how long lasting are the effects? Who cares if some of those fat-assed, dock-sinking sea lions suck up some petrolium products? I know that I don't.

Now, if they are going to cut open a ship and spill tens of thousands of gallons of fuel, then maybe we should be concerned. It is a big ocean, with lots and lots of water in it. Look at what places like China are doing to pollute. a little chemicals in the air and water never hurt anyone.

MAX Redline said...

"Did you read that this is an environmentally disasterous form of shipbreaking. Why should we risk Newport's harbor for a few jobs? He offerred to let them do it if they bought a dry dock but not all jobs, even all well-paying jobs, are worth the risk of so much environmental damage."

The greater query here is, did you read?

Had you done so, then you would know (a) that the company has a "green" rating for their environmentally sound practices, that (b) Portland's industrial district was the strongest contender for the business, and (c) Portland had a huge drydock that they practically gave away. That drydock is now in the Bahamas, where it was towed after shortsighted Oregon politicians couldn't see any immediate use for the thing. Sure would be nice to have now.

Oregon Infidel said...

I'll bet if a Hemp Rope manufacturer or a Pitchuli factory wanted in, Uncle Ted would give 'em all kinds of tax breaks and incentives to do business here.

They could even get all kinds of "Day Labor" (read ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT) to do the work without any of that pesky Federal Immigration law mumbo jumbo getting in the way. Don't ask Don't tell policy regarding illegals works out fine here.

Oregon Infidel said...

There are hundreds of thousands of tons of ships lying at the bottom of places like Pearl Harbor, Micro-nesia, and all throughout the South Pacific. The animals seem to be doing quite well there. I know, I've taken a few fishing vacations to the regio. I seriously doubt that this ship breaking operation will do much harm at all.

Kristopher said...

I didn't see enviro-whackos protesting the Zidell plant in Portland ... you know, that shipbreaking firm south of the Ross Island bridge?

Just more spew from the voluntary human extinction crowd.