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Joe Biden is in Michigan today, reportedly to announce the first round of $2B in battery grants.  (Source: The Weekly Standard)
Grants bring good news to state's troubled economy

Michigan is among the states that has been hit hardest by the recession.  The government went to extreme measures to keep the state's economy from collapsing, including assuming majority ownership of GM and propping up Chrysler through bankruptcy.  Now the federal government is preparing to reach deeper into its pockets to help the state out even more.

Vice President Joe Biden is in Michigan today at the NextEnergy Center in Detroit.  He is reportedly going to announce the first round of $2B USD in Department of Energy battery grants.  The grants should boost the state's economy and help develop better electric vehicles, currently favored as the future of the car industry by the domestic automakers.

The federal government is also separately loaning money to battery manufacturers under the $25 billion Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing Incentive Program (ATVM).  Among the battery manufacturers that applied for that loan are A123 Systems, EnerDel, and Compact Power.  Thus far Ford, Nissan, and Tesla Motors received ATVM loans.  It is unknown who the grants will go to, but A123 Systems, EnerDel, and Compact Power seem like leading candidates.

Ed DeSeve, the president's special advisor on the stimulus program, had stated about on July 21, "I think you'll see over the next week or so ... some industrialization focus, for example, on the battery grants that are coming.  It makes sense to put those in places where there is productive working capacity -- people who can do the jobs. There are plants where the jobs can exist, and I think you are going to start to see more and more of that over time."

The ATVM loans must be repaid eventually by automakers and battery makers.  However, the DoE grants do not have to be repaid.  Michigan has also offered battery makers some big tax cuts in hopes of luring business into the state.

A limited amount of tickets to Mr. Biden's appearance have been offered to the public on a first-come-first-serve basis.

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RE: Michigan
By knutjb on 8/5/2009 4:01:54 PM , Rating: 1
The only copy released is the short version which has no legal relevance, it just say you were born, the LONG FORM which IS the only LEGAL birth certificate can only be released by the specific person, i.e. obama. I don't really care about this issue though obama is the one perpetuating this because he IS the only one who can release it this side of a court order. I think he is using it as a way to paint all Republicans and conservatives as loonies, when only a few really are.

As for
quote: It is this two-party blindness which is keeping our country from being fixed.

Wasn't obama supposed to part the sea so both sides could come together? No he hasn't, obama HAS said "we won" in a white house meeting with Republicans, so much for bi-partisanship from obama. If HR 3200 SEC. 1233. ADVANCE CARE PLANNING CONSULTATION doesn't disturb you I am truly baffled by your blindness and maybe you should take a look at and tell me where obama's plan meshes up with it. I am biased against BOTH sides and want them to STOP spending us into collapse.

This battery silliness is insane spending to placate certain voting communities. I see the Dems as wanting to control my life, the Republicans as not wanting to control my life but occasionally giving in and failing to stop those wanting to control my life.

The most research conducted on batteries has been done by NASA. Why not continue that process through their normal budget instead of spending more of what we don't have.

Take your blinders off, read the Constitution, take few steps back and look at what is going on in front of you. If you like it spend some time in Europe to see if that is what you really want. I did and I don't. I came to my conclusion from listening to what the politicians are saying and reading the Constitution. The Constitution DOESN'T pick winners in society, it does what most countries don't, it provides a way to come from poverty and become wealthy through your own hard work, not through Robin Hood style "Social Justice".

I'm not a member of a "mob", I'm just a really pissed off citizen who has served my country and understand the relevance of it's place in the world.

RE: Michigan
By TomZ on 8/5/2009 4:55:06 PM , Rating: 2
This battery silliness is insane spending to placate certain voting communities
I don't agree with that. I think that Obama wants to (a) spend a lot of money to try to stimulate the economy, and (b) push the industry toward "green" solutions to our energy challenges. While I think these ideas may be misguided, I believe these are the real motives, not the desire to placate certain groups of voters and/or corporate interests.

RE: Michigan
By knutjb on 8/5/2009 5:47:44 PM , Rating: 2
If one were trying to stimulate how come only 70B has been spent and 122B is in progress to magically be spent just before the 2010 elections? This is no way to fix an economy. The severe recession of 1920 didn't last long, government did nothing and the market corrected itself. The crash of 29 lasted for a DECADE because government spent like fools on everything and accomplished little except suppressing the economy.

Government spending doesn't work no matter who implements it. When the government tries to soften the blow of an economic down turn it will last longer and limit growth in the long run. Preventing the economic pain is a major factor in the fall of the USSR.

The market does a pretty good job in picking winners and losers, not Congress or the President. This recession was caused through a cumulative effect of limited controls on mortgages over 30 years. Banks are better at determining borrowers ability to pay back loans than Congress.

As for spending and where it went:

RE: Michigan
By ClownPuncher on 8/5/2009 7:16:26 PM , Rating: 4
Actually the Great Depression had many factors working against the country and world economy.

One was the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act, which was a form of protectionism, taxing the crap out of foreign goods which caused the world to tax our goods to death in response.

The Dust Bowl, soil erosion and farm collapses. Farmers couldn't even afford to eat the food they were barely able to grow.

Prohibition, cost the country $500 million a year or more just in tax revenue, not to mention jobs lost and Constitution/Bill of Rights being violated.

The problem with the New Deal was that in '37-'38, it created more goods than demand. This caused another, smaller economic downturn towards the end of that decade. Also, it grew the central government to never seen before sizes.

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