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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 5:16:14 PM , Rating: 2
Dude, there are TWO types of birth certificates. One for LIVE BIRTH, short form, and LEGAL BIRTH, long form, with ALL details signifying a LEGAL birth. The long form is the only one that counts, the short form goes in the scrapbook with your baby pictures.

Your examples are the short form "certificate of live birth" my kids have those too, signatures, raised seal and all, but I had to get the long form to get them a passport. Yes, my new copy of my certificate is a standardized computer generated long form with more information than what is shown in your examples. Even the Gov of Hawaii has said the one released is the short form and says this is silly, I agree, it is silly.

If you try to get a passport with a "short form" you WILL be sent away because it's not a LEGAL DOCUMENT, period. I'm sure he has a passport.

I only see this as obama playing a game of distraction, usually if there is one there is the other, but not always, so just show it and be done with it. What is there to hide? So much for transparency... On to the games!

RE: Michigan
By JohnnyCNote on 8/5/2009 7:55:01 PM , Rating: 3
If you try to get a passport with a "short form" you WILL be sent away because it's not a LEGAL DOCUMENT, period. I'm sure he has a passport.

They accepted the short form when I got my passport a couple of years ago . . .

RE: Michigan
By smitty3268 on 8/5/2009 8:12:42 PM , Rating: 2
Not in Hawaii. There's only one, that's backed by the full legal force of the state, which means it is accepted everywhere, by everyone.

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