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The Great Obama Job Shuffle

'Recovery Summer.'

10:55 AM, Jul 19, 2010 • By JIM PREVOR
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Established 17 years ago, the business is in the heart of Oregon wine country and is an integral part of the local value-added agricultural economy. The winery purchases nearly 90 percent of its grapes from local vineyards, which helps sustain additional jobs and agricultural businesses in the region.

Torii Mor happens to make a nice Pinot Noir – so all is not lost. An honest man, though, must realize that there is nothing in the criteria for giving money to this winery that would not apply to every business in America. 

USDA Under Secretary for Rural Development Victor Vasquez justified the loan guarantees for the Nebraska greenhouse and the Oregon winery – and a group of other food producers from a potato chip maker to a cheese factory – by explaining that “This funding will help create and save jobs and build on America's economic recovery.” 

But it won’t. It can’t. It can only reshuffle jobs from other producers. The Obama administration is acting as if it doesn’t know the difference between local economic development and a national increase in jobs. Fortunately, “Recovery Summer” tours notwithstanding, American voters do seem to know the difference.

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