The greatest idea in history: How to solve the budget, poverty, obesity and energy problems simultaneously

by editor on August 26, 2011

We bow to the genius of Walter Russell Mead. In fact, this is one guy we wouldn’t mind seeing President Obama bow to.


The solution to all our problems

Mead’s article at explains that green jobs are complete nonsense or, if you prefer, complete bullshit:

The belief that green jobs would drive a new era of American prosperity was — like the large majority of green policy chat — intellectually incoherent. The goods that drive renewable energy industries, like so much else in this world, are far cheaper to construct in Asia. As the NYT piece describes, SolFocus, a widely-celebrated solar power company based, only has 90 employees at their San Jose headquarters. The solar panels are assembled in China. Whether a product is an ordinary t-shirt or an admirable piece of world saving green technology like a wind turbine has zilch, zero, nada influence on the mind of the manufacturer trying to decide where it should be made.

Get ready. Here comes the idea that’s destined to win Mead a shelf full of Nobels:

There are perhaps some green jobs that would be exceptions; we could eliminate all forms of welfare and food stamps and offer the unemployed minimum wage jobs pedaling stationary bicycles hooked up to electric generators, solving our budget, poverty, obesity and energy independence problems all at once — but these are not the jobs either the President or his supporters have in mind.

Genius, Walter, absolute genius.

Our advice: If you have any equity left in your house, mortgage it. Invest in exercise bikes.

Source: The American Interest

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11 Comments on "The greatest idea in history: How to solve the budget, poverty, obesity and energy problems simultaneously"

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— Julia


If its good enough for Sheriff Joe! I have always said Welfare shouldn’t be free. Make them work for the money we, the taxpayer, provide them! Whether it be cleaning the streets, reading to kids, working at elderly homes, etc.


Hey mister! Your ass is eating that bicycle!!


How about installing a generator on the revolving door between ‘DC’ and ‘Wall Street’. Should be good for a couple of megawatts.

Joe Redfield

Too many of the usual suspects on the whiny Left would get the vapors if we forced welfare recipients to work for minimum wage, but the Federal prison system might save money by making prisoners generate the electricity needed to power their in-cell electronic devices.


Sheriff Joe in Arizona already does this for the pink underwear team to watch TV. The leftists SCREAM about it.

Etaoin Shrdlu

But there are even better solutions that include fuel production; how about mandatory liposuction and convert all those goodies to biodeisel — and this would be renewable, probably a new “crop” every yr or so.


Well, consider this: Biodiesel made from recycled cooking oil is said to have the smell of french fries when burned.

Considering the waste products of liposuction, do you really wanna go there? 🙂

The Obumbly Obomster

Hmm…seeing as that I can just barely 450 watts on the bike on a good day (and only for a few seconds), I highly doubt that we can pedal our way out of our energy problem.