Obama tariff policy sinking a small US business

posted at 8:31 am on August 25, 2012 by Jazz Shaw

Even as jaded as I tend to be, I was a bit surprised when I came across this story at Outside the Beltway. It’s a tale of The American Dream, built from the ground up in storybook fashion. In it, we get to meet Bill Keith, a guy who had a legitimately clever idea to use “green” energy to do something productive. He designed a solar powered attic fan and started a small (six person) business – literally in his garage – to produce them. They pump out the hot air and lower your cooling bills without running up your electric bill. What’s not to like? Within a few years he was doing two million dollars in sales.

It was such an irresistible story that candidates Barack Obama and Joe Biden took him out on the campaign trail to spread the news of this real life American success story. But now, four years later, the worm has turned.

Today, Keith’s solar star appears to be on a collision course with another Obama policy that may put him out of business. The irony is not lost on Keith: A man whose profile and company soared because of the administration’s energy policy is now falling apart because of a new Obama anti-dumping policy involving China.

While 95 percent of Keith’s fans are American-made, he has yet to find a U.S. company that can make the small customized solar panels that make his fans run. It’s not that he hasn’t tried. He initially used a company in Michigan but they stopped manufacturing the kind of panels he needed. Then Keith turned to a New York company but the quality was so bad that he was replacing the defective parts faster than he could sell the fans.

Over the years he begged environmental groups as well as the Commerce Department for help in finding an American company that could make the key solar component. Reluctantly, he agreed to purchase them from a major company in the United States, which bought their panels from another country and then had them customized in Hong Kong. Eventually that manufacturer told Keith to deal with the Hong Kong customizer directly.

Keith said the U.S. Customs Department has accused him of using Chinese-made solar panels, in violation of a tough import policy adopted in May at the behest of major U.S. solar companies. The policy is intended to thwart China from undercutting prices and flooding the U.S. market with cheaper solar panels. The U.S. Department of Commerce is currently reviewing the policy, and is scheduled to make a determination in the fall.

Now the former “poster boy” for green energy solutions isn’t even able to get his calls taken at the White House. The best he’s been able to do, as he tells it, is to get a perfunctory, “we’ll look into it” answer from an office minion and nothing else happens. In the meantime, if the judgement goes against him, he’ll be fined out of business by the tariff.

How can something like this happen? As Doug Mataconis puts it, there’s a teachable moment here about what happens when you lie down with dogs.

I suppose that’s a lesson right there. Never expect loyalty from a politician. Keith was useful to the 2008 campaign and the White House for a time, but now he’s not and it seems as though he’s being thrown under the bus.

Doug also points us to this analysis of the effects of this type of tariff policy from National Review’s Noah Glynn. China is a tough nut to crack when it comes to trade relations and no doubt about it. But with the current policy, the law of unintended consequences is clearly in play. Sadly, it’s a game which may wind up costing Mr. Keith his business.


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Hope and change my butt!

This is the deliberate and systematic destruction of the entrepreneurial spirit by Obama and his policies, one small business at a time!

pilamaye on August 25, 2012 at 8:40 AM

Instead of toiling in the garage he should have been bundling for O. Then all problems would have been solved.

Sad

HoustonRight on August 25, 2012 at 8:40 AM

While I like these kinds of human interest stories, how about some real news. The whole nation is talking about Brandon Raub, just as it was that Martin kid, and this is the kind of fluff we get served out here. The old boss would not approve.

abobo on August 25, 2012 at 8:41 AM

“How can something like this happen?”

If you go see “2016″ you’ll find out why.

He is the DOTUS.

PappyD61 on August 25, 2012 at 8:47 AM

He just wasn’t crony enough, in fact he did the unforgivable, Bill was successful.

When he grew up

Speakup on August 25, 2012 at 8:49 AM

Obama only understands visuals. He doesn’t understand business. Liberal don’t understand business. And come Nov 7th, he’s going to be waking up and asking himself wth happened.

hawkdriver on August 25, 2012 at 8:52 AM

You didn’t build that, but I can take it away.

Danny B on August 25, 2012 at 8:55 AM

Stop with this “unintended consequence” bs. Keith was nothing more than a useful idiot, but he wasn’t a major corporation/contributor, so his business death is irrelevant to the One and his admin. The tariff was specifically designed to help out some of the One’s biggest contributors and if Keith is forced out of business, “Keith who?” would be the response from the One’s campaign/admin.

TQM38a on August 25, 2012 at 8:57 AM

And really, the bigger question is after all the years of government support, all the money to failed Solyndra and the like, we still can’t build the most efficient and economocal PV cells in the world?

hawkdriver on August 25, 2012 at 8:58 AM

economical

hawkdriver on August 25, 2012 at 8:58 AM

The policy is intended to thwart China from undercutting prices and flooding the U.S. market with cheaper solar panels.

!

Axe on August 25, 2012 at 8:59 AM

We have an anti Chinese solar panel tariff?

Absolutely genius.

Every time I think that Barky can’t get any more stupid, he astounds me.

CorporatePiggy on August 25, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Keith said the U.S. Customs Department has accused him of using Chinese-made solar panels, in violation of a tough import policy adopted in May at the behest of major U.S. solar companies. The policy is intended to thwart China from undercutting prices and flooding the U.S. market with cheaper solar panels. The U.S. Department of Commerce is currently reviewing the policy, and is scheduled to make a determination in the fall.

“a tough import policy adopted in May at the behest of major U.S. solar companies.”

Otherwise known as Obama money pits.

AubieJon on August 25, 2012 at 9:01 AM

i can’t help but chuckle.

the sucker got suckered. *playing world’s tiniest violin*

bloghooligan on August 25, 2012 at 9:03 AM

Isn’t this all about protectionism?

MeatHeadinCA on August 25, 2012 at 9:06 AM

“a tough import policy adopted in May at the behest of major U.S. solar companies.”

Otherwise known as Obama money pits.

AubieJon on August 25, 2012 at 9:01 AM

More cronyism.

Crap-Corp: Hey Barky, we are totally uncompetitive. Can you PUNISH OUR ENEMIES?

Barky
: Yo, throw a little cash at my re-election campaign, trick. And I’ll fix you right up yo. Cos that’s how we roll. Southside fo’ life.

CorporatePiggy on August 25, 2012 at 9:07 AM

His company only produces local sales and property taxes,payroll taxes,and the same goes for the outside vendors he uses.Who needs that?

docflash on August 25, 2012 at 9:10 AM

Well Keith elections have consequences. You voted and campaigned for him so reap the whirlwind. It’s not like there was no one screaming that he was a socialist.

Big Orange on August 25, 2012 at 9:16 AM

When someone defends Obama’s ludicrous “You didn’t build that” pap, you may wish to remind them of the old proverb: “Success has many fathers, while Failure is an orphan”.

Failure is an Orphan

Flora Duh on August 25, 2012 at 9:17 AM

Well Keith elections have consequences. You voted and campaigned for him so reap the whirlwind. It’s not like there was no one screaming that he was a socialist.

Big Orange on August 25, 2012 at 9:16 AM

On the flip side, when you don’t let dogs with fleas into your establishment, you reap the positive consequences. Case in point, Crumb and Get It baker who refused to let Biden use his store as a photo op and now his business is doing great.

TxAnn56 on August 25, 2012 at 9:21 AM

I’m sure there are plenty more of these kinds of stories out there involving small business. The really sad part is, we will only hear about this on conservative blogs. Maybe somewhere in the RNC convention, this story will come to light so the MSM will have to report it.

fistbump on August 25, 2012 at 9:23 AM

Because of policies like these there’s going to be an economic crash of such proportions that people will realize why the Marine Corps, for the first time, is giving its troops military police training.
Something to consider-it is going to take a forceful Republican (if elected) to reverse the trend.If as I suspect will happen, Romney shilly shallys and fails to reverse the trend- the coming depression deservedly blamed on Obama-will be blamed on Romney instead.

MaiDee on August 25, 2012 at 9:27 AM

Well Keith elections have consequences. You voted and campaigned for him so reap the whirlwind. It’s not like there was no one screaming that he was a socialist.

Big Orange on August 25, 2012 at 9:16 AM

+1. A lot of people, some of my friends included, think that elections really are nothing more than overblown popularity contests.

America really has become disconnected from the idea that certain actions have certain consequences.

MelonCollie on August 25, 2012 at 9:27 AM

So he hitched his wagon to the barack train, and ended up getting tossed from the train. Boo-hoo. You think you’ve got it bad, Keith? Look at what YOUR CANDIDATE has done to the rest of us. I get the feeling that if barack was shoveling MY MONEY and special favors this guy’s way, he’d be happy as a clam. This isn’t about regulation; it’s about a jilted girlfriend who thought his sugar daddy was going to have him dripping in pearls.

Rational Thought on August 25, 2012 at 9:31 AM

If anyone is interested, R&R are in Powell, Ohio. Live here:

http://10tv.com

bluefox on August 25, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Reading through the article, I don’t think Keith gets it even now.


The solar panel tariff is a broad-reaching tariff. In my estimation it shouldn’t be geared toward small niche markets like mine,” Keith said.

See he’s fine if big companies have to deal with the tariff…just don’t make him do it.

Big Orange on August 25, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Bill goes to my church and I can testify that you’ll never meet a nicer, more giving person.

JackBurtonJr on August 25, 2012 at 9:36 AM

If anyone is interested, R&R are in Powell, Ohio. Live here:

http://10tv.com

bluefox on August 25, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Am reading on Twitter that there is a plane overhead pulling a sign that says:

America deserves better THEN birtherism.

Ha, ha, ha. Humorless AND illiterate.

And in case anyone needs a reminder, barack obama was the OB — Original Birther.

Rational Thought on August 25, 2012 at 9:39 AM

Why not just use those gov’t shrimp on the treadmill to power the fan!

tim c on August 25, 2012 at 9:45 AM

If he can bundle $500,000 for the Obama campaign I’m sure an exception will be made. This is Obama’s 1% economy.

Wigglesworth on August 25, 2012 at 9:45 AM

He should just buy them from Solyndra. Winning.

forest on August 25, 2012 at 9:47 AM

How much do his products cost and how long does it take to recoup the cost from savings on the electric bill? This is the trouble with these green ‘things’. If he couldn’t get the right solar panels for one of his products then stop making it or learn how to make it for yourself. This guy wants the govt to solve all his problems for him.

Kissmygrits on August 25, 2012 at 9:52 AM

So, in order to promote the use of solar panels, we put up tariffs that make them more expensive?
Sorry, words fail.

Count to 10 on August 25, 2012 at 9:53 AM

How much do his products cost and how long does it take to recoup the cost from savings on the electric bill?

Kissmygrits on August 25, 2012 at 9:52 AM

They do not make financial sense. I did an ROI on these things for my home and they cost about $600-$800 a unit and come with a 20 year warranty, except for the panel which will shatter in a decent hail storm.

No matter which way you slice the numbers you are better off with passive or electrically powered extractors. The only way these things make sense is if you want to feel all warm and green and fuzzy.

CorporatePiggy on August 25, 2012 at 9:56 AM

The problem here isn’t the solar panels.

Powered attic ventilators—all of them—are terrible products and should have been outlawed years ago. Whenever and however a vacuum is created in the attic, it serves to draw conditioned air out of the house. This always increases the cooling/dehumidification load and electrical usage.

But it gets much worse. in some conditions these fans will backdraft gas-fired appliances and poison the occupants with combustion byproducts.

Never never never install any kind of exhaust fan in an attic.

HelenW on August 25, 2012 at 9:56 AM

Now the former “poster boy” for green energy solutions isn’t even able to get his calls taken at the White House. The best he’s been able to do, as he tells it, is to get a perfunctory, “we’ll look into it” answer from an office minion and nothing else happens. In the meantime, if the judgement goes against him, he’ll be fined out of business by the tariff.

…for four years as regards the economy JugEars has told us “we’ll look into it” and nothing else happens!,,,just more debt!

KOOLAID2 on August 25, 2012 at 9:57 AM

Mitt, make this guy your new best friend and get him in an ad.

ThePrez on August 25, 2012 at 9:57 AM

Lying down with dogs? Despite the old saying, dogs are loyal, loving animals. The best there is. Comparing the Feds to dogs is not correct. Vipers? Filthy, Marxist swine? Pure poison?

jubalearly on August 25, 2012 at 9:59 AM

The problem here isn’t the solar panels.

Powered attic ventilators—all of them—are terrible products and should have been outlawed years ago. Whenever and however a vacuum is created in the attic, it serves to draw conditioned air out of the house. This always increases the cooling/dehumidification load and electrical usage.

But it gets much worse. in some conditions these fans will backdraft gas-fired appliances and poison the occupants with combustion byproducts.

Never never never install any kind of exhaust fan in an attic.

HelenW on August 25, 2012 at 9:56 AM

I’ve never heard of that. Sounds like it would only happen if the fan is very powerful.

Count to 10 on August 25, 2012 at 10:02 AM

While I like these kinds of human interest stories, how about some real news. The whole nation is talking about Brandon Raub, just as it was that Martin kid, and this is the kind of fluff we get served out here. The old boss would not approve.

abobo on August 25, 2012 at 8:41 AM

Don’t let the door hit you on your way out.

davidk on August 25, 2012 at 10:05 AM

If anyone is interested, R&R are in Powell, Ohio. Live here:

http://10tv.com

bluefox on August 25, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Am reading on Twitter that there is a plane overhead pulling a sign that says:

America deserves better THEN birtherism.

Ha, ha, ha. Humorless AND illiterate.

And in case anyone needs a reminder, barack obama was the OB — Original Birther.

Rational Thought on August 25, 2012 at 9:39 AM

LOL, so clueless! No mention of it so far from R&R in Powell tho.
The left are so bent out of shape over Romney’s comment, Ha-Ha. Good one Romney!!

bluefox on August 25, 2012 at 10:06 AM

bluefox on August 25, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Just listened to that. Romney is giving some GREAT, rousing speeches!! :) I’m liking him more and more. And I gotta say…I LOVED the California dig: “We don’t want to become Greece…or California! Just kidding about that…well, a little!” That was GREAT, because its a more LOCAL example of the failed policies of the left bankrupting a “country”…and in our own backyard! He should play up the CA bankruptcies a bit more as the election goes into overdrive, to show how the policies of tax and spend and borrow and tax do NOT work. :)

Highlar on August 25, 2012 at 10:10 AM

When you lie down with dogs, you get up with fleas. As much as I might commiserate with this man, he worked for Obama’s election, and he’s getting exactly that for which he voted.

unclesmrgol on August 25, 2012 at 10:14 AM

As Doug Mataconis puts it, there’s a teachable moment here about what happens when you lie down with dogs.

The saying used to be that if you lie down with the dogs, you get up with fleas.

With this administration, if you lie down with the dogs you may become dinner.

kbTexan on August 25, 2012 at 10:17 AM

Well if he wants to keep his business, he obviously needs to buy some “protection”. That’s how things are done. Just ask Jon Corzine.

GarandFan on August 25, 2012 at 10:17 AM

LOL, so clueless! No mention of it so far from R&R in Powell tho.
The left are so bent out of shape over Romney’s comment, Ha-Ha. Good one Romney!!

bluefox on August 25, 2012 at 10:06 AM

I heard him make mention today of the “Greek chorus” — the rag-tag group of O-bots who show up at every R&R rally. I was at the Michigan rally yesterday. There were about 10 or 12 O-bots with these cheesy hand-made signs, black marker on neon paper, one fella with a megaphone, chanting “four more years.” And overhead was a plane (guess they’re doing that at every rally) pulling a sign that said something like “Mitt is a coward: won’t answer questions about Akin.” It was the saddest little counter protest I’ve ever seen. There were thousands of people lined up to go in where the protesters were screaming, and no one was even paying attention to them, except to occasionally look over and chuckle. It was a sad little effort, pitiful actually. I love it that Romney has taken to calling them the Greek Chorus.

Rational Thought on August 25, 2012 at 10:17 AM

The U.S. has practiced a selective protectionism for years. I got hit with 66% dumping duties on a resin I imported that my U.S. competitor was selling at a cheaper price. All politics and lobbying. Ten years later, I took a hit from unchecked Indian outsourcing in database design/services. When I wanted free trade, it didn’t exist and when I yearned for protection from foreign competition, it was nowhere to be found.

Its not fair, but it will always be part of American entrepreneurial landscape.

mid_aged_man on August 25, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Rational Thought on August 25, 2012 at 10:17 AM

Oh, I get it! The pathetic, minimal resistance groups of chanters must be a part of the “minimizing crowd sizes!” of the O-team! :P LOL…that sounds great. :) Its like a complete reversal of four years ago…Romney has great, enthusiastic, cheering crowds, who are laughing and smiling and obviously enjoying themselves at his speeches (which just seem to be getting better and better as he seems to be loosening up a bit and enjoying himself more on the campaign trail). And Obama has pitiful, half-filled stadiums (if even that!). Love it!!

Highlar on August 25, 2012 at 10:24 AM

He could get his panels from Solyndra. OH Wait! Never mind.

Wade on August 25, 2012 at 10:27 AM

He should move his business to a country that practices free enterprise.

Wade on August 25, 2012 at 10:30 AM

+1. A lot of people, some of my friends included, think that elections really are nothing more than overblown popularity contests.

America really has become disconnected from the idea that certain actions have certain consequences.

MelonCollie on August 25, 2012 at 9:27 AM

What? There are consequences for things I do? Thats not what they teach at school./lib

This also looks like another reverse midas/obama touch.

cobrakai99 on August 25, 2012 at 10:31 AM

bluefox on August 25, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Just listened to that. Romney is giving some GREAT, rousing speeches!! :) I’m liking him more and more. And I gotta say…I LOVED the California dig: “We don’t want to become Greece…or California! Just kidding about that…well, a little!” That was GREAT, because its a more LOCAL example of the failed policies of the left bankrupting a “country”…and in our own backyard! He should play up the CA bankruptcies a bit more as the election goes into overdrive, to show how the policies of tax and spend and borrow and tax do NOT work. :)

Highlar on August 25, 2012 at 10:10 AM

I heard that CA dig too:-) I was sort of waiting if he’d have another little “something” for the left to chew on, LOL I agree with you in showing the results of tax and spend. Actually, you run out of people to tax, as CA is finding out; they are leaving!!
It seems corruption results in ignorance:-)

bluefox on August 25, 2012 at 10:32 AM

Am reading on Twitter that there is a plane overhead pulling a sign that says:

America deserves better THEN birtherism.

Ha, ha, ha. Humorless AND illiterate.

And in case anyone needs a reminder, barack obama was the OB — Original Birther.

Rational Thought on August 25, 2012 at 9:39 AM

And it’s already on Twitchy.

Trolling fail: MoveOn flies ‘America is better then birtherism’ banner in O-I-H-O

Flora Duh on August 25, 2012 at 10:35 AM

Is this guy so stuck on his “green” idea that he can’t adapt his fans to be powered by something else? Like, say, electricity?

Bitter Clinger on August 25, 2012 at 10:36 AM

I love it that Romney has taken to calling them the Greek Chorus.

Rational Thought on August 25, 2012 at 10:17 AM

Oh, that’s funny. I like this sense of humor that Romney evidently has been hiding:-)

Gov. Kasich spoke at the Powell Rally and I was so glad to see Josh Mandel speaking as well. He’s running against B.O.’s clone:
S. Sherrod Brown. So hope he wins that Senate seat!!

bluefox on August 25, 2012 at 10:36 AM

Trolling fail: MoveOn flies ‘America is better then birtherism’ banner in O-I-H-O

Flora Duh on August 25, 2012 at 10:35 AM

“America deserves better than dogs on cars”
“America deserves better than blaming cancer ads”
“America deserves better than a War on Women”

Seems two can play that game.

Bitter Clinger on August 25, 2012 at 10:39 AM

How much do his products cost and how long does it take to recoup the cost from savings on the electric bill? This is the trouble with these green ‘things’. If he couldn’t get the right solar panels for one of his products then stop making it or learn how to make it for yourself. This guy wants the govt to solve all his problems for him.

Kissmygrits on August 25, 2012 at 9:52 AM

When the solar garden lights work, then I’ll see about panels:-)

bluefox on August 25, 2012 at 10:39 AM

Whatever the polar opposite of King Midas might be, that’s what Obama is! Whatever he touches turns to POOPY!

-Wasteland Man.

WastelandMan on August 25, 2012 at 10:41 AM

And really, the bigger question is after all the years of government support, all the money to failed Solyndra and the like, we still can’t build the most efficient and economocal PV cells in the world?

hawkdriver on August 25, 2012 at 8:58 AM

We sure can, but that’s not the point. That would require a company to actually, you know, work, be productive and make a profit instead of being a hidden-right-in-front-of-our faces slush fund for Barry and his cronies.

PatriotGal2257 on August 25, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Now the former “poster boy” for green energy solutions isn’t even able to get his calls taken at the White House.

But did Keith get kissed before he got scre*ed?

Inquiring minds want to know.

GrannyDee on August 25, 2012 at 10:50 AM

I’m sure there are plenty more of these kinds of stories out there involving small business. The really sad part is, we will only hear about this on conservative blogs. Maybe somewhere in the RNC convention, this story will come to light so the MSM will have to report it.

fistbump on August 25, 2012 at 9:23 AM

That’s an excellent point. Romney today at the Rally in Powell, Ohio gave several examples of successful small businesses and how they started. This would be a great small business story that failed and why.

bluefox on August 25, 2012 at 10:52 AM

How much do his products cost and how long does it take to recoup the cost from savings on the electric bill? This is the trouble with these green ‘things’. If he couldn’t get the right solar panels for one of his products then stop making it or learn how to make it for yourself. This guy wants the govt to solve all his problems for him.

Kissmygrits on August 25, 2012 at 9:52 AM

It is funny because, you can buy these little walk lights with solar panels on them for like $1.00. The panels are small. The lights are cheap and small. Of course, he needs more power to run a motor but fans aren’t like new tech or anything.

JellyToast on August 25, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Trolling fail: MoveOn flies ‘America is better then birtherism’ banner in O-I-H-O

Flora Duh on August 25, 2012 at 10:35 AM

“America deserves better than dogs on cars”
“America deserves better than blaming cancer ads”
“America deserves better than a War on Women”

Seems two can play that game.

Bitter Clinger on August 25, 2012 at 10:39 AM

…Hey B C!…quit spelling stuff right!

KOOLAID2 on August 25, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Mitt, make this guy your new best friend and get him in an ad.

ThePrez on August 25, 2012 at 9:57 AM

Yes!!

bluefox on August 25, 2012 at 10:59 AM

The policy is intended to thwart China from undercutting prices and flooding the U.S. market with cheaper solar panels

So we could have cheaper “green” energy, which would only help to expend its presence in America, but there’s a protectionist tariff policy in place?
So Obozo is blocking the adoption of “green” energy, but gives away hundreds of millions of dollars to one of his cronies in solar power, which then goes bankrupt?

If I didn’t know better, I’d say Obozo really cares more about politics than he does about green energy.

KMC1 on August 25, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Checked Amazon.
Lots of Chinese attic fans for sale starting at about $200.
Protectionism fail!

MHatch on August 25, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Too bad he had to get by all the bureaucracy and still lost. Take a look at this listing and note not one of them makes anything that’s taxable besides their paycheck. There’s lots of power though. http://www.usa.gov/directory/federal/index.shtml

mixplix on August 25, 2012 at 11:08 AM

So, liberal trolls, care to post?

itsspideyman on August 25, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Quick ways to turn America around (besides booting Obama out of office):
1) Tell all the US corporations who took their factories & businesses out fo the country to take advantage of slave labor only to bring it back into the US without paying huge import fees – tell them NOW that they have until 1 January to begin bringing those factories/businesses/jobs back to the US. After 1 Jan 2012 all of their goods made overseas will be hit with a huge import fee, high & more than enough to offset their savings from cheap labor. Add thge incentives of fair tax breaks for bringing the jobs back to the US.
2) GUT the massive amount of regulations placed on businesses. (When cops shut down little girls’ neighborhood lemonade stands because they don’t have a permit or tell a woman handing out free water bottles at a park to joggers / people playing sports because she doesn’t have a PERMIT to do so THINGS HAVE GONE TOO FREAKIN’ FAR! RETURN SANITY BACK TO THIS COUNTRY!
3) Overhaul the tax system / code — when you have to have a lawyer & a CPA to have your taxes done…and you’re only using the ‘EZ’ form, things are too jacked up. Eliminate all the loopholes…and I would seriously suggestthe FAIR TAX. It’s EASY and FAIR!
4) Pass a Balanced Budget Amendment. NOT just a mandate to balance a 1-year Spending Budget — the entire budget to include entitlements.
5) Creats a ‘Department of Common Sense’ & have it manned by AVERAGE MIDDLE CLASS PEOPLE rather than professional, washington-insider Party-1st attornies! — give this panel cart blanch / the power over EVERY Department of Government. If this panel would have been in existence on the 1st day of Obama’s ‘rein’, our tax dollars would not have gone to pay for:
- A failed stimulus bill containing over 9,000 EARMARKS
- Stimulus funds going to pay for Obama campaign ads
- The Cornhusker kickback, & $716 BILLION stolen from Medicare to pay for Obamacare, a bill Obama said would ‘pay for itself’ & ‘would cut the deficit’.
- A project funded to teach alcoholic Chinese Prostitutes how to drink more responsibly onduty
- Billions going to failed ‘green’ energy companies who ‘deserved’ the money for the sole reason that their investors were hugs Obama donors
- etc!
One of the largest things America, especially our governmernt, lacks abynore, as they are instead blinded by ignorant partisanship, is COMMON SENSE! The Bureau of Common Sense could step in & implement REAL, much-needed fiscal responsibility where all else, especially Obama, has failed!

easyt65 on August 25, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Somebody put this guy on Romney’s campaign trail stat!

Political Wrinkles
http://politicalwrinkles.com

cnredd on August 25, 2012 at 11:40 AM

His invention was dumb; Obama created the green bullcrap that let this dummy buy parts for useless fans; he didn’t actually produce anything; his business model sucks, and we should care, why?

Rusty Allen on August 25, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Keith said the U.S. Customs Department has accused him of using Chinese-made solar panels, in violation of a tough import policy

Criminalizing free enterprise. Next up they’ll raid his business like they did to Gibson Guitars. BTW, rare earth minerals are needed to build solar panels. We used to mine them in large quantities until 1990s when EPA took measures which “directly pit anti-mining and anti-drilling agendas of environmental activists against their own companion goals to advance rare earth-dependent wind turbines, solar power, and more efficient electric vehicles.”

Buy Danish on August 25, 2012 at 11:45 AM

Count to 10 on August 25, 2012 at 9:53 AM

It’s the same theory Owe used after the Midwest drought that killed the corn and wheat. Owe purchased a bunch of meat so that meat prices would rise in the area too.

katablog.com on August 25, 2012 at 11:46 AM

He who sups with the devil should have a long spoon…

Meaning: If you eat with the devil, you need a (very) long spoon so that you can keep your distance.

If you mix with bad people, you should be careful not to be influenced by them. A warning not to get too close when dealing with evil people.

A lesson that has to be relearned from time to time…

patch on August 25, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Well Keith elections have consequences. You voted and campaigned for him so reap the whirlwind. It’s not like there was no one screaming that he was a socialist.

Big Orange on August 25, 2012 at 9:16 AM

So true.

I feel for these people, but the simple fact of the matter is that they were warned and chose to vote on skin color and vaporware.

This is one of the most detestable things about the Obama Party and Barack Obama: they are con men of the worst kind. They took advantage of peoples’ desire to be fair and to do the right thing to get themselves into power, and then they abuse them.

northdallasthirty on August 25, 2012 at 11:59 AM

His invention was dumb; Obama created the green bullcrap that let this dummy buy parts for useless fans; he didn’t actually produce anything; his business model sucks, and we should care, why?

Rusty Allen on August 25, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Jr High School starts soon. Have a nice time there, I am sure you will be welcomed back. Any way to cool a building and producing it’s own energy is a good thing, obviously you are too young to understand how good attic fans work. Wait till you grow up and see how expensive it is to pay for the airconditioning cost mommy and daddy have paid to keep your ignorant ass cool.

With millions in sales it demonstrates comsumers think very different from you.

Wade on August 25, 2012 at 12:01 PM

Gibson Guitar

Bulletchaser on August 25, 2012 at 12:10 PM

I’m sure he can get a US company to make the exact photovoltaic cells that he needs. The problem is that the price is probably too high for him to use in a retail product like an attic fan. Why would a consumer spend $2,000 to install a something that will lower their bills by $400 per year – especially since the product will likely need maintenance/replacement after 5 years?

blink on August 25, 2012 at 12:05 PM

You actually have no idea what his problems are and are just pulling this speculation out of your ass.

Bulletchaser on August 25, 2012 at 12:12 PM

easyt65 on August 25, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Great ideas all. The Bureau of Common Sense-Awesome! We’ve needed that for years.

bluefox on August 25, 2012 at 12:12 PM

Tariff’s are a legit tool in the toolbox that must be used at times. If our nation is to survive we must have our own heavy industry / manufacturing. This situation simply shows how weak/vulnerable we’ve become as a nation that we can’t even competently build something so simple. And if this guy went out on the campaign trail w/BHO, then justice is being served, IMO.

Darvin Dowdy on August 25, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Too bad he had to get by all the bureaucracy and still lost. Take a look at this listing and note not one of them makes anything that’s taxable besides their paycheck. There’s lots of power though. http://www.usa.gov/directory/federal/index.shtml

mixplix on August 25, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Wow! I just read thru the A list. Didn’t know the Government trough was that large.

Thanks for the link, will bookmark.

bluefox on August 25, 2012 at 12:17 PM

cnredd on August 25, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Your link went to the Website, but didn’t see any particular “guy”.

bluefox on August 25, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Something about this doesn’t sound right. This article makes it sound like he isn’t being allowed to import the panels, or worse that prosecution is being considered.

Keith said the U.S. Customs Department has accused him of using Chinese-made solar panels, in violation of a tough import policy

If this is the case then that’s not the correct way to protect the U.S. economy. Isn’t it more likely that he can’t procure them in the U.S. for a price that will allow him to compete?

I’m not sure what’s wrong with conservatives these days but you guys refuse to get it on international free trade. When it’s mentioned your eyes glaze over and you start sounding like hippies. You talk about doing away with poverty, and world peace. Why don’t you throw free love in there too? International trade is war, or at least a contact sport, and until you figure that out and quit sounding like hippies well continue to shed jobs and average incomes will continue to drop.

DFCtomm on August 25, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Wade, I am not to young to realize that this guy benefited from Obama’s green-initiatives, and now can’t survive without more government help. It’s not the idea that is flawed; although, these rediculous fans certainly are, it’s that people think the govt will make them successful and don’t want to do any work themselves.

Rusty Allen on August 25, 2012 at 12:24 PM

DFCtomm on August 25, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Either it is against the law or it isn’t financially viable, for him there isn’t much difference. I guess he thought there were better benefits to being a poster child for The Won.

Cindy Munford on August 25, 2012 at 12:58 PM

“Obama tariff policy sinking a small US business”

Hebert Hoover, call yer office.

locomotivebreath1901 on August 25, 2012 at 1:15 PM

The problem here isn’t the solar panels.
Powered attic ventilators—all of them—are terrible products and should have been outlawed years ago. Whenever and however a vacuum is created in the attic, it serves to draw conditioned air out of the house. This always increases the cooling/dehumidification load and electrical usage.
But it gets much worse. in some conditions these fans will backdraft gas-fired appliances and poison the occupants with combustion byproducts.
Never never never install any kind of exhaust fan in an attic.
HelenW on August 25, 2012 at 9:56 AM

I’ve never heard of that. Sounds like it would only happen if the fan is very powerful.

Count to 10 on August 25, 2012 at 10:02 AM

They can create both problems, particularly if the house is “sealed” to prevent drafts and outside-air-exchanges from increasing heating and cooling bills (and incidentally leaving the recirculated air full of pollutants).

During a recent home renovation, our inspector cautioned us strongly not to run the attic fan if the gas fireplace was on, to watch the burners on / in the gas stove (electronic ignition solves the pilot-light-snuffing problem, and the hot water heater is in the cellar), and to keep a window cracked to aid circulation.
We don’t have AC, and the heat is hot-water-radiator, so don’t need the tight sealing, just some draft-stoppers.

The guy that refinished our wood floor told us not to run the fan for at least a week or the fumes would go into the attic and stay there “forever”.

That said, in a house without refrigerated air, the fan makes sense in the summer. I would buy a solar kit if cheap enough, because I only need to run the fan when the sun shines!

AesopFan on August 25, 2012 at 1:25 PM

I’m sure that this could all be solved – right after a well-publicized $30,000 donation; or $100,000 if he needs to have it solved before November.

ss396 on August 25, 2012 at 2:05 PM

The policy is intended to thwart China from undercutting prices and flooding the U.S. market with cheaper solar panels

Waitaminit. The Adminisration is simultaneously creating policies to artificially raise the cost of “dirty” energy to force us to convert to “green” energy while artificially raising while the price of “green” energy.

29Victor on August 25, 2012 at 2:14 PM

Wile B. Obama
Economic Super Genius
“Have brain will travel.”

jukin3 on August 25, 2012 at 3:38 PM

The problem here is that the problem here isn’t being discussed or defined correctly and/or has had any action to remove or lessen the problem been set in motion. Congress sets the tariff levels on commodities. Congress sets the tariff upon favorably reviewing a US business’ request for economic protection. The economic protection afforded by tariffs is, generally in spirit, a means to level the market playing field or the protect jobs, or both; it is also a means to economically deny exportation by some country learning one of Uncle Sam’s lessons.

Economic protection is hardly very broad as Keith claims – more often it is very narrow and specific in definition and has sub-definitions not only describing the commodity, but may also additionally describe the commodity’s intended usage for many different cases. The last two digits of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule make all the difference in the world what the rate of duty may be based on it’s sub-definition.

The crime Keith could commit is to improperly identify the panels he is importing. Or strategically, he could have some sub-assembly modification fabricated off-shore that works towards his attic product but eases the solar panel out of the solar panel tariff chapter into something of lesser duty or even duty free. The best thing for him to do is to line up with a single Chinese producer for a very specific part with exacting specifications and have his senator introduce a bill to have the duty abated for his gadget. Congress can put the bill in process. This gives US producers the opportunity to deny the request or ignore it. If Keith has something worthwhile, and US producers want nothing to do with it, he can get it. There is so much he can do that it’s a waste of time to worry about him.

This does not reduce the fact that the HTS is as bad or is a worse pile of bunk than the IRS tax codes and that certain Congress terms rev up duty on everything conceivable making it more of a political habit and an institution of protectionism. Nor does it make it any less ridiculous that Keith in fact has this issue. So, we need to not only replace the POTUS, but we also need to replace much of the crony Congress machine.

ericdijon on August 25, 2012 at 4:16 PM

This isn’t about regulation; it’s about a jilted girlfriend who thought his sugar daddy was going to have him dripping in pearls.

Rational Thought on August 25, 2012 at 9:31 AM

I saw what you did there.

bofh on August 25, 2012 at 4:44 PM

I’m not sure I understand when you say “policy”, there is a tariff from Law or there is no tariff.

John Kettlewell on August 25, 2012 at 10:53 PM

Payback for Solyndra. Because the Chinese aren’t building over-enginerred solar tubes, they, and all companies with which they do business, must be penalized.

A tariff is nothing more than a way of collecting additional taxes.

unclesmrgol on August 26, 2012 at 12:15 AM

Meaning: If you eat with the devil, you need a (very) long spoon so that you can keep your distance.

If you mix with bad people, you should be careful not to be influenced by them. A warning not to get too close when dealing with evil people.

A lesson that has to be relearned from time to time…

patch on August 25, 2012 at 11:58 AM

That saying actually meant that all your food will wind up on the devil’s plate. I’m only mentioning this because the implication is even closer.

Axe on August 26, 2012 at 9:27 AM