Video: Obama stimulus flop paid workers for playing cards Ten days ago, LG Chem subsidiary Compact Power began furloughing workers without ever having produced a single battery for Ford or GM electric vehicles. So far, taxpayers have put $150 million into the Holland, Michigan operation via Barack Obamas green-tech subsidy program without seeing any return at all on the investment; the only batteries that have been produced were built in South Korea. So what has CP and LG Chem been doing for the last couple of years in the facility that taxpayer dollars built? Mostly playing cards and reading magazines, as the NBC affiliate in Grand Rapids reports (via the Weekly Standard): Workers at LG Chem, a $300 million lithium-ion battery plant heavily funded by taxpayers, tell Target 8 that they have so little work to do that they spend hours playing cards and board games, reading magazines or watching movies. They say its been going on for months. There would be up to 40 of us that would just sit in there during the day, said former LG Chem employee Nicole Merryman, who said she quit in May. We were given assignments to go outside and clean; if we werent cleaning outside, we were cleaning inside. If there was nothing for us to do, we would study in the cafeteria, or we would sit and play cards, sit and read magazines, said Merryman. Its really sad that all these people are sitting there and doing nothing, and its basically on taxpayer money. Two current employees told Target 8 that the game-playing continues because, as much as they want to work, they still have nothing to do.