Solyndra pressured Bush WH for approval in January 2009

posted at 11:15 am on September 17, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

The national media seems to be taking a greater interest in the Solyndra scandal lately.  MSNBC may not be talking about it, but the Associated Press had a good rundown of the story yesterday.  The article put the scandal in sharp and explicit perspective in the lead paragraph:

The Obama administration restructured a half-billion dollar federal loan to a troubled solar energy company in such a way that private investors — including a fundraiser for President Barack Obama — moved ahead of taxpayers for repayment in case of a default, government records show. …

Since then, the implosion of the company and revelations that the administration hurried Office of Management and Budget officials to finish their review of the loan in time for the September 2009 groundbreaking has become an embarrassment for Obama as he sells his new job-creation program around the country.

An Associated Press review of regulatory filings shows that Solyndra was hemorrhaging hundreds of millions of dollars for years before the Obama administration signed off on the original $535 million loan guarantee in September 2009. The company eventually got $528 million.

It’s mostly a recap of what we’ve already known, but the AP’s reporting guaranteed that the story would break into thousands of news outlets around the country.  Fox News’ White House correspondent Ed Henry adds to the story by presenting more context for the Bush administration’s connections to Solyndra.  The Left has insisted that Bush pushed subsidies for Solyndra too and is therefore at least as responsible for the collapse as Obama.  Solyndra execs didn’t see it that way in January 2009, Henry reports, and ramped up political pressure to fast-walk approval for the loan guarantees:

Solyndra officials were intensely pressuring Bush administration officials in early January 2009 to approve a government loan for the solar company before the Obama administration took power, according to new emails obtained by Fox News on Friday.

On Jan. 12, 2009, Solyndra CEO Chris Gronet sent an Energy Department official an email marked “urgent” expressing outrage that Bush officials had decided a few days earlier that while the loan application had “merit” it needed further study before officials could move forward with a taxpayer-financed loan.

“I was appalled to learn on Friday that our application is being delayed yet again,” Gronet wrote to Energy official Steve Isakowitz, writing there had been “countless communications” back and forth suggesting the application would be reviewed Jan. 15.

It was urgent — for Solyndra’s executives.  The company’s financial footing was already precarious, which is why the Bush administration ended up deciding to wait for an independent market analysis on January 9, 2009.  Solyndra execs were irate over the change:

The new emails obtained by Fox News show that on Jan. 12, 2009, Energy officials received several emails from Solyndra officials pressing the department to make a decision and complaining about the Jan. 9 decision to do an independent market analysis.

In a second email from Gronet to Isakowitz on Jan. 12, 2009, the CEO noted he had just been on the phone with another Energy official, David Frantz.

“And I find the response completely unacceptable,” wrote Gronet. “An apology from David is enough.”

Gronet added, “In addition, the rules and conditions keep changing. The impact on Solyndra is severe.”

The next day, Jan. 13, 2009, [Bush DoE official Lachlan] Seward sent his email to Energy Department colleagues saying it was time to stop engaging with Solyndra officials.

Apparently, the Bush administration officials involved caught a whiff of desperation and decided to back away.  Too bad Obama administration officials didn’t make the same choice.

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I’m actually surprised the Bush White House showed some backbone. After all, they spent the latter part of 2008 pre-socializing the economy for Teh SCOAMF.

Steve Eggleston on September 17, 2011 at 11:21 AM

Apparently, the Bush administration officials involved caught a whiff of desperation and decided to back away. Too bad Obama administration officials didn’t make the same choice.

Profit to earnings ratio. It doesn’t always have to be malice,..it can just be incompetence,……..

but, I doubt it..

a capella on September 17, 2011 at 11:22 AM

This White House tried to deflect the appearance of impropriety of this by pointing this out exactly; that the Bush Administration considered this company.

The Obama Administration just failed to add the fact that the previous administration pegged them as flaky. This in itself could be an OOTW.

hawkdriver on September 17, 2011 at 11:22 AM

The stench from Zero’s Oval Office rises….

Philly on September 17, 2011 at 11:24 AM

The national media seems to be taking a greater interest in the Solyndra scandal lately.

I think they’re doing so, to avoid the “operation fast and furious” scandal – which would lead to prosecutions and possible impeachment.

Rebar on September 17, 2011 at 11:24 AM

Seriously, if this plays out that the Obama administration threw away tax payer dollars, what are the ramificaitons? Will someone go to jail or will it be like Charlie Rangle and they get a slap on the hand and told not to do that again?

milwife88 on September 17, 2011 at 11:25 AM

pre-socializing the economy for Teh SCOAMF.

Steve Eggleston on September 17, 2011 at 11:21 AM

Would be very interested in learning more about this SCOAMF of which you speak…

Thanks in advance

winston on September 17, 2011 at 11:25 AM

The MSM is actually starting to act like reporters looking at the activities of The One???

Pigs must be flying.

Cicero43 on September 17, 2011 at 11:28 AM

From a Washington Examiner Editorial:

How have Obama and his appointees responded to Solyndra’s failure? The same way they respond to every problem: They’ve obstructed the congressional investigation so vigorously that a congressional subpoena had to be issued to obtain important documents. They’ve sought to distract attention away from it with stunts like Biden’s White House announcement yesterday of “new anti-waste and fraud” measures for Medicaid that he claimed would save $2 billion. And — surprise! — they’ve blamed President Bush. At yesterday’s Energy and Commerce Committee hearing, DOE loan chief Jonathan Silver argued that the Solyndra loan initiative was begun by the Bush administration. In fact, less than two weeks before Bush left office, the Energy Department’s credit committee unanimously decided not to fund Solyndra. By the way, the Energy Department announced another $1.2 billion in solar-firm loans this week. It appears the only way to end this fraud on the taxpayers is to vote Obama out of office.

Some one should remind Mr. Silver that Bush has been out of office for a few years, and he might want to check some facts before submitting this pathetic excuse.

Rovin on September 17, 2011 at 11:29 AM

An interesting point about Solyndra (and LightSquared) vs. Fast and Furious that I read recently was that the media could comprehend the implications of the cronyism/corruption scandals but could not fully comprehend the implications of Fast and Furious because, if true, it is too devastating. So they dismiss it.

txmomof6 on September 17, 2011 at 11:33 AM

Solyndra officials were intensely pressuring Bush administration officials in early January 2009 to approve a government loan for the solar company before the Obama administration took power, according to new emails obtained by Fox News on Friday.

I guess the Solyndra folks thought they’d have a better shot with the folks who were from the outgoing party of non-science than with those who were from the incoming party of science.

Oh, wait….

Nice failed attempt at an alternative narrative. This is all on Obama.

BuckeyeSam on September 17, 2011 at 11:34 AM

Some one should remind Mr. Silver that Bush has been out of office for a few years, and he might want to check some facts before submitting this pathetic excuse.

Rovin on September 17, 2011 at 11:29 AM

I might be reading it wrong but that is not how I took it.

VegasRick on September 17, 2011 at 11:37 AM

The failure of the Bush Administration to grant the loan sent a chilling message to investors and forced Solyndra, with less finances to work with, to cut corners in their operations which caused their collapse.

Coming soon to a liberal blogger/columnist near you.

I’ll wager that Krugman will write something similar to the above.

SteveMG on September 17, 2011 at 11:41 AM

MSNBC may not be talking about it,

…..just like they didn’t “Lean forward” on:

……….AGW e-mail fraud exposure

………Obama’s radical ties

……………ACORN criminal enterprise

………………..John Edwards affair

………………………leftist violence

…………………………….Black Panther voter intimidation

………………………………….Obama’s enormous amounts of gaffes

…………….DOJ “gunwalker” fiasco

…………………..on and on and on any news item that hurt democrats was either ignored or defended with hysterics from the channel that claims “facts matter”…….

Baxter Greene on September 17, 2011 at 11:42 AM

Profit to earnings ratio. It doesn’t always have to be malice,..it can just be incompetence,……..

but, I doubt it..

a capella on September 17, 2011 at 11:22 AM

Too many people told them too far in advance that this was a bad bet for it to be incompetence.

This smells like yesterday’s fish…

JohnGalt23 on September 17, 2011 at 11:44 AM

Every working, voting citizen in this country needs to hear every aspect of this story. That some dirtbag, hustler can demand and try to bully half a billion dollars of taxpayer money from washington. Why didn’t someone from the bush White HOuse get on the phone with this guy and tell him to F@#% Off! Why has our treasury become an investment bank for hustlers to get rich and then declare bankruptcy?

peacenprosperity on September 17, 2011 at 11:49 AM

Would be very interested in learning more about this SCOAMF of which you speak…

Thanks in advance

winston on September 17, 2011 at 11:25 AM

Stuttering Clusterf*** Of A Miserable Failure. Coined over at Ace of Spades.

Punch it in to Google images. There are some pretty funny photoshops with the theme.

Hollowpoint on September 17, 2011 at 11:49 AM

Baxter Greene on September 17, 2011 at 11:42 AM

Quitcherr whinin’…

The fact is most of the stuff you mentioned isn’t all that newsworthy unless you are already disposed to dislike the Administration, or just isn’t that serious. Except for Gunwalker, which is complicated, doesn’t necessarily go to the WH, and is likely to take years to investigate.

Solyndra is everything the press likes… money changing hands, ties to the WH, cronyism, and the promise of someone spilling the beans and it going all the way to the top. All they need is someone getting sexual favors, and they’ll be prepared to make a Hollywood movie about it.

JohnGalt23 on September 17, 2011 at 11:50 AM

It sounds like this company tried to bully the DOE and the administration.

Cindy Munford on September 17, 2011 at 11:53 AM

JohnGalt23 on September 17, 2011 at 11:50 AM

It has a lot of hypocracy involved as well. The economy is in the tank and many are without jobs and Obama is lecturing us on “Millionares and Billionares” gettting rich.

It shows his whole economic basis is a lie. Its only people with connections to Obama who are getting rich and its ugly favoritism.

William Amos on September 17, 2011 at 11:55 AM

The Obama administration restructured a half-billion dollar federal loan to a troubled solar energy company in such a way that private investors — including a fundraiser for President Barack Obama — moved ahead of taxpayers for repayment in case of a default, government records show.

Perhaps Barry sees himself as the father of Americans, and does with their legal rights as he sees fit.

I can’t think of a less qualified person to have as my legal guardian.

disa on September 17, 2011 at 11:59 AM

Sadly, independents can’t get fired up about Fast and Furious. So, a few people died, the Obama administration’s heart was in the right place, right?

Solyndra and the like are different. So see the Obama administration flush money down the toilet on garbage like this in our current economy is unforgiveable. Independents may be politically correct cowards who don’t want to seem intolerant. But competence does register with them. When all the signs said no on this investment and others and yet Obama et al. went ahead, enough is enough. I think it hurts the prospects of Stimulus II. The subordination of taxpayer money to his bundler’s hedge fund is just icing on the cake. From what I’ve read, that clearly violated a 2005 law.

BuckeyeSam on September 17, 2011 at 11:59 AM

I might be reading it wrong but that is not how I took it.

VegasRick on September 17, 2011 at 11:37 AM

“At yesterday’s Energy and Commerce Committee hearing, DOE loan chief Jonathan Silver argued that the Solyndra loan initiative was begun by the Bush administration.”

What Silver failed to mention, (in his defensive testimony), was the fact that the Bush administration’s own DOE funding committee rejected the loan.

Rovin on September 17, 2011 at 12:00 PM

William Amos on September 17, 2011 at 11:55 AM

It has a lot of hypocracy involved as well. The economy is in the tank and many are without jobs and Obama is lecturing us on “Millionares and Billionares” gettting rich.

Good catch. I forgot about that little tidbit.

JohnGalt23 on September 17, 2011 at 12:00 PM

BTW, in the Fox debate this week, every fricking candidate would be wise to veer off into Solyndra in every answer. I don’t care what the question is.

BuckeyeSam on September 17, 2011 at 12:02 PM

On Jan. 12, 2009, Solyndra CEO Chris Gronet sent an Energy Department official an email marked “urgent” expressing outrage that Bush officials had decided a few days earlier that while the loan application had “merit” it needed further study before officials could move forward with a taxpayer-financed loan.

Expressing ” outrage ”

that CEO needs a curbstomping

GWB us a good man and despite some less than ideal laws many times he fought and kept provisions such as the private medical accounts which promoted autonomy

considering his congress and useless gutless repugs we are lucky we had him

class and duty in abundance

not so with bongo

Sonosam on September 17, 2011 at 12:03 PM

Nice failed attempt at an alternative narrative. This is all on Obama.

BuckeyeSam on September 17, 2011 at 11:34 AM

Not only is it all on Obama…
…..it shows the smart decision by Bush to shoot this loser down while OBama chose cronyism to further his political career with our money.

This is what Obama and his minions sold to America:

“I intend to tell the corporate lobbyists that their days of setting the agenda in Washington are over, ”

Obama 2008

“I’m not in this race to continue the special-interest-driven politics of the last eight years. I’m in this race to end it. I’ve been taking on lobbyists throughout my career in Illinois.”

(Sen. Barack Obama, Remarks At A Town Hall Meeting, Billings, MT, 5/19/08)

And in nine days, in nine short days, nearly half the nation will have the chance to join us in saying that we are tired of business as usual in Washington. (Cheers, applause.) We are hungry for change, and we are ready to believe again. (Cheers, applause.)
(Chants of “We Want Change! We Want Change!”)

Obama 2009

“I am in this race to tell the corporate lobbyists that their days of setting the agenda in Washington are over. I have done more than any other candidate in this race to take on lobbyists—and won. They have not funded my campaign, they will not run my White House,

Obama 2008

…..and Obama got millions of clueless idiots to buy this hook…line…and sinker.

Baxter Greene on September 17, 2011 at 12:05 PM

What Silver failed to mention, (in his defensive testimony), was the fact that the Bush administration’s own DOE funding committee rejected the loan.

Rovin on September 17, 2011 at 12:00 PM

Interesting, because in the part of the replay of the testimony I saw, every time Silver was asked about the actual approval of the loan by the Obama administration, he had no information and begged off “because [he] wasn’t there at that time.” Anyone else find that odd that he knows details about earlier events but not details of later events.

BuckeyeSam on September 17, 2011 at 12:05 PM

Dems let their piglets (Unions, trial lawyers, etc.) have a turn…

And then the GOP let’s their little sucklings (big oil, big pharma, etc) up for their turn sucking off the sow.

Same sow, different piglets, same people (taxpayers) feedin the corn to the Momma Pig.

PappyD61 on September 17, 2011 at 12:10 PM

.on and on and on any news item that hurt democrats was either ignored or defended with hysterics from the channel that claims “facts matter”…….

Baxter Greene on September 17, 2011 at 11:42 AM

I see it as simply as the MSM makes mountains out of conservative molehills (e.g. Palin’s tanning bed) while making molehills out of liberal mountains (your list).

Patrick S on September 17, 2011 at 12:10 PM

Anyone else find that odd that he knows details about earlier events but not details of later events.

BuckeyeSam on September 17, 2011 at 12:05 PM

Selective memory/recall—works every time.

Rovin on September 17, 2011 at 12:14 PM

Quitcherr whinin’…

The fact is most of the stuff you mentioned isn’t all that newsworthy unless you are already disposed to dislike the Administration, or just isn’t that serious.
Except for Gunwalker, which is complicated, doesn’t necessarily go to the WH, and is likely to take years to investigate.

JohnGalt23 on September 17, 2011 at 11:50 AM

…you’re joking with this right?????

Voter fraud and tax payer funded entities supporting prostitution and child sex rings…..

………….one of the largest efforts to control the population and tax the he!! out of it being exposed in their own words as frauds in their e-mail correspondence.

……Presidential candidate having an affair while their wife is fighting a losing battle with Cancer.

………a DOJ with help from the White House obstructing an investigation and gave a pass to racist thugs threatening people in front of a voting station……

May not be important to you but it is to millions of Americans and helps expose news outlets like MSNBC for the political hacks that they are.

Baxter Greene on September 17, 2011 at 12:18 PM

And then the GOP let’s their little sucklings (big oil, big pharma, etc) up for their turn sucking off the sow.
PappyD61 on September 17, 2011 at 12:10 PM

As evidenced by all the similar scandals in the bush administration? Lets hear some detailed supporting info, and no nonsenical answers like “haliburtin”. And don’t put up a link to some leftist website, if your so smart and informed just give us an answer.

Faced with the blatant corruption and criminality of the barry administration, idiots like you answer,”they allll do it.” Hence, the criminals get away with and profit from thier crimes and nothing ever gets done to fix it.

peacenprosperity on September 17, 2011 at 12:19 PM

Unfortunately, “crony capitalism” has long played a major role regardless of party. Both Bob Dole and Bill Frist are promoting ObamaCare. Dole because he’s a paid lobbyist and Frist because he owns a business that will thrive under ObamaCare, The country be damned.

bw222 on September 17, 2011 at 12:20 PM

I see it as simply as the MSM makes mountains out of conservative molehills (e.g. Palin’s tanning bed) while making molehills out of liberal mountains (your list).

Patrick S on September 17, 2011 at 12:10 PM

Which helps democrats continue to win elections in spite of their failures because they are able to paint their political opponents as corrupt and extreme.

Pretty much what Obama is trying to do right now, it has worked pretty successfully in California and New York.

Baxter Greene on September 17, 2011 at 12:21 PM

every time Silver was asked about the actual approval of the loan by the Obama administration, he had no information and begged off “because [he] wasn’t there at that time.” Anyone else find that odd that he knows details about earlier events but not details of later events.

What I find odd is that there were no direct questions such as,”Did you ever have a direct and specific conversation with a white house staffer about restructuring the loan?” “Do you have any e-mails or other communications from the white house regarding this matter?” “On the day that the final decision was made, because despite your talking in circles Mr. Silver, there was an exact moment that this decision was made, who was in the room, on the phone or in the e-mail that said go ahead and do it?”

How come all these brilliant lawyer politicians never just ask the obvious?

peacenprosperity on September 17, 2011 at 12:24 PM

The current Administration makes the Nixon White House look like the Vienna Boys Choir…

Khun Joe on September 17, 2011 at 12:29 PM

Solyndra pressured Bush WH for approval in January 2009

And that’s the headline you’ll see in the corrupt MSM.
It doesn’t matter that there’s absolutely nothing wrong here, it gets the headline out to shallow brained casual readers and Obamahrroids to just present a theme of impropriety.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on September 17, 2011 at 12:32 PM

How come all these brilliant lawyer politicians never just ask the obvious?

Is it possible that they do, but what is reported is only the softer stuff that can be spun away?

drunyan8315 on September 17, 2011 at 12:34 PM

What Silver failed to mention, (in his defensive testimony), was the fact that the Bush administration’s own DOE funding committee rejected the loan.

[Rovin on September 17, 2011 at 12:00 PM]

What he also fails to tell the truth about is that Bush did not begin the Solyndra loan initiative. Solyndra began the loan initiative. Because the program was instituted (via Congress passing the legislation which Obama voted for) the Bush Administration was obligated to review it.

And you’re right, they did review it, and didn’t approve it.

Dusty on September 17, 2011 at 12:36 PM

On another matter, I just returned from Walmart where my bill was $17.76. I smiled at the 25 year-old cashier and said: “That was a good year!” She looked at me quixotically and said: “Was it?” I replied that that was the year America was founded. She stared at me with a goofy grin and said: “Really?”

Public school education! FEH!!

honsy on September 17, 2011 at 12:30 PM

honsy on September 17, 2011 at 12:38 PM

This is a textbook example of political corruption from the top down.
Everything going on with this is everything Obama ran against with his “Hope and Change” chants echoing all across the country.

“Obama’s going to clean up Washington”

………..”Obama’s going to shut the door on lobbyist”

……………”Obama’s going to bring credibility and transparency to DC”

………………..”Obama’s not going to sell out to special interest like Bush”

……………”Obama’s the smartest man in the room”

………………………..”Obama has put together the Greatest Administration evaaaaaaaaaaa”……

…it’s all we heard from liberals while they strutted around with their noses in the air.

Now the powers that be are going to have to put the hammer down on someone who is deeply involved and get them to talk before any real justice is to be served because this administration will obstruct,lie,and get the MSM to cover for them.

Baxter Greene on September 17, 2011 at 12:39 PM

The decision to back huge loans with taxpayer money was bad enough. However, if that was all there was, Obama could dismiss it (unconvincingly) as the inevitable outcome of backing supposedly cutting edge industries.

But that’s not all there was, and it’s not the worst of it. The most damning event in this still-unfolding scandal is the Dept. Of Energy’s consent to subordinate the taxpayer-backed debt to the loans held by people who just happen to be, wait for it big Obama campaign contributors.

In other words, in a move that made absolutely no business sense whatsoever, the Obama Dept. Of Energy (did you it’s run by a Nobel laureate???) placed the taxpayers in the position of maximum peril in order to protect Obama contributors!!

This stinks to high heaven. Taxpayers were intentionally screwed to protect Obama supporters against the consequences of their own stupid decision to back the lipstick-festooned pig known as Solyndra. People need to go to prison for this.

Cicero43 on September 17, 2011 at 12:40 PM

People need to go to prison for this.

Cicero43 on September 17, 2011 at 12:40 PM

. . . and divested of ALL their assets – as a lesson to future criminals of this kind.

honsy on September 17, 2011 at 12:43 PM

… Bill Frist are promoting ObamaCare ….

[bw222 on September 17, 2011 at 12:20 PM]

Interestingly, Bill Frist is on the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Board of Trustees.

As are some high profile media people like Charles Gibson, Cokie Roberts, Gerald Rosberg (VP WaPo), and Richard Schlosberg (former CEO LATimes).

Dusty on September 17, 2011 at 12:47 PM

I may be way out there with this, but is it possible that the Dems were going to try and hang Bush with his, even though they’re trying now, but Solyndra, who are huge Dems supporters, get their money, and money for Dems, and Bush gets the blame? Perhaps when they were trying to rush Bush, that was the planned outcome? To get his admin to sign off on it, Obama gets to use them to prop his green jobs crap, and when it all went to hell, blame Bush.

Not that they haven’t been doing that now, when it’s all at their feet.

capejasmine on September 17, 2011 at 12:48 PM

IT’S ALL BUSH’S FAULT!

Game Over…Insert 2 quarters 500 million to continue play.

CPT. Charles on September 17, 2011 at 12:49 PM

Solyndra might have succeded if they had run the Solar panel factory with windmills/ / /

Wander on September 17, 2011 at 12:51 PM

Take a look at the “Made in America” symbol in the bottom right hand corner.

peacenprosperity on September 17, 2011 at 11:50 AM

Wow. Just … wow.

nukemhill on September 17, 2011 at 12:58 PM

IT WAS BUSH’S FAULT!!!!!

Because if only Bush had given Solyndra the money in the first place, 0bama wouldn’t have had to do it. 0bama INHERITED the Solyndra scandal.

/Jay Carney
/Bob Beckel
/Lanny Davis
/any other 0bama propagandist

LegendHasIt on September 17, 2011 at 1:02 PM

Baxter Greene on September 17, 2011 at 12:18 PM

Voter fraud and tax payer funded entities supporting prostitution and child sex rings…..

Uhhhhhhhhh… we’ve been involved in the UN for a long time. I’d like to get out, but scandal…???

Oh, are you talking O’Keefe? Salacious story, but not exactly fodder for Congressional investigations.

As far as ACORN… hey, I don’t know about where yuo live, but in Nevada, the State’s Attorney tried and convicted those criminals. We didn’t need MSNBC to do it, either.

Presidential candidate having an affair while their wife is fighting a losing battle with Cancer.

Once again, salacious story, but other than the misuse of campaign funds (which is being investigated) there’s no there there.

a DOJ with help from the White House obstructing an investigation and gave a pass to racist thugs threatening people in front of a voting station

Find me someone from that North Philly precinct who claims they were intimaidated into not voting, and I might be able to get my Give-A-Damn meter past 2. I know that precinct in question. I doubt that anyone there was going to vote other than Obama, and it’s likely that everyone knew those NBPP clowns, and were probably on a first name basis with them.

Once again, nothing that really excites the imagination, if you aren’t already disposed to dislike this Administration.

JohnGalt23 on September 17, 2011 at 1:09 PM

SCOAMF… It’s a term I saw on Ace… I can print part of it here as it does contain some non-allowable phrases here…. Stuttering cluster…. of a miserable failure and it is used to describe Obama…

sandee on September 17, 2011 at 1:12 PM

Take a look at the “Made in America” symbol in the bottom right hand corner.

peacenprosperity on September 17, 2011 at 11:50 AM
Wow. Just … wow.

nukemhill on September 17, 2011 at 12:58 PM

My God, isn’t that just disgusting, and repulsive. What a vile little narcissist Obama is. That was probably a verbal deal. It has to be. To think corporations would be that sick, and stupid I just can’t comprehend. If they are, the deserved to go bankrupt. However, I do feel for all the employees who are suddenly out of a job, and Kaiser gets his share, before they get anything. SICK!!!

capejasmine on September 17, 2011 at 1:20 PM

The current Administration makes the Nixon White House look like the Vienna Boys Choir…

Khun Joe on September 17, 2011 at 12:29 PM

“No, No, No! Bush invaded Iraq based on lies!”

/Leftist of Your Choice

Del Dolemonte on September 17, 2011 at 1:21 PM

So technically it is Bush’s fault.

ctmom on September 17, 2011 at 1:24 PM

Dear leader couldnt refuse all that campaign money….

Impeach now

cmsinaz on September 17, 2011 at 1:28 PM

Crickes chirping on msdnc from morning Joe to the pm shows

cmsinaz on September 17, 2011 at 1:29 PM

Re msdnc, its the hyopcrisy of it all, if W did any of this. It would 24/7 coverage from morning Joe to tingles

cmsinaz on September 17, 2011 at 1:38 PM

Oh, come on. You’re missing the new media spin.

The Evil Oily Bushies slow-walked Solyndra’s money to ensure they’d fail.

If they’d only thrown money at them sooner they’d have survived and we’d have thousands of happy Solyndra green-jobs taking unicorn rides at lunch every day.

JEM on September 17, 2011 at 1:40 PM

Ace has a post from last night that Solyndra applied for a second loan of $460 million to put the total over $1 billion — and the question is, did Barry approve it, or kill it? And if they rejected the second request, why aren’t they letting anyone know?

John the Libertarian on September 17, 2011 at 1:54 PM

JEM on September 17, 2011 at 1:40 PM

Good point.

LegendHasIt on September 17, 2011 at 1:54 PM

Andy McCarthy writing in the NRO posits that it is really a massive case of fraud against the US Government. And the chief perp is the Perp-In-Chief himself.
Solyndra Fraud – Andy McCarthy

JimK on September 17, 2011 at 1:56 PM

John Hinderaker at Power Line writes:

Incredibly, the Obama administration bailed out (at least in part) Solyndra’s investors by putting them ahead of the taxpayers in the company’s inevitable liquidation. There was no conceivable business justification for this action, so it can only be ascribed to the substantial amounts of money Solyndra’s founders raised for the Obama campaign, and to their dozens of lobbying visits to the White House.

Del Dolemonte on September 17, 2011 at 2:07 PM

Profit to earnings ratio. It doesn’t always have to be malice,..it can just be incompetence,……..

but, I doubt it..

a capella on September 17, 2011 at 11:22 AM

What’s a “profit to earnings ratio?”

Barnestormer on September 17, 2011 at 2:21 PM

Find me someone from that North Philly precinct who claims they were intimaidated into not voting, and I might be able to get my Give-A-Damn meter past 2. I know that precinct in question. I doubt that anyone there was going to vote other than Obama, and it’s likely that everyone knew those NBPP clowns, and were probably on a first name basis with them.

JohnGalt23 on September 17, 2011 at 1:09 PM

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So the new rule is… stand guard at the polls all you want. So long as you scare the crap out of anyone who you do intimidate… to the point where they will not come forward and claim to have been intimidated… Is that about right?
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And if the AG makes a call that appears to be based on color… that’s fine too? Don’t even question it… until that’s all he does I guess.
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Also, if that precinct is as ‘racially solid’ as is reported… anyone not of the predominant color and with half a brain who lives there would know better than to come forward. If they don’t want their “cracker babies” killed that is…
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Hell… Once the news that they are guarding the polls got out, and since everyone knows everyone else (it’s likely that everyone knew those NBPP clowns) … I suppose a ‘cracker’ might not just stay home to keep from being seen at the polls by the ‘cracker baby’ killers…
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I grew up in a slum during the 60s (complete with war zone like riots)… The racist come out and intimidate like the NBPP scum did on voting day… for a reason. And equal protection under the law does not in that case require some frail old white lady, or her dockworker son to ‘claim’ intimidation. It was their intent. And they should be prosecuted for that.
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One last thought… 10 skin-heads stand guard outside a poll in a predominantly white precinct in 2012… A single person of color ‘claims’ they were intimidated… Do we adjust the sentence down because of the very low intimidation rate? No… Because the law says not to guard the polls like that in the first place… The victim count is not really that important to the guilt. Or, at least it should not be.
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RalphyBoy on September 17, 2011 at 2:50 PM

RalphyBoy on September 17, 2011 at 2:50 PM

So the new rule is… stand guard at the polls all you want. So long as you scare the crap out of anyone who you do intimidate… to the point where they will not come forward and claim to have been intimidated… Is that about right?

No. The “new rule” is the same as the old rule: If you are going to try to pin a scandal on a sitting POTUS, make sure there is something there that people actually care about. People not getting intimidated away from polls, by clowns that nobody outside the press really cares about, fails that old rule test.

JohnGalt23 on September 17, 2011 at 2:58 PM

AH HA! See he isn’t following all the Bush policies! There, take that… Ha… aha… ha… ha… her… uh.

2Tru2Tru on September 17, 2011 at 3:00 PM

The banking czars wouldn’t let a comercial bank touch this kind of loan. Looks like if banks don’t want this, this desparate man goes to sugar daddy ObamAA+

We call him our green sugar daddy.

seven on September 17, 2011 at 3:03 PM

No. The “new rule” is the same as the old rule: If you are going to try to pin a scandal on a sitting POTUS, make sure there is something there that people actually care about. People not getting intimidated away from polls, by clowns that nobody outside the press really cares about, fails that old rule test.

JohnGalt23 on September 17, 2011 at 2:58 PM

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I’ll settle for the AG doing his job in that case. And perhaps that means Barry doing his.
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RalphyBoy on September 17, 2011 at 3:15 PM

BTW, in the Fox debate this week, every fricking candidate would be wise to veer off into Solyndra in every answer. I don’t care what the question is.

BuckeyeSam on September 17, 2011 at 12:02 PM

this +10000

cmsinaz on September 17, 2011 at 5:50 PM

JohnGalt23 on September 17, 2011 at 1:09 PM

Voter fraud and tax payer funded entities supporting prostitution and child sex rings….

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Uhhhhhhhhh… we’ve been involved in the UN for a long time. I’d like to get out, but scandal???

Well that’s interesting logic…
…..because we have not cut funding to the UN..we should look the other way when National organizations funded with tax dollars perpetrate voter fraud and help pimps set up child prostitution rings….

I think I will stick with expecting elected officials and law enforcement to do their jobs shut down corrupt agencies.

The crimes of ACORN more than warrant reporting by the MSM and severe action taken by law enforcement.

Oh, are you talking O’Keefe? Salacious story, but not exactly fodder for Congressional investigations.

…and yet they were brought up in Congressional investigations with democrats and Republicans calling for hearings….
….seems like they think it’s worthy of scrutiny by the MSM.


Congressional Hearings Reveal NEW ACORN SHOCKERS

Maybe Congressman Jerrold Nadler is not a big believer of “one man one vote.” Last week Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) called for a probe of the Democrat’s favorite tax fraud group


Congressman Steve King calls for Congressional hearings into ACORN’s finances

http://youtu.be/AjAEBj3AYUE

As far as “salacious” story by O’Keefe….
His videos stood the test of all liberal media who claimed they were “edited” to smear ACORN.
When shown in full they exposed without a doubt the corruption and criminal activity inside ACORN.
O’Keefe doing the job outlets like MSNBC won’t due led to ACORN being exposed nationwide and having organizations like the census cut ties:
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Breaking: Census Bureau cuts ties to ACORN; Update: “We do not come to this decision lightly”

In splitting with ACORN, Groves sought to tamp down GOP concerns and negative publicity that the partnership will taint the 2010 head count.
“It is clear that ACORN’s affiliation with the 2010 census promotion has caused sufficient concern in the general public, has indeed become a distraction from our mission, and may even become a discouragement to public cooperation, negatively impacting 2010 census efforts,” Groves wrote.

…and all MSNBC did was push the lie that “this was no big deal….a right wing smear.

As far as ACORN… hey, I don’t know about where yuo live, but in Nevada, the State’s Attorney tried and convicted those criminals. We didn’t need MSNBC to do it, either.

Nobody said MSNBC’s job was to prosecute criminals…
….their job is supposed to be to inform the public.
Instead they mislead the public and masquerade as “news agency” when in fact they are nothing more than a propaganda arm for the DNC.

Glad to see Nevada finally taking these corrupt liberals seriously.
But ACORN was a national problem that barely got any attention until O’Keefe’s video’s hit the circuit.

The crimes of tax evasion,voter fraud,prostitution,and supporting child rape certainly do deserve national attention and outlets like MSNBC ignoring or defending this only shows just how corrupt they are.

Baxter Greene on September 17, 2011 at 8:44 PM

JohnGalt23 on September 17, 2011 at 1:09 PM

Presidential candidate having an affair while their wife is fighting a losing battle with Cancer.

Once again, salacious story, but other than the misuse of campaign funds (which is being investigated) there’s no there there

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When a Presidential candidate is running on the platform of “two Americas”claiming a moral high ground because he cares for the “little people” more….unlike those EEEEEEEEEvil Republicans.…….than yes it is a big story when he is shagging some ditsy blond while his wife is dying of Cancer.
Then finding out he used Campaign money to cover it up.

I watched MSNBC and CNN run hour long specials on Congressman Foley being an “example” of the “Republican swamp” because of sending some guy some dirty messages. Wall to Wall coverage which helped the democrats push their narratives against Republicans and helped them win seats on the Hill.

It is ridiculous to excuse such double standards when it is so obvious how outlets like MSNBC use this to influence people’s opinions which translates to which button they will push in the voting booth.

Baxter Greene on September 17, 2011 at 8:54 PM

No. The “new rule” is the same as the old rule: If you are going to try to pin a scandal on a sitting POTUS, make sure there is something there that people actually care about. People not getting intimidated away from polls, by clowns that nobody outside the press really cares about, fails that old rule test.

JohnGalt23 on September 17, 2011 at 2:58 PM

Jon Stewart has covered this. The people have been duly notified.

Here’s the clip:
http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/09/16/solar-loan-gets-daily-show-treatment/?scp=4&sq=solyndra&st=cse

unclesmrgol on September 17, 2011 at 9:04 PM

JohnGalt23 on September 17, 2011 at 1:09 PM

a DOJ with help from the White House obstructing an investigation and gave a pass to racist thugs threatening people in front of a voting station

Find me someone from that North Philly precinct who claims they were intimaidated into not voting, and I might be able to get my Give-A-Damn meter past 2. I know that precinct in question. I doubt that anyone there was going to vote other than Obama, and it’s likely that everyone knew those NBPP clowns, and were probably on a first name basis with them.

In July 2009, I interviewed poll watcher/witness Christopher Hill, whom Shabazz and Jackson called “cracker” several times while Shabazz brandished his baton.
“They physically attempted to block me,” Hill recounted. He also saw a group of elderly ladies walk away from the polling site without voting while the duo preened in front of the entrance. “If you’re a poll watcher, you shouldn’t be dressed in paramilitary garb,” Hill said, as he wondered aloud at what would have happened if he had showed up in the same sort of costume.
In May 2009, I reported on the affidavit of civil rights attorney and poll watcher Bartle Bull, who witnessed the NBPP thuggery in Philadelphia and reported on billy club-wielding Shabazz’s election day boast: “You’re about to be ruled by the black man, cracker.”

…and as reported here…one voter was obviously upset enough that they called police.

Black Panthers harass Philly voters.

http://youtu.be/H4o_8HtElRQ

…It is obvious that people felt threatened and intimidated at this polling location.

…..but whether they did or not has nothing to do with the justice department giving this a total pass even after they were found guilty.

Once again, nothing that really excites the imagination, if you aren’t already disposed to dislike this Administration.

…well it may not “excite you” but you can bet that millions of Americans are not in favor of a DOJ that conducts it’s job based on skin color:

In recent months, Adams and a Justice Department colleague have said the case was dismissed because the department is reluctant to pursue cases against minorities accused of violating the voting rights of whites. Three other Justice Department lawyers, in recent interviews, gave the same description of the department’s culture, which department officials strongly deny…

….and you can bet that when the findings of this case involve the White House obstructing an investigation along with attempts to cover it up….
…it’s a big deal.

The statements indicate several points: 1) the New Black Panther Party case brought by career Justice Department employees was meritorious on the law and the facts; 2) there is voluminous evidence of the Obama administration’s political interference in the prosecution of the New Black Panther Party case; 3) there is ample evidence that the Obama administration directed Justice Department employees not to bring cases against minority defendants who violated voting rights laws or to enforce a provision requiring that states and localities clean up their voting rolls to prevent fraud; 4) the Justice Department stonewalled efforts to investigate the case; and 5) vice chairman Abigail Thernstrom has, for reasons not entirely clear, ignored the evidence and tried to undermine the commission’s work.

…the difference is that outlets like MSNBC chose to lie about this case and provide cover.

Anybody paying attention knows that outrage by the press goes a long way in getting results such as holding politicians accountable for their corruption.

Anyone who does not take this type of criminality serious is obviously “pre-disposed” to defend this administration at all costs.

Baxter Greene on September 17, 2011 at 9:19 PM

BTW, in the Fox debate this week, every fricking candidate would be wise to veer off into Solyndra in every answer. I don’t care what the question is.

BuckeyeSam on September 17, 2011 at 12:02 PM

this +10000

cmsinaz on September 17, 2011 at 5:50 PM

Yep. I see no reason that our candidates should respect the typically biased bullcrap questions that they are given. I’d like to see a bit of creative rebellion there. That’s where Newt should come in, coaching all the others.

slickwillie2001 on September 17, 2011 at 10:20 PM

It shows his whole economic basis is a lie. Its only people with connections to Obama who are getting rich and its ugly favoritism.
William Amos on September 17, 2011 at 11:55 AM

Spread the wealth!
Who knew that meant from you and your grandchildren to Obama cronies!

DSchoen on September 17, 2011 at 10:37 PM