Friday night doc dump: WH knew before Solyndra workers flew

posted at 10:30 am on January 14, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Two months ago, Congressional investigators discovered that the Department of Energy urged the now-defunct Solyndra in late October 2010 to delay the announcement of hundreds of layoffs to just after the midterm elections.  Last night, the Obama administration conducted a Friday-night document dump in a long-awaited response to a demand for documentation on communications related to Solyndra, and it turns out that the White House knew about the layoffs in advance, too:

The Obama administration knew before the 2010 election that Solyndra LLC, a solar-panel maker that received a $535 million U.S. loan guarantee, planned to fire workers, according to e-mails released today.

The messages don’t indicate that anyone from the White House directed Solyndra to delay announcing the layoffs until after the vote. Previously released e-mails, indicating the Energy Department urged Solyndra to postpone the cuts, have been cited by House Republicans who say politics influenced Solyndra’s award and last-ditch rescue bid that put taxpayers behind $75 million in private investment.

Perhaps the messages don’t indicate direction from the White House to Solyndra, but the dates on those messages certainly suggest it.  This is what — and more importantly, when — an Obama adviser on climate change wrote on October 27, 2010:

“Here’s the deal — Solyndra is going to announce they are laying off 200 of their 1200 workers,”Heather Zichal, a White House adviser, wrote to Carol Browner, then director of the office of Energy and Climate Change Policy, and other officials on Oct. 27, 2010. “No es bueno.”

Here’s what transpired on the DoE/Solyndra end:

Solyndra’s chief executive warned the Energy Department on Oct. 25, 2010, that he intended to announce worker layoffs Oct. 28. He said he was spurred by numerous calls from reporters and potential investors about rumors the firm was in financial trouble and was planning to lay off workers and close one of its two plants.

But in an Oct. 30, 2010, e-mail, advisers to Solyndra’s primary investor, Argonaut Equity, explain that the Energy Department had strongly urged the company to put off the layoff announcement until Nov. 3. The midterm elections were held Nov. 2, and led to Republicans taking control of the U.S. House of Representatives.

“DOE continues to be cooperative and have indicated that they will fund the November draw on our loan (app. $40 million) but have not committed to December yet,” a Solyndra investor adviser wrote Oct. 30. “They did push very hard for us to hold our announcement of the consolidation to employees and vendors to Nov. 3rd – oddly they didn’t give a reason for that date.”

Let’s straighten out that timeline and connect a couple of dots, shall we?

  1. 10/25/2010 — Solyndra CEO writes to the DoE that he will announce worker layoffs on 10/28.
  2. 10/27/2010 — In the White House, climate change adviser Zichal sent out an e-mail to Obama adviser Browner and several other officials warning of a layoff announcement in very specific terms — “200 of their 1200 workers” — and added, “No es bueno,” which is Spanish for “not good.”
  3. 10/28/2010 — No announcement comes forth from Solyndra on layoffs.
  4. 10/30/2010 — Solyndra investor explains that the DoE “push[ed] very hard” for a delay on the announcement until November 3rd, the day after the election, even remarking that the DoE “oddly they didn’t give a reason for that date.”

One does not have to be Sherlock Holmes to see the game afoot in this sequence.  The DoE alerted the White House to the “no es bueno” situation at Solyndra, which would have undermined Democratic arguments that their spending spree in 2009 created real jobs rather than unbearable risk for borrowed taxpayer funds.  After the White House got alerted to the situation, suddenly the Solyndra announcement never takes place, and two days later the primary investor has to explain internally that the DoE pressured them to delay the announcement.

Something smells very badly.  It’s clear that the Obama administration at some level used taxpayer funds as leverage to manipulate a private enterprise for purely electoral benefit to the President, and it seems clear that the direction to do this came from the White House.  I’ll bet we have a few more Friday night document dumps to go in this scandal.


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SURPRISE SURPRISE SURPRISE!!!!!!!

KOOLAID2 on January 14, 2012 at 10:35 AM

Solyndra: poster child for BOTH government stimulus and where green ANYTHING leads.

And for the corruption of the Hussein Regime.

wildcat72 on January 14, 2012 at 10:35 AM

They probably thought that “no es bueno” would work as code language – nobody would figure that out! That’s no more stupid than picking November 3 as the approved date.

Sowell Disciple on January 14, 2012 at 10:37 AM

all according to plan………..

imagine what we DON’T know about this crap.

RealMc on January 14, 2012 at 10:37 AM

“They did push very hard for us to hold our announcement of the consolidation to employees and vendors to Nov. 3rd – oddly they didn’t give a reason for that date.”

Oddly eh? Open your eyes fool.

SoulGlo on January 14, 2012 at 10:39 AM

but, but green jobs are the wave of the future, aren’t they?

thedevilinside on January 14, 2012 at 10:39 AM

Friday night transparency- Hope the Mittigater is compiling a file on the team Obama shenanigans.

FlaMurph on January 14, 2012 at 10:42 AM

Good Job Ed.

This document drop was meant by obama to get to friendly News services to undercut the whole solyndra story.

The press is pushing the whole “there is no proof that Obama pushed to delay the story” angle.

Keep in mind the story by Sharyl Attkisson about other green loans.

Obama is using the media to spin the narrative.

William Amos on January 14, 2012 at 10:43 AM

I’ll bet we have a few more Friday night document dumps to go in this scandal.

And I bet there are plenty of communications that have been destroyed and never to be seen in the light of day.

ButterflyDragon on January 14, 2012 at 10:43 AM

paging dws

ctmom on January 14, 2012 at 10:44 AM

And now, the Solyndra people want BONUSes!
(I think the DOE or BHO should give them each a Chevy Volt!)

KOOLAID2 on January 14, 2012 at 10:44 AM

This green sure makes you see red.

docflash on January 14, 2012 at 10:45 AM

10/27/2010 — In the White House, climate change adviser Zichal sent out an e-mail to Obama adviser Browner and several other officials warning of a layoff announcement in very specific terms — “200 of their 1200 workers” — and added, “No es bueno,” which is Spanish for “not good.”

I wondered what the “climate change adviser”‘s job was. Learn something new every day.

Paul-Cincy on January 14, 2012 at 10:45 AM

They probably thought that “no es bueno” would work as code language – nobody would figure that out!

Sowell Disciple on January 14, 2012 at 10:37 AM

LOLOL! “Gringo no comprende”. You dig, brother?

Paul-Cincy on January 14, 2012 at 10:48 AM

These are not the solar panels you’re looking for

These are not the solar panels we’re looking for.

Bunsin2 on January 14, 2012 at 10:49 AM

Is this another thread about Mitt handing out pink slips….
/

Electrongod on January 14, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Tax payer funded bonuses to bankrupt company of Obama crony- no problema, Es muy bueno

AIG publicly traded co bonuses – no Es bueno

FLconservative on January 14, 2012 at 10:51 AM

Yeah, but, Barack Hussein Obama is still the Messiah, Saint Hope n’ Change, Teh Won, the Teflon Don, so in reality — it all matters not.

Right? Right.

Okay then. Move along people. Nothing to see here.

FlatFoot on January 14, 2012 at 10:51 AM

Agenda 21 is alive and well.

Not only at the federal gov’t, but especially here in Mass. too.

http://www.mass.gov/envir/smart_growth_toolkit/pages/intro-to-SG.html

Any criticism of Solyndra is racist! Environmental Justice!

shanimal on January 14, 2012 at 10:52 AM

If only the American people would pay attention to what’s going on around them and where all of their hard-earned tax dollars are being egregiously misspent.
If only. There should exist an exam for qualified voters who then proceed to the voting booth. Problem Solved.
(or ‘sol-vedd’ as Inspector Clouseau would say)
We’re becoming a nation full of clueless Clouseaus.

~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on January 14, 2012 at 10:53 AM

This has become as on-going as the “Obamateurism of the Day.” A regular “Friday Night Dump” feature, Mr. Morrissey?

de rigueur on January 14, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Paging liberal4life….

BallisticBob on January 14, 2012 at 10:56 AM

If only the American people would pay attention to what’s going on around them and where all of their hard-earned tax dollars are being egregiously misspent.criminally laundered
If only. There should exist an exam for qualified voters who then proceed to the voting booth. Problem Solved.
(or ‘sol-vedd’ as Inspector Clouseau would say)
We’re becoming a nation full of clueless Clouseaus.

~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on January 14, 2012 at 10:53 AM</

Fif the US taxpayer

FLconservative on January 14, 2012 at 10:56 AM

But they meant well. Now let’s just drop this story.

BRunner on January 14, 2012 at 10:57 AM

“no es bueno” should be the rallying cry of this election.

itsspideyman on January 14, 2012 at 10:58 AM

http://www.highlandnews.net/articles/2012/01/13/news/doc4f108c73877d3263846430.txt

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today signed an agreement to expand a state and federal partnership that has, over the last two years, paved the way for more than a dozen utility-scale solar energy projects and more than 130 renewable power projects in California.

These projects, which underwent rigorous environmental review, will generate thousands of construction jobs and power local economies. If all of these projects were built today, California would have enough renewable power to meet the state’s 33 percent goal.

Nationwide, Salazar has approved 27 commercial-scale renewable energy projects on public lands, or the transmission associated with them, since 2009, including 16 solar projects, four wind farms and seven geothermal facilities. Together these projects represent more than 6,500 megawatts, 12,500 jobs and when built, will power about 2.3 million homes.

William Amos on January 14, 2012 at 10:58 AM

The only news network’s website that I could find any mention of this story on their main page is FOX.

Imagine that.

Flora Duh on January 14, 2012 at 11:03 AM

Last night, the Obama administration conducted a Friday-night document dump in a long-awaited response to a demand for documentation on communications related to Solyndra,

Did this happen during the Bush administration, the “Friday night document dump?”
I don’t, being a committed right winger, remember them.

billy on January 14, 2012 at 11:07 AM

FYI – it is really annoying to open HotAir and find banner ads for Government Motors and Ally Bank, which is still owned by the government as well and is close to bankruptcy.

Can’t we find some actual private businesses to advertise here?

rockmom on January 14, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Did this happen during the Bush administration, the “Friday night document dump?”
I don’t, being a committed right winger, remember them.

billy on January 14, 2012 at 11:07 AM

The Friday Night Dump started with the Clinton administration. I don’t remember the Bush administration following through with the practice.

itsspideyman on January 14, 2012 at 11:08 AM

William Amos on January 14, 2012 at 10:58 AM

With statements like this I beleive this is how they will destroy the country.

“what’s happening in California is nothing short of a revolution – clean energy is creating jobs, powering our economies, and making believers out skeptics”

FLconservative on January 14, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Let me see if I’ve got this straight:

When you do all the math, and write a single summary statement about the WH’s green energy agenda, it would read something like this……

“WH spends nearly a trillion dollars to lay off thousands of employees”.

Is that about right?

BobMbx on January 14, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Did this happen during the Bush administration, the “Friday night document dump?”
I don’t, being a committed right winger, remember them.

billy on January 14, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Thank you, Stephen Colbert.

Actually, the practice started with Mike McCurry in the Clinton White House.

rockmom on January 14, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Im convinced theres nothing this admin can do that the mainstream media will report. But hey Mitt had a dog on the roof and is a mean evil 1% morman

ldbgcoleman on January 14, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Did this happen during the Bush administration, the “Friday night document dump?”
I don’t, being a committed right winger, remember them.

billy on January 14, 2012 at 11:07 AM

The Friday Night Dump started with the Clinton administration. I don’t remember the Bush administration following through with the practice.

itsspideyman on January 14, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Lets put this in perspective. The Bush administration never had a need for a Friday dump. The MSM was already leading with those stories.

BobMbx on January 14, 2012 at 11:11 AM

shanimal on January 14, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Maybe it is time for some more Agenda 21 stories. There is certainly indications lately that this 2012 election is important in terms of how far this has come and how close it really is to completion.
I forget about Agenda 21 until someone brings it up. Good point.

ORconservative on January 14, 2012 at 11:14 AM

I’ll bet Carol Browner had a tooth gnashing moment when she got that e-mail. Isn’t she famous for warning major players during the auto bailout crisis, not to ever write anything down?

a capella on January 14, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Decades ago, Arizona State University built and opened their “solar research center” on the edge of campus. The solar panels were plastered all over the desert and guess what? Solar is not even reliable in the freakin’ Sonora Desert! If smart people would have paid attention long ago, it would have saved us a boatload of money.

~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on January 14, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Obama no es bueno, es muy mal.

TXUS on January 14, 2012 at 11:17 AM

As I understand it this SCANDAL is getting ZERO play in the MFM…might as well not have happened to the average voter…sick to my stomach.

winston on January 14, 2012 at 11:20 AM

FYI – it is really annoying to open HotAir and find banner ads for Government Motors and Ally Bank, which is still owned by the government as well and is close to bankruptcy.

Can’t we find some actual private businesses to advertise here?

rockmom on January 14, 2012 at 11:08 AM

I don’t see the ads because I use the Adblock add-on with my FF browser, but my experience from having my own website is to guess that the HA management has no control over the ads you see. The frequency of keywords used on the site usually determines which ads will be shown.

Flora Duh on January 14, 2012 at 11:23 AM

By the way, how’s that long-promised installation of White House solar panels going? Only a year left in this administration to make good on that one.

Sowell Disciple on January 14, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Lets put this in perspective. The Bush administration never had a need for a Friday dump. The MSM was already leading with those stories.

BobMbx on January 14, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Heh

CW on January 14, 2012 at 11:28 AM

SURPRISE SURPRISE SURPRISE!!!!!!!

KOOLAID2 on January 14, 2012 at 10:35 AM

And for a little bit of emphasis…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6_1Pw1xm9U

HiJack on January 14, 2012 at 11:28 AM

“no es bueno” should be the rallying cry of this election.

itsspideyman on January 14, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Bueno!

Sowell Disciple on January 14, 2012 at 11:29 AM

But wait Ed…whiny b!tch Jake Tapper says you don’t know that. Poor Jake…the liberal hate him and call him a traitor, or something, and we conservatives know he’s a liberal who is crippled by rare, but occasional bouts of journalism.

What’s a left-biased D.C. reporter to do?

Jaibones on January 14, 2012 at 11:29 AM

10/27/2010 — In the White House, climate change adviser Zichal sent out an e-mail to Obama adviser Browner and several other officials warning of a layoff announcement in very specific terms — “200 of their 1200 workers” — and added, “No es bueno,” which is Spanish for “not good.”

“I wrote, ‘No, es bueno.’ It was a simple misunderstanding. We love to see businesses streamlining and making themselves more efficient, and we’ll spend your last dollar to pay companies to appear to do so.” — Zichal

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on January 14, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Dios mio

newportmike on January 14, 2012 at 11:29 AM

“It’s only $535 million, quit whining and start working harder for my husband, you ungrateful serfs!”

-Mooch

Bishop on January 14, 2012 at 11:30 AM

As I understand it this SCANDAL is getting ZERO play in the MFM…might as well not have happened to the average voter…sick to my stomach.

winston on January 14, 2012 at 11:20 AM

In the mind of the Left this is not a scandal.

Obama has “good intentions” and that’s all that matters, period, end of story.

Leftists in general are not to be judged by results. Their policies are not to be examined past “stage one” implementation. To do so is hateful and probably racist.

visions on January 14, 2012 at 11:31 AM

As I understand it this SCANDAL is getting ZERO play in the MFM…might as well not have happened to the average voter…sick to my stomach.

winston on January 14, 2012 at 11:20 AM

That’s okay. If Obama can be coerced into debate, and if the format isn’t too twisted, a lot of these MSM-buried items will be forced into daylight in a few months – and without TOTUS!

Sowell Disciple on January 14, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Here’s a freebie caption for the photo used on this thread:

“President Obama shown continuing his policy of picking winners and losers as he strolls through the Solyndra factory pointing out the employees who would later be laid off.”

Or

“3 of the 4 people in this photo are now unemployed”

BobMbx on January 14, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Lets put this in perspective. The Bush administration never had a need for a Friday dump. The MSM was already leading with those stories.

BobMbx on January 14, 2012 at 11:11 AM

“Liberal media bias is a myth. Stop playing the victim, cons.” -Lib

visions on January 14, 2012 at 11:32 AM

rockmom on January 14, 2012 at 11:08 AM

People more technically-minded than I could probably explain it, but when I don’t have adblocker enabled I see ads for things I’ve recently searched for at other sites. There must be some giant algorithm at work which makes this happen.

Bishop on January 14, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Fox News (well every network, but I’m being realistic here) should dedicate a block on their Sunday show called ‘Friday at the Dump’ and cover all of these Friday document dumps.
It is scandalous that the ‘news’ is too busy to cover stories that come out during happy hour on Friday and by Monday its forgotten.

Schwalbe Me-262 on January 14, 2012 at 11:37 AM

That’s okay. If Obama can be coerced into debate, and if the format isn’t too twisted, a lot of these MSM-buried items will be forced into daylight in a few months – and without TOTUS!

Sowell Disciple on January 14, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Well let us hope that our nominee is not afraid to go for it. We know McCain wouldn’t have.

CW on January 14, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Ed:

Why is this a surprise?

Companies routinely notify their owners and investors of their plans.

The US government is a primary investor in Solyndra.

Welcome to asymmetric socialism.

Bart DePalma on January 14, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Paging liberal4life….

BallisticBob

He is busy now, mammy just tossed down a grilled cheese sammich to him in the basement.

hillsoftx on January 14, 2012 at 11:39 AM

2008:

“Yes we can!”

2010:

“No es bueno.”

ITguy on January 14, 2012 at 11:43 AM

“No es bueno.”

The entire Obama administration, summed in three words.

ITguy on January 14, 2012 at 11:44 AM

He is busy now, mammy just tossed down a grilled cheese sammich to him in the basement.

hillsoftx on January 14, 2012 at 11:39 AM

You do realize that these liberals now live in heavily subsidized or entirely paid for homes right? You are paying for it. Not his mom.

CW on January 14, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Lets put this in perspective. The Bush administration never had a need for a Friday dump. The MSM was already leading with those stories.

BobMbx on January 14, 2012 at 11:11 AM

+100

itsspideyman on January 14, 2012 at 11:50 AM

“DOE continues to be cooperative and have indicated that they will fund the November draw on our loan (app. $40 million) but have not committed to December yet,”

Leverage?

“Nice business you have failing, there. You wouldn’t want the money to stop flowing, would you?”

iurockhead on January 14, 2012 at 11:51 AM

Did this happen during the Bush administration, the “Friday night document dump?”
I don’t, being a committed right winger, remember them.

billy on January 14, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Thank you, Stephen Colbert.

Actually, the practice started with Mike McCurry in the Clinton White House.

rockmom on January 14, 2012 at 11:09 AM

I don’t remember during the Clinton-era new revelations being revealed late on Friday night.
It wasn’t a feature of the Bush-era either.
This is a legacy of the hope and change Obama era that Romney will make full use of.

billy on January 14, 2012 at 11:51 AM

True corruption.

True Crime.

Really, despicable, playing with people’s lives for political benefit.

Makes me want to take shower just after reading it

georgealbert on January 14, 2012 at 11:57 AM

This is a legacy of the hope and change Obama era that Romney will make full use of.

billy on January 14, 2012 at 11:51 AM

Hopefully Mittens (or however the next prez is) won’t have dirt to try and sweep under the rug. Wouldn’t that be refreshing?

iurockhead on January 14, 2012 at 11:57 AM

“3 of the 4 people in this photo are now unemployed”
BobMbx on January 14, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Good one!

KS Rex on January 14, 2012 at 12:08 PM

There should exist an exam for qualified voters who then proceed to the voting booth. Problem Solved.
(or ‘sol-vedd’ as Inspector Clouseau would say)
We’re becoming a nation full of clueless Clouseaus.

~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on January 14, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Thank you. That is what I have been advocating.

Mirimichi on January 14, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Now, that you’ve got me started, let me proceed.

I just renewed my drivers license, with a picture of me. There is plenty of room on there to have my Congressional District and voting precinct. Why not?

Mirimichi on January 14, 2012 at 12:12 PM

We’re becoming a nation full of clueless Clouseaus.

~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on January 14, 2012 at 10:53 AM</

I’m afraid that happened nigh on 80 years ago.

chemman on January 14, 2012 at 12:12 PM

And they called Nixon a crook.

chemman on January 14, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Better fire up those coal plants. We are going to need a lot of energy to build all of those solar panels (better known as desert pavement).

kenny on January 14, 2012 at 12:13 PM

And for a little bit of emphasis…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6_1Pw1xm9U

HiJack on January 14, 2012 at 11:28 AM

…and now I’m going to use that! THANKS!

KOOLAID2 on January 14, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Better fire up those coal plants. We are going to need a lot of energy to build all of those solar panels (better known as desert pavement).

kenny on January 14, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Heh. And to generate the electricity needed to power those electric cars.

Syzygy on January 14, 2012 at 12:19 PM

F & F = no es bueno grande.

Kissmygrits on January 14, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Kissmygrits on January 14, 2012 at 12:23 PM

y no vale nada

kenny on January 14, 2012 at 12:28 PM

There should exist an exam for qualified voters who then proceed to the voting booth. Problem Solved.
(or ‘sol-vedd’ as Inspector Clouseau would say)
We’re becoming a nation full of clueless Clouseaus.

~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on January 14, 2012 at 10:53 AM

I agree. Not everyone should vote. Not everyone should have the RIGHT to vote. You should be able to demonstrate at least a high school aptitude in civics before being able to vote, as well as you should, as Obama loves to say it, “have some skin in the game”, meaning that you own property OR you actually PAY income taxes.

On welfare? Medicaid? food stamps? You don’t get to vote yourselves more freebies from the public trough. Sorry.

Also, I believe that, with the exception of the military, Federal employees should ALSO not be allowed to vote for federal offices.

What other employee gets to elect their boss?

wildcat72 on January 14, 2012 at 12:29 PM

Isn’t there a legal requirement to give 60 days advance notice when for layoffs of this size? I believe it’s called the WARN Act, and was designed to give employees time to make adjustments and seek other employment. It is an enumerated worker’s right under both Federal and California law.

President Obama has repeatedly assured me that he is there for the working man, but if the White House truly had Labor’s best interest at heart, it seems like they would have encouraged Soyndra to make the announcement immediately and without delay to give the workers fair warning.

If you can’t trust Barrack Obama to champion worker’s rights, who can you trust?

I am depressed.

MessesWithTexas on January 14, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Come on, its all just a big coincidence.

/s

MJBrutus on January 14, 2012 at 12:44 PM

America under the Obama regime – “no es bueno

jsmith on January 14, 2012 at 1:08 PM

Obama and his admin. are sausages made from: Muenchhausen, Pinocchio, Orwell and Machiavelli.

The righties are all mashed potatoes or polenta.

Schadenfreude on January 14, 2012 at 1:21 PM

President Obama has repeatedly assured me that he is there for the working man, but if the White House truly had Labor’s best interest at heart, it seems like they would have encouraged Soyndra to make the announcement immediately and without delay to give the workers fair warning.

If you can’t trust Barrack Obama to champion worker’s rights, who can you trust?

I am depressed.

MessesWithTexas on January 14, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Liberals will bust unions whenever they interfere with THEM. IE: the New York Times parent company did so, they busted the Boston Glone’s union when it got in their way.

Obama didn’t give a crap about any worker at Solyndra, other than the fact that if the Solyndra meltdown happened prior to the 2010 elections, THEY WOULD HAVE GONE EVEN WORSE FOR HIM!

Probably the biggest information dump in history will happen in the later weeks of November this year. Lord only knows how much they are sitting on they won’t allow out before El Presidente’s re-election.

wildcat72 on January 14, 2012 at 1:21 PM

In a fair media environment, this news would negate whatever advantage Soetoro holds over Mittens on the Bain issue, should Romney indeed wind up as GOP nominee.

But, I am sure SNL is rolling out another “Romney is a robot” sketch as I type this.

If the MSM keeps it up, I may have less trouble holding my nose and voting for Romney than I thought.

MidniteRambler on January 14, 2012 at 1:24 PM

In a fair media environment, this news would negate whatever advantage Soetoro holds over Mittens on the Bain issue, should Romney indeed wind up as GOP nominee.

But, I am sure SNL is rolling out another “Romney is a robot” sketch as I type this.

If the MSM keeps it up, I may have less trouble holding my nose and voting for Romney than I thought.

MidniteRambler on January 14, 2012 at 1:24 PM

If the media did it’s job, Hussein Soetoro not only wouldn’t be Emperor right now he would never have beaten Hillary for the democrat nomination in 2008. Not only did they not vet him one bit (we still know LESS about this man’s past today than anyone who has ever been President), they covered up Edwards scandals so that he’d be the difference in siphoning off support from Hillary.

And if they had done their job AFTER Emperor Hussein I was coronated, he would have been IMPEACHED, arrested, and removed from office LONG ago.

wildcat72 on January 14, 2012 at 1:32 PM

Solyndra had applied for more loans which was being evaluated. Won’t make sense to put the horse in front of the cart by firing employee before exhausting all avenues to save jobs and the company. I thought job creation was a good thing no? Everyday hundreds of businesses fail whether they got gov. backing or not. Subsidies and government loans were not just recently invented so people please, let’s get back to real things.

residentblue on January 14, 2012 at 1:33 PM

By the way, how’s that long-promised installation of White House solar panels going? Only a year left in this administration to make good on that one.

They could use the solar panels Jimmy Carter put on the White House. They won’t work, but neither will Solyndra’s, so re-using Jimmah’s will at least save the taxpayer a few dollars. Plus, they’d be recycling!

MidniteRambler on January 14, 2012 at 1:33 PM

Don’t miss this

January 14, 2012

Huckabee Forum 2: South Carolina Undecided
8pm ET on Fox News (taped broadcast)
Location: Sottile Theatre at the College of Charleston, South Carolina
Sponsor: Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, Congressman Tim Scott (R-SC) and Fox News
Participants: Romney, Perry, Gingrich, Santorum, Huntsman (Unofficial list)

Schadenfreude on January 14, 2012 at 1:40 PM

It’s clear that the Obama administration at some level used taxpayer funds as leverage to manipulate a private enterprise for purely electoral benefit to the President, and it seems clear that the direction to do this came from the White House.

That part is clear alright, but what is far from clear is what, if anything, is going to happen to the people in the Obama administration who are responsible for this blatant breach of the public trust.

AZCoyote on January 14, 2012 at 1:40 PM

Heh, what day did the attack dog from Alaska quit her governing job commitment thing? Say I forget…what of those trooper gate emails release in paper print out no less? Obama likes inventing all these political things I’ve never ever seen before heh!

/s

residentblue on January 14, 2012 at 1:44 PM

My husband was one of the very early employees at Solyndra. He left after 10 months because he could tell that it was a sinking ship (thank you MBA training). All one had to do is look at the manufacturing plants being built in China and know the Solyndra fancy solarpanels were doomed. Also, did not help that everyone had to see the Al Gore movie.

DanvilleMom on January 14, 2012 at 2:08 PM

That part is clear alright, but what is far from clear is what, if anything, is going to happen to the people in the Obama administration who are responsible for this blatant breach of the public trust.

AZCoyote on January 14, 2012 at 1:40 PM

This is what policy is nowadays.

It used to be by, for, and of the people. Now its by, for, and of the power players who can help me stay in elected office.

BobMbx on January 14, 2012 at 2:35 PM

It would be nice to add to the timeline the following dates:
a) the date in which the November loan drawdown occurred, as well as its amount,
b) the date on which the revised loan agreement was concluded, and
c) the date on which the layoffs/bankruptcy occurred.

Then we could come to a truer understanding of how this whole thing used taxpayer funds for political purposes.

unclesmrgol on January 14, 2012 at 2:54 PM

but, but green jobs are the wave of the future, aren’t they?

thedevilinside on January 14, 2012 at 10:39 AM

Yeah, if we can’t get a regime change in November, this is the future.

Kenosha Kid on January 14, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Where is the damn movement to impeach this liar? Republicans have no cajones…. weeper of the house… my aching ass.

ultracon on January 14, 2012 at 3:05 PM

Liberals will bust unions whenever they interfere with THEM. IE: the New York Times parent company did so, they busted the Boston Glone’s union when it got in their way.

Do you actually mean to say that Labor Unions and their millions of dollars of staunch support for the modern Democrats are nothing more than useful idiots to be used by their Democrat Party masters?

I just can’t believe it. Every Democrat I’ve ever seen assures me they are tirelessly looking out for the working man. You’d have to be some kind of hyper disingenuous hypocrite to do what your alleging.

MessesWithTexas on January 14, 2012 at 3:22 PM

And nobody (especially the crybaby Boehner) will do anything about it.

The Rogue Tomato on January 14, 2012 at 3:29 PM

The really, REALLY disturbing aspect of all of this Solyndra/Light-Squared/DOE-Loans cluster-fark is this -

All of these companies felt COMPELLED to advise/inform/ask-permission of some government agency BEFORE making a business decision???

WTF? Is it a provision in the contract of these government loans that businesses have to pre-clear their business decisions with a bureaucrat??

If so folks, I’m sorry to say that we’ve actually lost and we now just live in a fantasy world where we think the next election will matter. If this is how the business world feels it needs to work vis-a-vis it’s interaction with government, then, as the old saying goes, “we’re all socialists now!”

powerpickle on January 14, 2012 at 3:31 PM

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