Video: House committee voting tomorrow to subpoena WH officials over Solyndra

posted at 2:00 pm on February 16, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Looks like Fred Upton has run out of patience with the White House on Solyndra, where a half-billion taxpayer dollars got flushed down the low-flush toilet by the Department of Energy. The House Energy and Commerce Committee will give the Obama administration one more day to produce staffers for depositions with investigators to find out how that loss was allowed to happen, or Upton will call for a vote to authorize subpoenas:


Congressional Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee are putting together subpoenas for five White House aides who allegedly worked to pour more than $500 million in federal loans guarantees into Solyndra, a California solar power company that has since gone defunct. It filed for bankruptcy last year despite the loan support.

The House Energy and Commerce Committee plans to meet on Friday to issue subpoenas for five executive branch employees that they say were involved in the Department of Energy loan given to Solyndra. This will be the third subpoena the committee has considered to obtain information or testimony regarding the Solyndra case.

The staffers being targeted include Kevin Carroll, Kelly Colyar and Fouad Saad of the Office of Management and Budget, Heather Zichal, a White House aide who worked on energy and Aditya Kumar, who worked for Rahm Emanuel in the West Wing and whose name appears in emails on the subject of Solyndra.

Emanuel himself is not mentioned as a potential target of the Republican inquiry, but Kumar is closely tied to the former Chief of Staff. The now Chicago Mayor said he would cooperate if he were ever subpoenaed in the case.

The Committee Chairman, Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI) said in a statement “Friday marks one year since we launched our investigation into the half billion dollar Solyndra loan guarantee, and still, the Obama administration will not even answer the most basic questions about what took place. The level of White House obstruction goes so far that they have blocked the committee from having a simple conversation with those executive branch employees who know the most about Solyndra’s loan guarantee.”

It’s not just the fact that the Obama administration made a bad call on the green-tech stimulus loan, an effort authorized by Congress. Upton and his committee want to know why the DoE approved that loan over the objections of its own auditors, how it managed to get a sweetheart interest rate despite its known financial problems, and most importantly why the DoE broke the law by subordinating the taxpayer stake in Solyndra to that of Obama bundler George Kaiser.

So far, the White House has offered precious little of the transparency they loudly proclaim when it comes to Congressional oversight, especially on Solyndra and Operation Fast and Furious.  Don’t expect that to change before tomorrow.


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Won’t matter. The White House will just ignore the subpoenas. The law does not matter to this administration.

Shump on February 16, 2012 at 2:04 PM

And I’m sure this corrupt regime will simply ignore the subpoenas.

rbj on February 16, 2012 at 2:05 PM

Go Fred Go!
Go Daryl Go!

DanMan on February 16, 2012 at 2:07 PM

Just wait until Mitch McConnell is done with these House rubes. Pick your battles…and what not.

SouthernGent on February 16, 2012 at 2:07 PM

The House hates women.

faraway on February 16, 2012 at 2:07 PM

An existential question: If a constable is sent to arrest a White house official for contempt of the Congress subpoena, whom is the police officer supposed to obey – the Congress or the President?

Archivarix on February 16, 2012 at 2:08 PM

So,,,what makes anybody think that another investigation will get any further or more coverage than F an F which killed Mexicans as well as Americans. All DC is now theater for the unwashed masses.

retiredeagle on February 16, 2012 at 2:08 PM

Oh gads the Friday dump? I hope they do subpoena the whole flying bunch!
L

letget on February 16, 2012 at 2:10 PM

I have no confidence in the Republican House to put any pressure on this White House. I miss the days of Newt Gingrich and Ken Starr.

lea on February 16, 2012 at 2:11 PM

Dumb question but is this the sort of thing that also needs to pass the Senate or is just a House vote?

Doughboy on February 16, 2012 at 2:11 PM

Wake me when the letters of rebuke and hearings end and SOMEONE ACTUALLY TAKES STEPS to start throwing people in jail…

katy on February 16, 2012 at 2:12 PM

So far, the White House has offered precious little of the transparency they loudly proclaim when it comes to Congressional oversight

The only thing transparent about this administration is that they’re looting the country’s credit rating to buy votes.

teke184 on February 16, 2012 at 2:13 PM

Upton and his committee want to know

i bet they do!

Rep. Upton pushed for loan to now-bankrupt solar company

clowns.

sesquipedalian on February 16, 2012 at 2:13 PM

Context. The Watergate break-in came to light in June 1972. After much delay, cover-up, subpoenas, testimony and finally the dawn of reality, Nixon resigned in August 1974.

It’s coming. Savor it.

DanMan on February 16, 2012 at 2:14 PM

Armed revolution, that’s what it will take.

rjulio on February 16, 2012 at 2:14 PM

i bet they do!

Rep. Upton pushed for loan to now-bankrupt solar company

clowns.

sesquipedalian on February 16, 2012 at 2:13 PM

He can watch for the prison guards while the Democrats are doing each other in the shower. Lock ‘em all up, baby!

Chuck Schick on February 16, 2012 at 2:16 PM

An existential question: If a constable is sent to arrest a White house official for contempt of the Congress subpoena, whom is the police officer supposed to obey – the Congress or the President?

Archivarix on February 16, 2012 at 2:08 PM

Little known fact: Congress does have its own jail. Arrest is made by the Sergeant at Arms.

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/04/opinion/04tue4.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

. From the Republic’s earliest days, Congress has had the right to hold recalcitrant witnesses in contempt — and even imprison them — all by itself. In 1795, shortly after the Constitution was ratified, the House ordered its sergeant at arms to arrest and detain two men accused of trying to bribe members of Congress. The House held a trial and convicted one of them.

In 1821, the Supreme Court upheld Congress’s right to hold people in contempt and imprison them.

rbj on February 16, 2012 at 2:17 PM

Go Fred Go!

DanMan on February 16, 2012 at 2:07 PM

You realize that Fred is responsible for the incandescent ban, right?

Dante on February 16, 2012 at 2:17 PM

How many people died over Solyndra? Somebody please remind me because I can’t seem to remember. Fast and Furious on the other hand two American law enforcement officers died and perhaps as many as 2000 Mexican citizens. If Obama and Holder can’t be held to account for getting people killed who in their right mind things they will be held accountable over Solyndra?

SWalker on February 16, 2012 at 2:18 PM

OT: the Fox News web site is reporting that the Colbert Report cancelled two tapings and that Colbert isn’t typing any new tweets. His people aren’t releasing any details.

I guess it’s too much to hope that he has been fired.

KyMouse on February 16, 2012 at 2:19 PM

It seems that upton is a relative of the gal who is on the cover of SI swim suit issue! She is a darling gal and I would imagine the guys love her looks?
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letget on February 16, 2012 at 2:20 PM

Oh gads the Friday dump? I hope they do subpoena the whole flying bunch!
L

letget on February 16, 2012 at 2:10 PM

Yeah. The WH prolly has a million pages of crap ready to dump on the House that will not reveal anything and then claim to have complied with the subpoena.

davidk on February 16, 2012 at 2:21 PM

Archivarix on February 16, 2012 at 2:08 PM

Congress.

Unless the President fires a pre-emptive strike and issues pardons for everyone involved for any crimes they may have committed.

BacaDog on February 16, 2012 at 2:23 PM

Will this go anywhere? Or will it just go nowhere fast and furious?

stukinIL4now on February 16, 2012 at 2:24 PM

An existential question: If a constable is sent to arrest a White house official for contempt of the Congress subpoena, whom is the police officer supposed to obey – the Congress or the President?

Archivarix on February 16, 2012 at 2:08 PM

The law.

SomeCallMeJohn on February 16, 2012 at 2:24 PM

The staffers being targeted include Kevin Carroll, Kelly Colyar and Fouad Saad of the Office of Management and Budget, Heather Zichal, a White House aide who worked on energy and Aditya Kumar, who worked for Rahm Emanuel in the West Wing and whose name appears in emails on the subject of Solyndra.

Harold unavailable for comment…

affenhauer on February 16, 2012 at 2:24 PM

I hope they drag this out until August or September. It would be nice to give the nominee so much ammunition right when people are really starting to pay attention to the 2012 race.

gaius on February 16, 2012 at 2:24 PM

Unless the President fires a pre-emptive strike and issues pardons for everyone involved for any crimes they may have committed.

BacaDog on February 16, 2012 at 2:23 PM

I don’t think that will go over well with the public, even given the kinds of people who typically vote for Dems.

teke184 on February 16, 2012 at 2:24 PM

Armed revolution, that’s what it will take.

rjulio on February 16, 2012 at 2:14 PM

Caution. Are you new? They will ban people over this kind of comment.

davidk on February 16, 2012 at 2:24 PM

yes dante, I am. Didn’t he work to repeal it too?

i bet they do!

Rep. Upton pushed for loan to now-bankrupt solar company

clowns.

sesquipedalian on February 16, 2012 at 2:13 PM

I dug around for that story sesqy, all I found was a 50 year old Michigan company received a $13.3 million tax investment credit and is currently selling assets to resolve it’s bankruptcy. I can’t find how much the government loaned them. Can you tell us the dollars please? maybe a more informative link than The Hill?

DanMan on February 16, 2012 at 2:25 PM

The law.

SomeCallMeJohn on February 16, 2012 at 2:24 PM

Excellent!

davidk on February 16, 2012 at 2:26 PM

How many people died over Solyndra? Somebody please remind me because I can’t seem to remember. Fast and Furious on the other hand two American law enforcement officers died and perhaps as many as 2000 Mexican citizens. If Obama and Holder can’t be held to account for getting people killed who in their right mind things they will be held accountable over Solyndra?

SWalker on February 16, 2012 at 2:18 PM

The WHite House can argue that the ATF office in Arizona did F&F and they werent involved. There is enough distance there to make a defense out of it.

However Solyndra came directly from the White House and even has Obama directly involved. This story has more legs than F&F against Obama.

William Amos on February 16, 2012 at 2:29 PM

Over heard at the White House…

“Fools… They are still playing by ‘the rules’. They have no idea what is going on, do they?” – Obowma

Seven Percent Solution on February 16, 2012 at 2:30 PM

Here’s the equivalence that sesquipedalian is pushing…

http://thedailynews.cc/2012/02/14/a-timeline-of-united-solar-ovonic-and-energy-conversion-devices/

Go to the bottom. The City of Greenville, MI lost $11 million of the $22 million it offered his example solar company to relocate.

they’re all the same right sesqy? back to kos with you

DanMan on February 16, 2012 at 2:36 PM

Can you tell us the dollars please? maybe a more informative link than The Hill?

DanMan on February 16, 2012 at 2:25 PM

upton was pushing for stimulus funding for all kinds of green energy projects before that became unfashionable in “conservative” circles, making his current posturing bizarre. that’s all you need to know.

sesquipedalian on February 16, 2012 at 2:36 PM

The last thing Barry wants is anyone looking into the deals made during the hey-day of “We’re going to rule for the next generation!”

GarandFan on February 16, 2012 at 2:38 PM

Unless the President fires a pre-emptive strike and issues pardons for everyone involved for any crimes they may have committed.

BacaDog on February 16, 2012 at 2:23 PM

I don’t think Holder would be nearly so arrogant unless he already had fill-in-the-blanks pardons from little Bammie in his office safe, including a bunch for his henchmen. Logically you don’t reveal the existence of those pardons until they are needed.

slickwillie2001 on February 16, 2012 at 2:39 PM

I hope they drag this out until August or September. It would be nice to give the nominee so much ammunition right when people are really starting to pay attention to the 2012 race.

gaius on February 16, 2012 at 2:24 PM

Not to be cynical but if the Rs haven’t timetabled this, they’re morons (I know, I know).

Criminal charges in early August, prior to the conventions.

SomeCallMeJohn on February 16, 2012 at 2:41 PM

they’re all the same right sesqy? back to kos with you

DanMan on February 16, 2012 at 2:36 PM

2009:

Upton and the other lawmakers sent their letter to Chu highlighting United Solar and three other clean-energy companies.

“We are writing to bring to your attention several loan guarantee applications submitted to the Department of Energy for funding,” wrote the lawmakers. ”

2011:

“It is not the role of government to pick winners and losers,” Upton said in a statement in September

nothing to see here, move along folks.

sesquipedalian on February 16, 2012 at 2:41 PM

Looks like Fred Upton has run out of patience with the White House on Solyndra, where a half-billion taxpayer dollars got flushed down the low-flush toilet

Which, ironically, marks the first time a low-flush toilet ever swallowed everything in it with only one flush.

The Rogue Tomato on February 16, 2012 at 2:43 PM

that’s all you need to know.

sesquipedalian on February 16, 2012 at 2:36 PM

ahh no, he responded to a plea for tax credits from a long time in-state firm he represented to invest in an attempt to compete in the solar industry. It did not work out. If $500 million in direct tax payer loans (payola) to a company that was not recommended by any legitimate enterprise is the same as offering tax write-offs that never materialized because of losses then I know all need to know about you.

Trolls among us folks.

DanMan on February 16, 2012 at 2:46 PM

Even with the interrogations they want what kind of responses will they get? I would predict a lot of “I don’t recall…” and ” I just have no recollection of…”, “I have no knowledge of any such …” and a big favorite “I actually don’t read all my emails …”.

I doubt that laws with teeth have been written that can protect the American taxpayers money from such high level crony give-aways – or that our corrupt congress would even want to pass them.

The most non-transparent & non-accountable administration evah. If Holder can still be safe in office then this administration can get by with murder – the Democrat senate will protect.

Chessplayer on February 16, 2012 at 2:47 PM

However Solyndra came directly from the White House and even has Obama directly involved. This story has more legs than F&F against Obama.

William Amos on February 16, 2012 at 2:29 PM

Good point, but the same press actively assisting in squelching the Fast & Furious story is also hard at work burying Solyndra. Tree falls. No one hears it. It didn’t fall.

troyriser_gopftw on February 16, 2012 at 2:48 PM

ahh no, he responded to a plea for tax credits from a long time in-state firm he represented to invest in an attempt to compete in the solar industry. It did not work out. If $500 million in direct tax payer loans (payola) to a company that was not recommended by any legitimate enterprise is the same as offering tax write-offs

DanMan on February 16, 2012 at 2:46 PM

sadly, no! it’s the same: those were loan guarantees in both cases, but only solyndra got it. at least find out what you’re outraged about before lecturing me.

sesquipedalian on February 16, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Upton and his committee want to know

i bet they do!

Rep. Upton pushed for loan to now-bankrupt solar company

clowns.

sesquipedalian on February 16, 2012 at 2:13 PM

From the article: “A House Energy and Commerce Committee GOP spokesman defended Upton’s push for the loan, arguing it was up to the Energy Department to vet the project.”

Obama can use the same defense, don’ cha know?

timberline on February 16, 2012 at 2:50 PM

Congress is a bunch of chumps. Zero snickers at them and the courts regularly and ignore them. The courts (take the gulf drilling ban for example) and the congress will never do anything to actually enforce the law.

We have a rogue government that is out of control.

dogsoldier on February 16, 2012 at 2:52 PM

Dumb question but is this the sort of thing that also needs to pass the Senate or is just a House vote?

Doughboy on February 16, 2012 at 2:11 PM

If it’s a House committee, they only need a majority of the members of that committee in the House, and the Senate doesn’t matter. If the White House ignores the subpoenas, it can be held in contempt of Congress.

Steve Z on February 16, 2012 at 2:58 PM

Congress is a bunch of chumps. Zero snickers at them and the courts regularly and ignore them. The courts (take the gulf drilling ban for example) and the congress will never do anything to actually enforce the law.

We have a rogue government that is out of control.

dogsoldier on February 16, 2012 at 2:52 PM

Little Bammie’s abuses of the law and the US Constitution have made me realize that our nation functions only because its leaders have chosen to follow the law, out of a sense of honor and duty.

If a rogue president like little Bammie simply decides he will not follow the law, there’s really nothing we can do. No new law, and no additions to the Constitution can correct the outrages of a lawless leader. We end up like the old Soviet Union, which had a very nice constitution that was just for show.

We need foremost to elect leaders that are committed to the rule of law, because if we don’t have that, we don’t have much of a country.

slickwillie2001 on February 16, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Go find any reference to a loan Upton requested for your example that includes any amount of dollars. You first linked The Hill that made an assertion with no facts and then linked and even quoted a WaPo wordcraft developed to make it look comparable. Look at the links in that WaPo article. There is no mention other than their own to show a loan was requested. Financial incentives are not loans. Where is the equivalance you are pushing? I’m looking for something much closer than $500 million in tax payer money vs $13.5 million in tax incentives. One firm is selling assets and still employing people to try to keep itself in some kind of capacity and one is hiding behind the administration.

You are pushing a false narrative. You work at Media Matters?

DanMan on February 16, 2012 at 3:01 PM

Where is the equivalance you are pushing? I’m looking for something much closer than $500 million in tax payer money vs $13.5 million in tax incentives.

DanMan on February 16, 2012 at 3:01 PM

again, einstein, there were two requests for loan guarantees from the government under the stimulus, but only solyndra got it. since the company upton was pushing didn’t get a cent, you can stop looking.

beyond that, there is no equivalence, only hypocrisy on the part of upton and his comrades.

sesquipedalian on February 16, 2012 at 3:07 PM

@sesquipedophile

Using any report from the Washington Post to obfuscate and smear any Republican is laughable. Trying to smear Upton, likewise Issa, is the typical MO for this corrupt administration and their lap dogs at the WP.

This doesn’t work anymore. Good luck over at the Kos.

drowningpuppies on February 16, 2012 at 3:09 PM

Using any report from the Washington Post to obfuscate and smear any Republican is laughable.

drowningpuppies on February 16, 2012 at 3:09 PM

no, it’s not laughable, since you can’t refute a single detail from that report (it quotes upton’s own words begging for his turn at the government teat, what a smear job).

sesquipedalian on February 16, 2012 at 3:14 PM

So,,,what makes anybody think that another investigation will get any further or more coverage than F an F which killed Mexicans as well as Americans. All DC is now theater for the unwashed masses.

retiredeagle on February 16, 2012 at 2:08 PM

Aha! but in this case we have a large amount of $$$ that went to some obama sleazeball company and NOT into democrat coffers, or congresscritters pockets. Greed trumps all.

orbitalair on February 16, 2012 at 3:16 PM

@sesquipedophile

Don’t expect you to understand the meaning of obfuscation. However, your posts are a prime example.

drowningpuppies on February 16, 2012 at 3:24 PM

sadly, no! it’s the same: those were loan guarantees in both cases, but only solyndra got it. at least find out what you’re outraged about before lecturing me.

sesquipedalian on February 16, 2012 at 2:49 PM

there were two requests for loan guarantees from the government under the stimulus, but only solyndra got it. since the company upton was pushing didn’t get a cent, you can stop looking.

beyond that, there is no equivalence, only hypocrisy on the part of upton and his comrades.

sesquipedalian on February 16, 2012 at 3:07 PM

DanMan on February 16, 2012 at 3:26 PM

oops, you said it twice sesqy because WaPo said it once, now prove it or go home

DanMan on February 16, 2012 at 3:27 PM

If you want to learn how to read the WaPo, NYT, etc. spend some time at the MRC, let B. Bozell and the gang teach you how become informed by what is not said as well as what is. Sesqy still wants it to be 1975.

DanMan on February 16, 2012 at 3:45 PM

DanMan on February 16, 2012 at 3:26 PM

oh, danny boy, you’re killing me. one was a loan guarantee request, the other was a loan guarantee request. it’s the same thing. you keep insisting that one was tax payer money and the other just mere tax incentives.

DanMan on February 16, 2012 at 3:27 PM

wtf is this gibberish?

sesquipedalian on February 16, 2012 at 3:50 PM

slickwillie2001 on February 16, 2012 at 3:00 PM

There is recourse, though. Through the Supreme Court the legislative branch can stop the activity of the executive branch. However, with the makeup of the Court, just imagine the rulings on basic Constitutional questions keeping in mind that Ginsberg doesn’t like our current Constitution.

President for Life? Sure, take it to the Supreme Court. Talk about gambling.

BobMbx on February 16, 2012 at 4:03 PM

Average American: “So lin what?”

Dr. ZhivBlago on February 16, 2012 at 4:06 PM

Show me the loan request for the MI company and I’ll explain the difference between a direct $500 million cash injection and a $13.5 million tax write off sesqy. You’re still relying a weak WaPo story written yesterday to try to diffuse an issue that links every detail they mention except the premise you (and they) are pushing.

for a troll that uses the handle sesquipidalian you sure don’t have much use of the language, projection much?

DanMan on February 16, 2012 at 4:06 PM

clowns.

sesquipedalian on February 16, 2012 at 2:13 PM

What a Shock! Sesqui links to a totally misleading headline.

Actual story quote, from your link:

“In a Dec. 2009 letter to Energy Secretary Steven Chu, Upton and the rest of the Michigan delegation pressed the department to issue loan guarantees for a slew of energy projects. Included on the list was United Solar Ovonic”

“The Rest of the Michigan Delegation” in 2009 included 7 Democrats, notably Conyers, Stupak, Dingell, and others.

Yet according to the hysterical Leftist who wrote the story you link to, those 7 Democrats simply don’t exist at all.

In addition, this “expose” you link to makes absolutely no mention of whatever happen to the rest of the “slew of energy projects” that the Michigan delegation pushed for.

F-

Del Dolemonte on February 16, 2012 at 4:15 PM

upton was pushing for stimulus funding for all kinds of green energy projects before that became unfashionable in “conservative” circles, making his current posturing bizarre. that’s all you need to know.

sesquipedalian on February 16, 2012 at 2:36 PM

lol, another link of Selective Outrage from sesqui…

From your link

Upton and 13 other Michigan lawmakers sent a letter to Energy Secretary Steven Chu in December 2009 recommending Auburn Hills-based United Solar Ovonics for a loan under President Obama’s economic stimulus bill.

Is Upton even the Head of the Michigan Delegation? A simple Yes or No will do.

G-

You’re fading fast, Kid!

Del Dolemonte on February 16, 2012 at 4:20 PM

nothing to see here, move along folks.

sesquipedalian on February 16, 2012 at 2:41 PM

Except that an Equal number of Democrats from Michigan also pushed for that loan.

H+

Del Dolemonte on February 16, 2012 at 4:22 PM

Del Dolemonte on February 16, 2012 at 4:15 PM

did uncle fred push for a federal loan guarantee for a green energy company or not? does the fact that democrats also supported it now make upton look less hypocritical?

sometimes it’s better to keep quiet, pops.

sesquipedalian on February 16, 2012 at 4:25 PM

at least find out what you’re outraged about before lecturing me.

sesquipedalian on February 16, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Er, the FACT that you are pretending that the 7 Michigan Democrats who also pushed for said assistance do not exist?

Incomplete.

I’ll leave you with your Greatest Hit

You can skip the head exam, the diagnosis is ready. #ods

sesquipedalian on November 3, 2011 at 11:11 PM

Del Dolemonte on February 16, 2012 at 4:26 PM

SWalker on February 16, 2012 at 2:18 PM

Remember: The Fed got Capone not on Murder, but Tax Evasion.

Government may be wobbly on life & death issues, but you f**k with the revenue stream at your own risk.

BlaxPac on February 16, 2012 at 4:27 PM

Del Dolemonte on February 16, 2012 at 4:15 PM

did uncle fred push for a federal loan guarantee for a green energy company or not? does the fact that democrats also supported it now make upton look less hypocritical?

sometimes it’s better to keep quiet, pops.

sesquipedalian on February 16, 2012 at 4:25 PM

Translated: “I can’t credibly respond to Del’s calling me out on ignoring all those Democrats who also pushed for this, so I will simply ignore that Inconvenient Truth and call him names”.

Alinsky would be ashamed of you.

H-

I don’t think I’ve ever given a grade as low.

Del Dolemonte on February 16, 2012 at 4:28 PM

I don’t think I’ve ever given a grade as low.

Del Dolemonte on February 16, 2012 at 4:28 PM

feel free to give me any grade if you want, it doesn’t change the fact that upton is now on a crusade against the WH for green energy project funding, the democrats aren’t.

upton could have just opposed requests for green energy loans, if he really believes that “it is not the role of government to pick winners and losers.”

sesquipedalian on February 16, 2012 at 4:39 PM

Del Dolemonte on February 16, 2012 at 4:28 PM

feel free to give me any grade if you want, it doesn’t change the fact that upton is now on a crusade against the WH for green energy project funding, the democrats aren’t.

upton could have just opposed requests for green energy loans, if he really believes that “it is not the role of government to pick winners and losers.”

sesquipedalian on February 16, 2012 at 4:39 PM

1. Once again, you’re simply pretending that the 7 Michigan Democrats who also pushed for the aid even exist.

2. And you’re also simply ignoring that this was the only project that the Michigan Delegation was pushing for.

Once again, what were the other projects the delegation pushed for, and what happened to them?

And why don’t Democrats exist in your universe when it’s politically convenient for them to not exist?

Del Dolemonte on February 16, 2012 at 4:45 PM

Del Dolemonte on February 16, 2012 at 4:45 PM

well.

A House Energy and Commerce Committee GOP spokesman defended Upton’s push for the loan, arguing it was up to the Energy Department to vet the project.

even he’s he’s not blaming the democrats.

sorry. you fail, again. à la prochaine!

sesquipedalian on February 16, 2012 at 4:56 PM

sesky sounds just like cozmo defending the altruism of communism the other day doesn’t he? Hey rube, you’ve been outed again, your a liberal democrat trying to make sure your party’s meme is eyed by as many eyes as possible. The problem is you have hitched your wagon to a story by a paper that is laying off another 200 like minded rubes because people outside of the broken universe you fly in don’t buy their shiz anymore

Thanks Del, I had a few things I needed to get done.

DanMan on February 16, 2012 at 5:22 PM

Any chance the (R)s cave and come up one vote short of the required? Naaaaaaw, that would never happen!

astonerii on February 16, 2012 at 5:28 PM

A House Energy and Commerce Committee GOP spokesman defended Upton’s push for the loan, arguing it was up to the Energy Department to vet the project.

even he’s he’s not blaming the democrats.

sorry. you fail, again. à la prochaine!

sesquipedalian on February 16, 2012 at 4:56 PM

Citing the same False Headline Story, I see. Which implies that the other 14 members of the Michigan delegation had absolutely nothing to do with “pushing” for the loan.

Since you won’t answer my other questions, maybe you can answer this one.

What is Upton’s ranking in the Michigan Congressional Delegation? Is he the Ranking Member?

According to the 2009 data put out by the State of Michigan, in fact he was not the head of the Delegation. The data says he was ranked way down near the bottom, as a matter of fact.

If you would answer my simple questions I posed earlier, I would stop bugging you. But face it, you can’t answer them.

Thanks for Playing!

Del Dolemonte on February 16, 2012 at 5:29 PM

If only I were a Black, Narcissist, Marxist I too could be above the law. Alas, I’m not a Marxist…

Roy Rogers on February 16, 2012 at 5:39 PM

OK, I have the Smoking Gun, namely the pdf file of the Letter from 2009 from the Michigan Congressional Delegation, asking Secretary Chu for aid for this company.

sesqui’s alleged “ringleader” in the Michigan Delegation, in fact, is not even the ranking Republican in that Delegation. That would be Dave Camp.

The ranking House member of the Delegation is, in fact, Democrat John Dingell. His name appears first on the list of signatures after the two MI Senators, who are of course both Democrats.

And the letter also lists some of the other companies the MI Delegation tried to help.

First on the list was Suniva Inc., a Georgia company.

Second was United Solar Ovonics.

Third was Xtreme Power, a Texas company.

And finally there was Clairvoyant Energy in MI.

http://big.assets.huffingtonpost.com/upton3.pdf

Of those 4 companies, 3 are still in business. But in sesqui’s Parallel Universe, Upton deserves absolutely no credit for those, he just deserves all the blame for the one that failed!

You can’t make this kind of “logic” up, kids!

Del Dolemonte on February 16, 2012 at 5:53 PM

And per my link, the biggest loss came to the town of Greenville, MI that was trying to lure jobs. $11 million

Hey sesky, if it makes you feel better, that is a republican district that lost the money.

Feel better now?

DanMan on February 16, 2012 at 6:09 PM

Roy Rogers on February 16, 2012 at 5:39 PM

hilarious Roy

DanMan on February 16, 2012 at 6:12 PM

Curious thought. What happened to all the Solyndra files taken by the FBI? Anyone?

drowningpuppies on February 16, 2012 at 6:28 PM

They won’t- even if they will, they won’t.

Fuquay Steve on February 16, 2012 at 6:38 PM

Curious thought. What happened to all the Solyndra files taken by the FBI? Anyone?

drowningpuppies on February 16, 2012 at 6:28 PM

Holder left them with sesquipedalian for safekeeping?

Del Dolemonte on February 16, 2012 at 6:43 PM

Translated: “I can’t credibly respond to Del’s calling me out on ignoring all those Democrats who also pushed for this, so I will simply ignore that Inconvenient Truth and call him names”.

Alinsky would be ashamed of you.

H-

I don’t think I’ve ever given a grade as low.

Del Dolemonte on February 16, 2012 at 4:28 PM

Not only that, he has changed the subject from the fact that it was one of Obama’s bundlers, and that the loan granted subordinated the taxpayer to the bundler. Not anything like a delegation from a state going to bat for one of their constituents. Unless he’s saying that all those democrats were in on some kind of kickback scheme with Upton.

Night Owl on February 16, 2012 at 6:49 PM

White House Caves

House Republicans canceled plans to subpoena executive branch officials over the Solyndra loan guarantee after reaching an agreement with the White House Thursday. Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s investigative panel had planned to vote Friday on a resolution authorizing subpoenas to two White House officials and three officials of the White House Office of Management and Budget. But the White House agreed Thursday to voluntarily make the officials available for interviews with committee investigators, making the subpoena vote unnecessary, lawmakers said.

Del Dolemonte on February 16, 2012 at 7:45 PM

Freddie the light bulb nitwit Upton. I wouldn’t call him a conservative if he was calling for O’Bozo’s impeachment.

Jaibones on February 16, 2012 at 8:30 PM

Yeah, the mostly naked chick on SI is Upton’s niece.

Jaibones on February 16, 2012 at 8:33 PM

I guess Jaibones is the next sesky…question for you, if Fred co-authored while in the minority (passed with about 50% GOP votes btw) and is now on record and voted opposing his own 2007 bill, do you hold all the dems that are still opposed now to it in the same contempt? After all, Fred has flipped to what appears to be your side on the issue.

Fred didn’t pass that bill by himself. What are you agitating for exactly? What does him reversing his stance on the light bulb have to do with him digging into Solyndra?

Anybody else curious about Jaibones motives here?

DanMan on February 17, 2012 at 11:05 AM