House GOP: This Solyndra investigation is like “pulling teeth”

posted at 3:02 pm on June 4, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

I like that Solyndra has shown staying power in the political narrative — the whole boondoggle should be as common-knowledge as possible. As the flagship failure of the Department of Energy’s sketchy gamut of clean energy ‘investments,’ it so aptly demonstrates the Obama administration’s attitude toward using taxpayer dollars to fund the politically expedient projects of their environmental wishful thinking. Which is precisely why Democrats aren’t so fond of those darned Republicans bringing it up all the time. Democrats have oft complained that Republicans are turning the DOE’s loan program into a “witch hunt” and “dancing on Solyndra’s grave” and etcetera, but we could all have the whole thing out right now if the administration would maybe just quit withholding pertinent information.

“We are still pulling teeth,” House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) said in the Capitol on Thursday, pointing to documents the committee is still seeking from the administration. “We don’t have an answer yet.”

Republican investigators say they are still focused on Solyndra, including potential legislation to reform the DOE loan program as well as more hearings on the matter.

“I’m not satisfied with the White House’s compliance with the subpoena for documents and records related to Solyndra,” Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.), chairman of the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, told POLITICO in a statement.

“The initial deadline for producing the requested documents was Feb. 21 and they are still withholding these records,” he added. “The subpoena is now 7 months old and President [Barack] Obama, who promised the most transparent administration in history, continues to thwart the subcommittee’s constitutional responsibility to provide oversight.”

The White House didn’t comment Thursday but it has said repeatedly that it has provided a wealth of information to the House in repeated document dumps — and that Republicans have little to show for their efforts.

Despite the Democrats’ indignant bleating, I can only applaud the GOP for insisting on holding the administration accountable on this one. The federal government so blatantly ignoring free-market signals to foist their clean-energy whimsy upon the stubborn masses cannot become the new normal, as badly as Obama & friends would like to sweep their centrally-planned misadventures under the rug. As Rep. Stearns says, Solyndra most definitely should be an issue on both the Hill and on the campaign trail, and I have to say — I thought Mitt Romney’s unannounced presser in front of the sad-looking Solyndra plant last week was almost delightfully cheeky.


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Romney surprise visit to Solyndra was when I first started to actually like the idea of voting for him instead of just against OBummer.

gsherin on June 4, 2012 at 3:06 PM

The most transparent admin E V A H !!

Tim_CA on June 4, 2012 at 3:07 PM

Question is does “cheeky” campaigning evolve into substantial governing, or is it all for show?

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on June 4, 2012 at 3:07 PM

Hopefully it turns into pulling teeth without novocaine, at least for Obama.

Ward Cleaver on June 4, 2012 at 3:07 PM

Obama admin has been scandal free
-lsm

cmsinaz on June 4, 2012 at 3:09 PM

Democrats obstructing justice?

NO WAY!

tom daschle concerned on June 4, 2012 at 3:10 PM

So far, Solyndra is definitely not a household name. I see making it into a proverbial synonym of waste and corruption as one of the primary goals of Romney’s offensive. Hang it around Obumble’s neck like a rotten, half-eaten albatross.

Archivarix on June 4, 2012 at 3:10 PM

The Solyndra investigation is like the Fast and Furious one, like all the others.

Still, the Congress has no cojones. From the left to the right they are all eunuchs.

Schadenfreude on June 4, 2012 at 3:10 PM

but we could all have the whole thing out right now if the administration would maybe just quit withholding pertinent information

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For a moment I thought you were referring to Fast & Furious.

chemman on June 4, 2012 at 3:11 PM

So far, Solyndra is definitely not a household name. I see making it into a proverbial synonym of waste and corruption as one of the primary goals of Romney’s offensive. Hang it around Obumble’s neck like a rotten, half-eaten albatross.

Archivarix on June 4, 2012 at 3:10 PM

Albatross? Does he get wafers?

/albatross!

Ward Cleaver on June 4, 2012 at 3:13 PM

Were testicle owners leading the house, there’d be enough heads on the capital gates to discourage withholding evidence and ignoring subpoenas.

That the objects of congressional investigations thumb their noses at congress is as accurate an indicator of congress’s manhood as a blood test finding no testosterone.

Akzed on June 4, 2012 at 3:14 PM

Be patient. The White House just needs time to read every single page to make sure they don’t hand over any politically damaging documents.

Wigglesworth on June 4, 2012 at 3:20 PM

Contempt of Congress.

Its time to play the game with the rules designed for just such an occasion.

Have the House Master at Arms bring Holder to the floor of the HoR, then ask him for the documents. If he fails to comply, through his ass in the Capital jail until 1) he complies, or 2) Congress adjourns.

BobMbx on June 4, 2012 at 3:20 PM

The Solyndra investigation is like the Fast and Furious one, like all the others.

Still, the Congress has no cojones. From the left to the right they are all eunuchs.

Schadenfreude on June 4, 2012 at 3:10 PM

Really, I get so tired waiting for our representatives to stand up and do the right thing.

maybe we need to send a woman to get it done.

MrMoe on June 4, 2012 at 3:20 PM

maybe we need to send a woman to get it done.

MrMoe on June 4, 2012 at 3:20 PM

Hopefully one with a set of ‘Thatchers’.

BobMbx on June 4, 2012 at 3:22 PM

What oversite?

Congress is only covering up for Obama. They could care less that Obama will produce no documents.

Now the Congress when GW was President was much different. You either produced the documents or Contempt of Congress was filled very quickly.

Congress under Republicans is spelled COWARDS.

Steveangell on June 4, 2012 at 3:23 PM

Drip, drip, drip until a week before election surprise.

AllahsNippleHair on June 4, 2012 at 3:23 PM

OT:

GSA employees under IG investigation received $1.1M in bonuses

Tim_CA on June 4, 2012 at 3:25 PM

Were testicle owners leading the house, there’d be enough heads on the capital gates to discourage withholding evidence and ignoring subpoenas.

That the objects of congressional investigations thumb their noses at congress is as accurate an indicator of congress’s manhood as a blood test finding no testosterone.

Akzed on June 4, 2012 at 3:14 PM

Sad to say, you could say the exact same thing about the Fast & Furious scandal..

Chip on June 4, 2012 at 3:25 PM

Drip, drip, drip until a week before election surprise.
AllahsNippleHair on June 4, 2012 at 3:23 PM

The leftist press can ignore it as easily then as now.

Akzed on June 4, 2012 at 3:26 PM

Republican investigators say they are still focused on Solyndra, including potential legislation to reform the DOE loan program as well as more hearings on the matter.

Reform? Why aren’t we talking about elimination? This program shouldn’t exist at all.

Charlemagne on June 4, 2012 at 3:28 PM

What is Mr Issa doing anyway?

Are we paying him by the hour?

MrMoe on June 4, 2012 at 3:29 PM

To House GOP:

So pull teeth!

I’ll loan you my pliers.

CurtZHP on June 4, 2012 at 3:31 PM

Reform? Why aren’t we talking about elimination? This program shouldn’t exist at all.

Charlemagne on June 4, 2012 at 3:28 PM

Charlemagne is right. I am a moderate Republican, but all this moronic, counter-productive socialism makes me understand too well why people become extreme. We need Republicans with the balls to say no to stupid government spending.

thuja on June 4, 2012 at 3:36 PM

Democrats have oft complained that Republicans are turning the DOE’s loan program into a “witch hunt” and “dancing on Solyndra’s grave” and etcetera, but we could all have the whole thing out right now if the administration would maybe just quit withholding pertinent information.

The Democrats’ obstruction could backfire on them. If the committee waits until Labor Day to issue a Contempt of Congress citation, when people are paying attention, it could hurt Obama more than now, when most voters are thinking about vacay.

Steve Z on June 4, 2012 at 3:37 PM

The wasteful government spending may actually be the death of America, but look how few comments there are on this issue. We should hopping mad!

thuja on June 4, 2012 at 3:38 PM

This investigation is not exactly fast or furious…seems the administration has a problem with co-operation.

But then it just makes the announcement of what they did and when closer to the election.

right2bright on June 4, 2012 at 3:42 PM

The difference between Solyndra and witch hunts is there were no witches.

Smooth Rooster on June 4, 2012 at 3:44 PM

The wasteful government spending may actually be the death of America, but look how few comments there are on this issue. We should hopping mad!

thuja on June 4, 2012 at 3:38 PM

The worst part is nobody is even reporting on the real part of the Solyndra story.

Obama did this as a favor to one of his 2008 campaign bundlers (George Kaiser).

tetriskid on June 4, 2012 at 3:44 PM

Just look at it from the same angle as Republican leadership in Congress sees it. They all have their own favorite money teats to suck on. The electoral effect of pushing the Solyndra issue to the forefront is not guaranteed – not with the unquestionable support Democrats have in MSM – but Boehner & Ko will definitely not enjoy Democrats recipricate by airing their own dirty laundry. It is so much better to play “loyal opposition”, especially if the rubes keep donating anyway.

Archivarix on June 4, 2012 at 3:48 PM

It’s obvious the GOP in the House is not going to do anything substantive on this or Fast & Furious before the election. So the question is, will they do anything after the election?

I have my doubts. There’s the whole ‘don’t want to set a precedent on investigating past administrations’ rigamarole if Romney wins; and there’s no way the Obama administration will cooperate if he wins. They’ll claim a mandate to stonewall. So what’s the point? We look weak and feckless; just trying to score political points.

BKeyser on June 4, 2012 at 3:51 PM

Despite the Democrats’ indignant bleating, I can only applaud the GOP for insisting on holding the administration accountable on this one.

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What an image! LOL

ExpressoBold on June 4, 2012 at 3:56 PM

If the r’s in dc want to get any information out of bho/team they are sol? Have you seen holder snotty not give a flying flit about contempt charges? The whole blooming bho/team do not care what congress does, they just let it slide and dare anyone to haul them to court?

I just pray to God that if we get Mitt, maybe just maybe the next bunch in dc will put those gosh horrible people behind bars? Wishful thinking on my part, but you gotta wish?
L

letget on June 4, 2012 at 3:56 PM

Subpoena time!

dogsoldier on June 4, 2012 at 4:14 PM

Question is does “cheeky” campaigning evolve into substantial governing, or is it all for show?

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on June 4, 2012 at 3:07 PM

Well, the showy 2008 campaign for the empty suit resulted in zero governance…I’ll take my chances

socalcon on June 4, 2012 at 4:16 PM

We hear a lot of talk from Republicans about the administration stonewalling Congress on document production, but we see no enforcement action. Can it be that our Republican leaders are just a bunch of whiners?

GaltBlvnAtty on June 4, 2012 at 4:26 PM

…so?!…tell them Congress will NOT DO ANYTHING until they address Solyndra and Fast & Furious!…JugEars says the Congress is obstructionist anyway!

KOOLAID2 on June 4, 2012 at 4:46 PM

The White House didn’t comment Thursday but it has said repeatedly that it has provided a wealth of information to the House in repeated document dumps — and that Republicans have little to show for their efforts.

Right, I let the cops search my living AND dining rooms and they still haven’t found the smoking gun… what more do they want? No they can’t go in my bedroom or look in my closets; they might find something.

This is the sounds of an innocent man to the liberals?

gekkobear on June 4, 2012 at 4:49 PM

0bama and the democrat party would do much better in Africa or South America. Corruption in those continents is a fact of life.

jukin3 on June 4, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Frankly, I’m beginning to think that Republican threats of subponeas, contempt of Congress, and all the other bravado are about as effective as UN sanctions.

Issa, either follow through on the threats or just sit down, shut up, and go along with the Democrats.

A threat not acted on is no threat at all and the opponets knows it. Just look at our current foreign policy. How many threats of sanctions, military action, and name calling will it take to stop Iran from building their bomb? Hint: No number of threats will stop them. The only thing despots understand is power. And so unless Iran believes in its heart of hearts that the US and/or Israel will take them down militarily, our empty rhetoric is just empty rhretoric as usual to them.

I’d bet everything I own that if George Bush made the threat to bomb their nuclear facilties into the stone age, they’d be jabbering like idiots about concessions.

George had many faults and he didn’t control spending like he should have, but no one doubted that he would strike in the interest of this country or a close allie.

I don’t think of our opponents gives a rat’s flying potato what Obama thinks. They know his political ties to the extreme left are more important than a policy to defend the US.

And, I’m not so sure how committed Mitt is to stopping Iran.

As far as defending US interests abroad, we need a Teddy Roosevelt. Instead we have one certified empty suit who has no idea what he is doing as Commander and Chief and one unknown as a candidate.

Iran must be laughing their a$$ off as did the North Vietnames during the Paris Peace Talks.

BMF on June 4, 2012 at 5:52 PM

“The subpoena is now 7 months old…”

That’s as old as a thigamajig.

scituate_tgr on June 4, 2012 at 5:55 PM

The White House didn’t comment Thursday but it has said repeatedly that it has provided a wealth of information to the House in repeated document dumps

In the corporate world, that’s ‘burying them in bvll sh!t’.

socalcon on June 4, 2012 at 6:26 PM

Gee Fred, bet there’s about as much chance of you getting those Solyndra documents as there is of the American people getting their incandescent light bulbs back from you and the rest of our federal overlords.

mizzoujgrad on June 4, 2012 at 8:10 PM

How about a new law: If the requested information is not forthcoming, the requesting committee can stipulate the answers by majority vote.

PersonFromPorlock on June 4, 2012 at 8:11 PM

The worst part is nobody is even reporting on the real part of the Solyndra story.

Obama did this as a favor to one of his 2008 campaign bundlers (George Kaiser).

tetriskid on June 4, 2012 at 3:44 PM

It’s not JUST Solyndra. Here’s the list – 80% are Owebama donors. And as others have mentioned, then there’s Fast & Furious which goes way beyond just financial crimes.

katablog.com on June 5, 2012 at 9:18 AM

The list

katablog.com on June 5, 2012 at 9:19 AM

Obama, who promised the most transparent administration in history…

Only on matters of national security, like who helped in catching up to Bin Laden, or what information we’re getting from undercover operatives to prevent attacks… That sort of thing.

taznar on June 5, 2012 at 9:26 AM