Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Solyndra, Solyndra, Solyndra

I really think the brewing scandal with Siga and Smallpox vaccines is something that needs further investigation. It's likely--in my unbiased opinion--that there's a lot more to it. But dammit, the Solyndra scandal just won't go away. On top of everything else, now we have this:
The Obama administration urged officers of the struggling solar company Solyndra to postpone announcing planned layoffs until after the November 2010 midterm elections, newly released e-mails show.
If that's a fair reading of these e-mails--and I see no reason to assume it's not--then what else is there to say? The White House was clearly using the DOE, manipulating it for political purposes. The lines of communication go clearly from Solyndra to the DOE to admin officials like Carol Browner--Obama's Director of the Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy--and Ron Klain, Biden's former Chief of Staff.

These aren't low-level staffers or nameless bureaucrats, they're political appointees tasked with doing what the President and Vice-President want done. Granted, "Klain" is a bit of an odd name, but the man is just not a Mr. Poon.

He is--or was--someone that took his marching orders from the top. And this is no less true of Ms. Browner.

All that said, politics is a dirty business. And using the power of the office in this manner--controlling the release of information--is hardly grounds for impeachment. Really, it's barely worth a mention on its own. But coupled with all of the other Solyndra issues, it tends to support the idea that Solyndra was nothing but a give-away from the beginning, that the success or failure of the company was never even a consideration. All that mattered was that it got the money the administration wanted it to get (that tracks pretty well with Siga, too).

And aside from demonstrating the vacuous nature of the administration's objectives in these fields (and profound lack of economic acumen), it makes one truth abundantly clear: the Obama administration is nothing special, when it comes to graft, corruption, influence peddling, and transparency (or lack thereof). It's better then some, no doubt. But worse than many more, it would appear. Hardly "change we can believe in"...

Cheers, all.

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