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The Solyndra Saga Continues...

Solyndra is the latest in the long list of “green energy” companies that have failed after being artificially propped up by the Obama administration. The solar panel manufacturer that received more than $500 million in federal “stimulus” loans declared bankruptcy a couple weeks ago. The highly publicized scandal further confirms that the Obama’s “stimulus” and “green energy” agenda are boondoggles that reward his cronies at the expense of taxpayers.

The Solyndra scandal is a prime example of political favoritism. Obama singled out the solar panel manufacturer for merely self-interested reasons. The $535 million loan to Solyndra in the “stimulus” law appears to be nothing more than a political kickback. As the Examiner’s Timothy Carney writes, “this company’s short life was dependent on government connections.”

Enter George Kaiser, one of Obama’s well-known campaign fundraisers. Campaign finance records show that Kaiser himself donated $53,500 to Obama’s 2008 election campaign. Well, it just so happens that Kaiser was Solyndra’s biggest shareholder. Shareholders and executives of Solyndra fundraised for and contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Obama administration over the past few years.

We just have to follow the money to find out why Obama was so keenly interested in the solar panel manufacturers. Obama administration top officials met with Solyndra executives at least twenty times during the loan approval process. The President himself made a personal visit to the California-based manufacturing firm to make an overly optimistic speech and pose for a few photo ops. In this big government era, it’s unfortunately become easier for businesses to profit through the halls of Congress rather than the marketplace.

The cartoon from Pajamas Media below shows the trail of money in the Solyndra scandal:

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Obama has become notorious for his crony capitalist policies that collides government and business interests. As Tom Borelli of the National Center for Public Policy Research says, "crony capitalism is the root cause of the taxpayer loss resulting from the Solyndra bankruptcy and it's also responsible for the huge, misguided investment in clean energy that has failed to create meaningful and sustainable job growth.” All businesses should sink or swim on their own merits.  Taxpayers should not be forced to prop up any business that could not survive in the marketplace on their own.

Unfortunately, the Solyndra scandal is not an exception to the rule. This one example of corruption within the Obama administration is likely just the tip of the iceberg. Obama’s “stimulus” was full of political kickbacks to his campaign donors. With the crown jewel in Obama’s “green energy” plan bankrupt, Obama would be wise to change course and let the free market work for a change. 

nancy roe

Here's a scary thought. What if Jeffrey Immelt swoops in to save the day for the American taxpayer and purchases this plant for pennies on the dollar. I would think this is all preconceived for GE. In Apr of this year The NY Times published an article stating that GE intended to open the largest solar panel plant in the U.S. They said that the site of this plant was yet to be determined. Sounds fishy to me. If this transaction takes place I think we need to ses some prosecutions.

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Christine Lakatos

Not to mention the left-wing radicals too like the Apollo Alliance, Lisa Jackson, Van Jones, Jim Wallis, and many more....

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Christine Lakatos

Immelt is in on it –– the Obama Green Corruption (OGC)! Not only is Immelt on Obama's Job Council, and a huge contributor to O, GE's "green investments" have already snagged millions of stimulus money, tax breaks, DOE loans, etc. OGC is huge, and I have thousands of pages of notes and could go on for hours. It involves many Obama Bundlers like Kaiser and Steve Westly. Also are Goldman Sachs, AEP, Al Gore, John Doerr of KPCB and Lewis Hay of NextEra Energy (and others on Obama's Job Council). The "green corruption" includes past and present DOE staff like Kristina Johnson, Carol Browner, Steve Spinner, Matt Rogers, Johnathan Silver, Cathy Zoi, and others. It is the worst case of crony capitalism EVER, and we need to stop them!