‘the birthing of solyndra’

Dana Milbank: ….Solyndra has become a tool for Republicans to discredit most everything the administration seeks to do … this week, the government faced the prospect of a shutdown because House Republicans added a provision to the spending bill to draw more attention to – what else? – Solyndra.

“…. we have all agreed to add emergency funds we didn’t originally plan in this bill, and Republicans have identified a couple of cuts,” explained Mitch McConnell, including “a cut to a loan-guarantee program that gave us the Solyndra scandal.”

…. What McConnell neglected to mention is that Solyndra was cleared to participate in this loan-guarantee program by President George W. Bush’s administration. He also did not mention that the legislation creating the loan-guarantee program, approved by the Republican-controlled Congress in 2005, received yes votes from – wait for it – DeMint, Hatch and McConnell.

…. the Republican paternity of the program that birthed Solyndra suggests some skepticism is in order when many of those same Republicans use Solyndra as an example of all that is wrong with Obama’s governance.

…. DeMint said the Solyndra case exposed the “unintended results when our government tries to pick winners and losers.” That’s a valid criticism, but it would be more valid if DeMint hadn’t been a supporter of the loan-guarantee legislation in 2005.

But that was before Obama’s presidency, and views back then were different. They were more like the March 2008 press release from Bush’s Energy Department, announcing that it was funding research projects on photovoltaic technology: “These projects are integral to President Bush’s Solar America Initiative, which aims to make solar energy cost-competitive with conventional forms of electricity by 2015.”

Among the winners listed in the press release? Solyndra.

Full article here

16 Responses to “‘the birthing of solyndra’”

  1. September 27, 2011 at 10:45 am

    Chips is quick today

    A nice piece on Elizabeth Warren

    A voice of reason amid the madness

  2. September 27, 2011 at 10:47 am

    I was happy to see this piece from ABC

    Solyndra Bankruptcy Unlikely to Hamper Gov’t Investment In Green Jobs


  3. September 27, 2011 at 10:49 am

    Here is a good news story regarding Solar

    Stimulus: Cash-strapped California Schools Seek Savings Through Solar

  4. September 27, 2011 at 10:53 am

    The WH continues to promote the AJA

    This video by Mayor Rawlings-Blake of Baltimre was great. I hope she stays in politics.

    Mayor of Baltimore: American Jobs Act Will Help Us Grow Out of Recession


  5. September 27, 2011 at 10:57 am

    Hypocrisy, thy name is GOP senators. I have yet to encounter an incident in which ONE of these republican senators reveal a smidgeon of truth or integrity, or anything that would explain why they repeatedly get voted in. No one was more shocked than I when they won 2010! Despite what the polls had been saying, from my foreign vantage point, I just felt that there had to be something the pollsters were missing. Americans couldn’t be so dunce as to choose these smarmy sounding candidates. Yep, I was shocked speechless for a couple of days.

  6. September 27, 2011 at 11:13 am

    Charles Pierce sums up the GOP field perfectly:

    The Republicans Can Win, but They Can’t Lead

  7. September 27, 2011 at 11:18 am

    This article is exactly what I needed in my arsenal. Thanks!!

  8. September 27, 2011 at 11:24 am

    dana milabnk wrote that ? guess stopped clock and all that. not bad for a beltway hack.

  9. 13 Pamela
    September 27, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    In the Catholic Church, these are called “lies of omission”. They are still considered lies.

  10. September 27, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    This went straight to my FB wall. Some of my “friends” are conservatives, and I’ve discovered recently that many of them are single issue voters and tend to vote for politicians who “say” they are against abortion and homosexuality. I’m hoping to open up these “c”hristians eyes by exposing them to the ugly underbelly of GOP politicians and all of the lying they do. I’m also hoping that it will cause them to begin wondering whether abortion and homosexuality are reasons for supporting liars who use these issues to enrich themselves and their friends at the expense of Americans and their families.

  11. 15 tally
    September 27, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    While I’m glad to see this at a real news site – it should be FRONT PAGE – since it’s actual NEWS, not on the OPINION PAGE.

  12. 16 utaustinliberal
    September 27, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    Hypocrisy, thy name is GOP. Off to tweet this to @McConnellPress, Demint and the rest of the liars.

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