Skip to comments.Obama's Solyndra scandal reeks of the Chicago Way
Posted on 09/17/2011 5:42:01 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
The Solyndra scandal cost at least a half-billion public dollars. It is plaguing President Barack Obama. And it's being billed as a Washington story.
But back in Obama's political hometown, those of us familiar with the Chicago Way can see something else in Solyndra something that the Washington crowd calls "optics." In fact, it's not just a Washington saga it has all the elements of a Chicago City Hall story, except with more zeros.
So forget optics. What about smell? It smells bad, and it's going to smell worse.
Or, did you really believe it when the White House mouthpieces who are also Chicago City Hall mouthpieces promised they were bringing a new kind of politics to Washington?
This is not a new kind of politics. It's the old kind. The Chicago kind.
(Excerpt) Read more at chicagotribune.com ...
Has MSNBC reported a word on this story yet?
Brian Williams gave 6 seconds a week ago I think.
I just watched Huckabee on Fox saying that he doesn’t see corruption just a bad business decision.
I suppose he could be right it could have been just a bad business decision.
HOW MNAY BAD BUSINESS DECISIONS DOES THIS MAKE>
Taking over GM, bailing out the banks,shovel ready projects that don’t exist, buying bus’s from Canada, Trillions in debt and pissing away money like it was water.
We have to say if we look at this from it’s brighter side it was a move made by an idiot.If we look at it from the corruption side , it got Obama some Campaign money. Campaign money he doesn’t need since so far the American peopl have been supplying Campaign funds in the form of free rides on Air Force One and a couple of bus’s we didn’t need.
Now I see an ad pushing his latest stimulus,Who is paying foe that?
As bad as the Solyndra et al deals are, they dwarf in comparison with the money going to Europe.....
When it's time to cut spending, everyone multiplies the annual amount by a factor of ten; when it's time to waste money, it's mentioned annually.
So, a $30 billion green investment to stimulate the economy in a year would be counted as $300 billion over ten years if it was a cut, but the ten years wouldn't be mentioned.
When you realize what a struggle it is to cut anything, it makes the year to year profligacy of Obama and Pelosi all the more evident.
When your hometown newspaper has an article like this - you know things are bad.
This ONE scandal is going to hand around obama’s (and the dems) neck for the next 12 months. And there are more coming...
Along with a double dip and housing prices that will continue to slide.
I predict in 2012 that democrat candidates will not use the word “obama” or “democrat” in their political ads...
The Solyndra scandal cost at least a half-billion public dollars. It is plaguing President Barack Obama. And it’s being billed as a Washington story.
But back in Obama’s political hometown, those of us familiar with the Chicago Way can see something else in Solyndra something that the Washington crowd calls “optics.” In fact, it’s not just a Washington saga it has all the elements of a Chicago City Hall story, except with more zeros.
And now the Tribune Washington Bureau has reported that the U.S. Department of Energy employee who helped monitor the Solyndra loan guarantee was one of Obama’s top fundraisers.
Fundraising? Contracts? Imagine that.
Steve Spinner was the Obama administration official in charge of handing out billions and billions of tax dollars to “green” energy deals. According to the Tribune story, Spinner the other day invited Obama’s national political finance committee to a meeting in Chicago.
The name of the Obama fundraising initiative?
“Technology for Obama.”
The idea of the Obama fundraisers getting together, talking “green,” and perhaps offering taxpayer loan guarantees to insider businesses in the interest of helping the environment it all seems rather fresh.
Like a mountain meadow.
There are the guys who count. The guys who bring the cash. They count because they do the counting. They have leverage. They’re always there at the fundraisers. And so they’re the ones who are allowed to gorge at the public trough.
Chicago-WashDC “Way” bump for later.........
Notice what is being done to our language. We no longer have appearances; we have optics. We no longer have problems; we have issues.
If it looks bad, don’t worry, it is probably an optical illusion. Problems may be intractable, but issues - that’s much easier - just turn an issue over to the bureaucracy.
Al Gore is neck deep in SLUSH FUNDS ....from US!!
Crooked Nose Williams is a DUMBASS!
We're talking embezzlement on a scale that might be unprecedented....
Is Gitmo full up? There are a boat load of political hacks in DC that should be joining them don’t ya think?
There are so many corrupt, self-serving, power-hungry politicians in DC and across this nation they will fill an entire prison. Special Prosecutor time, investigations, trials, and prison sentences for life for all the political hacks found guilty of crimes against this nation and their fellow citizens.
Solydra is a distraction at best. Typical Chicago pay-to-play tactics revealed to keep the public eye focused away from the main action: Fast and Furious.
Treason, accessory to a growing list of murders, gun running to cartels, fascilitating drug running and distribution and sales by cartels, import/export violations, violations of international law, tampering with evidence, stonewalling Congressional investigators, intimidation and slander of Congressional investigators, almost total press blackout (including Drudge) . . . etcetera, etcetera, etcetera. All the way to the top. No special investigator appointed. No Congressional outcry from Right or Left. No charges or arrests. No firings. Nothing. Zero. Zip. Nada.
The “CHICAGO WAY”.......that always reminds me of Sean Connery in that one movie.
“If they bring a knife....you stuff a ballot box.
If they put one of yours in the hospital....you have dead people vote. That’s the Chicago way.”
Good point...but the mainstream media will do its best to ignore it all as long as possible--until after November 2012, they hope. If it's only talked about on Fox it isn't "news." Has any outlet other than Fox talked about the attempt to suborn perjury from General Shelton to benefit Obama's friends at LightSquared?