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Obama's Solyndra scandal reeks of the Chicago Way
Chicago Tribune ^ | September 18, 2011 | by John Kass

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 ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: chicagoway; election2012; failure; greenjobs; holder; obama; organizedcrime; solargate; solyndra; solyndragate
RICO Act.
1 posted on 09/17/2011 5:42:05 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Since the White House cannot be expected to investigate itself, a Special Prosecutor should be appointed to investigate the corruption.
2 posted on 09/17/2011 5:44:03 AM PDT by Rapscallion (Google this: Symptoms of cocaine use.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
dedumdedumdedum...you racist!...dedumdedumdedum.
3 posted on 09/17/2011 5:46:52 AM PDT by Happy Rain ("Count to ten when dealing with fools--with liberals make it twenty.")
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Has MSNBC reported a word on this story yet?


4 posted on 09/17/2011 5:51:19 AM PDT by elhombrelibre ("I'd rather be ruled by the Tea Party than the Democratic Party." Norman Podhoretz)
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To: elhombrelibre

Brian Williams gave 6 seconds a week ago I think.


5 posted on 09/17/2011 5:53:12 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (I want a Triple A president for our Triple A country)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

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?


6 posted on 09/17/2011 5:54:46 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

As bad as the Solyndra et al deals are, they dwarf in comparison with the money going to Europe.....


7 posted on 09/17/2011 5:56:33 AM PDT by mewzilla (Forget a third party. We need a second one.)
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To: Venturer
....pissing away money like water

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.

8 posted on 09/17/2011 5:59:41 AM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

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.


9 posted on 09/17/2011 6:04:00 AM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer; golux; proud_yank; Bockscar; grey_whiskers; WL-law; IrishCatholic; Whenifhow; ...
 


Beam me to Planet Gore !

10 posted on 09/17/2011 6:08:36 AM PDT by steelyourfaith (If it's "green" ... it's crap !!!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Chicago-WashDC “Way” bump for later.........


11 posted on 09/17/2011 6:26:08 AM PDT by indthkr
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

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.


12 posted on 09/17/2011 6:37:08 AM PDT by Malesherbes (- Sauve qui peut)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Eric Boling just said that Fisker (sp) Motors got a 500 MILLION DOLLAR LOAN GUARANTEE as well as TESLA MOTORS got a 500 MILLION DOLLAR LOAN GURANATEE! BOTH of these are AL GORE babies!!!!!!!!!

Al Gore is neck deep in SLUSH FUNDS ....from US!!

13 posted on 09/17/2011 6:43:46 AM PDT by Ann Archy ( ABORTION...the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Crooked Nose Williams is a DUMBASS!


14 posted on 09/17/2011 6:44:33 AM PDT by Ann Archy ( ABORTION...the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
President Obama has said the 2012 re-election campaign will require US$1 BILLION in spending. What better way to get that money than to divert funds from the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to this cause using "green" companies for this diversion?

We're talking embezzlement on a scale that might be unprecedented....

15 posted on 09/17/2011 6:45:25 AM PDT by RayChuang88 (FairTax: America's economic cure)
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To: Rapscallion

Is Gitmo full up? There are a boat load of political hacks in DC that should be joining them don’t ya think?


16 posted on 09/17/2011 6:45:35 AM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: RayChuang88; JLAGRAYFOX; vette6387; freekitty; flat; unkus; sheik yerbouty; Nachum; ...

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.


17 posted on 09/17/2011 6:49:34 AM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: Venturer

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.


18 posted on 09/17/2011 6:52:04 AM PDT by dagogo redux (A whiff of primitive spirits in the air, harbingers of an impending descent into the feral.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

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.”


19 posted on 09/17/2011 7:41:52 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: RayChuang88
We're talking embezzlement on a scale that might be unprecedented....

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?

20 posted on 09/17/2011 8:00:15 AM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: Ann Archy; Oldeconomybuyer
Steve Spinner also had a relationship with Tesla:

Prior to joining the Obama administration, Mr. Spinner served the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team on the technology innovation and government reform working group. Before then, Mr. Spinner had been an active advisor and investor to over thirty leading technology companies, helping entrepreneurs, like Tesla, grow their ventures, focusing on incorporation, financing, product development, organizational behavior, business development, and sales and marketing.

Steve Spinner

21 posted on 09/17/2011 8:01:59 AM PDT by Madame Dufarge
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To: Madame Dufarge

There’s a big difference between Solyndra and Tesla Motors: Tesla founder Elon Musk has said it’s more a “hobby” than making real money, which is what Musk’s other company, SpaceX, represents.


22 posted on 09/17/2011 8:06:53 AM PDT by RayChuang88 (FairTax: America's economic cure)
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To: dagogo redux
I think you've hit the nail on the head.

Bears lots of repeating.

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.

23 posted on 09/17/2011 8:16:46 AM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (Rabid democRATS and 0bama the dictator own it all now.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Indeed but the medis is working 24/7 to white wash the facts.


24 posted on 09/17/2011 8:17:18 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: 2banana

“When your hometown newspaper has an article like this - you know things are bad.”

I hope you’re right in that Solyndra will follow BO for the rest of his term, but don’t put too much stock in one article critical of Obama in the Tribune.

John Kass is a the Trib’s marquee opinion columnist, so he has a good bit of freedom in what he says; moreover, he’s relatively conservative, and has never hesitated to take on the Daleys, Deadfish Rahm, the donkey machine in Chicago, and the whole corrupt state government.

When the rest of the editorial staff turns on the Chosen One I’ll be impressed, but my guess is the Trib’s collective lips are still firmly attached to Obama’s backside.


25 posted on 09/17/2011 8:24:04 AM PDT by Stosh
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

http://www.therightscoop.com/solyndra-employee-everyone-knew-the-plant-wouldnt-work/

From the Mark Levin Show.


26 posted on 09/17/2011 8:24:47 AM PDT by Walmartian
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
This is not a new kind of politics. It's the old kind. The Chicago kind.

Yes and it reeks of what Richard Nixon is accused of -- White House plumbers. But Obama is using the original version of plumbers. He's using civil service employees of his own Holder Dept. of Just Us FBI to do the break-ins, thefts, and intimidation.

At least in Illinois our scandals are quite ecumenical, with Republicans eager to help Democrats steal whatever they can grab.

.. and in Washington the "it all counts toward 30" civil service employees are eager to help Obama Democrats steal -- or get away with anything else -- to protect their privileges.

To wit, The bureaucrats are the fulcrum so the guys with the leverage can lift great weight without too much effort. And while they might whine privately among themselves, they don't hold news conferences to blow the whistle. They keep their mouths shut . . . If anyone gets caught and the problem becomes public . . . ." then they acknowledge and start covering their behinds.

IOW.. let's see how many years after Obama is out of office that an investigation report is quietly released late afternoon on a long holiday weekend.

.. oh, in the mean time some GS-3 might get reprimanded.

27 posted on 09/17/2011 8:33:37 AM PDT by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: Madame Dufarge

hmmmm.....Stevie Spinner SHOULD be in BIG trouble!!!


28 posted on 09/17/2011 9:17:36 AM PDT by Ann Archy ( ABORTION...the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: dagogo redux

It is a distraction, but it isn’t a planned distraction.

IMO the fact is that Obama is tied up in so many crooked schemes and several are coming to light all at one time.


29 posted on 09/17/2011 9:21:55 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
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.

This is what Hillary warned about when she was competing for the office

30 posted on 09/17/2011 3:30:21 PM PDT by opentalk
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To: ExTexasRedhead
These WH CROOKS should be doing the PERB WALK for stealing from consumers / taxpayers
31 posted on 09/17/2011 5:32:06 PM PDT by 4Liberty (88% of Americans are NON-UNION. We value honest, peaceful Free trade-NOT protectionist CARTELS)
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To: 4Liberty
PERB walk = PERP WALK !!!
32 posted on 09/17/2011 5:33:36 PM PDT by 4Liberty (88% of Americans are NON-UNION. We value honest, peaceful Free trade-NOT protectionist CARTELS)
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To: Venturer

When the politicians pick the winners and losers, just look in the mirror to find the real loser.


33 posted on 09/17/2011 7:35:34 PM PDT by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all......)
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To: Venturer

No, the Admin did not PLAN the scandal, as you say, but I think the government-media complex is operating in concert to keep it just front and center enough to distract.

And I agree in principle that perhaps the fighter who throws more punches will increase his odds of winning, but not when his opponent is wide open right now for a KO.


34 posted on 09/17/2011 8:07:18 PM PDT by dagogo redux (A whiff of primitive spirits in the air, harbingers of an impending descent into the feral.)
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To: Jet Jaguar; NorwegianViking; ExTexasRedhead; HollyB; FromLori; EricTheRed_VocalMinority; ...

The list, ping

Let me know if you would like to be on or off the ping list


35 posted on 09/18/2011 8:56:48 AM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Venturer
I just watched Huckabee on Fox saying that he doesn’t see corruption just a bad business decision.

Wrong, this is corruption and play for pay.

Bail out Chrysler and stiff the bond holders so the UAW keeps their jobs. UAW = major donor to Obama.

Bail out GM and stiff the bond holders so the UAW keeps their jobs. UAW = major donor to Obama.

Give 1/2 billion loan to Solyndra. A major stockholder in Solyndra is a billionaire campaign bundler for Obama, George Kaiser. Solyndra goes belly up but Obama gets massive donations.

Note the loan was set up so investors are first in line for repayment in case of chapter 11. That means his billionair investor will recoup some or all of his investment and the American Tax Payer eats the loss.

This is not bad business models, this is the "Chicago Way" of corruption and legalized theft.

36 posted on 09/18/2011 9:22:48 AM PDT by cpdiii (Deckhand, Roughneck, Mud Man, Geologist, Pilot, Pharmacist. THE CONSTITUTION IS WORTH DYING FOR!)
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To: Liz; sickoflibs
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.

ping

37 posted on 09/18/2011 11:55:19 AM PDT by GOPJ (126 people were indicted for being terrorists in the last two years. Every one of them was Muslim.)
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To: ExTexasRedhead

Breaking News - Issa is going after Obama

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2781155/posts


38 posted on 09/20/2011 11:21:22 AM PDT by Todd Kinsey (Todd)
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