Analysis: During a particularly touchy exchange at the ABC News debate, Paul attacked Santorum for being a “big-government, big spending individual.” To back up this claim, Paul offered four substantive examples: that Santorum voted to raise the nation’s debt limit five times, that Santorum voted against “right to work” laws, that he voted for No Child Left Behind, and that he voted for the Medicare Prescription Drug benefit.
The “right to work” vote Paul is referring to is a little-known 1996 cloture motion in the U.S. Senate. The vote was on a bill called the “National Right to Work Act of 1995” that would “amend the National Labor Relations Act and the Railway Labor Act to repeal those provisions of Federal law that require employees to pay union dues or fees as a condition of employment, and for other purposes.” Santorum, along with all Democrats and liberal Republicans like Jim Jeffords of Vermont, Frank Murkowski of Alaska, and his fellow Pennsylvanian Arlen Specter all voted against cloture, which would have allowed a final vote on the bill. (Source: Senate Roll Call Vote #188, 1996)
During the debate, Santorum rightly pointed out that he had voted for the line-item veto (Senate Roll Call Vote #115, 1995) and for a balanced budget amendment in 1995(Source: Senate Roll Call Vote #98, 1995). The Club for Growth also noted in its Presidential White Paper on Santorum that he was “was a leading author on the bill that completely overhauled the country’s welfare system.” (Source: Club for Growth Presidential White Paper #4: Rick Santorum, http://www.clubforgrowth.org/assets/files/FINAL-Santorum-White-Paper.pdf) However, on balance, Santorum’s record in congress is generally one of favoring bigger government and more spending – not atypical during the Bush years where Santorum served in Senate leadership. (See the Club for Growth’s first fact-check on Santorum, earmarks, and the “Bridge to Nowhere” for more information on Santorum’s spending record during the Bush era.) That Santorum might be better relative to other members of Congress is irrelevant: the claim about him is an absolute statement.
I disapprove of the rhetoric used in this article, to an extent. While it’s true products made specifically to be environment friendly tend to be worse than their counterparts, implying that is the case with this is clearly false. Albuterol was not made for the purpose of being green, it was made as a medicine and that is the purpose it serves. While apparently, although unknownst to me, also being more environmentally friendly. Which is good, mine’s been overused as of late due to the smoke from the Texas wildfires. I’m officially more environmentally friendly than the Smith County arsonist.
However, this is unfortunate news. For one, I don’t see how that’s theirs to control and they’re assholes for singling out an innocuous medicine. This reeks of lobbyists, doesn’t it?
I won’t be shocked when the cost of my rescue inhaler rises after this, not one bit. Afterall, albuterol manufacturers get to drive out the competition. What’s to prevent them from insanely high prices?
As a sufferer of acute asthma this pisses me off. Like I can afford your shit.
We already knew that Solyndra investor George Kaiser personally gave more than $50,000 to the Obama Presidential campaign in 2008. And that Solyndra executives visited the White House 20 times since Obama took office.
Newly uncovered emails show the White House closely monitored the Energy Department’s deliberations over a $535 million government loan to Solyndra, the politically-connected solar energy firm that recently went bankrupt and is now the subject of a criminal investigation.
The company’s solar panel factory was heralded as a centerpiece of the president’s green energy plan — billed as a way to jump start a promising new industry. And internal emails uncovered by investigators for the House Energy and Commerce Committee that were shared exclusively with ABC News show the Obama administration was keenly monitoring the progress of the loan, even as analysts were voicing serious concerns about the risk involved. “This deal is NOT ready for prime time,” one White House budget analyst wrote in a March 10, 2009 email, nine days before the administration formally announced the loan.
“If you guys think this is a bad idea, I need to unwind the W[est] W[ing] QUICKLY,” wrote Ronald A. Klain, who was chief of staff to Vice President Joe Biden, in another email sent March 7, 2009. The “West Wing” is the portion of the White House complex that holds the offices of the president and his top staffers. Klain declined comment to ABC News.
On September 7, the DOE announced its plan to guarantee 80 percent — or $275 million — of a $344 million private loan taken out by the firm SolarCity. The company installs rooftop solar systems that harvests electricity SolarCity then sells… The guarantee means that if SolarCity’s project [fails, taxpayers must] pay back 80 percent of the company’s private loans…
…The Chairman of SolarCity, Elon Musk, is a major financial supporter of the president. On April 15 of this year, Musk donated $35,800 to the Obama Victory Fund. He also gave an additional $5,000 to the Obama campaign… Like Solyndra officials White House visitor logs show Musk has visited the Administration at least four times since 2009.
The second company is Solexel. On September 2, the solar energy company announced a $13 million award from the DOE as part of a program to make solar energy systems more affordable for homeowners… Solexel is financially backed by venture capitalist Steve Westly. In 2008, Westly bundled for Obama’s presidential campaign, bringing in more than $500,000. Westly also served as a California co-chair and was a member of the National Finance Committee for the Obama for American campaign.
He’s at it again for the president’s 2012 re-election campaign. So far, Westly has bundled between $100,000 and $200,000… [and] Westly’s companies have received millions in stimulus dollars from the Obama administration. The Westly Group’s portfolio includes Tesla Motors, which received a $465 million loan in 2009; Amyris Biotechnologies, which got more than $24 million; and Logos Technologies, which received $20 million in DOE loans.
This is an immense scandal. The Obama administration appears to have laundered billions of taxpayer dollars through green companies using its political backers as front-men.
As Mark Levin said last night, “We need a special prosecutor.”
The president’s address on jobs last night included some soaring phrases, but it left out one crucial word that epitomizes his approach to economics: Solyndra.
Fourteen months ago, the president was using his sonorous baritone to deliver soaring rhetoric about how his policies helped launch that now-broke company, which made cylindrical solar panels. The administration fast-tracked Solyndra’s loan guarantee through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act—i.e. the stimulus—perhaps because Solyndra’s principal backers just happened to have donated huge sums to the Obama election campaign. Washington guaranteed more than a half-billion in loans to Solyndra on the promise of 4,000 jobs.
“This new factory is the result of those loans,” the president said at the Fremont, Calif., facility—a facility The Washington Post termed a “signature project of President Obama’s initiative to help create clean-energy jobs.” The result of those loans now? Solyndra has shut its doors, its 1,100 former employees are jobless, and the taxpayers are on the hook for perhaps hundreds of millions of dollars.
Viewed in isolation, the Solyndra story is mildly troubling. But it is nothing Washington has not seen before. The late, great columnist Molly Ivins wrote some crackerjack pieces about the return on investment that corporate sharpies used to get from their campaign donations to Republican politicians. The Solyndra story sounds like the same old, same old.
Except it isn’t. The Solyndra story encapsulates a much bigger issue than mere crony capitalism, bad as that is. Because Solyndra is not alone. The Obama administration has sunk billions into loan guarantees for dozens of other renewable-energy companies as well.
“The main mark of modern governments is that we do not know who governs, de facto any more than de jure. We see the politician and not his backer; still less the backer of the backer; or, what is most important of all, the banker of the backer.” - J.R.R. Tolkien
“Talking to politicians is fine, but with a little money they hear you better.” - Justin Dart
“History records that the money changers have used every form of abuse, intrigue, deceit, and violent means possible to maintain their control over governments by controlling money and its issuance.” - James Madison
“There are two things you need for success in politics. Money and I can’t think of the other.” - Senator Mark Hannah (R-OH), 1903