Recently revealed emails show the extent of the abject corruption and reckless waste surrounding Obama's Solyndra project. The Heritage Foundation has compiled a list of the 10 most revealing emails referred to in the House Energy and Commerce Committee's investigative report, many of which I wrote about in my book "The Great Destroyer." A number of these will make your blood boil.
We know that taxpayers lost more than $600 million in the debacle, but how many knew that the administration never even intended the business to be wholly self-supporting? Obama's "you didn't build that" slander could certainly be applied to this government-created and -dependent monstrosity.
Indeed, Mitt Romney should grill Obama on these emails and his energy policies in the presidential debates. Maybe he should start with Obama's protest that his "you didn't build that" statement was taken out of context. Who needs to quibble over context when Obama has made so many other similar statements and when his administration has lived that philosophy?
A statement in one of the released emails -- from Aditya Kumar, a senior adviser to the vice president, to White House communications staffer Dan Pfeiffer -- underscored the point: "When government plays a part, it can bring the private sector along."
Similarly, in October 2009, Solyndra CEO Chris Gronet wrote in an email, "The Bank of Washington continues to help us!" On Aug. 10, 2010, Tom Baruch of CMEA Capital, an investor in Solyndra, wrote, "Getting business from Uncle Sam is a principal element of Solyndra's channel strategy."
The White House pressured the Department of Energy to move forward on the Solyndra loan guarantee. As disclosed in an Aug. 28, 2009, email, DOE official Steve Spinner, in charge of the agency's Solyndra activities, said, "The (office of the vice president) and (White House)" were "breathing down my neck" on the loan guarantee. As detailed in my book, this urgency was all a result of the White House's prescheduled presidential photo op with Solyndra. The White House Office of Management and Budget later admitted that it had hurried its analysis because of the White House pressure. The sheer corruption in these developments by itself would be enough to trigger an impeachment inquiry if it had occurred under a Republican administration.
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