Solyndra Columns on Townhall

  • Eric Singer - Time for Republican Jujitsu on Social Security

    Time for Republican Jujitsu on Social Security

    Eric Singer
    Posted: 9/16/2011 12:01:00 AM EST
    With 78 million baby boomers starting to cash out, each entitled to benefits at age 62 continuing for over 22 more years on average, Social Security fits within the definition of a Ponzi scheme. Just because the government can currently coerce new participants doesn’t mean today’s young workers want to pay in or that boomers won’t want their cash. It’s not self-sustaining as originally presented.
  • Bill  Wilton - NetEase.Com - Aggressive Growth

    NetEase.Com - Aggressive Growth

    Bill Wilton
    Posted: 9/16/2011 12:01:00 AM EST
    NetEase.com (NTES) is a Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) thanks to rising estimates and its latest earnings surprise. Shares can still be had at a good value and given the growth outlook there is plenty of upside.
  • Michelle Malkin - The Cash-for-Visas Program

    The Cash-for-Visas Program

    Michelle Malkin
    Posted: 9/16/2011 12:01:00 AM EST
    As part of his warmed-over jobs plan, President Obama is repackaging "Buy American" stimulus subsidies to help hard-hit homegrown businesses. At the same time, however, Congress is pushing to expand a fraud-riddled investor program that puts U.S. citizenship for sale to the highest foreign business bidders.?
  • Political  Calculations - Gas Prices, the Unemployment Rate and Desperation

    Gas Prices, the Unemployment Rate and Desperation

    Political Calculations
    Posted: 9/16/2011 12:01:00 AM EST
    On Valentine's Day 2011, we explored the correlation that appears to exist between what motor gasoline prices are today and what the unemployment rate will be two years from now. At the time, Here's what we found.
  • Stewart Scott - The Evolution of a Pakistani Militant Network

    The Evolution of a Pakistani Militant Network

    Stewart Scott
    Posted: 9/16/2011 12:01:00 AM EST
    The history of the group of militants and preachers who created LeT and their connections with other groups helps us understand how militant groups develop and work together.
  • Mike Shedlock - Hold on to Your Homes: Mortgage Default Notices Surge

    Hold on to Your Homes: Mortgage Default Notices Surge

    Mike Shedlock
    Posted: 9/16/2011 12:01:00 AM EST
    Housing will not bottom in many areas as long as there is a mile-high stack of foreclosures in the pipeline. Thus the faster forecloses increase the better. The bad news is this process will still take a long time.
  • Jeff  Carter - Dems Aim to Tax Fund Business

    Dems Aim to Tax Fund Business

    Jeff Carter
    Posted: 9/16/2011 12:01:00 AM EST
    There is a “wish list” for House Democrats in the context of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, which was created as part of the Budget Control Act of 2011. Note the inclusion of taxation of carried interests on the list and in the description.
  • Michael Vodicka - Economy Down, Pawn Stocks Up - Investment Ideas

    Economy Down, Pawn Stocks Up - Investment Ideas

    Michael Vodicka
    Posted: 9/16/2011 12:01:00 AM EST
    Anyone searching for a counter cyclical stock that benefits from high unemployment and a weak credit market needs to start looking at pawn and payday lenders. I'm sure images of toothless criminals, shady back-alley deals and missing gold chains come to more than a few minds. But a closer look at the group reveals a very legitimate industry that has seen big gains over the last two years in the weak consumer environment.
  • Jonah Goldberg - Looking for Love

    Looking for Love

    Jonah Goldberg
    Posted: 9/16/2011 12:01:00 AM EST
    "If you love me, you've got to help me pass this bill."
  • John Ransom - Congress Likely to Cram Down Solyndra Billionaire

    Congress Likely to Cram Down Solyndra Billionaire

    John Ransom
    Posted: 9/16/2011 12:01:00 AM EST
    Sources familar with the law that governs the loan made under the Solyndra program however say that a plain reading of the law prevents the administration from allowing investors to jump ahead of government guaranteed loans under any circumstances.
  • David Limbaugh - AttackWatch.com is the Administration's Latest Propaganda Arm

    AttackWatch.com is the Administration's Latest Propaganda Arm

    David Limbaugh
    Posted: 9/16/2011 12:01:00 AM EST
    President Obama's official re-election campaign has set up a website ostensibly to defend him against false attacks, but its obvious purpose is to smear Republicans and propagandize. What could be more shameless??
  • Ken Blackwell - Will Gore Get Sunstroke?

    Will Gore Get Sunstroke?

    Ken Blackwell
    Posted: 9/15/2011 12:01:00 AM EST
    It’s been a rough season for Nobel Peace Prize winners.
  • John Ransom - Solyndra Deal Allows Obama Billionaire to Get Paid Before Taxpayers

    Solyndra Deal Allows Obama Billionaire to Get Paid Before Taxpayers

    John Ransom
    Posted: 9/15/2011 12:01:00 AM EST
    In February, the administration renegotiated with Solyndra’s billionaire investor- remember the one who was also a big contributor to the Obama campaign?- as the company was failing. That deal allowed billionaire George Kaiser’s foundation to jump ahead of the American taxpayers for all but $150 million of the government’s $527 million loan in any company bankruptcy. Oh, and it’s a transaction that also happens to be illegal.
  • Michael Barone - Obama Tainted by Loan Guarantees to Solar Firms

    Obama Tainted by Loan Guarantees to Solar Firms

    Michael Barone
    Posted: 9/15/2011 12:01:00 AM EST
    One factor favoring President Obama's re-election, according to a recent article by political scientist Alan Lichtman, is the absence of scandal in his administration. Lichtman may have spoken too soon.
  • Ralph Benko - The Defining Issue Of The 2012 Elections: Jobs Through Gold

    The Defining Issue Of The 2012 Elections: Jobs Through Gold

    Ralph Benko
    Posted: 9/14/2011 12:01:00 AM EST
    A sure signal of a rising policy vector? The Washington Post sends forth a top gunslinger to attack it — “it” being the gold standard and the GOP candidates for considering it.
  • Political  Calculations - The Distribution of Income for 2010: Individuals

    The Distribution of Income for 2010: Individuals

    Political Calculations
    Posted: 9/14/2011 12:01:00 AM EST
    According to data just released by the U.S. Census this morning, in 2010, the median income earned by an individual American was $26,197, or rather, 50% of Americans earned more than that amount and 50% earned less than that amount. The average (or mean) income was $38,337.
  • John Ransom - Tea Party Favorite Blasts Lugar on $165k Fed Subsidies

    Tea Party Favorite Blasts Lugar on $165k Fed Subsidies

    John Ransom
    Posted: 9/14/2011 12:01:00 AM EST
    According to records compiled by the Farm Subsidy database, Lugar received $165,687 in farm subsidies during a decade and half in the Senate, including the six years he spent as chairman of the Senate Agricultural Committee. He also joined the Chicago Climate Exchange. Geesh.
  • Michael Vodicka - Royal Gold, Inc. - Momentum

    Royal Gold, Inc. - Momentum

    Michael Vodicka
    Posted: 9/14/2011 12:01:00 AM EST
    Royal Gold, Inc. (RGLD) has seen huge gains over the last two months, with shares up as much as 30% as gold hit a series of new all-time highs. With estimates on the rise and gold fever running strong, this Zacks #1 Rank stock is at the top of the momentum chart.
  • Lincoln Brown - Hollywood's Fight Game

    Hollywood's Fight Game

    Lincoln Brown
    Posted: 9/14/2011 12:01:00 AM EST
    These are the same millionaires calling for higher taxes on everyone else. These are the same people that build permanent ski resorts and fight against temporary gas wells. These are the new Marie Antoinettes telling you to have a bite of cake.
  • Mike Shedlock - Hiding Unemployment - Mish Exclusive

    Hiding Unemployment - Mish Exclusive

    Mike Shedlock
    Posted: 9/14/2011 12:01:00 AM EST
    I was wondering if you would hazard an estimate as to the current number of unemployed who have exhausted all benefits. I know BLS and Department of Labor doesn’t keep track of that population.