Solyndra Columns on Townhall

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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."
  • 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??
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Sheraz Mian - Inflation, Jobs & Manufacturing - Analyst Blog

    Inflation, Jobs & Manufacturing - Analyst Blog

    Sheraz Mian
    Posted: 9/16/2011 12:01:00 AM EST
    I am not terribly concerned about the CPI number, but I must concede that the Jobless Claims report turned out to be quite disappointing. Weekly Jobless Claims increased by a greater than expected 11K for the week to 428K
  • Bill Tatro - Fire Foreign Workers; Hire Americans

    Fire Foreign Workers; Hire Americans

    Bill Tatro
    Posted: 9/16/2011 12:01:00 AM EST
    Imagine 10,000 people being hired in the southern tier of New York, or the outskirts of Detroit, or the suburbs of Las Vegas. Then, picture this being done by each and every corporation that currently hires overseas.
  • 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.
  • Morgan Brittany - Europe Tilting a Bit Positive

    Europe Tilting a Bit Positive

    Morgan Brittany
    Posted: 9/16/2011 12:01:00 AM EST
    At the weekend G7 meeting, Christine Lagarde softened the IMF’s concerns about the capital adequacy of European banks. However, the communiqué reiterated the G7’s support for the Basel III bank regulatory process (that Jamie Dimon says disadvantages U.S. banks)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Michelle Malkin - Obama's Big Green Boondoggles

    Obama's Big Green Boondoggles

    Michelle Malkin
    Posted: 9/14/2011 12:01:00 AM EST
    With the scandalous bankruptcy of Solyndra (a shady California solar power company that received $535 million in stimulus funds and is now under investigation by the FBI) hanging overhead, President Obama wisely whitewashed any mention of "green jobs" out of his latest address to Congress.
  • 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.
  • Dave Ramsey - Dave Says How Close Do You Want Your In-Laws?

    Dave Says How Close Do You Want Your In-Laws?

    Dave Ramsey
    Posted: 9/14/2011 12:01:00 AM EST
    I work for a real estate company, and they’re really pushing us to take advantage of a first-time homebuyer deal. The program offers 100 percent financing, no money down and no private mortgage insurance. They say it’s a great deal. What do you think?
  • 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.
  • Jeff  Carter - The Chinese Don’t Want Greek Bonds

    The Chinese Don’t Want Greek Bonds

    Jeff Carter
    Posted: 9/14/2011 12:01:00 AM EST
    There is a possibility of the Eurobond actually happening. German chancellor Merkel said to save Greece she would consider it. Previous to that she was against a Eurobond.
  • Bob Beauprez - Emails link Solyndra to Biden office

    Emails link Solyndra to Biden office

    Bob Beauprez
    Posted: 9/14/2011 12:01:00 AM EST
    Emails obtained by investigators for the House Energy and Commerce Committee and released to ABC News demonstrate how deeply involved the White House was at the highest levels in fast-tracking the approval of the politically well connected start-up in direct conflict with numerous private as well as government warnings that the survival of the company was very doubtful.