Monday, December 26, 2011

Solyndra was political every step of the way

The Washington Post has an exhaustive study of just about every decision made by the Department of Energy over the course of the Solyndra debacle. It is a lesson of what happens every time that partisan political entities are given decisionmaking power and a blank check on tax revenue. Shockingly, they spend taxpayer money to pursue partisan political ends.
The documents reviewed by The Post, which began examining the clean-technology program a year ago, provide a detailed look inside the day-to-day workings of the upper levels of the Obama administration. They also give an unprecedented glimpse into high-level maneuvering by politically connected clean-technology investors.
They show that as Solyndra tottered, officials discussed the political fallout from its troubles, the “optics” in Washington and the impact that the company’s failure could have on the president’s prospects for a second term. Rarely, if ever, was there discussion of the impact that Solyndra’s collapse would have on laid-off workers or on the development of clean-energy technology.
It is foolish and naive to imagine any other outcome, regardless of the party in charge.