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The White House rejects Solyndra subpoena

November 5, 2011

  Barack Obama has become embroiled in a growing stimulus/green energy initiative scandal which has come under investigation in the Congress, but he has been less than willing to provide the Congress will all of the requested documents so last week the Congress had no choice but to subpoena the White House.

  For those who might be unfamiliar with the case of Solyndra I will provide a brief background: Barack Obama fast tracked a review of Solyndra in order to give the company a $500 million loan guarantee with stimulus money and provide Joe Biden with a backdrop to announce Barack Obama’s new “green initiative” policy. But because the review was fast tracked the proper time wasn’t put into a study of the viability of the company and subsequently Solyndra went out of business. But that is not the worst of it because it just so happens that a major Democrat donor was involved in Solyndra and had visited the White House several times in the week leading up to the loan, and shortly before the loan was granted the rules were rewritten to protect the investors in the company by prioritizing them over the taxpayers who foot the bill for this disaster.

  As bad as that is, Solyndra is just the largest stimulus/green energy scandal but it is not the only one; there is also SunPower, LightSquared, Tesla, Fisker, and Beacon Power. There are questions about Barack Obama’s involvement with all of these companies but for now the Congress’ investigation is focusing on Solyndra.

  Barack Obama has been uncooperative with the investigation up until this point, stonewalling and slow walking the document dumps when he felt is was convenient, and last night Barack Obama continued that practice when the White House announced that it has rejected the Solyndra subpoena and will not comply with it, calling it a partisan attack.

I can only conclude that your decision to issue a subpoena, authorized by a party-line vote, was driven more by partisan politics than a legitimate effort to conduct a responsible investigation

   So, because in an effort to protect both the president and the party, no Democrats voted in favor of the subpoena Barack Obama doesn’t feel as though he has to comply with it? And that is a legitimate reason not to comply with a subpoena?

  Basically what Barack Obama has done is invoke executive privilege and this will now have to be challenged in the courts to see if it will be upheld in this case. But it is interesting to note that the man who promised to run the most open, honest, and transparent presidency in history has invoked what amounts to a vow of silence on an issue that should be of the utmost import to the American people–the fraudulent use and mismanagement of taxpayer money which could cost the taxpayers millions of dollars while those invested in Soyndra have been protected.

  The American taxpayer has a vested interest in this scandal, it is our money that was thrown away, and yet the Obama regime doesn’t feel it necessary to explain to the American people why he invested our money in a company that was destined to fail from the very beginning. I would love to know how much of that money was funneled back into the campaign coffers of Democrats running for reelection because that is what I believe Barack Obama is trying to hide. That is the real reason, in my opinion, that Barack Obama rejected this subpoena, not because it was a partisan attack but because the investigation is hitting too close to home.

16 Comments leave one →
  1. Strode permalink
    November 5, 2011 8:37 am

    Obama is nothing more than a cheap Chicago thug. He has saturated the White House with corruption with no regard what soever, to the taxpayer.


    • November 6, 2011 7:47 am

      That he is! And it should tell us all that we need to know about him that he was born in Hawaii and CHOSE to move to Chicago of all places.


  2. LD Jackson permalink
    November 5, 2011 9:07 am

    I have no doubt that you are right, Steve. In spite of his promise to have the most transparent administration in history, he has had nothing of the kind. He can’t afford to let this investigation continue, as it will surely be hitting close to home.


    • November 6, 2011 7:54 am

      He is definitely hiding somehing here and it should be all the more disappointing to those who bought into the notion that he was going to be any different.


  3. free433 permalink
    November 5, 2011 9:21 am

    Cronyism, which is what this cover up is about, is at the heart of so much corruption in our government.

    Consider also what just happened in a federal court in Texas involving a judge appointed by President Clinton. As described at, a Dallas business owner was involved in a civil dispute and paid millions of dollars to lawyers, and when he objected to additional fees after settling the case, they had a “friendly” judge seize all of his possessions, without any notice or hearing, and essentially ordered him under “house arrest” as an involuntary servant to
    the lawyers. The business owner has been under this “servant” order for 10 months and is prohibited from owning any possessions, prohibited from working, etc..
    …and some quotes from the judge:

    THE COURT: “I’m telling you don’t scr-w with me. You are a fool, a fool, a fool, a fool to scr-w with a federal judge, and if you don’t understand that, I can make you understand it. I have the force of the Navy, Army, Marines and Navy behind me.”

    THE COURT: “You realize that order is an order of the Court. So any failure to comply with that order is contempt, punishable by lots of dollars, punishable by possible jail, death”


  4. November 5, 2011 11:15 pm

    While I think he should produce the documents, I have no problem in the power struggle between the Legislative and Executive branches of our government. Some things should be kept private and a compromise between the House and the White House is better than a judicial judgement which might imperil future presidents.

    Obama is a huge hypocrite, however, for having gone after Bush on this matter and saying he would be open and transparent were he to become president.


    • November 6, 2011 8:04 am

      I agree there is a time and a place when documents must be withheld, but in my opinion this is not one of them. I guess we will have to wait for the judge to decide. It is interesting to watch Obama do many of the same things he criticized Bush for and get a free pass in the media though.


      • November 6, 2011 4:45 pm

        I agree with you on the hypocrisy. I agree also that he should release the documents but from a strategic standpoint, it’s never good for the WH to automatically do whatever Congress asks of them. I have seen these tugs of war for as long as I can remember and both sides do what they do for politically motivated reasons.


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  5. November 6, 2011 8:16 am

    They define transparency differently in Chicago apparently. I think Obama is content to keep the House Republicans focused on issues like Solyndra and Fast and Furious, which are not the biggest issues for those on Main Street instead of the economy which is the most important issue on Main Street.


    • November 6, 2011 9:15 pm

      How sad is it that te president actuall might think that keeping the Congress focused on his scandals is the best way for him to win reelection?!


  6. bunkerville permalink
    November 6, 2011 7:40 pm

    Anyone want to beat he is going to skate on this? If this had been the GOP the MSM would have been screaming.


    • November 6, 2011 9:16 pm

      The media will give him a pass on this, just like on everything else. I hope that he doesn’t get away with it, but I wouldn’t be willing to put money down on it.



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