In a great Washington Post story of the other day we see the DC salami factory in full swing. Republicans who love to howl about the Obama Solyndra moment can see their own mirror image here.
Solyndra, a pet corporation of George Kaiser, ultra-rich Obama supporter, was high on the list for the White House solar energy spotlight. Nevermind that there was clear evidence that company was soon to go on life-support. The lines of power in DC run from the patrons. Get a hard-hat in the picture, they said. Also a business exec type. Steven Chu, Energy Secretary. Lights, camera, Obama.
So Kaiser and pals got their show. Then Solyndra went bust, people thrown out of work, the GOP thinks they have an issue. Okay, then, let’s see how they will like a Constitutional amendment banning private financing of campaigns. Because that’s what this story, and most of our dysfunction is all about. It’s what we mean when we talk about Washington being broken.