Sunday, September 25, 2011

Taking the Fifth on the Solyndra scandal | Examiner Editorial | Opinion | Washington Examiner

Taking the Fifth on the Solyndra scandal Examiner Editorial Opinion Washington Examiner

There should be an "opt-out" option so tax-paying American citizens can tell the government how their taxes can be used.

I'm opting-out of any tax-payer funded white elephants, pipe dreams and alternative energy Charlie-Foxtrots.


....it is a shame that Solyndra CEO Brian Harrison and Chief Financial Officer W.G. Stover chose to invoke their Fifth Amendment right not to incriminate themselves 20 separate times during a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing Friday. The questions posed by the committee members were tough but fair. Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, wanted to know, "What happened between January of 2009 when the Bush administration rejected the loan application and March 2009 when the Obama administration reversed course and approved this half-a-billion-dollar loan?"

Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., asked if any Obama representatives were present at board meetings when the company realized it was not going to be profitable. Chairman Cliff Stearns, R-Fla., wanted to know if anyone from the Obama administration explained to Solyndra's executives that subordinating taxpayer's interests to the company's private investors was a violation of federal law. The American people deserve answers to all of these questions. And they will get them, only now they will have to wait for the result of an FBI investigation and very possibly a criminal trial.
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