Life & Death

* Just for a few minutes, remember how f*cked up the George W. Bush administration was…

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Wow! Does anybody else remember the George W. Bush administration losing $12 billion in cash when they sent a pallet of money to Iraq?

source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2007/feb/08/usa.iraq1

We should investigate the billions lost for the false war in Iraq too. The George W. Bush White House wasted approximately $1 Trillion for the wild-goose chase for nonexistent Weapons of Mass Destruction, as well as wasted the lives of over 4,000 U.S. soldiers and over 100,000 innocent Iraqi civilians. George W. Bush wasted billions of dollars while promoting unnecessary death.

The Solyndra loan guarantee is about life: American jobs and manufacturing in the U.S.A. after the Bush administration’s mismanagement of our economy led to “The Great Recession.” Check out the timeline for Solyndra’s loan guarantee: Bush & Co. started it in 2006, but, true to form, Bush never did anything substantive to back renewable energy in the U.S.

source: http://thinkprogress.org/romm/2011/09/13/317594/timeline-bush-administration-solyndra-loan-guarantee/

EXCERPTS:

Timeline>>>”December 2006: Solyndra Applies for a Loan Guarantee under the 1703 program….Late 2007: Loan guarantee program is funded. Solyndra was one of 16 clean-tech companies deemed ready to move forward in the due diligence process.”

2007>>>”The Bush Administration DOE moves forward to develop a conditional commitment.”

However, the Bush administration did not OK Solyndra. President Obama gave the OK for Solyndra to get a loan guarantee to make solar-electric panels in the U.S.A. The Solyndra project is the only failure in the DOE’s loan guarantee program.

source: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/25/opinion/sunday/the-solyndra-panic.html

EXCERPT:

“The truth of the matter is that when judged by its diverse portfolio, the loan program appears, at least so far, to have performed well. The Solyndra investment represents less than 2 percent of nearly $40 billion in loan guarantees for about three dozen innovative projects. Some of them — advanced automobile battery projects, for instance — have provided thousands of much-needed jobs in Michigan and other recession-battered states.

As for the supposedly doomed solar industry, Solyndra and three other smaller failed companies that were not part of the federal program represented about one-fifth of the nation’s manufacturing capacity for solar panels. But highly competitive companies remain, and in many sectors, including sales of silicon, the United States dominates. Mr. Issa to the contrary, jobs in the solar industry have doubled to roughly 100,000 since 2003.

Recent studies suggest that, globally, renewable energy will grow faster than any other energy source in the coming decades. The surest way to guarantee that America gets its fair share of that business and those jobs would be to enact a comprehensive energy strategy that raises the price of older, dirtier fuels. Failing that, continued government support is absolutely essential.”

So where did that $12 billion cash that the Bush administration sent to Iraq end up? Nobody really knows. Some of that money could have been used to help fund the insurgents, for God’s sake. And that’s just a fraction of the hundreds of billions of dollars spent on the misguided misuse of American resources in Iraq. Remember the hardcore corruption mixed with stupefying incompetence of the Bush years when Solyndra comes up in conversation. We are now trying to make solar energy in the U.S.A. and not make “War 4 Oil” in other parts of the world. Nobody died during the making of a solar panel.

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Read more:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/24/us/politics/solyndra-executives-take-fifth-at-house-hearing.html

EXCERPT:

“Representative Michael C. Burgess, Republican of Texas, referred to a vote on Thursday night by the House to cut money for loan guarantees for electric cars, to help pay for disaster relief.

‘Yes, we took that money back,’ Mr. Burgess said. ‘If the D.O.E. is going to be chumps, the very least we can do is corral what they’re doing.’

A prominent Democrat, Representative Edward J. Markey of Massachusetts, said, ‘The Republican majority is recklessly exploiting this one case to advance a political agenda that is very clearly aimed at wrecking’ government support for renewable energy.

But Mr. Markey is pursuing a separate point: that the appropriate lesson to draw from Solyndra is that the much larger loan guarantee that has been promised for construction of a twin-reactor nuclear plant in Georgia deserves closer scrutiny.

http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/weekend/2011/0924/1224304640027.html

EXCERPTS:

“Cheney conveniently omits his own whopping lie of August 2002: ‘Simply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction. There is no doubt he is amassing them to use against our friends, against our allies and against us’….

At a minimum, 102,417 civilians have died violently in Iraq since the US invasion, according to the Iraq Body Count database. The US state department warned this month that ‘violence and threats against US citizens persist and no region should be considered safe from dangerous conditions’ in Iraq. Yet Cheney washes his hands of the destruction of that country.”

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Remember: Republicans and Conservatives will lie, cheat and steal.

Fande = Fact & Evidence; Cande = Conjecture & Exaggeration

Bring your Fande, leave your Cande!

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