Wow...This should be the most commented story on this site. Truly we cannot
persevere as a nation when the motivations of those in power are so base...This
is heart wrenching!
Screwdriver. GWB took NO money Solyndra. Nice try though!
The only thing that can fix the rotten mess that is the Federal Government is a
Constitutional Convention. The Federal Govt. will never act to
reform itself or give up power, because that is counter to its goals. The States
have the ability to rewrite the Constitution, they just need to be fed up enough
with the crap that goes on in DC to do it.A large all powerful
central govt. is one of the things our founding fathers feared the most. Yet 200
odd years after this nation was founded that is exactly what we have.
The 60 Minute story focusing only on republicans, is more proof of media bias.
Energy secretary Chu is simply a liar, so is any member of congress
who claims that campaign donations don't affect their behavior.I
don't think that the influence of money can be removed from politics. The
solution rather is to force congress to be hands-off on a great many things. If
congress isn't involved, there will be no incentive for company lobbyists to pay
Congress has fewer ethical restrictions than either journalists or bankers.
Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., has filed a bill called the Stop Trading on
Congressional Knowledge (STOCK) Act, which would make it illegal for
Congressional officials and their staffs to use private information about
pending bills to make investment decisions. ("BUT WHAT ABOUT THEIR SPOUSE,
KIDS, RELATIVES, CLOSE FRIENDS, NEIGHBORS ETC. that they pass this info off onto
and also get a kick back loophole's?.) Brown's bill currently has six
cosponsors, including Sens. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., Susan
Collins, R-Maine, Dean Heller, R-Nev., Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Olympia Snow,
R-Maine. In addition to possible Congressional insider trading, Obama campaign
backers and bundlers. In the Department of Energy 1705 government-backed-loan
program, which focused on alternative-energy projects, that $16.4 billion of the
$20.5 billion in loans granted as of Sept. 15 went to companies either run by or
primarily owned by Obama financial backers. The Department of Energy's inspector
general testified that the contracts were steered to "friends and
family." Patriot Act's money laundering provisions, where
are they today?. Rep. Michael Oxley removed a provision involving
These practices are intolerable. Every present member of both the house and the
senate should be voted out of office, democrats and republicans.
I am going to e-mail my representatives and ask them the sign on, support and
lobby for passage of the STOCK bills. I hope everyone else will do so as
well.There is no way that insider trading should be allowed by
members of either house. They can put their money in a blind trust like others
do when they enter situations where their knowledge and influence would give an
unfair advantage. I am tired of elected officials being above many of the laws
they impose on everyone.To Screwdriver - I think the point is well
taken that cronyism is shared in equally acrossed the isle. It needs to stop
and is another important factor in controlling the deficit.
Solendra also gave money to George Bush under whom the paperwork started for the
loans. They always forget to mention that...