Solyndra- The Whistleblower

As with any great scandal, there is always somebody somewhere who knows the truth and is just waiting for the right moment to confess what they know.  This appears to be the case with the building  Solyndra Situation.  It’s not quite a scandal yet, so we’ll call it a situation.

The anonymous whistle-blower, chose The Mark Levin show as her confessional.  I just so happened to be in my car at the time and caught her telephone call.  Interestingly, after she gave her truth, the next day the FBI raided Solyndra.  This is a direct quote from her phone call:

“While we were out there, while we were building it – cause it is a half a billion dollar plant – everyone already knew that China had developed a more inexpensive way to manufacture these solar panels. Everyone knew that the plant wouldn’t work. But they still did it. They still built it.”

Levin asked her if the Obama Administration knew that it was not feasible and she said, “Oh absolutely, I was not high on the totem pole at all and even someone like me knew that and we were just breaking ground.”  This tells me that it was fraud from the very beginning.  She elaborated that the facility was state of the art and they were installing brand new equipment up to the week they closed.  No one was given a warning of the closing and suddenly 1,100 people were laid off and their health care canceled immediately.

I decided it was time to dig a little deeper and follow the money.  Turns out that the employees of Solyndra donated quite a bit of their cash to the Obama Campaign.  Additionally, Ben Bierman, the Executive Vice President of Engineering was one of the larger contributors.  As we follow the money some more it’s come to light that billionaire George Kaiser, a large contributor to Obama’s campaign, was also the largest backer of Solyndra.   Kaiser gave Obama somewhere between $50,000 and $100,000 for the 2008 campaign.  Kaiser has also been a frequent visitor to the White House logging some 16 visits before the $535 Million was awarded.  In his defense, Kaiser said they didn’t talk about Solyndra.  Really?!

As this situation is gaining traction and momentum, the White House decided it was time to field some questions.  So, they sent out White House Press Secretary Jay Carney to answer the questions.  Someone should have better prepped him.  Carney held steadfast to the talking point that the White House didn’t rush the review of loan guarantees and he also said that we have all misunderstood those pesky emails we talked about yesterday because they were about “scheduling decisions.”

“What the emails make clear is there was urgency to make a decision on a scheduling matter,” Carney told a group of reporters on Air Force One. “It is a big proposition to move the president or to put on an event and that sort of thing, so people were simply looking for answers about whether or not people could move forward. … It had nothing to — and there is no evidence to the contrary — nothing to do with anything besides the need to get an answer to make a scheduling decision.”

Thanks to NBC, we already know those emails were much more damaging.  One email from an OMB staffer said,”We have ended up with a situation of having to do rushed approvals on a couple of occasions (and we are worried about Solyndra at the end of the week).  We would prefer to have sufficient time to do our due diligence reviews and have the approval set the date for the announcement rather than the other way around.”

At the hearings today, Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.), chairman of the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, placed blame for the Solyndra Situation on the shoulders of the Obama administration.“The Obama administration has repeatedly touted its green energy plan as the savior of our faltering economy,” Stearns said in an opening statement. He added, “Only after the Obama administration took control and the stimulus passed was the Solyndra deal pushed through.”

Yesterday, I told you all that I was sick and tired of this deflection of blame always to the Bush administration.  Well, in the committee meeting today it came out that the Energy Department  under the Bush administration was using the proper protocol and was working on the due diligence process and had not recommended the loan guarantee until 2009 AFTER the due diligence was completed.  Additionally media outlets are now reporting that the Energy Department’s credit committee rejected the loan guarantee outright so that it could be reviewed and approved by Obama’s administration.

As things are unfolding, it’s becoming much more likely that we have a scandal on our hands.  And telling the American people that this is somehow Bush’s fault won’t cut it this time.  Clearly, whatever happened with Solyndra lies at the feet of Obama and the White House.  As for Jay Carney’s little circus show today I only have one thing to say-  Don’t pee on my leg and tell me it’s raining.

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