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Sunday, September 18, 2011

Rahm Emanuel Pleads Ignorance on Solyndra

At some point, plausible deniability becomes undeniably implausible. If ever there was a case in point, it's with former Obama Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel who is now denying any recollection of Solyndra's $535 million government loan. There are some denials that leave one wondering but this isn't one of them. The Obama administration's mantra as it pushed the stimulus bill was green energy. Now, Emanuel would have us believe he doesn't remember giving half a million to Solyndra, despite a groundbreaking ceremony that included vice president Joe Biden, Energy Secretary Steven Chu, and California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Via Daily Caller:
Chicago mayor and former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel said he doesn’t recall anything about the Obama administration’s $535 million loan to the recently bankrupt solar company Solyndra.

Speaking to Chicago radio station WLS 890AM at a news conference about a new wellness initiative, Emanuel said he didn’t remember anything about the failed investment loan by the Department of Energy, which critics say was fast-tracked to fit the White House’s political agenda.

“Ya know, I’m focusing on a major announcement today for the City Of Chicago,” Emanuel said. “I don’t actually remember that or know about it. So, what I’m dealing is with what I’m dealing with here today.”

Emanuel was Obama’s chief of staff during the administration’s green energy initiative in 2009, when the Solyndra loan was finalized.

E-mail communications from the White House obtained by the House Energy and Commerce Committee point to more involvement in the deal than perhaps Emanuel would care to remember.
There comes a point when claims of plausible deniability should be met with charges that you should have known. This is a quintessential example.

Until people like Emanuel face a greater backlash when claiming ignorance than when they accept responsibility, people like Emanuel will continue to pretend we're stupid.


Viable Fast and Furious Strategy: Force Illegal Immigration

Did the Obama administration implement a strategy that mandated guns be walked into Mexico to entice Mexican civilians to move north into the US, to encourage illegal immigration? The Cloward-Piven strategy is one that involves overwhelming the welfare roles of government so that the government collapses. Named after Frances Fox-Piven and her husband, Richard Cloward, the strategy seems to be something Barack Obama endorses. It's right up his alley. What happens when a Cloward / Piven advocate assumes the White House like Obama has? Would such a president sign on to a strategy that sent guns to Mexico in order to scare Mexicans north?

It's an interesting theory that warrants further consideration.

Via PJM:
A high-risk plot involving major elements of the Departments of Justice, Homeland Security, Treasury, and State, including the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Border Patrol, and the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division (IRS-CID), requiring approval from the State Department, isn’t something that comes from a mid-level bureaucrat. It is typically incited and decided by the very highest levels of appointed and elected officials.

As anyone with any experience in government will attest, there is massive institutional inertia against both change and risk. It is insurmountable without significant stakeholder support. In government, this means directors, secretaries, and elected officeholders.
There has been much speculation about the motives of Fast and Furious. This one basically adds to them; it doesn't necessarily replace them.

This piece by Bob Owens at PJM is a must-read.

Video: Jim Cramer Says Business Leaders have strong 'hatred' for Obama

Mad Money host Jim Cramer attempted to be critical of the Obama administration back in 2009 and he caught its wrath; if memory serves, he did back down. Not sure if he heard from the White House after this exchange but even if he did, he was only the messenger. If Cramer is not exaggerating here, the Obama administration is having to deal with some serious anger from the private sector. If business leaders are going to Cramer when the cameras are off to communicate this level of anger and hatred for Obama, it's significant.

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