If you were semi-conscious during the Obama administration’s eight years in office, you’re probably at least a little familiar with the name “Solyndra.” If you’re not, I recommend this Washington Post primer on the whole story.
Full coverage of Solyndra, the California-based solar company that went bankrupt after receiving $535 million in federal loan guarantees from the Obama administration.
The long and short of the Solyndra scandal is that the company got about $535 million in taxpayer funds, folded, and left taxpayers on the hook. Republicans have screeched, hooted, and cried about Solyndra for years now, ultimately settling on a line of rhetoric and critique that is best summed up as, “Obama is a socialist dictator who chooses winners and losers in industries rather than letting the free market decide.”
Okay cool. So that must mean that if any president, no matter which party he’s from, were to start sticking his nose and diminutive, shriveled, orange dick into the free market’s business, the same Republicans would freak-the-fuck-out on him, right? Right?
I keep forgetting as I start to cover the Trump Era in my writing that Republicans will be taking a whole hell of a lot of U-turns over the next few weeks, months, and years. When Trump decided to put his thumb on the scale before he even took office and influence Carrier to stay in Indiana, everyone on the right seemed to cheer it as a return to pro-business mentality in our commander in chief. But it wasn’t long until we found out that Trump only “saved” about half the jobs he said he did, and a recent piece in The Washington Post indicated that many of the nuts and bolts details of the Carrier deal are being kept completely and totally away from the prying eyes of the public.
There’s also that pesky question of why Trump chose a company in his Vice-President’s state over a company’s factory in another state that’s desperate to keep jobs in it. But hey, that’s a lot of thinking. And in Trump’s America, thinking is for pussy-ass libtards, don’t you know? Besides, I am sure Republicans would totally have been cool with Hillary Clinton throwing her weight around and bullying an American company with the power of the federal government into making a business decision that benefited her politically anyway, so need to worry about their bald faced, full frontal hypocrisy there.
Nor, should we hassle ourselves worrying about how they’ll respond to Trump doing the same thing with another company. This time he used his Twitter feed to troll and threaten General Motors. In a tweet this morning, Trump chastised GM for building it’s “Chevy Cruze” model of cars in Mexico and importing them back across the border to avoid paying taxes.
General Motors is sending Mexican made model of Chevy Cruze to U.S. car dealers-tax free across border. Make in U.S.A.or pay big border tax!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 3, 2017
If you’re a fan of truth in your bullying, though, you’re going to be disappointed in our Ochre Ogre-Elect. Maybe no one told Mr. Trump, but anyone can read his tweets, and apparently someone at GM read this one from him, and they pushed back, hard.
President-elect Donald Trump on Tuesday attacked General Motors in a tweet, claiming the auto giant is making a Chevy Cruze model in Mexico and then sending them to U.S. dealers tax free. “General Motors is sending Mexican made model of Chevy Cruze to U.S. car dealers-tax free across border.
So, again, we’re left to wonder how Republicans would be reacting if Obama had fired off a tweet threatening to levy a tariff on an American company if they don’t make decisions he likes, only to find out the basis of the tweet was pretty much a lie in the first place. And, once again, we’re left with the answer to our wondering being, “They would freak out then, but since it’s a Republican doing it, they think it’s good for America.”
The good news is that today we saw the power of the people in action. Despite the fact that he’ll try to take credit for it, Trump didn’t force the House Republicans to drop their bid (for now) to gut the congressional ethics watchdog in their sights; the people did it. The rancor that was raised between the time the story broke and the time the GOP backed down proves that if enough of the 75 million people who voted against Trump make their voices heard, we can make a difference.
Maybe it’ll be enough, maybe it won’t, but the fight over the congressional ethics watchdog shows there is quite a bit of power in being the minority party; especially when the popular vote totals show you’re a minority made-up of the majority.
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