Posted by: vicholdsforth | August 3, 2012

The Failed Policies of the Past (Part 6: Bipartisanship & Transparency in Government)

During his campaign, Barack Obama promised to introduce new levels of bipartisanship and transparency in government, including giving the American people a 5-day period in which to view and comment on non-emergency legislation, along with prohibitions on lobbyists serving in his administration.  Certainly the most glaring and egregious, but not the only, violation of the former is the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act, nicknamed “Obamacare.”  This 2,000-page monstrosity was rushed through so quickly that even legislators didn’t have a chance to read it.   

And as for bi-partisanship, well, the Dems didn’t bother to get a single Republican vote.  In fact, the legislation never actually received a proper vote.  It was enacted through a budget process called reconciliation during the lame duck session, the final, last gasp of unilateral Democrat control of Congress after the mid-term “shellacking.”  No longer able to gloat “we won,”  Democrats abandoned the pretense of transparency and compromise and turned instead to rules-gaming.  Subsequently, numerous under-the-table deals and assurances that were reneged upon came to light.  That’s why Harry Reid won’t allow the Obamacare repeal legislation come to a straight up-or-down vote in the Senate.  Even Democrats are bailing on this program now that, as Nancy Pelosi said, we’ve finally been able to “find out what’s in it.”  And that promise about lobbyists?  Barack Obama has over 40 of them working in senior positions in his administration, as well as a tax evader serving as Secretary of the Treasury. 

 Obama’s cronyism has cost taxpayers billions in grants and loan guarantees given to politically-connected associates that were unable to convince banks and investors to risk their own resources on these non-viable projects.  Here is just a sampling of these debacles:  after the company itself donated thousands to Harry Reid, and their largest investor raised millions for Obama’s 2008 campaign, Bright Source Energy received a $1,600,000,000 loan guarantee.  Oh, and it turns out Robert Kennedy Jr. is invested in this company, too, which had previously been losing money hand-over-fist.  After making over $100,000 in donations to the Obama campaign, Solyndra received $535,000,000 in DOE loans, and subsequently went bankrupt.  The top executives at Tesla, which received a $465,000,000 loan guarantee, are Obama and DNC donors.  Beacon Power’s CEO & other employees made political contributions to Obama & other Democrat politicians, then went bankrupt after receiving $43,000,000 from the Department of Energy.   Ethics FAIL!

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