-By Warner Todd Huston
In a recurrence of its bout with Bush Derangement Syndrome, MSNBC recently relied on a left-wing, green activist to assert that the whole Solyndra scandal was really started by George W. Bush. Yep, it's Boosh's fault once again. Of course, the facts speak otherwise, but let's not let truth get in the way of a good left-wing trope, shall we?
On the Friday September 23 episode of MSNBC Live, host Thomas Roberts was discussing the wasted loan of half a billion in tax dollars to the later bankrupt green company Solyndra and he brought on a the left-winger to address the mounting scandal plaguing the Obama administration. Naturally Thomas and guest were desperate to find someone other than Obama to blame this mess on. And who better to blame than the left's favorite fall guy, George W. Bush?
Thomas had showed a video clip of Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R, Fla) who called the loan "waste" and "corruption," but Thomas next went to left-wing, green activist Dr. Mijin Cha who earnestly told the audience that, "the administration actually didn't do any wrongdoing, right," because "this loan was begun under the Bush administration."
Sorry, Cha Cha, but you're wrong.
It is true that the loans for Solyndra were first broached in the Bush White House. But as noted on Sept. 14, the Bush White House also declined to approve them.
Per ABC News:
The results of the Congressional probe shared Tuesday with ABC News show that less than two weeks before President Bush left office, on January 9, 2009, the Energy Department’s credit committee had voted against offering a loan commitment to Solyndra.
The facts are that the Bush administration did not approve these loans. The same cannot be said for The One's administration.
For further proof that nothing Republican can be blamed on the Solyndra scandal, one of the failed green company's creditors is listed as the California Democrat Party!
As the Washington Times notes:
Why California Democrats would be creditor to a company that received more than a half-billion dollars in federal loans to build a solar-panel plant isn’t clear. Even party officials say they’re not sure.
Not only did Obama's crew approve the loans but recent investigations and news reports have shown that the loans for Solyndra were actually rushed through by the Obama regime.
Naturally, MSNBC failed to inform viewers that this Dr. Cha is a left-wing activist that writes for HuffyPost. Worse, with one of her green initiatives, Cha is associated with The Center for American Progress, a far left-wing activist organization. That being true, it isn't surprising that she regurgitated the Bush-did-it line. After all, that has been CAP's spin since earlier this month.
Cha is also an "environmental justice and progressive," meaning that "green" is the left's new red, if you will. So, to expect to get an unbiased opinion from this hardcore greenie is a bit hard accept. Of course, if MSNBC wasn’t interested in an unbiased analysis, it would have been nice to inform the viewers that the commentator they turned to was so sold to the green cause, wouldn’t it?
Sadly, it doesn't seem that Obama is capable of learning the lessons so clearly brought upon him. In the very same month that his wasted loans to Solyndra started hitting the fan, his administration announced even bigger loans to even more green companies. This time, instead of a mere $522 million, Obama is giving away $1.2 billion of our tax dollars to his friends, donors, and green supporters.
As Andrew Stiles notes, that turns out to be something like 1.3 million bucks for every job "created." Worse, we don't even know how long those jobs will exist. Months? Days? Are the bankruptcy papers already written just waiting for Obama's loans to come through before being filed.