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September 24, 2011
Dems risk government shutdown so they can fund Democratic-linked 'slush fund'
The Senate Democrats are playing a high-risk game at America's expense. They are refusing to vote for a House-passed continuing resolution to assure the government stays operating after October 1st. They will pin the shutdown and financial chaos on the Republicans. But what is their real goal? They want to ensure continued funding for yet another "green program". But this one has had two big beneficiaries that are linked closely to two Democrats people may be familiar with: Al Gore and Joe Biden.
Investors Business Daily has part of the story:
Investors Business Daily also mentions that Ford and Nissan also have benefited and the paper focuses on the waste.
But people should also focus on the cronyism that the paper does not cover.
Fisker Automotive received a 529 million loan to help build a hybrid sports car . The company was tiny until it was engorged with taxpayer money. But who is backing this company? None other than Al Gore.
As for Tesla, its investors are donors to Democratic campaigns.
The Wall Street Journal covered this cronyism back in 2009:
But there is also another reason Democrats like this giant slush fund.
Fisker Automotive decided to locate its operations in....Delaware. This is the home state, lest we forget, of Vice-President Joe Biden.
Now why in the world would Fisker open an auto plant (actually move into an old and abandoned GM factory) in Delaware when most auto plants built in the last few decades have been built in the south? The south has become a Mecca for auto plants because Southern states have good workers, have relatively low operating costs, and operate in congenial work environments. Car companies locate there because it is more profitable for them to do so. But apparently the company, flush with our money, has some payback in mind.
Not only is Joe Biden showing the love to the people of Delaware who have supported him as Senator over the years but he is also helping the budding Biden dynasty -with our money.
Joe Biden's son, Beau Biden, is currently Delaware's Attorney General and undoubtedly has future political plans beyond serving in that office.
The Fisker plant is a bright spot for Delaware's economy and one that will help Beau Biden's political future.
We paid for it and they will benefit from it.
No wonder the Democrats want to keep this program operating-it is just one more giant slush fund to reward their friends, donors, and fellow Democratic politicians.
They know a good thing-for them, if not for us-when they see it. But to risk a government shutdown just to keep this scam going on?
Spendthrift spending is an addiction. Sadly, we are the ones that end up paying for politicians' payoffs and boondoggles. Delaware is not only benefiting from the Biden family via the Fisker plant, but the Washington Times reveals yet another green scheme coming to Delaware.
Bloom Energy manufactures supersized fuel cells that generate electricity. They do so at high costs relative to electric power generated by coal or America's vast reserves of natural gas. But economics do not matter when there is other people's money to spend. In this case, Bloom Energy seems in line to receive a "substantial grant" from the Department of Energy when it opens a factory in the Bidens' home state of Delaware.
John Nichols and Paul Driessen write in the Washington Times, "Delaware's Very Own Solyndra:"
This grant will harm citizens, waste taxpayers money but the Bidens will have a nice shiny factory to show off in the years ahead.
Will Biden fly in for another photo-op as he did for Solyndra?
(See also my American Thinker columns "Using Taxpayer money to subsidize electoral victory"; "Cheap Natural gas and its Democrat Enemies")
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