13 Oct '11, 8pm

GOP tries to explain away loan-guarantee hypocrisy, fails

GOP tries to explain away loan-guarantee hypocrisy, fails

In hyping the Solyndra faux scandal , Republicans have gone after the loan-guarantee program with guns blazing. It is, they charge, an example of big government trying to "pick winners." And by golly they just can't support big government picking winners! Except, uh, turns out they can. In their haste to condemn everything connected to Obama, Republicans have stepped on a bit of a rake. After all, history -- recent history ! -- is replete with examples of Republicans pushing for loan guarantees for energy businesses in their districts. (I poked a bit of fun at Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell [R-Ky.] and Rep. Cliff Stearns [R-Fla.] over this stuff.) Having stumbled into this thicket of hypocrisy, Republicans are now flailing about, trying to free themselves. It ain't pretty. Take House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). A company called USEC wants to build a uranium-enri...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/politics/2011-10-13-republicans-try-...

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