Appearance of corruption

Among other things, capitalism is about taking risk. When the government removes all risk from an “investment”, the result cannot be called capitalism. It can be called corporatism, crony capitalism, mercantilism, fascism or socialism, but not capitalism. Such deals are the province of corporatist whores and their government enablers who suspend the rule of law in order to loot the public treasury.

Solyndra “investors” took out a 535 million dollar risk-free loan from you, and they are not going to pay it back.

The Obama administration restructured a half-billion dollar federal loan to a troubled solar energy company in such a way that private investors — including a fundraiser for President Barack Obama — moved ahead of taxpayers for repayment in case of a default, government records show.

Administration officials defended the loan restructuring, saying that without an infusion of cash earlier this year, solar panel maker Solyndra Inc. would likely have faced immediate bankruptcy, putting more than 1,000 people out of work.

“Without an infusion of cash… Solyndra Inc. would likely have faced immediate bankruptcy?” So, instead of 1,000 lost jobs we have 1,000 lost jobs at a cost of $535,000 per lost job, and those whose lost their jobs don’t get the money, the venture huckster-bundlers do.

The “appearance of corruption” is a good enough reason for the Supreme Court of the United States to suspend our First Amendment rights. The appearance of corruption is apparently not a good enough reason to avoid giving free money to Solyndra connected bundlers.

Go figure.

But Rick Perry is the one who’s crazy

Paul Krugman: “Social Security Is A Ponzi Scheme And Will Soon Be Over”

“Twice the government has argued before the Supreme Court that Social Security is not insurance.”

“Until a half a minute ago, liberals called Social Security a Ponzi scheme, too.”

Like “Progressive,” the Liberals need a newer euphemism for “Ponzi scheme.” Then they could tolerate a discussion about it.

Turning America into Detroit

The congresscritters in Atlas Shrugged said things similar in meaning, but not one of them was so dumb as Maxine “Moral Hazard” Waters.

If they [banks] don’t come up with loan modifications and keep people in their homes that they’ve worked so hard for, we’re going to tax them out of business

The ways in which this is stupid are beyond counting, but one has to wonder what is Ms Waters plan if she destroys all the banks. Didn’t we just get done bailing them out?* Are they suddenly too resistant to making more stupid loans not to be forced to fail?

Ms Waters, of course, is the congresscritter who threatened to nationalize the oil companies, “[T]his liberal will be all about socialize [sic]…er, ah … basically, … about the government taking over and running your companies!” One can presume she means the same thing when threatening to tax banks into extinction. The “government taking over your banks and giving them to Fannie Mae.” We know how that’s worked so far.

Even aside from its lack of conciseness, “the government taking over and running your companies,” is not a good euphemism for “socialize.” It is far too straightforward. But Maxine Waters apparently didn’t even get the memo that the proper description of her statist policies is “progressive,” which at least has the virtue of moving the statists away from their appropriation of “liberal.” A word that doesn’t mean what they’ve turned it into.

*Including her husband’s to the tune of $12 million.

Your labor is your property, too

The euphemism “Public/Private Partnership” contains 3 lies in as many words. It isn’t “public,” it’s government. It isn’t “private,” it’s crony capitalists. It isn’t “partnership,” it’s conspiracy. The inevitable result of “public/private partnership” is waste. The only variables are the extent to which liberty is diminished and the amount of public treasure wasted.

At the middle of that scale we have the abject failure of the City of New London/Pfizer Corporation gang-theft of Susette Kelo’s home and those of her neighbors. It’s not easy to fail so spectacularly, it took impressive incompetence and around $100 million to turn a neighborhood into a wasteland. In the end, imposing this urban blight hinged on the collusion of the Supreme Court of the United States. Federal institutions didn’t start it though, the plan was the brain-child of regional government.

Here are some relevant facts about the government/corporatist looters in New London, Connecticut; the quintessential example of what politicians and rent-seeking businesses mean by public/private partnership:

New London had a population of 27,620 at the 2010 census. The Norwich-New London metropolitan area (NECTA[2]) includes twenty-one towns[3] and 274,055 people.[4]

…On February 22, 2005, the United States Supreme Court decided in Kelo v. City of New London, that the city may seize privately owned real property under eminent domain so that it could be used for private economic development, deciding the tax revenue from the private development satisfied the requirement for public interest for eminent domain.

This decision is of a piece with the use of the Commerce Clause to justify forcing Americans to purchase health insurance. If the only requirement for seizure of private property is a local official’s estimate of future potential tax revenue, what constraint is there? How does your labor differ in principal? Answer: It doesn’t. If you’re nearing retiremment age, you’ve been looted in exchange for promises of Social Security and Medicare you won’t see. If you’re younger you will be looted for decades whether those promises are kept or not. You don’t even have to be born yet.

In spite of the city’s legal victory, the project never got off the ground. The city’s chosen redeveloper was not able to get financing for the project. In spite of an expenditure over eighty million dollars by the city acquiring and demolishing the area where the taken homes once stood, is now a vacant. In November, 2009, Pfizer, which was to be the primary beneficiary of the redevelopment, announced that they instead are closing their facility adjacent to the site and moving those operations across the Thames River to their site in Groton.[7][8] The New London campus was sold to General Dynamics in 2010.

Where, one might ask, could a city of 27,000 find $80 million with which to persecute and defraud a handful of its citizens? From its regional government:

New London has a form of government centering on a professional city manager and elected city council. Distinct town and city government structures formerly existed, and technically continue. However, they now govern exactly the same territory, and have elections on the same ballot on Election Day in November, the first Tuesday after the first Monday, of odd-numbered years; the officials of town and city interact essentially as do the officials of a single town or city who have different but related responsibilities and powers.

As of 1960, counties in Connecticut do not have any associated county government structure. All municipal services are provided by the towns. In order to address regional issues concerning infrastructure, land use, and economic development, regional councils of governments throughout the state were established in 1989. Most of the towns of New London County are part of the Southeastern Connecticut Council of Governments, the exceptions being the towns of Lyme, Old Lyme, and Lebanon. Lyme and Old Lyme are part of the Connecticut River Estuary Regional Planning Agency, while Lebanon is part of the Windham Regional Council of Governments.

Whenever you hear that we need regional government co-operation, think of Kelo, and if what you hear is coupled with the words “sustainable development,” think twice about the outcomes and read up on Agenda 21. Think about half a billion dollars up in smoke at Solyndra.

So what does New London have to show for its arrogance? A 91 acre, weed-strewn dump occupied by feral cats; where there once was a vibrant community. And New London also has 1,400 fewer jobs. Pfizer pulled out of New London, taking those jobs with it.