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    Romney-backed solar firm flops, Dems pounce

    A Massachusetts solar company to which Mitt Romney personally delivered a $1.5 million loan when he was governor has gone belly up, leaving him vulnerable to the same "picking winners and losers" charges that he's been lobbing at President Barack Obama over Solyndra.

    The president's reelection campaign wasted no time noting Romney's support for Lowell-based Konarka Technologies, which announced Friday it had filed for bankruptcy protection with plans to lay off more than 80 workers and liquidate its assets.
    OK, while the GOP is attacking Obama on Solyndra, this is the THIRD green energy company backed by Mitt Romney that has gone belly up. But 'ya know what? I'm not going to attack Mitt on this. Why? Because green energy is the wave of the future, and yes, some investments in green energy will flop, despite our best efforts to get them off the ground, but it is the overall direction that counts.

    So, keep attacking Obama over his funding of green energy. I won't do the same with Mitt Romney. Why? Because I will ALWAYS put America first.

    To Mitt: Yes, you've had a few bumps on the road to green energy, Mitt, but overall you have done well to push green energy, and help wean us off Middle Eastern oil. I might critisize you for a lot of things, but I will give credit where credit is due. Well done, Governor.

    And to the Dems - You are no different than the Obama attackers. Shame on you, hypocrites.

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    But 'ya know what? I'm not going to attack Mitt on this. Why? Because green energy is the wave of the future, and yes, some investments in green energy will flop, despite our best efforts to get them off the ground, but it is the overall direction that counts.
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    Re: Romney-backed solar firm flops, Dems pounce

    Hmmm...

    I wonder how much federal taxpayer money was spent on this Massachusetts company?

    Was it anywhere near as much as half a billion dollars?

    Did it increase the federal debt...at all?

    I'd say it's hard to claim hypocrisy when one is discussing apples and oranges.
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    Re: Romney-backed solar firm flops, Dems pounce

    U.S. Solar has been very hard hit for some time now:

    "On one side are those who claim China has been illegally subsidizing and dumping its solar products in the U.S. market, forcing many American manufacturers into bankruptcy. These companies, mostly manufacturers of solar panels and related products, claim Chinese solar companies have benefited from government largesse in the form of free land and facilities, electricity and water, and low- or no-cost loans that keep prices for Chinese-made solar products artificially low. In addition, they claim these Chinese companies are illegally “dumping” their cheap solar panels into the American market, making it nearly impossible for U.S. manufacturers to compete."

    China's Solar Industry Should Be Held Accountable For Breaking Trade Laws | ThinkProgress

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    Re: Romney-backed solar firm flops, Dems pounce

    Nice sarcastic response. "Well done, Gov". You say you won't poke jabs, but you did.

    I agree we need to develop alternative energy sources. The question should be, should we use money we don't have to do so? Last I saw the feds are borrowing about .40 of every dollar spent.

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    Re: Romney-backed solar firm flops, Dems pounce

    Quote Originally Posted by Mycroft View Post
    Hmmm...

    I wonder how much federal taxpayer money was spent on this Massachusetts company?

    Was it anywhere near as much as half a billion dollars?

    Did it increase the federal debt...at all?

    I'd say it's hard to claim hypocrisy when one is discussing apples and oranges.
    We know....we know. Obama is corrupt, ignorant, and a Muslim, Kenyan, Socialist that eats Dogs and Babies. Your stance has been VERY well established.

    Did you happen to catch this in the OP:

    "So, keep attacking Obama over his funding of green energy. I won't do the same with Mitt Romney. Why? Because I will ALWAYS put America first."


    Really makes you seem a bit nasty, don't it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mike2810 View Post
    Nice sarcastic response. "Well done, Gov". You say you won't poke jabs, but you did.

    I agree we need to develop alternative energy sources. The question should be, should we use money we don't have to do so? Last I saw the feds are borrowing about .40 of every dollar spent.
    I would rather keep that money here in the US by investing in alternative energy than let it go to China and the Middle East. No matter which way we go, it will cost money. The only question is who do you want to pay it to?
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    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    I would rather keep that money here in the US by investing in alternative energy than let it go to China and the Middle East. No matter which way we go, it will cost money. The only question is who do you want to pay it to?
    In order for that to work, you will need to put tariffs on Chinese products. Which I am ok with. Many in fancy suits would not be.
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    Re: Romney-backed solar firm flops, Dems pounce

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    I would rather keep that money here in the US by investing in alternative energy than let it go to China and the Middle East. No matter which way we go, it will cost money. The only question is who do you want to pay it to?
    The question should be, do we go in debt to fund green energy or do we off set the money with cuts elsewhere?
    If we the taxpayers help finance "green energy", do we share in the profits (if any)?
    Private sector should pay for it. They are the ones who currently will reap the profits.

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    Re: Romney-backed solar firm flops, Dems pounce

    Quote Originally Posted by tecoyah View Post
    We know....we know. Obama is corrupt, ignorant, and a Muslim, Kenyan, Socialist that eats Dogs and Babies. Your stance has been VERY well established.

    Did you happen to catch this in the OP:

    "So, keep attacking Obama over his funding of green energy. I won't do the same with Mitt Romney. Why? Because I will ALWAYS put America first."


    Really makes you seem a bit nasty, don't it?
    Ahhh...I see...

    The hypocrisy angle won't work, so you'll raise a strawman, eh?

    Dude, I challenge you to show any of my posts in which I advance a stance any where near what you assign to me.

    Anyway, I don't think I was, in any way, nasty. All I did was ask a few questions that you, so conveniently, decided not to address.


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