"If you donít have time for political correctness, you donít have time to be the caretaker of our rights under the Constitution." Kareem Abdul Jabbar, 9/2/2015
My point as it related to Sarah Palin was that she made it very clear during her run in '08 that she was very serious about cutting funding for basic research which she deemed "useless" or a waste of time. The reason I asked what you did is that if you were in a science field you would have no excuse for sweeping that under the rug. However, I do not expect people from outside a STEM field to know exactly how all the research works so I won't hold it against you here. As an engineer we basically apply concepts discovered via basic scientific research to real world problems. Say applying research on the ability of plants to "search" for the ideal angle to gather sunlight to solar panel technology.
Now the team or teams of scientists who originally carried out the plant research might not have even had that application in mind while they were working but that is where it proved useful. Basic research is rarely conducted, particularly at the university-level, with a specific application in mind. So cutting "useless" research is an incredibly stupid idea and is basically a death sentence to innovation.
On the business end of it, the unavoidable truth is that Solyndra never should have gotten the grant money. From what I have seen they had basically no plan and no experience. With that said, I am not at all convinced that Barrack Obama himself is the one who made the decision to fund the company. Now I realize that as President, he is ultimately responsible for the money sent out under his policies but it is a little disingenuous to say it is his fault Solyndra wasted that money. The best way to fix that is to streamline the process of securing grant money making it easier for people with the experience and know-how to get the money they need.
As far as McAuliffe, I don't see that that situation is related. It seems that this is more a case of shady businessmen that just happened to own a green energy company. Maybe you can share the connection you are drawing there.
Oh and sorry about the Uncle Tom thing hahaha I definitely meant Uncle Sam. Posting at 3am while running on five cups of coffee does not make for coherent posts.