In May of 1950 Democrat Estes Kefauver began a fifteen-month investigation of organized crime. He was the first democrat to acquire a T.V audience of over 30 million viewers. Americans watched fascinated as Kefauver cross-examined hundreds of shady characters. Time Magazine wrote that “…Dishes stood in sinks, babies went unfed, business sagged, and department stores emptied while the hearings were on.”
Tough bulky, men stuffed into slick $500 buck silk suits, spoke in heavy New York accents. More than a few showed up with their “mouth pieces” then an underworld reference to criminal defense attorneys. A rumor has it that one such character, having raised his calloused hand to swear an oath to tell the truth decided to “claim up.” “I’m taking the Fifth,” he exclaimed,
I ain’t gonna answer dat question on da grounds dat its gonna intimidate me.”
Kefauver, ever the diplomat, is likewise rumored to have replied, “Well, Sir, we certainly would not want to “intimidate you.”
President Obama granted Solyndra, a “green” corporation that never made a red cent, and had a “lousy” balance sheet, no less then a half billion bucks. Solyndra then used millions of these taxpayer dollars to lobby the government for a more favorable loan. Its lobbying efforts produced an amendment to the grant which would leave the American people, rather than the “investors” on the hook should the company declare bankruptcy. Bankruptcy, however, was by then a virtual certainty as Solyndra was unable to acquire and squander additional cash by placing their company on the stock exchange. Solyndra’s IPO—initial pubic offering— failed miserably because savvy private investors, after examining the same balance sheet available to the president, would not touch the IPO with a ten foot pole. This should not have surprised anyone as Solyndra even then was raising its prow heavenward much as did the Titanic when it struck an iceberg.
It is really difficult to believe that the president, whose profound intellectual powers transcend those of the ordinary human being, would shovel out a half billion bucks to a company whose balance sheet read like an obituary. Now, of course, as Solyndra has filed for bankruptcy, the once eloquent president has metaphorically taken the Fifth. Silence, after all—in the face of unpardonable presidential incompetence— is better than words.
The silence of the president, his democrats and “fat cat billionaire” donors is not only deafening it is also constitutional. Indeed, American government and its fellow crooks have made considerable progress since the Kefauver hearings. Gone now are the bookies, pimps and loan sharks; gone too are the bootleggers and extortionists—and there is not anywhere a “mouthpiece” to be seen.
Today, the “Wise Guys” wear well-cut conservative suits, work out at corporate gyms, belong to all the right clubs, and have demonstrated the power and corruption of their donations to the Obama administration. They have been granted extraordinary access to the White House; and they have used this access to loot Americans of their wealth. Indeed, President Obama and his staff have attended Solyndra’s top echelon meetings even as the corporation careened its way to certain bankruptcy. It is now quite apparent that these presidential donors see “no percentage” in testifying under oath as to what they have done; after all, prison is a lonely place. Accordingly,
Solyndra Inc.'s chief executive officer and chief financial officer will invoke their 5th Amendment rights and not answer questions during a Friday hearing before a House investigative committee, their attorneys said. Attorneys for Solyndra Chief Executive Brian Harrison and W.G. "Bill" Stover, the company's chief financial officer, sent letters to the House Energy and Commerce Committee's investigative subcommittee Tuesday saying the two executives would not answer any questions during the hearing.” I have advised Mr. Harrison that he should decline to answer questions put to him by this subcommittee based on his rights under the Fifth Amendment,"
The Fifth Amendment to the American Constitution guarantees that a government may not compel evidence of criminal conduct from a citizen. The Supreme Court construing the Fifth Amendment has held that prosecutors may not so much as mention defendant’s decision to take the Fifth. Furthermore, at trial, the defendant’s silence may not be considered as evidence of his guilt.
However, corporate consumers of the taxpayers’ money who “take the Fifth” so as to avoid telling the American people where a half billion bucks went are entitled to no suchpublic privilege. They deserve to be “intimidated.”
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