Taken together, all of these Green Energy/Unicorn Fart companies have wasted perhaps $50 billion dollars. Solyndra was "only" half a billion. Only in DC could half a billion dollars not seem that big, but it's true. Divide the year's deficit of $1.4 Trillion by 365 and you see we're borrowing $3.84 billion per day. If you'd rather use "business days" (5 day weeks vs. 7) we borrow $5.38 billion dollars every day. Either way, throwing half a billion away isn't many hours worth of borrowing.
It still pales in comparison to Project Gunwalker, because as Investor's Business Daily so succinctly put it,
At least Solyndra doesn't have a body count.Gunwalker was never a "botched sting operation" as the spin-masters call it. There's no doubt it was intended to add fuel to the arguments that "American guns" are causing problems in Mexico and create a demand for more gun control. As it turns out, American guns are a problem - and they all come from the BATF, and Holder's DOJ is the biggest group of criminals in the US.
grenades and IED parts - to the most ruthless, vile, brutal and psychopathic gangs on the planet. It's directly responsible for the deaths of hundreds of Mexicans and (so far as currently known) a small handful of Americans. Are Mexican lives worthless? Is that what Eric Holder and Barack Obama think? And make no mistake, it's hard to imagine an operation like this not getting approval all the the way to the top. Career weenies like Kenneth Melson don't do things like this without reams of Cover Your Ass documentation to make sure they're not sitting in front of congress explaining themselves. Why aren't Mexican Americans protesting?
The political attacks are heating up. As David points out today, a group called "American Family Voices" (which is American in the same sense Fidel Castro, Hugo Chavez and Dilma Rousseff are American) is filing an ethics charge against Darrell Issa, who (of course) is leading the attacks on Gunwalker. American Family Voices is listed here.
As an ID badge wearing employee of the Military-Industrial Complex (although I hardly ever even talk with anyone on the military side of the business), I have to take an annual training class in something called ITAR/EAR, which you probably don't know about. Unless you're either another worker in the industry or a law geek. ITAR/EAR is short for a set of laws called the International Traffic in Arms Regulations/Export Administration Regulations. The intent is to limit traffic in arms, munitions, and classified or dual use technologies that are defined (loosely) in the laws.
In walking thousands of guns into Mexico, Honduras, and the Caribbean, this has to be the largest violation of ITAR/EAR in US History. In keeping with their status, the "only ones" of the BATFE are allowed to break the law with impunity. If I did 1/10,000 of what they've done, I'd be rotting in jail by now.
We need to keep the heat on Gunwalker - and defend Darrell Issa.