The Great Stonewall of Obama

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The White House laments that America hasn’t built enough massive government infrastructure projects. Nonsense. At the rate it’s growing, the Great Stonewall of Obama may soon be the second largest manmade object visible from outer space.

While many construction workers across the country remain idle, Team Obama’s attorneys have been laboring overtime to erect impenetrable information blockades around three festering scandals: Solyndra, LightSquared, and Fast and Furious.

This much is clear: The “most transparent administration ever” is hyper-allergic to sunlight and subpoenas.

During another trademark Friday news dump, the White House revealed that it would fight a GOP House subpoena for internal documents related to the half-trillion-dollar, stimulus-funded, now-bankrupt Solyndra solar energy loan bust. White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler fumed that the information request placed an “unreasonable burden on the president’s ability to meet his constitutional duties.” (Said duties, it should be noted, which the president has had no qualms circumventing during his “We Can’t Wait” orgy of executive orders.)

Indeed, pestering the White House for a full accounting of how Solyndra and its largest investor — Obama campaign finance bundler and billionaire gambler George Kaiser — left taxpayers holding the bag is a most unwelcome intrusion into Obama’s executive privilege. So someone summon a wahmbulance. He’s feeling put upon.

Ruemmler further complained that the subpoena represents “a significant intrusion on executive branch interests.” Then she uncorked a full-throated whine:

“As written, (the subpoena) encompasses all communications within the White House from the beginning of this Administration to the present that refer or relate to Solyndra, and the subpoena purports to demand a complete response in less than a week. Thus any document that references Solyndra, even in passing, is arguably responsive to the Committee’s request, and you reaffirmed this week that you intend for the request to be that broad.”

While she paints the request as a last-minute surprise, the White House has been stonewalling on Solyndra all year long. And as Reason magazine’s Tim Cavanaugh points out: Compliance would be “the work of a few hours, at a time when the executive branch has 2.8 million employees. The whole thing could be done by staffers, leaving the president to focus on golf and fundraising and long, boring speeches.”

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  • Jason Taylor

    This is a witch hunt based on racism. President Obama is the most ethical,
    honest, transparent and intelligent president this county has ever had. All claims that
    he is corrupt and a serial liar are racist. Any and all claims about the constitutionality of his presidency are based on deep seated anti-black bias. So what if he has hidden virtually all
    of his past, so what if scores of document experts claim his birth certificate is counterfeit?
    So what if he didn't actually attend Columbia, was "disbarred" and didn't write his own books. You people should take a good look in the mirror. The anger against this great man who is trying to rescue the US economy is based on good old fashioned racism.

  • Alexander Gofen

    Ms. Malkin is correct about "impenetrable information blockades around three festering scandals: Solyndra, LightSquared, and Fast and Furious." Except that they are much more than mere scandals: they are crimes.

    Not only "it's time to tear down this stonewall": It is high time to prosecute these and other crimes still sitting behind the stonewall. As to the "November 2012 bulldozer", election is not the proper tool to fight crimes, Ms. Malkin. To merely not reelect a criminal is not a way of dealing with high crimes in a civilized nation.

    And while writing about stonewalling: how could you miss Ms. Malkin something on the very surface?

    1) Aren't you aware that the official electronic copy of Obama's birth certificate uttered on April 27, 2011 at the White House web page is a cheap forgery in content and typeface both? There exist numerous affidavits of professionals confirming that. The forgery is so obvious that even a lay person can see it and get puzzled by its audacity.

    2) Aren't you aware that Obama had committed an identity theft by using a fraudulent Social Security number 042-68-4425 of the state of Connecticut, where he had never resided?

    The above are "just" plain felonies…

    3) Aren't you aware that according to the official bio, Obama's biological father had never been a US citizen, thus Obama was not a US natural born citizen no matter where he was born? Unlike items 1, 2, this was the common knowledge since 2008, which was deliberately overlooked and suppressed by the all three branches of the US government and the entire political establishment, including you.

    4) Aren't you aware that according to the official bio, Obama's step father was an Indonesian and he raised Obama/Soetoro as an Indonesian citizen, which abrogated Obama's American natural born citizenship (even if it were valid).

  • Thomas

    You are a first class idiot of the highest order. A glittering jewel of ingnorance.