Thursday, September 15, 2011

Philosophical Question Regarding The Whole Solyndra Thing

Okay, so the Solyndra high-tech green-energy save-the-Earth solar company shut down a year or so after getting 535 million federal dollars, and now there's allegations the firm was never trustworthy to begin with, and I still can't decide if this was better or worse than the bailouts: assuming you find it acceptable to hand hundreds of millions of public dollars over to certain select private companies (those with the right connections, natch), is it better to give companies this money before they fail, or afterwards?

3 Comments:

Blogger Windypundit said...

This is one of those "Have you stopped beating your wife?" questions, isn't it? It's kind of like asking, "Assuming you're turned on by having someone pee on you, would you rather it was a blond or a brunette?" It kind of depends why you think it's a good thing. Ultimately, upon consideration, I think I've settled on this answer: "No."

9:28 PM  
Anonymous smartass sob said...

is it better to give companies this money before they fail, or afterwards?

Sorta like asking if you'd like to be shot through the right eye or the left eye.

8:54 AM  
Blogger Jennifer Abel said...

Statistically speaking, SOMEBODY who reads this post is bound to think favoring private businesses with public money is a good idea; I'd seriously like to know if pre-failure or post-failure handouts are supposed to be the best.

8:56 AM  

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