People who know anything about the federal budget tend to look askance at suggestions that America's fiscal imbalances can be rectified by cutting the foreign aid budget, which accounts for about 1% of federal expenditures.
But this was before Rick Perry, while campaigning in Iowa, revealed what must have been highly classified information about the existence of heretofore unknown country, which has been suckling at the U.S. taxpayers' teat for too long…
While criticizing President Barack Obama for picking winners and losers in the energy industry, he bungled the name of the most famous energy company to go under despite government assistance.
"No greater example of it than this administration sending millions of dollars into the solar industry, and we lost that money," Perry began. "I want to say it was over $500 million that went to the country Solynda."
Solyndra, a company which manufactured high-tech solar energy panels, went bankrupt this year after receiving $535 million in federal loan guarantees.
It's possible that this is just another "oops" moment from a candidate who can't remember the voting age, the name of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, or which cabinet-level departments he wants to eliminate.
Or maybe, Perry's position as Chancellor of the Secessionist Republic of Texas grants him access to intelligence unavailable to the rest of us. In which case, eliminating subsidies to Solyndra doesn't go nearly far enough. I mean, a secretive country that can be found on no map, has no formal affiliation with the international diplomatic community, and is engaged in harnessing the power of the sun? Where are the aircraft carriers and when does the bombing begin?
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Tags: Energy & Oil, Environment, Iowa, Money, Primaries, Republicans, Rick Perry, Solyndra