I made this little graph to show how I see our politics in America (Jim would likely put the markers in slightly different places). I put the country overall a bit left of center based on their strong support for social security, medicare, shared sacrifice, tax hikes on the wealthy and corporations, and their historic support for such things.
Also today just a couple of thoughts on Solyndra. David Roberts at Grist correctly calls it the new climategate. Steven Lacey has this useful timeline at Think Progress. And Kevin Drum has a nice summary at Mother Jones. The main points are yes, it’s sad the company failed, and that sometimes happens with new technologies. The whole loan was just over 1 % of the DOE loan budget. The half billion dollar cost pales in comparison to the ongoing subsidies to the oil and gas industries, and to the two billion a week we’re spending on wars. It failed not because green technology didn’t work, but because better, cheaper green technology overtook it. It was supported by investors across the political spectrum, not just the Democrat Kaiser. The Bush administration wanted to push the loan through and ran out of time at the end of their run, which is why Obama was able to do it so quickly once he took office. The only scandal is that they maybe talked it up too big; a PR failure, the kind the Obama administration excels at.