Al Gore, Welfare Queen

He’s rich, that Al Gore. From today’s Washington Post:

The man who was within sight of the presidency 12 years ago has transformed himself, becoming perhaps the world’s most renowned crusader on climate change and a highly successful green-tech investor.

Just before leaving public office in 2001, G…

  1. Vance Richards

    He convinced the government that there was a coming catastrophe that could only be stopped by giving him billions of dollars. That is on par with the super-villians from James Bond, only no one is treating him as the bad guy.

  2. flownover

    Wait a minute, here’s a single guy with a one hundred million and he is trying to hit (unsuccessfully) on a masseuse in a hotel room ?

    I think there is a term for that……….. 

  3. Only1Here

    Thank you for your eloquent summation of the whole Al Gore raid on the U.S. taxpayers and Obama’s mission to help him do it. 

  4. Mama Toad

    Greg Pollowitz has an entry up at Planet Gore that says that even though Gore profited from these business and continues to sell them to investors, he is no longer invested in them, making him hypocritical at the least.

  5. Valiuth

    Rob! Al Gore suffers daily for us all. His life is a constant act of contrition to appease the just wrath of Gia for our Carbon sins. What ever money he way have made is beside the point. In his heart he pays his fair share, and would if only taxes were raised on him. Unlike the unscrupulous Mitt Romney who never once even felt bad about doing so well. 

  6. DocJay

    I said this before but here it comes again.

    Both current people I know.  

    One was a VP for a big companyin the 80′s  attempting to do business in TN.  Gore demanded a bribe.

    The other had to deal with him through a VC 5-6 yrs ago and his handlers had a dickens of a time with him because of substantial alcoholism.  

  7. George Savage

    My favorite fact from the article, glittering amidst clouds of rhetoric extolling long hours by skilled professionals making impartial federal investment decisions:

    Like thousands of other companies, those Gore invested in entered the competition for a piece of the pie. (An administration official said more than 80 percent of applicants the first year were turned away.) Several companies in Gore’s portfolio emerged as winners. Of the 11 companies he mentioned in his 2008 slide show, nine received or directly benefited from stimulus or clean energy funding.

    I like them odds.  Only a 20% overall funding rate but 82% of Gore’s cleantech deals somehow made the cut.  

    And of the untold billions of your tax dollars wasted on these boondoggles, single-digit percentages wound up in the pocket of the well-connected, such as the former vice president, and also in the campaign coffers of green-loving politicians like President Obama.

  8. Koblog

    I read early on that the California Democrat party was a Solyndra investor.

    Tell me how a political party is investing its campaign coffers. Is that normal?

    Have the California Public Union Overlords extracted so much money from their powerless members* that they can fill the California Democrat party coffers so full that it can’t spend the money fast enough on political ads, and can just sit on its pile of gold and watch it “grow” as public tax money is shoveled, er, invested, by Obama into crony green shell companies that go bankrupt after paying dividends to their Democrat Party “investors?”

    This is overt corruption. And it’s ignored.

    *Vote YES on Prop 32, Californians!

  9. KC Mulville

    Ruining the Gore portfolio … one more reason to vote for Romney.

  10. flownover

    His daddy taught him well . Back then people like Armand Hammer needed political strings pulled and hired people like Senator Gore. Nowadays the names may have changed but the game is the same.

    Coal was the grease under the Gore family wheels then, now it’s another kind of energy . 

  11. The King Prawn

    His investments in google are one reason I shy away from it as much as possible. Everything we do touching google enriches him more.

  12. Angmoh Gao
    perhaps the world’s most renowned crusader on climate change and a highly successful green-tech investor.

    Is America not outraged by the staggering conflict (or perhaps more accurately ridiculous coincidence) in that single statement?

    We have an equivalent – Mr Tim Yeo MP – who campaigns for climate change subsidies while making big money from “green tech” firms. Sadly he is serving as a conservative MP.

  13. Barkha Herman

    Come on Rob.  His analysis of Obama’s bad debate performance alone is worth a couple of million dollars.  Al Gore is a national treasure.  The tax payers just need to start sending him checks directly.

  14. ConservativeWanderer
    The King Prawn: His investments in google are one reason I shy away from it as much as possible. Everything we do touching google enriches him more. · 5 minutes ago

    At least Google is an honest business, unlike Gore’s other businesses.

    And shying away from a business because of one of the bigwigs is exactly what the gay marriage types wanted us to do to Chick-fil-A. I prefer not to adopt the tactics I decry from my opponents.

  15. The King Prawn
    ConservativeWanderer

    The King Prawn: His investments in google are one reason I shy away from it as much as possible. Everything we do touching google enriches him more. · 5 minutes ago

    At least Google is an honest business, unlike Gore’s other businesses.

    And shying away from a business because of one of the bigwigs is exactly what the gay marriage types wanted us to do to Chick-fil-A. I prefer not to adopt the tactics I decry from my opponents. · 0 minutes ago

    Can’t deny that google makes good products, and I’m not advocating that anyone else follow my lead. It’s on personal principle that I do my utmost to not enrich those who would impoverish my children.

  16. Pilli

    How did Gore know exactly which green firms were going to get government funds?  Insider trading?

  17. Rob Long
    C
    Barkha Herman: Come on Rob.  His analysis of Obama’s bad debate performance alone is worth a couple of million dollars.  Al Gore is a national treasure.  The tax payers just need to start sending him checks directly. · 17 minutes ago

    That would certainly be more efficient!

  18. should_be_studying

    I am curious to see how profitable those 14 green-tech firms have been. If they have  not been profitable then you have to wonder how ones builds 100 million dollars worth of wealth on unprofitable companies.

  19. The King Prawn
    Rob Long

    Barkha Herman: Come on Rob.  His analysis of Obama’s bad debate performance alone is worth a couple of million dollars.  Al Gore is a national treasure.  The tax payers just need to start sending him checks directly. · 17 minutes ago

    That would certainly be more efficient! · in 0 minutes

    And if they have to be mailed it could save the postal system.

  20. Peter Meza

     

    Rob Long: 

    But if someone else builds a business, takes the risk, works the seam — that person is “selfish,” a “bad citizen,” and unwilling to pay their “fair share.” · · 35 minutes ago

    Ayn Rand Alert: that was her whole point.  We’ve got to “check our premises” and start working against that sentiment.  Nothing is going to change for the better until people that are working for their own rational self interest are viewed as good not only for the individual but for a robust society taken as a whole.  It’s not easy though as there are 2000 years or so worth of philosophy on the subject that has a different take.  Might take awhile.

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