First off, there's no terminal "S" in "Nickel", and my friends call me "Doc". Just an FYI.
Second, the Solyndra thing was very much- though not entirely- due to cheap Chinese solar panels. That's really not much of a secret, but neither was it the only reason Solyndra failed. Point in fact, Solyndra was badly bleeding money even before the stimulus funds, and had already been rejected for a loan by the Bush administration, whose research showed their business plan was at best unworkable. (Regardless of the price of Chinese solar panels.)
The 'scandal' of Solyndra was that the Obama administration knew all this, but chose them anyway, deliberately, for purely PR reasons. People in the Administration asked Solyndra directly not to start firing people until after the 2010 elections.
And yes, there are at least two other solar-related companies that received st1mulus funds- about $2 billion worth- that are currently either very close to or already closing down.
Third, as far as regulations go, please don't drag out the threadbare straw man and suggest that anyone wants to remove all regulations entirely. That's not true and you know it.
The issue is excessive regulations. The EPA's CO2 regulations, for example, would have, as originally written, essentially outlawed things like pig farming, since the ppm/CO2 per volume rating was lower than some natural processes.
On a similar level, EPA regulations for wastewater discharge already require, in many areas, that the discharged water be cleaner than the naturally-occurring groundwater. That's one thing that Bush took it in the neck over- he wanted to relax EPA regs, which would have allowed waste discharge levels closer to- but still better than- naturally occurring levels, at which point the liberals took to the airwaves claiming Bush wanted to do way with the regs entirely, so that he could dump whole drums full of pure elemental mercury and arsenic directly into our drinking water. It was completely f**king dishonest, yet they got away with it.
The just-placed new EPA regs will- not "might", WILL- lead to at least a dozen power plants shutting down within the next year or two, with another dozen or more to follow after that. And since it also greatly increases the cost to build a new power plant, we will see even more electrical shortages than we already have.
Yes, reducing things like mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants is a laudable goal. But you don't slap those regs- especially not contrary to congress' proceedings- on an industry already in short supply and close to overtaxed, and during a recession.
To say nothing of the brilliance of doing so while simultaneously trying to greatly increase the number of electric cars on the road.
Fourth, on the health care issue, you're right, I don't know how to solve that problem. But I do know that the clusterf**k called Obamacare isn't it. The way it's written- parts of which have already been found unconstitutional- it WILL lead to an increase in health care costs, it WILL lead to a shortage of health care providers (I know several actual doctors and nurses, and the general consensus is essentially "holy crap I'm glad I'll be retiring soon!") and it has already led to a curtailing of research and the closing of several small businesses that manufactured specialty medical equipment.
And even if all that wasn't the case, you don't pass that big and important a bill almost literally in the dead of night, and by using a bunch of backhanded tricks and outright bribes (the "Cornhusker Kickback", anyone?) to get it just that one bare vote over the finish line.
And besides all that, the bill is chock full of sections that literally say something like "the rules in this section are to be determined later by an appointee". In other words, big sections of the law haven't even been written yet! How in Carlin's Name can it be legal to pass a law that isn't even fully written?
Fifth, the day of the Union is over. They had their uses back in the days before OSHA and similar agencies, but that day is done. Yes, we owe them for things like the 8-hour workday and overtime laws and the like, but today, all they do- virtually the ONLY thing they do- is make things more expensive to produce, by adding a wholly unnecessary second layer of bureaucracy between the employer and the employee.
We would do well to phase out the idea of the union, or at least, as Wisconsin has started to do, to reduce their power and influence.
Sixth, on the banks and Wall Street; I fully agree. And the biggest mistake is that we didn't let them suffer for it. Had those institutions been allowed to fail, or even to collapse entirely, the worst portions would have been excised, the the remaining banks would be the better for it.
I didn't agree with the bailout then, and I still don't today.