Let's be honest, the outrage is simply the fact that the drawbacks of solar are being promulgated.
That is not honest. My displeasure with this is that they are funding intentional misrepresentation of solar. If the objective of 60 Plus were a more informed electorate, I would have no problem with it. It is not. Their approach is to distort perception in favor of a given viewpoint, because they know that is more cost effective than developing objectively informed skepticism. The problem is the propaganda, not the information.
Would these same politicians be outraged if this money went to a pro-solar entity?
I think you don't live in Arizona. We don't have a whole lot of political appointees with left-wing axes to grind. Ones that do don't have very long careers 'round these parts. What we do have is a lot of cranky old folks who don't like corruption.
In most cases, we could reduce environmental impact much more per dollar by investing in energy efficiency rather than solar.
You say that as though we should be spending money there instead of solar. That is a false dichotomy. We already do invest in efficiency programs; Energy Star, insulation programs, CFL and now LED stimulus, and many more. Solar is another path to future energy solutions. Funding only efficiency would be as stupid as your false implication that we are only funding solar.
Most residential solar units are installed by wealthier Americans who are taking advantage of huge tax incentives.
Solar installs are expensive, and the only way to get close to cost effective is to do a large scale install. Most of the taxpayer subsidized installs are going in on schools, libraries, and other public facilities, not rich people's houses. It's even happening right here in El Mirage, a heavily blue collar area.
Residential installs are happening here as well, though they are more common in wealthier neighborhoods. That is not because the rich are being targetted with huge tax incentives -- the tax incentives involved are a small portion of the total install cost. It is because the up-front cost of a solar install that is large enough to make sense is enormous. Economies of scale, not targeting of the rich, is what dictates that the people most able to foot the majority of the bill (with a small boost from tax incentives) to get us over the startup hurdles are the wealthy.
Or, more succinctly: You are a shill. Bugger off.