Sunday, February 26, 2012

OWS, the 99% and the other Leftist Organizations all tied to Big Labor and the Big Government Progressive Democrats

From April 9 to 15, “100,000 Americans will train for non-violent direct action,” promises a new website called “The 99% Spring.” But while the 43 organizations co-signing a letter on the ragtag-looking site indicate the sort of leaderless resistance characterized by the Occupy Wall Street movement, a series of files The Daily Caller downloaded from the United Auto Workers website indicate that the organized labor powerhouse is behind the effort.
The files, downloaded Sunday, include campaign talking points, a fill-in-the-blank press release template for participating organizations and an advance look at the social media campaign the organizers plan for Facebook and Twitter.
Also included is a “FYI” letter designed for endorsers to distribute, complete with a blank space at the top of the list of participating groups. Filling in a given organization’s name lends the impression that it, not the UAW, is the campaign’s driving force.
A Google cache indicates that the files were available on an unprotected area of the UAW’s web server at least as early as February 16. They disappeared from public view Monday.
“The 99% Spring” name evokes the Occupy Wall Street movement, with its repeated division of Americans into the wealthy “1%” and the poorer “99%.”
UAW president Bob King endorsed the new campaign but has given no public indication that his union is behind it, or that the UAW is ready to publicly embrace the Occupy Wall Street movement’s “99%” rhetoric.
King, however, is decidedly in the figurative 1%. According to the Center for Union Facts, a non-profit organization that tracks organized labor through government documents, he earns $168,073 in salary and benefits.
The “99% Spring” campaign’s social media plan document included a note from its creators. “If you’re having trouble grabbing the images, feel free to email us directly,” it said, before listing the email address of community organizer Josh Bolotsky.
Bolotsky’s online biography was deleted shortly after The Daily Caller contacted him for comment, and then restored after TheDC asked him to comment on its disappearance. It describes him as “an online organizer, blogger, comedic performer/writer and occasional voiceover artist, currently serving as New Media Coordinator for Agit-Pop Communications and its Other 98% Project, when not serving on the national leadership team of Living Liberally.”
Responding to questions about the campaign, Bolotsky insisted that it “isn’t actually a UAW campaign or project.” He said “an independent tech issue led to some docs, both public and private, appearing briefly on their site.”
Bolotsky named activists at the Movement Strategy Center and the New Organizing Institute who he said were “[t]he chief co-coordinators of the overall project.” But searches on those organizations’ websites turned up no mention of the “99% Spring” project at all.
Online records show that the campaign’s web domain was registered by Political Action, the liberal PAC started by Berkeley Systems founder Wes Boyd and his wife. Boyd’s software company was best known for its “flying toaster” screensaver, and for the “You Don’t Know Jack” trivia game series.
The “current campaigns” link on the PAC website leads to a page that also does not mention the “99% Spring” campaign.
Spokespersons for United Auto Workers and its president, Bob King, did not respond to requests for comment.
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Sunday, February 12, 2012

So what have the Democrats brought us since they have been in power starting in 2006!

My rant today is on the unintended consequences that always result from the actions of the Leftists. Detroit comes to mind as a great example. The left has had complete control of that region since the twenties and look where it has gotten them. Greece, Spain, Ireland are all showing the unsustainable predictable result.

The Democrats ruled the Senate and House of Representatives from 2006 till 2008 then they controlled all three political branches of government (the White House, the Senate, and the House of Representatives) from 2008 till 2010 when the (Republicans took control of only the house). The Democrats have control of the White House and Congress from 2010 till the present. So with that all being said they own this mess we are currently in. It is time to live within our means, reduce the size and scope of the government.

A simple measure of Government is as percentage of GDP we are currently at 24% we need to reduce this level to no more then 20% of our GDP as this has been a time proven health sustainable maximum level government size.

So what have the Democrats brought us since they have been in power starting in 2006!
  1. Obamacare (sure to be a drag on the economy for decades)
  2. Spendulus Bills in the trillions (that will be sure to be felt by our grand children)
  3. Dodd-Frank bill (sure to raise banking costs and reduce lending of available money)
  4. 99 weeks of unemployment insurance (sure to prolong unemployment and put further tax burden on businesses)
  5. Quantitative easing 1 and 2 (sure to bring on inflation)
  6. 8% plus Unemployment with
  7. Record food stamp dependency (why Obama's picture should be on the food stamp)
  8. 50% of the population paying no income tax (sure to make it difficult to get voters to make the needed tough decisions that have to be made) 

I have pasted a great article below by John Merline of Investors Daily for your consideration.

Dependency Index Surges 23% Under President Obama

Posted 02/08/2012 08:02 AM ET
The American public's dependence on the federal government shot up 23% in just two years under President Obama, with 67 million now relying on some federal program, according to a newly released study by the Heritage Foundation.
The conservative think tank's annual Index of Dependence on Government tracks money spent on housing, health, welfare, education subsidies and other federal programs that were "traditionally provided to needy people by local organizations and families."
The two-year increase under Obama is the biggest two-year jump since Jimmy Carter was president, the data show.
The rise was driven mainly by increases in housing subsidies, an expansion in Medicaid and changes to the welfare system, along with a sharp rise in food stamps, the study found.
"You can't get around the fact that policy decisions made over the past two years, on top of those made over the past several decades, are having a large effect on the pace of growth of the index," said William Beach, who authored the Heritage study.
Government dependence has climbed steadily since 1962, when the index stood at 19. By 1980, the index had risen to 100. It stood at 294 in 2010, the last year for which the data are available. D.C.-based Heritage has produced the index for nine years.
The report also found that spending on "dependence programs" accounts for more than 70% of the federal budget. That, too, is up dramatically. In 1990, for example, the figure stood at 48.5%, and in 1962 just over a quarter of federal spending went to dependence programs.
At the same time, fewer Americans pay income taxes, the report notes. Almost half (49.5%) didn't pay income taxes in 2009, the latest year for which the researchers have data. Back in the late 1960s, only 12% of Americans escaped the income tax burden.
Other findings:
The number of people dependent on the federal government shot up 7.5% in the past two years.
In 2010, for the first time ever, average spending on dependence programs per recipient exceeded the country's per-capita disposable income.
The dependency index has dipped only seven times in the past 49 years, three of which were under President Reagan and two under President Clinton.
Some observers say the rise in dependence under Obama is merely a reflection of the deep and long recession.
But Beach says his team's research shows that economic effects account for only one-fifth of the change in the index.
In addition, the index shot up 8% in 2010, a year when the economy grew by 3%.
Also, in the wake of the 1981-82 recession the dependence index climbed only 6%, then fell the very next year. That early-'80s slump was nearly as long as the so-called Great Recession (16 months vs. 18 months) and saw unemployment rise higher (peaking at 10.8% vs. 10%).
The lingering high jobless rate during the slow economic recovery under Obama could also explain dependency's rise. It's also possible that the growth in federal dependency programs is partly to blame for the ongoing jobs recession, not just the result of it.
As the chart above shows, the time it's taken for employment to reach its pre-recession peak has climbed the past four decades, right along with the growth in federal dependency. The current jobs recession hit a post-World War II record of 48 months in January, with payrolls still 5.6 million below their January 2008 high.
Research seems to validate this connection. Various studies have shown that extending unemployment benefits can keep unemployment rates higher than they would otherwise have been.
Obama's own former economic adviser, Larry Summers, noted in the 1999 Concise Encyclopedia of Economics that "government assistance programs contribute to long-term unemployment ... by providing an incentive, and the means, not to work."

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Fast and Furious just another fraud by the left!

Fast and Furious just another fraud by the left!

The Leftists need to disarm the general population in order to complete the transformation and change they have in mind. The utopian socialist vision envisioned by the Left is their end goal. This vision is flawed and has been repeatedly tried again and again over the last three hundred years all ending in the same horrible fashion. Every time they try some first die at the hands of their Socialist comrades as they are murdered for not allowing themselves to be brain washed (AKA reeducated for the cause). Many more always end up starving after the government can not feed us all after the succubus big government leviathan ruins any and all productivity from those that generated the food before the system was fundamentally irreversibly changed.

The general population has to be disarmed before they can implement the final phase of our Progressive Socialist Utopian conversion. The transparent motives of Obama, Eric Holder and their fellow conspirators is so obvious that even a blind man can see it. The guns they coerced upstanding dealers to sell to thugs knowing full well that some would end up getting used in violent crimes that they could then use to further anti gun legislation against honest citizens of this exceptional country.

President Obama took an oath to protect and uphold the US Constitution and the second amendment is a important part of that Constitution. Our founding fathers knew that an important part of our collective freedom was the ability to defend ourselves, friends, family and neighbors with arms.

Below is great article written by Katie Pavlich  that chronicles the coverup and stonewalling by Holder quite well.

Fast and Furious: Holder Says No Attempt of a Coverup at DOJ

Capitol Hill -- After thirteen months of investigation into the Obama Justice Department’s lethal Operation Fast and Furious and Attorney General Eric Holder’s sixth time answering questions from Congress on the topic, we are stuck with stonewalling, non-answers and more calls for gun control.

“This committee has lost its patience to wait longer,” Chairman of the House Oversight Committee Darrell Issa said.

It was a tense scene inside the committee room when Eric Holder arrived for his testimony. Unexpectedly, ATF whistleblower John Dodson, who came forward first to expose details of Fast and Furious, along with Issa approached Holder for a brief conversation before Holder took his seat.

(Attorney Geneeral Eric Holder (left) speaks with ATF Special Agent and whistleblower John Dodson (center) and  House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa (right). Photo: House Oversight Committee)
(ATF Special Agent and whistleblower John Dodson watches as Attorney General Eric Holder testifies before the House Oversight Committee. Photo: House Oversight Committee)
“Have you apologized to the whistleblowers who in effect were called liars within your agency who we know were telling the truth?” Indiana Rep. Dan Burton asked Holder.

“No,” Holder responded, saying if whistleblowers wanted to discuss an issue they could “give him a call.”

The reoccurring theme throughout the hearing was stonewalling. "Fortress Holder" graphics were displayed outside of the hearing room and he was continually pressed about why his department refused to cooperative with the Congressional investigation into the program. Out of 80,000 documents relevant to Operation Fast and Furious, the committee has received just 6,000.

“We’ve been down that road before, and we’ve gotten them [documents],” Rep. Burton said referring to Eric Holder stonewalling Congress for information and refusing to submit thousands of requested documents in unredacted form. “I think you’re hiding behind something here that won’t stand up.”

Holder adamantly denied his department was involved in a cover-up.

"There is no attempt of a cover-up, we have shared huge amounts of information,” Holder said.

Burton encouraged Issa to proceed with a contempt citation if stonewalling from Holder’s Justice Department continues to withhold requested information.

In the six times Holder has been questioned about his knowledge of Fast and Furious, he has been presented with emails and memos detailing and discussing the program. Some of those memos were addressed directly to him as early as July 2010. In May 2011, Holder said he had known about Fast and Furious for “a couple of weeks.” Then in November, Holder said he should have said he knew about the program for a couple of months. Today, he said he found out about the program in February 2010, but didn’t know about tactics being used between November 2009 and December 2010 just before Brian Terry was killed. His defense has been that he didn’t see the memos, read the memos or wasn’t told by his staff what was in the memos about the program.

“Mr. Holder, you’re well known in this town for not reading memos,” Michigan Rep. Tim Walberg said.  “What does that say about your leadership and management that you’ve consistently failed to read your memos?”
Holder responded by saying the American people should give him credit for how he has handled the situation, for the “good things” the Justice Department has accomplished during his time as attorney general. He touted the war on terror and his gains in the Justice Department when it comes to the civil rights division. He also said the American people should give him credit for his work on Fast and Furious and called the investigation a “political gotcha' game in an election year.”
When asked whether he would have approved gun walking techniques, Holder said “no,” calling the tactic “stupid” and “dangerous,” yet he hasn’t fired anyone who we know approved of gunwalking techniques.
“You as the Attorney General, or someone does, needs to be held accountable,” Rep. Buerkle said. “How many more border patrol agents would have had to die for you to take responsibility?”

Holder also denied that Fast and Furious was developed as a way to push through new gun control measures, yet mentioned the Obama administration’s full support for the instatement of the assault rifle ban.
"The notion that somehow or other that this was set up to attack Second Amendment rights is not correct," Holder said, but later adding, "This administration has consistently supported the reinstatement of the assault weapons ban."
Katie Pavlich

Katie Pavlich

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