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Views on the News:
As much as he wants to obscure his background, Obama is a product
of his experiences and associates, having surrounded himself with a succession
of radical anti-American Marxists. Barack Obama is a “red diaper baby" who
has spent his formative years, literally from the moment of his birth,
interacting with members and sympathizers of the communist party,
In the ‘50s his mother Ann Dunham has been
described by former classmates in
In 1961 young
Ann fell in love with and married Barack Obama Sr, a socialist from
Lolo Soetoro, Ann and Barack moved to
· In the ‘70s Barack hung out with politically active black student and Marxist professors.
In 1981 he
· He maintained his friendship with Rashid Khalidi, the Columbia University Professor and long time apologist for the late PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat.
· In 1985 after Columbia Obama spent three years as a community organizer and as a consultant and instructor for the Gamaliel Foundation, a community organizing institute.
Mansour raised money to pay for Obama’s
· His religious mentor and pastor for over 20 years was Reverend Jeremiah Wright, an anti-American black liberation theology minister.
· From 1993 to 2002 Obama also served with Ayers on the Board for The Woods Fund of Chicago, which funded such groups as ACORN and the Arab American Action Network.
· In 1995 his political career was kicked off in the living room of William Ayers, the unrepentant domestic radical terrorist and his wife Bernadette Dohrn, another radical SDS leader.
· From 1995 to 2002 Obama had been chosen by Ayers to be the first chairman of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, a public school reform project co-founded by Ayers to advance radical alternative education.
The last time there was a Democrat President, Senate, and House was 1964 which produced the utopian Great Society featuring the audacious War on Poverty spending $5 trillion but did not end poverty. Instead the Great Society eroded social and family bonds; created a chronically dependent class of Americans; and built a huge welfare-poverty industry to go with it. Here is what we can expect from the first days when Obama is reunited with his “Axis of Taxes” with Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi:
- Hoisting the white flag as combat troops is
quickly withdrawn from
- Increased interference in free trade agreements
- Increased interference in the banking system.
- Reinstating the offshore-drilling ban
- Commitment to let the Bush tax cuts expire.
- Raising tax rates on capital gains, dividends, on individual making more than $250k.
- Enacting another pointless stimulus delivered primarily as rebate checks again.
Unlike past Democrat presidential candidates, Obama is a hardened ideologue who is not interested in playing around the edges and seeks "fundamental change," i.e., to remake society. If the Democrats control Congress with super-majorities led by Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, Obama may get much of what he demands. Barack Obama has the kind of cocksure confidence that can only be achieved by not achieving anything else. The kind of self-righteous self-confidence that has become Obama’s trademark is usually found in sophomores in Ivy League colleges— very bright and articulate students, utterly untempered by experience in real world. For someone who has actually accomplished nothing to blithely talk about taking away what has been earned by those who have accomplished something, and give it to whomever he chooses in the name of “spreading the wealth,” is the kind of casual arrogance that has led to many economic catastrophes in many countries. The equally casual ease with which Barack Obama has talked about appointing judges on the basis of their empathies with various segments of the population makes a mockery of the very concept of law. I can only hope that the common sense and decency of the American people will prove the zealots wrong and the true American voters turn out in large numbers vote for McCain.
Expand Government Scope
Close, Protect Borders
Licenses for Illegal Aliens
Global Community Approval
Instrument of Foreign Policy
Instrument of Social Policy
Advocate for Reform
The closer we get to the election, the closer the political polls become as the polling companies change from predicting who they want to win to predicting who they think will really win. Today less than 19% of adults believe most of what the media is telling them. Almost 24% of Americans say they believe little or nothing that is presented by the Mainstream Media. By a margin of 70% to 9%, Americans say most journalists want to see Barack Obama, not John McCain, win on November 4th with unfavorable stories about McCain outweighing favorable ones by a factor of more than three to one. There have been over 725 national polls with head-to-head matchups of the candidates, with 215 in October alone. Polls have proliferated this year in part because it is much easier for journalists to devote the limited space in their papers or on TV to the horse-race aspect of the election rather than its substance. Thanks to our diligent press corps, we now know more about Joe the Plumber than we know about the leading Democrat candidate for President, Barack Hussein Obama. Polls don't reflect voters' “buyer’s remorse” questioning Obama’s character and qualifications who will go into the voting booth intending to vote for him but won't be able to do it. Election results will be impacted by "The Obama Effect" where undecided voters won’t vote for Obama, and an “Enthusiasm Effect,” leading pollsters to underestimate the turnout of Obama supporters, e.g. African Americans, the young, and the more independent voters. Numerous survey groups of good repute track elections on a regular basis, and a dozen or so of these show McCain running dead even on a national basis and/or leading Obama in battleground states Ohio, Florida, North Carolina and Virginia, something nobody could ever guess from reading the Washington Post or New York Times. This is the same Mainstream Media that predicted that Hillary winning was a foregone conclusion, too, and the race would be between Giuliani versus Hillary. Only one time in the past 14 presidential elections has a candidate won the popular vote and the Electoral College after trailing in the Gallup Poll the week before the election: Ronald Reagan in 1980. The country may be headed to a 2008 version of the famous 1948 upset election, with John McCain in the role of Harry S. Truman and Barack Obama as Thomas E. Dewey, lulled into overconfidence by inaccurate polls. McCain pollsters do anticipate that turnout could be even higher this year than the robust turnout four years ago, but they also expect that Democratic gains among African American voters and younger voters will be offset by higher turnout among more Republican-leaning voters. The equally casual ease with which Barack Obama has talked about appointing judges on the basis of their empathies with various segments of the population makes a mockery of the very concept of law. The Mainstream Media is using the polls as a weapon selectively to create a bandwagon psychology for Obama and spread defeatism among his opponents… trying to build a "self-fulfilling prophecy."
Obama may claim to be advancing a twenty-first-century agenda, but his ideas about combating poverty and aiding cities ignore the lessons of the nineties’ reformers and remain firmly mired in the War on Poverty’s vision of cities as victims. Obama’s plans likely will be the beginning of the Europeanization of America.:
military will withdraw from U.S. quickly and substantially, regardless of conditions on the ground or the obvious consequence of emboldening terrorists there and around the globe. Iraq
- Protectionism will become our national trade policy; free trade agreements with other nations will be reduced and limited.
- Income taxes will rise on middle- and upper-income people and businesses, and individuals will pay much higher Social Security taxes, all to carry out the new president's goals of "spreading the wealth around."
- Federal government spending will substantially increase to more than $300 billion annually, for education, health care, energy, environmental and many other programs, in addition to whatever is needed to meet our economic challenges.
- Federal regulation of the economy will expand, on everything from financial management companies to electricity generation and personal energy use.
- The power of labor unions will substantially increase, beginning with repeal of secret ballot voting to decide on union representation.
- Free speech will be curtailed through the reimposition of the Fairness Doctrine to limit the conservative talk radio that so irritates the liberal establishment.
Despite promises to limit tax increases to those making over $250,000 per year, Senator Obama's plans include four loopholes that are really tax increases: 1) When the Bush tax cuts lapse taxes will increase income taxes; 2) Lifting the Social Security cap will increase the payroll tax for those who make more than $94k; 3) Raise capital gains taxes from 15 percent to 20 percent; and 4) Raise taxes on businesses, and to raise taxes a lot on oil companies. Obama is bound and determined to repeat the mistakes that FDR made that elongated the short term economic recession into the Great Depression:
- President Hoover signed the Smoot-Hawley Tariff
Act, raising import tariffs on more than 25,000 products and precipitating
a trade war around the world and
exports dropped precipitously. U.S.
- President Hoover increased government expenditures, launching a host of public works programs that put the unemployed to work, but drained sorely needed money from the private sector.
- Both Presidents Hoover and Roosevelt imposed a slew of onerous tax increases precisely when the economy could least afford them.
- President Franklin Roosevelt’s anti-competitive, pro-union policies prolonged the Depression seven full years, leading to artificially expensive products that discouraged consumer spending and artificially high wages that prevented employment from recovering.
- Government interference devastated business in the 1930s, imposing new and often onerous costs, resulting in persistently high unemployment and the failure of many businesses.
Let us also not forget
that while FDR was focused on the economy
There should no longer be any dispute that Barack Obama’s aim
is to socialize the American economy, as he vaporously puts it, to bring about
“redistributive change.” This Harvard-educated lawyer announced that the
United States Supreme Court when headed by Chief Justice Earl Warren, was “not
radical enough,” in its pursuit of civil liberties, because “[i]t didn’t break
free from the essential constraints that were placed by the Founding Fathers in
the Constitution.” What Obama is doing
here is expressing his opinion that the Court would have better effectuated his
definition of “political and economic justice” if it had been willing to
ignore the limits placed upon it by the Constitution. At this point, any belief in Obama’s respect
for constitutional limits is delusional.
If he is so cavalier about the Constitution’s limits upon the power of
the judiciary, why on earth would he respect the limits on the power of the
Presidency? Or on Congress? He says, “generally the Constitution
is a charter of negative liberties: [It] says what the states can’t do to you,
says what the federal government can’t do to you, but it doesn’t say what the
federal government or the state government must do on your behalf.” The Framers viewed government as a necessary
evil: required for a free people’s collective security but, if insufficiently
checked, guaranteed to devour liberty. The purpose of the Constitution was not
to make the positive case for government but
for freedom. Freedom cannot
exist without order, and thus implies some measure of government, but it is a
limited government, vested with only the powers expressly enumerated. Specifically, other constitutions list
certain rights that the government conveys upon the people, or, to put it as
Obama did, the things “government must do on your behalf.” Our Constitution, by contrast, has precisely
the opposite construction. We, the people, are presumed to have all
the rights, not just those written down in the Constitution. (And the
Declaration of Independence states that these rights are “endowed by our
Creator;” not by any government.) Lest
this be unclear, the drafters of the Constitution put it in writing. The
Ninth Amendment says, “The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain
rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the
people.” And the Tenth Amendment goes
further, stating explicitly that “The powers not delegated to the
John McCain said "He's running to be
redistributionist-in-chief; I'm running to be commander-in-chief. Senator Obama
is running to spread the wealth and I'm running to create more wealth. Senator
Obama is running to make plumbers successful; I'm running to make everybody
successful." As the election approaches, John McCain must hammer
key issues that differentiate himself from Barack Obama, while continuing to
question Obama’s character and judgment. First, McCain would emphasize what makes
· Make the Bush income tax cuts permanent.
· Cut the corporate tax by 10% to 25%.
· Preserve the 15% tax rate on capital gains and dividends.
· Use dynamic analysis of growth and competitive environment generated by tax cuts.
· Allow businesses to expense technology and equipment in the same year they buy it.
· Build nuclear plants.
· Freeze government spending overall.
Meanwhile a nationwide Pew survey found that 58% of Americans now believe the war in
Iraq is going well or very well, and the same percentage now also say that the
U.S. will definitely or probably succeed in Iraq. In reality, “Americans are split asunder… cleft in twain
by the cleaver of socialism.” The election of a socialist President will complete the great
The $700 billion bailout plan was targeted at rescuing the ailing financial sector, but so far this money has been used to buy banks and insurance companies with no exit strategy. The root cause of the housing meltdown was Democrat use of government regulation to achieve social engineering home ownership to people who could not afford their homes. Congress used the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA), Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae to force banks to make risky loans to "help" people buy houses they could not afford. As early as 2001, President Bush and Republicans warned that Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae's financial house was unstable and could wreak havoc on the economy.
· Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac spent more than $200 million lobbying Congress to ignore the problem.
· Subservient Democrats, like Barney Frank and Chris Dodd, dutifully declared that Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae were safe and sound and blocked reform.
ACORN and the Democrat National Committee we are truly witnessing a
culture of corruption. The New York
Times reported that ACORN’s activities “...may have led to violations of
federal laws… potentially improper use of charitable dollars for political
purposes; money transfers among the affiliates; and potential conflicts created
by employees working for multiple affiliates.”
Democrats added their misguided ACORN slush fund to the Fannie/Freddie
bailout that passed the Democrat Congress this summer. At the same time that the FBI is busy trying
to put the organization out of business, the Supreme Court decides it’s okay
for Ohio’s Democratic governor and attorney general to do nothing about
enforcing election laws, pretty much ensuring that Obama will steal that
state’s 20 electoral votes. When Congress
considered the emergency financial rescue package in September, Democrats once
again tried to reward their legally-challenged ally, this time with a 20
percent taxpayer kick-back. Congress
needs to resolve the tension at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac between shareholder
returns and HUD targets. But as they do
so, lawmakers shouldn't pin the rap for the larger credit crisis on affordable
housing. Contrary to the Obama
narrative, it is not free-market capitalism at the root of the current mortgage
industry crisis, but rather the very socialism Obama hawks. What once was disparagingly referred to as
bailout for Wall Street now looks like a broader bailout of all sorts of
troubled businesses, which is either serving the public interest as
intended, or whether becoming a
taxpayer-financed giveaway to favored firms.
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This Week’s Best Articles:
- “The ghost of Thomas Paine and the second
August 11, 2008published by YouTube at http://www.lawatchdog.com/SecondRevolution071108.html .
October 25, 2008published by The New York Times at http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/25/opinion/25sat2.html?_r=2&ref=opinion&oref=slogin&oref=slogin .
of Rewarding ACORN” by Jim Kouri dated
October 25, 2008published by American Daily at http://americandaily.ws/index.php/article/1545 .
Con” by Thomas Sowell dated
October 25, 2008published by National Review Online at http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=ZTQ5YTM3M2UzMjY3N2M3YWRiMDI0NzNmMTNhNjJlNTc= .
meltdown culprits” dated
October 25, 2008published by Los Angeles Times at http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/editorials/la-ed-cra25-2008oct25,0,394443.story .
- “Why the Mortgage Crisis Happened” dated
October 26, 2008published by American Thinker at http://www.americanthinker.com/2008/10/what_really_happened_in_the_mo.html .
Economic Meltdown and Obama’s Bounce: An Ameican Paradox” by Kenneth
October 26, 2008published by American Thinker at http://www.americanthinker.com/2008/10/the_economic_meltdown_and_obam.html .
- “The Obama
Temptation” by Mark R. Levin dated
October 26, 2008published by National Review Online at http://corner.nationalreview.com/post/?q=ZTI1NmUxYjA4ODczZjgxOWJhMzQ3ODI0MDRkOWFlMDQ .
- “Blacks worry about polls vs. reality in Obama
campaign” by Gromer Jeffers Jr. dated
October 26, 2008published by The Dallas Morning News at http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/politics/national/stories/102608dnpolblackfears.40447a4.html .
- “We Don’t Need Another War on Poverty” by Steven Malanga dated Autumn 2008 published by City Journal at http://www.city-journal.org/2008/18_4_war_on_poverty.html .
Obama’s Four Tax Increases for People Earning Under
$250k” by Ned Barnett dated
October 27, 2008published by American Thinker at http://www.americanthinker.com/2008/10/senator_obamas_four_tax_increa.html .
” by Pete Du Pont dated America October 27, 2008published by The Wall Street Journal at http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122504438328069963.html# .
with Both Barrels” by Andrew Busch dated
October 27, 2008published by National Review Online at http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=ZWRhMDZmZTczZDE2OWE4YjE3YjgxMmZjYjg5N2JiYzI= .
- “Call It
‘The Obama Effect’” by Arnon A. Mishkin dated
October 27, 2008published by The Weekly Standard at http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/015/756hfpns.asp .
(or) Coup d’etat” by JB Williams dated
October 27, 2008published by American Daily at http://www.americandaily.com/article/23422 .
Freddie Mess Belongs at Dems’ Doorstep” by Mark Hillman dated
October 27, 2008published by Town Hall at http://townhall.com/columnists/MarkHillman/2008/10/27/fannie,_freddie_mess_belongs_at_dems_doorstep .
Tracking Poll: Day Fifteen” dated
October 27, 2008published by Investor’s Business Daily at http://www.ibdeditorials.com/Polls.aspx?id=309983953253118 .
- “We The Government?” by S.E. Cupp dated
October 27, 2008published by Human Events Online at http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=29221 .
Problems With Socialism For The Post-Cold War Generation” dated
October 27, 2008published by Investor’s Business Daily at http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=29221 .
- “100 Days
of Obama-Biden-Reid-Pelosi” dated
October 27, 2008published by National Review Online at http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=NWU3ZDIwNGFlMDI4ZWNlZjU4NmQ2ZTZjOTdiMGU0ZmE= .
Panic to Depression” by Phil Kerpen dated
October 28, 2008published by National Review Online at http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=OWQ3ZGYzZTQyZGY4ZWFiZWUxNmYwZTJiNWVkMTIxMmU= .
Stealth Reparations” by Paul Sperry dated
October 28, 2008published by Front Page Magazine at http://www.frontpagemagazine.com/Articles/Read.aspx?GUID=0043314D-E609-4A6C-81BA-59C4B13805F4 .
, McCain hammers at Obama on taxes” by Tracie Mauriello dated Pottsville October 28, 2008published by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette at http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/08302/923367-470.stm .
to Socialism” by Jack Ward dated Superior October 28, 2008published by Intellectual Conservative at http://www.intellectualconservative.com/2008/10/28/capitalism-is-superior-to-socialism/ .
Gains in All Three Tracking Polls” by Dick Morris and Eileen McGann
October 28, 2008published by Dick Morris at http://www.dickmorris.com/blog/2008/10/28/mccain-gains-in-all-three-tracking-polls/ .
of Polls a Question in Itself” by Michael Abramowitz dated
October 29, 2008published by Washington Post at http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/10/28/AR2008102803675.html?hpid=topnews .
Media Landslide” by Brent Bozell III dated
October 29, 2008published by Town Hall at http://townhall.com/columnists/BrentBozellIII/2008/10/29/obamas_media_landslide .
Years” by Bill Sammon dated Marxist College October 29, 2008published by Front Page Magazine at http://www.frontpagemagazine.com/Articles/Read.aspx?GUID=84080437-96E4-4D81-8B73-E71D5A1480ED .
Futility of Class Warfare” by Bradley R. Schiller dated
October 29, 2008published by Front Page Magazine at http://www.frontpagemagazine.com/Articles/Read.aspx?GUID=1EEB6AEF-4DA1-4794-ABED-4EEC12E1BF85 .
‘Redistributive Change’ and the Death of Freedom” by Andrew C.
October 29, 2008published by National Review Online at http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=ZWY3ZDkyNWJiMThmNjNlN2RjOTczYTc1MWI5ZmEzOWU= .
makes final case in supersize ad” by Carrie Budoff Brown dated
October 29, 2008published by Politico at http://dyn.politico.com/printstory.cfm?uuid=4BB6AFC5-18FE-70B2-A84CD2E9339CA635 .
Economic Plan a Winner, Even if He Loses” by Amity Shlaes dated
October 29, 2008published by Bloomberg at http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20670001&refer=columnist_shlaes&sid=ajqlZ8OwW6rY .
President Who Won’t Uphold the Constitution? Never” by Laura Hollis
October 29, 2008published by Town Hall at http://townhall.com/columnists/LauraHollis/2008/10/29/a_president_who_wont_uphold_the_constitution_never .
Government Give Up Ownership in the Banks” by Terence Jeffrey dated
October 30, 2008published by Town Hall at http://townhall.com/columnists/TerenceJeffrey/2008/10/30/will_government_give_up_ownership_in_the_banks .
- “This is
Where I Came In” by Manon McKinnon dated
October 30, 2008published by The American Spectator at http://www.spectator.org/archives/2008/10/30/this-is-where-i-came-in .
- “Don’t Let
the Polls Affect Your Vote” by
October 30, 2008published by The Wall Street Journal at http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122533149619882883.html .
from Frank Marshall Davis” by Paul Kengor dated
October 30, 2008published by American Thinker at http://www.americanthinker.com/2008/10/dreams_from_frank_marshall_dav.html .
Obama: Red Diaper Baby” by Andrew Walden dated
October 30, 2008published by American Thinker at http://www.americanthinker.com/2008/10/barack_obama_red_diaper_baby_1.html .
What Is Fixed” by Daniella Markheim dated
October 30, 2008published by Front Page Magazine at http://www.frontpagemagazine.com/Articles/Read.aspx?GUID=24FF23EF-C7FF-4097-8DAB-1302ED50CBE6 .
Stock” by Pat Toomey dated
October 30, 2008published by National Review Online at http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=YjZlYjE4OTRjMzZmY2IyNTFhYWFkYTZhMzVmM2NiMzk= .
- “There is
NO UNITED States!” by J.D. Longstreet dated
October 30, 2008published by American Daily at http://www.americandaily.com/article/23464 .
- “Distrust of Media and Polls Make Elections Impossible to Predict” by Thomas D. Segel date October 30, 2008 published by American Daily at http://www.americandaily.com/article/23452 .
- “Life of
the New Party” by Stanley Kurtz dated
October 30, 2008published by National Review Online at http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=MmVlOTk1MzkwYmM2YTQzZmIxOTRlMjY3ZjZkMTg0OTM= .
- “An Obama chronology” dated
October 30, 2008published by Renew at http://www.renewamerica.us/news/081030obama.htm . America
the ‘Ayers Issue’ Straight” by M. Jay Wells
October 31, 2008published by American Thinker at http://www.americanthinker.com/2008/10/getting_the_ayers_issue_straig_1.html .
Liberal Media Use Polls as Weapons” by M. Stanton Evans dated
October 31, 2008published by Human Events Online at http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=29285 .
Unbearable Lightness of Barney” by Stuart Koehl dated
October 31, 2008published by The Weekly Standard at http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/015/764awnlx.asp .
- “Top Ten Reasons to Vote for McCain/Palin” by Mona Charen dated
October 31, 2008published by Town Hall at http://townhall.com/columnists/MonaCharen/2008/10/31/top_ten_reasons_to_vote_for_mccainpalin .
funds being spent in ways Congress never foresaw” by Kevin G. Hall
October 31, 2008published by McClatchy Newspapers at http://www.mcclatchydc.com/251/story/55036.html .
- “10 Reasons Why McCain Might Win” by John Podhoretz dated
October 31, 2008published by Commentary Magazine at http://www.commentarymagazine.com/blogs/index.php/jpodhoretz/40841/print .
Stealth” by Stanley Kurtz dated
November 1, 2008published by National Review Online at http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=YjdjY2Y2YWU5YjQ1Y2Y5Mzg0MGRlNDQ4YTkwYmI2ZDE= .
- “Ego and
Mouth” by Thomas Sowell dated
November 1, 2008published by National review Online at http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=NzVlOGMzYzhlN2M4MmI5OThjZmU2OGY1Yjg0ZTVkMmY= .
- “Liberals and the Surge” by Peter Wehner dated November 2008 published by Commentary Magazine at http://www.commentarymagazine.com/viewarticle.cfm/special-preview-br---liberals-and-the-surge-13201 .
McCain Won” by Jonathon Alter dated
November 3, 2008published by Newsweek Magazine at http://www.newsweek.com/id/165657/output/print .