In the last two days I have been reading up on a story I first read about at American Thinker titled, “Barack Obama and the Strategy of Manufactured Crisis.” The title of this article caught my attention, and as I read it, I was immediately struck by a sense of confirmation. Confirmation that the thoughts I had had about this election cycle were true. You see, this article asserts that Obama is involved in a deliberate strategy to destroy American society.

Well, now that all of those who instantly said, “Conspiracy nutjob! cuckoo!” have left my site, let me direct you firstly to read the article above, as well as the article, “Cloward-Piven Strategy” before reading my comments that follow.

For months those of us who listen to talk radio have been hearing of the connection that Barack Obama has with Bill Ayers at the Chicago Annenberg Challenge. Ayers as we know has advocated unapologetically for the destruction of capitalism and becoming a socialist state. We have heard of the connections Obama has with ACORN, that he was a lawyer for them. We know that he was a “community organizer agitator” working with churches in Chicago.

Let’s outline in brief what we know about him, and then you decide whether you see as clearly as I do, that Obama is a Manchurian candidate. The main source is Discover The Networks – Barack’s World page, and I have also added other figures and connections as I have come across them. The summaries are mostly my take on their content. Everyone should read these sources thoroughly to fully appreciate the depth of the connections.

UPDATE: Since starting this post, the page had become so long that it was no longer a quick page load. I have split it into six separate pages so that load times are shorter…

  1. Introduction, and Radical and Socialist Influences
  2. Political Allies and Advisors
  3. Religious Affiliations
  4. Organizational Affiliations
  5. Academic Affiliations, and Foundations
  6. Money Scandals and Family

Radical and Socialist Influences:

Frank Marshall Davis

Read: p1, p2 – was a known member of the Soviet controlled Communist Party of the USA (CPUSA). Davis became a mentor and advisor for Barack Obama through the 1970’s until at least when he left for college in 1979.

  • Bill O’Reilly’s interview of David Freddoso

Saul Alinsky

Read: p1, p2 – never personally met as Obama was a young boy when he died , but trained in the Alinsky model. This model aims to bring about a revolution to bring about a Marxist society through slow methodical change in institutions. Obama lead workshops to train people in the Alinsky model.

Harold Washington

Read: p1 – was major of Chicago. Washington was responsible for stacking the public service of Chicago with numerous card carrying communists and marxists. It is highly likely that Washington was also a member of the Communist Party USA in secret. Washington was associated with the Democratic Socialists of America also. One of the inspirations for Obama coming to Chicago has been said to be Washington.

Bill Ayers

Read: p1, p2 – leader of terrorist organization Weatherman, formerly Students for a Democratic Society (both sought the downfall of democracy and capitalism. Ayers launched Obama’s political career for his Illinois senate campaign in his own private home. Ayers was also a campaign contributor in 1996. Both Ayers and Obama served together on the boards of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge and the Woods Fund of Chicago. This year Obama pronounced Ayers as a respectable member of mainstream society. Obama has made the claim that he was merely 8 years old when the bombings took place, however this is inaccurate. The most recent attacks took place in the 1980’s at a time when Obama and Bill Ayers were at Columbia University.

  • Some audio of his opinions can be found at Powerline – The Friends of Barack Obama, Part 1 and Part 2.
  • Sean Hannity special (covers Farrakhan, Ayers, and Al-Monsour)
  • Second video from Sean Hannity special
  • Obama’s Friends

    Bernardine Dohrn

    Read: p1, p2 – wife of Bill Ayers (see above) and a co-leader of the Weatherman terrorist cult. Some audio of her opinions can be found at Powerline, as well as her ‘declaration of war’ from 1970, part of which she said to “guard your children” – The Friends of Barack Obama, Part 1 and Part 2. Dohrn and Ayers launched Obama’s political career in their private home.

    Khalid Al-Mansour

    Read: p1 is a Black Muslim and Black Nationalist who was a “mentor” to the founders of the Black Panther party at the time the party was founded in the early 1960s.” Furthermore this Al-Mansour is described, “as advisor to “one of the world’s richest men,” Saudi prince Alwaleed bin Talal.”

    Here is video of Percy Sutton discussing the connection between Obama and Al-Mansour.

  • Sean Hannity special
  • Carl Davidson

    Read: p1, p2 – personally aims to transform the US into a socialist nation, through systematic change. He was a very prominent figure in Chicago’s socialist circles. Obama and Carl Davidson met through the Chicago chapter of the New Party, a Marxist organization focused on endorsing and electing public officials. New Zeal writes that “Davidson serves on the steering committee of the communist dominated US peace umbrella organisation, United for Peace & Justice and is co-chair of the equally radical Chicagoans Against War & Injustice.” Carl Davidson is close enough to Obama, to have visited him in his home. Obama SOUGHT the endorsement of the New Party, and Carl Davidson became an avid supporter of Obama.

    Carol Moseley Braun

    Read: p1 – ran for the US Senate in 1992. she was a member of the CPUSA. Obama endorsed her, and helped her in her campaign.

    Democratic Socialists of America

    Read: p1, p2 – the largest socialist organization in the United States and the principal U.S. affiliate of the Socialist International, that has stated that “many structures of our government and economy must be radically transformed“. Obama was endorsed in his Illinois Senate race by DSA. Obama has also been endorsed by numerous DSA members in this presidential campaign: Henry Bayer, Tom Balanoff, Henry Tamarin, Barbara Lee among them. Obama eulogized long-time socialist Saul Mendelson. Obama also campaigned for openly socialist Senator Bernie Sanders in his 2006 campaign.

    Communist Party of the USA (CPUSA)

    Read: p1 – is the leading communist group in the US. Members include/d Frank Marshall Davis, Carol Moseley Braun, Joyce Wheeler, and Tim Wheeler. Obama has received the endorsements of many CPUSA member’s among them are: Terrie Albano, Pepe Lozano, Norman Markowitz (see article discussing Markowitz article that highlights Obama’s socialist ideals here), Rosalio Munoz, Xavier Becerra.

    Gamaliel Foundation

    Read: p1, p2 – trains activists in techniques and methodologies for effectively bringing about social change. It is modeled on the principles of Saul Alinsky. GF is a rabid advocate for illegal immigrants. Obama was at one time employed by GF.

    New Party

    Read: p1, p2 – founded to endorse and elect leftist public officials. That stated purpose was to move the democratic party to the left, eventuating in the rise of a Marxist third party. Obama sought and received the endorsement of the New Party in his 1996 Illinois Senate race. Obama enlisted the New Party for his task forces on voter education and voter registration. He also used a number of New Party volunteers for his campaign.

    Socialist Scholars Conference

    Read: p1, p2 – these were conferences held at Cooper Union, a private college. These conferences “featured the elite of socialist academia as well as union activists, political revolutionaries, reformers, and opponents of “corporate greed.” including “members of the Communist Party USA and its offshoot, the Committees of Correspondence, as well as Maoists, Trotsyists, black radicals”. While at Columbia, Obama attended a number of these conferences.

    Continued in Separate parts…

    1. Introduction, and Radical and Socialist Influences
    2. Political Allies and Advisors
    3. Religious Affiliations
    4. Organizational Affiliations
    5. Academic Affiliations, and Foundations
    6. Money Scandals and Family

    Others who have written on this subject…

    Obama, the Mortgage Mess, and the Cloward-Piven Strategy

    About Barack Obama

    A MUST READ: The Cloward-Piven Strategy and Obama’s Role

    The Cloward-Piven Strategy: Part I Jim Simpson’s first (?) take on this article

    The Cloward-Piven Candidate? this author is not so sure that Obama is knowingly a “Cloward-Piven Candidate”. Saul Alinsky’s theories I believe at least echo the intent of Cloward-Piven, and Obama is a Alinksy disciple and teacher. I do not think it matters in the end, since he is surrounded by so many individuals and organizations that are fully committed to the Cloward-Piven strategy, and Obama absorbs gladly their advice and direction.

    Obama, Manufactured Crises, & The Cloward-Piven Strategy

    Cloward-Piven – has some discussion

    The Cloward-Piven Strategy of Orchestrated Crisis – raise some questions we all wish we had the answers to…

    ClowardPiven, Obama And The Fall Of America

    Barack Obama — The Most Radical Leftist To Ever Get This Close To Occupying The White House?

    The Bailout: Three words (w/podcast)

    Newsmax article – from August – Obama, Voter Fraud & Mortgage Meltdown

    American Thinker: Barack Obama and the Strategy of Manufactured Crisis

    So many dots! So little time!

    So much disinformation, so little time

    Obama And ACORN – ‘It’s A Power Thing’

    continuation of “Cloward-Piven Strategy – the Left and Obama’s attempts to destroy America”
    In separate parts…

    1. Introduction, and Radical and Socialist Influences
    2. Political Allies and Advisors
    3. Religious Affiliations
    4. Organizational Affiliations
    5. Academic Affiliations, and Foundations
    6. Money Scandals and Family

    Money Scandals:

    Nadhmi Auchi

    Read p1, p2, p3, p4, p5, (News articles that were forced down from the web by Auchi p6, p7, p8, p9, p10, p11 ) p12, p13, p14 – in 2007 was listed by Forbes Magazine as the 279th richest man in the world. In 2003 he was convicted in France for his part in paying off politicians in Spain, Germany, and Africa. His earliest touch with notoriety came in 1959 when he supplied Saddam Hussein with the weapon used in the assassination attempt of then Iraq Prime Minister Abdul Karim Qasim. He has had a long history of corrupt deals with the Saddam Hussein era Iraq, having his hand in oil deals, being the largest dealer of arms to Iraq, as well as laundering “oil-for-food scandal” money for Saddam Hussein and other Iraq officials through a bank he principally owned in Luxembourg. Auchi is a close friend of Antoin ‘Tony’ Rezko, who has been embroiled in extortion charges. Rezko was to have been released on bail, however it was revoked, after it was learned that $3.5 million money had been wired directly from Mr Auchi in Syria. Part of that money went to purchase the vacant lot of land next to Obama’s home (see entry below). Rezko has served on numerous campaign committees for Obama. Mr Auchi is said to have met Barack Obama at an event in 2004 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago. An Event that also included Rezko and Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich. Auchi’s wife Ibtisam, was director of Fintrade Services, a Panamanian company, that lent money to a Obama fundraiser in May 2005.

    Tony Rezko

    Read: p1, p2, p3, p4 p5, p6, p7, p8, p9, p10 p11, p12 Chicago-based restaurateur and real estate developer. Obama and Rezko have known each other for 18 years, since 1990. Rezko offered Obama work at his company Rezmar, Obama declined, but instead went to work at the law firm Davis, Miner, Barnhill. This firm was instrumental in forging development deals, for developers that included Rezko, and funded by the taxpayer. The primary lawyer in at least one of these deal negotiations was Obama. The state if Illinois was forced to foreclose on one of Rezko’s sour deals when he stopped paying the mortgage payments in 2001, at a time when Obama was state Senator. Rezko held a lavish fund raising event at his mansion in 2003 for Obama’s US Senate campaign. He was on the campaign finance committee.

    Obama and Rezko became intimately linked through a real estate transaction soon after Obama took office as US Senator in 2003. Obama and Rezko’s wife bought adjoining land on the same day in 2005; Obama buying a mansion for $1.65 million which was $300,000 below the asking price (the real estate agent who struck the deal has claimed that this was NOT the highest bid). Rezko’s wife paid the full asking price, $625,000 for the adjacent vacant lot. The mansion was evidently beyond the purchasing power of the Obama’s, and they required assistance to close the deal, because the doctor who was selling the two properties, required the properties to be purchased at the same time. The problem for Obama in structuring the deal with Rezko, is that it is in clear violation of US Senate ethics laws, that forbid the “granting or asking of favors“. The vacant lot is effectively a part of the Obama owned property, with the only access to the iron fenced in property, being through the Obama owned gate. Six months later Obama bought a narrow strip of the vacant lot for $104,500. Link to graphic of the house/garden deal between Rezko and Obama. Criticism has also been leveled at Obama for having made this deal with Rezko, while it was widely reported that Rezko was under federal charges. It has been revealed that the money that was used by Mrs Rezko to purchase the vacant lot, was a portion of the $3.5 million which came from Mr Auchi (see above). Three weeks after the original property deal was struck, Obama provided an internship in his Senate office, to a son of a Rezko associate.

    The saga of the property deal has a second chapter also. The remaining five sixths of the original vacant lot that had been purchased by Rezko’s wife (Obama purchased one sixth), was then sold to a former Rezko attorney Michael Sreenan, netting Rezko’s wife $54,000 profit. Sreenan who made a number of campaign contributions to Obama, was mysteriously absent from a list of campaign donors who are in some way linked to Rezko. Sreenan attempted unsuccessfully to submit development plans for the vacant property, but was knocked back by Alderman Toni Preckwinkle. It appears that the lot is and had been considered by the local authorities to be off the table for development, as any buildings would have had to have been in keepng with the character of the street; old elegant mansions. That Sreenan attempted to submit plans for the property that were to build a six condo building would seem ludicrous. Preckwinkle furthermore has been a long-time supporter and endorser of Obama. She lead the charge against Alice Palmer’s bid for re-election (after she had failed in her attempt to become a candidate for congress), that allowed Obama to become an Illinois Senate candidate. Rezko was the long-time head of Preckwinkle’s campaign finance committee, and Preckwinkle wrote letters of endorsement for Rezko’s development plans.

    Soon after the property deal was struck, Rezko was indicted on charges that he took kickbacks for corrupt land deals. Prosecutors maintain that $10,000 of this kickback money made it into donations made to Obama’s Presidential campaign. Obama has since donated that $10,000 to charity.

    Robert Blackwell, Jr.

    Read: p1, p2, p3, p4– is a Chicago entrepreneur and owner of technology firm, Electronic Knowledge Interchange (EKI). After his failed bid for Congress in 2000, Obama faced high personal debts, and a stagnant legal practice he had neglected. In 2001, Obama was offered an $8000 a month retainer by EKI, in return for his legal advice. Over 14 months Obama received a total of $114,000 for his services. Obama seemingly in return pushed for $50,000 in grants from the Illinois tourism board to EKI. Soon after his final payment from Blackwell in 2002, he wrote another formal request for $50,000 in tourism grant money to go to another Blackwell company; Killerspin. The day after his letter was submitted, Obama received $1000 towards his US Senate campaign. Although they ‘only’ received $20,000 that year, Killerspin went on to secure a total of $320,000 with the help of Barack Obama.

    Blackwell has committed to raising $100,000 to $200, 000 for Obama’s presidential campaign.


    Michelle Obama

    Read: p1, p2, p3 – is an attorney who has been married to Barack Obama since 1992. Michelle has made a number of questionable comments during this election cycle:

    • arguing that America is overrun with racism she said, “”As a black man, you know, Barack can get shot going to the gas station.”
    • “hold on to [their] own stereotypes and misconceptions,” and to thereby “feel justified in [their] own ignorance.”
    • For the first time in my adult lifetime, I am really proud of my country, and not just because Barack has done well, but because I think people are hungry for change.
    • in a stump speech she had made in South Carolina, that the United States is “just downright mean” as a nation.

    Raila Odinga

    Continued in Separate parts…

    1. Introduction, and Radical and Socialist Influences
    2. Political Allies and Advisors
    3. Religious Affiliations
    4. Organizational Affiliations
    5. Academic Affiliations, and Foundations
    6. Money Scandals and Family

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    1. Introduction, and Radical and Socialist Influences
    2. Political Allies and Advisors
    3. Religious Affiliations
    4. Organizational Affiliations
    5. Academic Affiliations, and Foundations
    6. Money Scandals and Family

    Academic Affiliations:

    Rashid Khalidi

    – is the Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies at Columbia University. Khalidi has strong sympathy and connection with the terrorist organization the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO). His identification with the PLO was so intimate that often when referring to the PLO he would say ‘we’. He was the founder of the aniti-Israeli Arab American Action Network in 1995. Obama is said to have spoken against the ‘Israeli occupation’ at a charity event for a West Bank refugee camp in 1999. He is also purported to have had a election fund raising event at the home of Khalidi in 2000, at which he made convincing statements in support of the Palestinian cause.

  • Sean Hannity special
  • Edward Said

    – was a radical academic at Columbia University who was strongly anti-Israel, and anti-western. He was a former member of the Palestinian National Council, but resigned in protest to the Oslo Accords, holding that Yasser Arafat had been too moderate. He was author of the influential book Orientalism, which sought to discredit all western scholarship on the Middle East. In 1998, Obama attended a fundraiser sponsored by the Arab American Action Network, at which Said was the keynote speaker. He sat with Said at the dinner.

    Cornel West

    – is a Professor of Religion and African American Studies at Princeton University. West is an avowed Marxist, and is a longtime member of the Democratic Socialists of America. West views America as a nation that has a profound hatred of African American people. Obama chose West to to his presidential campaign’s Black Advisory Council in 2008.


    Joyce Foundation

    – is a philanthropic organization with an agenda bent on radical environmentalism, “social justice,” prison reform, and increased funding for social services, particularly for minorities. Obama sat on the board from 1998 to 2000. During his time dozens of leftist organizations received funds from the Foundation. $84,000 was given to the Chicago-Kent College of Law to buy articles that argued that the Second Amendment does not protect an individual’s right to bear arms, but rather only a state’s right to arm its militia. Purposefully no opposing views were allowed, in the Law Review periodical. $2.5 million was given to the Violence Policy Center a group that wants Congress a national handgun ban. In 2000, Obama considered becoming president of the Joyce Foundation and leave elected office.

  • A great article on the Joyce Foundation grant to the Chicago-Kent College of Law.
  • Joyce Foundation, coverage of a second repeat of the buying of Law articles against gun rights.
  • Obama Linked to Gun Control Efforts

    Woods Fund of Chicago

    Chicago Annenberg Challenge

    Obama credits his Annenberg Challenge time as providing experience to be State Senator. This position was extended to him by Bill Ayers.

    Continued in Separate parts…

    1. Introduction, and Radical and Socialist Influences
    2. Political Allies and Advisors
    3. Religious Affiliations
    4. Organizational Affiliations
    5. Academic Affiliations, and Foundations
    6. Money Scandals and Family

    continuation of “Cloward-Piven Strategy – the Left and Obama’s attempts to destroy America”
    In separate parts…

    1. Introduction, and Radical and Socialist Influences
    2. Political Allies and Advisors
    3. Religious Affiliations
    4. Organizational Affiliations
    5. Academic Affiliations, and Foundations
    6. Money Scandals and Family

    Organizational Affiliations:


    Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now – is a grassroots political organization that grew out of George Wiley‘s National Welfare Rights Organization (NWRO). It had it’s roots in militant actions in the late 1960s and early 70s, when welfare offices were invaded and across the U.S. social workers were bullyied, loudly demanding every penny to which the law “entitled” them. Today ACORN continues to advocate for low income people, through the running of schools, training street activists, and extortion from banks and other businesses using trumped up civil rights charges. Infamously, ACORN is the primary organization at the root of voter registration fraud, vote-rigging, voter intimidation, and vote-for-pay scams during the 2004 and 2006 election year cycles. Obama worked with ACORN in Illinois, and represented them in the legal suit for the implementation of the Motor Voter law in Illinois (this law would have allowed electoral roll registration simply by mailing in a postcard). It is believed that this law has promoted fraudulent voter registration. ACORN then invited Obama to train it’s staff. Obama was a board member of the Woods Fund of Chicago, when it made a number of grants to ACORN.

  • Sean Hannity special
  • Project Vote

    – is the voter-mobilization arm of ACORN. In the 2004 and 2006 election cycles, Project Vote and ACORN were caught up in voter fraud scandals, when it was found that their workers had filed registrations in duplicate, filing them for deceased or imaginary people or, in some cases, destroying large numbers of Republican registrations. Of note is that Project Vote is involved in election administration, “from voter registration application design to voting booth placement to vote counting and everything in between.Obama served as the Director of “Illinois Project VOTE,”, in 1992, registering approximately 150,000 mostly Democratic voters in Chicago’s Cook County before that year’s presidential election.

    Arab American Action Network

    – is an Arab American and Arab immigrant activist organization. The core identity of this group is built on a belief that Arab Americans face discrimination in America. Strongly anti-Israel, it has referred to Israel as “the catastrophe”. AAAN has a close relationship with the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, which is strongly open border, promotes access to tertiary education for illegals, and lobbies government for immigrant rights. In 2005, AAAN joined other immigrant rights groups condemning New Mexico ban on issuing drivers licenses to illegals. During Obama’s term as board member of the the Woods Fund of Chicago, $75,000 in grants was made to AAAN.

    Davis, Miner, Barnhill & Galland, P.C.

    – is the legal firm where Obama is a Counsel. Two cases that he worked on are Barnett v. Daley, and Buycks-Roberson v. Citibank. The former was a case where he argued that electorates that have a 55% black demographic are a black minority electorate. The case against Citibank charged that it had made too few loans to black applicants. It has been posited that banks fearing discrimination law suits, is a major reason why banks extended very high risk mortgages, which lead to the collapse in the mortgage market in 2007-8.

    International Crisis Group

    – is an independent, non-profit NGO, that works to resolve deadly conflicts around the world. ICG officials have written critically of US actions in Iraq, and have advocated diplomatic relations with terrorists, Iran and Syria. A prominent official of ICG is Robert Malley, whose close relationship with Yasser Arafat is of note. Malley is foreign policy advisor to Barack Obama.


    – is a web based political network. MoveOn’s objective is to move the Democratic party further and further to the left. Through it’s massive fund raising ability it’s leader Eli Pariser was brazen enough to pronounce, “In the last year, grass-roots contributors like us gave more than $300 million to the Kerry campaign and the DNC, and proved that the party doesn’t need corporate cash to be competitive. Now it’s our party: we bought it, we own it, and we’re going to take it back.” Obama has lavished praise on MoveOn, noting how it has changed politics in America. Obama joined MoveOn in a fundraising campaign for Senator Byrd’s reelection campaign in 2006.

    National Council of La Raza

    – is the largest Hispanic lobbying organization in America. It lobbies for “racial preferences, bilingual education, stricter hate crimes laws, mass immigration, and amnesty for illegal aliens”. “La Raza” means “the Race”. La Raza, as it is informally known, is strongly pro-immigration. It advocates for rights to illegal aliens, pressing for no barriers to free movement of ‘immigrants’ across the border, as well as the extension of welfare to these ‘immigrants’. Amongst the policy stances of La Raza are: lobbying to allow drivers licenses for illegals, no proof of residency requirements for drivers licenses, opposes state and local authorities having powers to enforce federal immigration laws (CLEAR Act), supports bilingual education and electoral ballots, policies of affirmative action in hiring, promotions and student enrollments, support voting rights for illegals, opposes security measures that require all baggage screeners at airports be US citizens, and opposition to building of the border fence with Mexico. Obama was a featured speaker at the annual convention of La Raza at which he said, “I will never walk away from the 12 million undocumented immigrants who live, work, and contribute to our country every single day.”

    Planned Parenthood Federation of America

    – is the largest abortion provider in the United States, with some 850 clinics across the country. Planned Parenthood generates enormous income streams from the government for “social services”. This government funding is an important source that is fully milked, for instance it maintains two fee scales for pregnancy tests, where those who do not qualify for government assistance pay only $16, those that do qualify for assistance generate $57 (in the year 2002). It is estimated that a full 30% of Planned Parenthood’s income, comes from government coffers. In the 2005-6 fiscal year this would have amounted to approximately $270 million. Barack Obama is an avid supporter of Planned Parenthood. At a speech he gave in 2007 he said,

    Now the good news is that there has been a decline in the teen birth rate, in part due to the outstanding work of Planned Parenthood [i.e., the quarter-million abortions the organization performs each year]….


    – is a Washington, DC-based Christian evangelical ministry, that is built around a radical ‘liberation theology’ that holds that the Gospels were a call to arms (so to speak) for social activism, and revolution to overturn capitalism. In the view of Sojourners, America’s capitalist government must be replaced with a socialist state. They were active in their support for communist regimes in Latin America. Barack Obama echoed some of the sentiments of Sojourners in a speech he gave at a Sojourners sponsored conference in 2006:

    “Moreover, given the increasing diversity of America’s population, the dangers of sectarianism have never been greater. Whatever we once were, we are no longer just a Christian nation; we are also a Jewish nation, a Muslim nation, a Buddhist nation, a Hindu nation, and a nation of nonbelievers….”

    After all, the problems of poverty and racism, the uninsured and the unemployed, are not simply technical problems in search of the perfect ten point plan. They are rooted in both societal indifference and individual callousness — in the imperfections of man….

    “I think that we should put more of our tax dollars into educating poor girls and boys. I think that the work that Marian Wright Edelman has done all her life is absolutely how we should prioritize our resources in the wealthiest nation on earth….

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    1. Introduction, and Radical and Socialist Influences
    2. Political Allies and Advisors
    3. Religious Affiliations
    4. Organizational Affiliations
    5. Academic Affiliations, and Foundations
    6. Money Scandals and Family

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    1. Introduction, and Radical and Socialist Influences
    2. Political Allies and Advisors
    3. Religious Affiliations
    4. Organizational Affiliations
    5. Academic Affiliations, and Foundations
    6. Money Scandals and Family

    Religious Affiliations:

    Louis Farrakhan

    – is leader of the Nation of Islam (NOI), which is viciously racist against whites and particularly Jews. He has gone so far as to characterize white people as the “anti-Christ”. In 1995 Obama along with the likes of Al Sharpton and Jeremiah Wright, helped organize Farrakhan’s famous Million Man March in Washington, DC. Obama’s comments in the wake of that event echo some of the sentiment that Farrakhan espouses:

    “What I saw was a powerful demonstration of an impulse and need for African-American men to come together to recognize each other and affirm our rightful place in the society…. Historically, African-Americans have turned inward and towards black nationalism whenever they have a sense, as we do now, that the mainstream has rebuffed us, and that white Americans couldn’t care less about the profound problems African-Americans are facing.”

    Farrakhan is a long-time friend of Jeremiah Wright, who was Barack Obama’s pastor and mentor at Trinity United Church of Christ from 1988 to 2008. Jeremiah Wright has praised Farrakhan, as well as traveled with him in 1984 to meet with Farrakhan’s friend, the Libyan dictator Muammar Qadhafi. Sharing ideologies with Farrakhan is close friend and Obama’s spiritual adviser, Michael Pfleger.

    Rev. Joseph Lowery

    – is a prominent figure in the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, a leftist activist organization. Lowery asserts that white racism towards blacks is rampant, and should be confronted. Lowery is contemptuous of Supreme Court Judge Clarence Thomas, spouting that he is a traitor to the black race. Obama appointed him as a member of the campaign’s African American Religious Leadership Committee.

    James Meeks

    – has been a Democratic member of the Illinois state senate since 2002. He is also the pastor of Chicago’s 22,000-member Salem Baptist Church, and he has served as an executive vice president for Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow/PUSH coalition; that has had connections with the Communist Party of USA – CPUSA. Meeks is strongly racist, having compared white politicians to slave masters from the pulpit. He is also strongly opposed to homosexuality, having sponsored staged a dramatic Halloween fright night skit where two homosexuals are thrown into the flames of hell. Besides serving as a colleague of Obama in the Illinois Senate from 2002 – 2004 (after which Obama went to Washington), the two have been close ally. Obama frequently campaigned at Salem Baptist Church, in 2003 and 2004. Meeks appeared in TV ads, and was personally selected by Obama to endorse him in a 2004 radio ad. Obama attended Salem Baptist Church for prayer and to return thanks, the day after winning his primary race in 2004. Obama has stated that Meeks is a spiritual adviser. Meeks was a super delegate for Obama in the 2008 presidential campaign.

    Rev. Otis Moss

    – served as assistant pastor of Chicago’s Trinity United Church of Christ (TUCC). Moss preaches that America is a nation infested with racism. He has implied that whites are the “enemy” of African Americans. Moss is a great admirer of Rev. Michael Pfleger. Besides have Obama as a congregant, Obama has appointed him to his African American Religious Leadership Committee.

    Rev. Michael Pfleger

    – is a white Catholic priest who has been the pastor of Saint Sabina Catholic Church in Chicago since 1981. He characterizes America as infested with racism, and that this racism is the number one problem with America. Phleger states that he was educated by the radical 1960’s group Black Panthers. Phleger maintains a close friendship with Louis Farrakhan. Pfleger has repeatedly defended Farrakhan’s Nation of Islam and has impugned Jewish critics of that organization for their “narrowness” of mind. In summarizing the numerous events and details about Phleger, my observation is that he would use the pulpit as a platform for political agitation, and cultivating racist angst. He had a history of flaunting the laws of the Catholic church that clearly stated that only priests were allowed to preach (ie Harry Belafonte, Louis Farrakhan ). Obama has been friends with Phleger since the 1980’s, and has acted as a spiritual adviser to Obama. Obama secured earmarks for St Sabina; $225,000 while he was State Senator, and an additional $100,000 in federal money after he was elected to US Senator. Obama’s campaign featured Pfleger’s enthusiastic endorsement on its website. Obama was forced politically to denounce the following comments by Pfleger when they were widely aired.

    “It’s like saying to a woman who’s been repeatedly raped over, and over, and over, and over, over, and over [and telling her] ‘you need to get over it.’ ‘The HELL I do,’ [she would say]. Get the sucker who’s been raping me and make him pay.’ Well, America has been raping people of color, and America has to pay the price. America has to pay the price for the rape.”

    “We must be honest enough to expose white entitlement and supremacy wherever it raises its head…. [W]hen Hillary was crying, and people said that was put on, I really don’t believe it was put on. I really believe that she just always thought, ‘This is mine. I’m Bill’s wife. I’m white. And this is mine. I just got to get up and step into the plate.’ And then out of nowhere came, ‘hey, I’m Barack Obama.’ And she said, ‘Oh damn, where did you come from? I’m white. I’m entitled. There’s a black man stealing my show.'” Pfleger then mimicked Mrs. Clinton crying as the audience gave him a standing ovation. Added Pfleger: “She wasn’t the only one crying. There was a whole lot of white people cryin’.”

    Rev. Al Sharpton

    – is a Racial agitator and Founder of the National Action Network, whose platform “revolves around activism against racial profiling, police brutality, women’s issues, economic reform, public education, international affairs, including abolishing slavery in Africa, job awareness, AIDS awareness, and more.” Sharpton is renowned for his racially charged, incendiary rhetoric. Sharpton was first known for his slander in the case of Tawana Brawley, who had alleged that she had been assaulted by a gang of white men. The case was characterized by outrageous claims by Sharpton and Tawana’s lawyers, that were made completely without evidence. These claims culminated in slanderous accusations against Steve Pagones, the Duchess County assistant prosecutor. These were found to be completely without basis, but left Pagone’s life destroyed. Sharpton to this day has not paid the damages settlement for the libel suit brought against him. Sharpton has used his National Action Network to fan anti-semitic hatred. In 1991, after an accident where a Hasidic Jew had hit and killed a seven year old boy, Within hours blacks hunted down and killed an innocent, rabbinical student, Yankel Rosenbaum. Sharpton pronounced publicly that it had not been an accident but “the social accident of apartheid.” Sharpton organized angry demonstrations and fueled by further anti-semite rhetoric black rioters raged for three days. Similarly in 1995, Sharpton used his National Action Network to boycott a Jewish business. The boycott ended when one of his members shot and killed four whites in the store and then setting fire to the building, killing seven employees. Sharpton has been a featured speaker at the Socialist Scholars Conference, which is held each year by the City University of New York‘s chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America. Obama sought Sharpton’s endorsement for the 2008 campaign. Sharpton claims that he speaks with Obama two to three times a week.

    Jim Wallis

    – is an activist preacher and the founder of the publication Sojourners. He has been a long time champion of communism. Wallis has attempted to completely exculpate the Khmer Rouge for the genocide of millions of Indo-Chinese peasants. Instead Wallis attempted to shift blame to the US for these atrocities. Wallis is avidly Marxist, expecting that Christians should view the world through Marxist eyes. Fiercely opposed to free markets, he characterizes America as the source of evil around the world. While speaking at a Sojourners-sponsored Call to Renewal Conference, Barack Obama called Wallis “his friend.”

    Rev. Jeremiah Wright

    – was the pastor of Chicago’s Trinity United Church of Christ (TUCC) from March 1972 until February 2008. “Wright embraces the tenets of black liberation theology, which seeks to foment Marxist revolutionary fervor founded on racial rather than class solidarity.” Wright has become well-known for his vitriolic diatribes against white America, through which he asserted that America is wholly racist.

    Wright has a close friendship also with Louis Farrakhan. Barack Obama has had an intimate, spiritual mentor, relationship with Wright since he joined TUCC. Wright officiated his marriage, baptized his chidlren, and gave spiritual counsel before announcing his candidacy for president in 2007. Wright was named as a member of the Obama campaign’s African American Religious Leadership Committee, but was made to step down after tapings of his sermons were widely broadcast.

  • Sean Hannity special
  • Continued in Separate parts…

    1. Introduction, and Radical and Socialist Influences
    2. Political Allies and Advisors
    3. Religious Affiliations
    4. Organizational Affiliations
    5. Academic Affiliations, and Foundations
    6. Money Scandals and Family

    continuation of “Cloward-Piven Strategy – the Left and Obama’s attempts to destroy America”
    Continued in Separate parts…

    1. Introduction, and Radical and Socialist Influences
    2. Political Allies and Advisors
    3. Religious Affiliations
    4. Organizational Affiliations
    5. Academic Affiliations, and Foundations
    6. Money Scandals and Family

    Political Allies and Advisors:

    Ali Abunimah

    – co-founder of Electronic Intifada, that has close ties to the International Solidarity Movement, who recruit westerners to travel Israel, with the express purpose of obstructing Israel’s security (this objective runs counter to US policy for Israel to protect her sovereignty). He also serves as board member of the Arab American Action Network (AAAN), established to challenge government policies related to discrimination of Arabs in America. Obama and Ali are at least close acquaintances.

    Mohamed Salim Al-Churbaji

    son of Mohammed Al-Churbaji, who is a member of the Muslim Brotherhood. This organization is known to have ties with terrorists, mujahideen fighters associated with none other than Osama Bin Laden, and also ties with the Global Relief Foundation, which was raided and shut down by the federal for funding terrorism, particularly al Qaeda. He works for Obama as a fund raiser and organizer.

    David Axelrod

    – owner of AKP&D Message & Media through which he acts as a political consultant to the Obama campaign. Axelrod furthermore is a board member of St. Sabina Catholic church, where Michael Pfleger serves as pastor. This church hosted several times Nation of Islam head Louis Farrakhan.

    Greg Craig

    – nicknamed “the lawyer of the left“, for his prominence in defending and winning highly controversial cases. He defended John Hinckley, the would be Ronald Reagan assassin, winning with an insanity plea, despite federal prosecutors finding him sane. He defended Ted Kennedy’s nephew in a Florida rape case. He defended Bill Clinton in his impeachment trials. Other clients are the father of Elian Gonzalez, former Bolivian Defense Minister Carlos Sanchez-Berzain in his trial over the mass killing of unarmed civilians, Kofi Annan (the UN secretary) for his part in the UN oil for food scandal, whereby Saddam Hussein had skimmed $21 billion into his coffers, and Panamanian National Assembly president Pedro Miguel Gonzalez-Pinzon the prime suspect in the killing of two US soldiers in 1992. He is now one of the top foreign policy advisers to Barack Obama.

    Hatem El-Hady

    Jim Johnson

    – former CEO of Fannie Mae, the government backed mortgage lender. Fannie Mae was instituted as a “mortgage welfare” for high risk, and very high risk buyers. While being CEO, Johnson took out loans under a corrupt program by Angelo Mozilo, CEO of Countrywide. These loans were given to only high powered influential clients like politicians. Johnson appointed Mozilo to a Fannie Mae board. Obama had appointed Johnson onto his VP search committee, and only resigned when news of these dealings became apparent.

    Marilyn Katz

    was head of security for the militant group Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) (forerunner of the Weatherman terrorist cult) during the Chicago street riots of 1968. Katz is a long time acquaintance of Bill Ayers. Katz is president of public relations firm MK Communications whose client list is a who’s who list of left wing lobbying groups. Katz now serves on Obama’s national finance committee.

    Anthony Lake

    rabid supporter of the communist Pol Pot lead Khmer Rouge, and advocate for the cessation of funding to the Cambodian and South Vietnam armies. Lobbying efforts of which he was a part lead to the US cessation of funding, after which the governments of these countries fell. The Khmer Rouge in taking control of Cambodia and South Vietnam, proceeded on a genocidal rampage, executing killing campaigns of an estimated 3 million Indo-Chinese peasants. Lake for his “expertize” in foreign affairs has served as Policy Planning Director for the Carter Administration, National Security Adviser for Bill Clinton, and now serves as a leading foreign policy adviser for Barack Obama.

    Robert Malley

    – is the Middle East and North Africa Program Director for the International Crisis Group (ICG). The ICG receives funding from the George Soros founded Open Society Institute. Of note is that he is the son of Simon Malley, a key figure in the Egyptian Communist Party. Simon Malley is an anti-Israeli zealot, whose views are echoed in his son’s stated opinions. Most notably Robert Malley wrote a factually incorrect op-ed about the failure of the 2000 Palestinian-Israeli peace talks at Camp David. He is an avowed supporter of Palestine, and has stated that he meets with the terrorist organization Hamas. In 2007 he was appointed as a foreign policy adviser to Barack Obama, but has since been removed after revealing these links to Hamas.

    Alice Palmer

    – served as an executive board member of the U.S. Peace Council, which has been identified as a Communist front group and affiliate of the World Peace Council, an international Soviet front. Palmer during the 1990’s attended meetings at the home of Weatherman terrorists Bill Ayers and his wife Bernardine Dohrn. At these meetings she developed a friendship with Barack Obama, that lead to her endorsement of Obama to take her seat in the Illinois Senate. (It is noted that this endorsement has a second chapter whereby the relationship between the two was severed)

    Eli Pariser

    – is the Executive Director of, a grassroots organization committed to shifting the Democratic Party to the left. He is outspoken critic of globalization, and was instrumental in the campaign to decry the war, and turn the American public against the Bush administration’s Iraq war efforts. Pariser declared soon after the Kerry defeat in 2004, that MoveOn had effectively taken control of the Democratic Party, stating “(in realtion to the $300 million raised for the Kerry campaign) Now it’s our party: we bought it, we own it, and we’re going to take it back.” Early in 2008 MoveOn, and Pariser endorsed Obama.

    George Soros

    – is hedge fund manager and billionaire.

    Since 1979, Soros’ foundation network — whose flagship is the Open Society Institute (OSI) — has dispensed more than $5 billion to a multitude of are consistent with those of Soros. OSI alone donates scores of millions of dollars annually to these various groups, whose major agendas can be summarized as follows:

    • promoting the view that America is institutionally an oppressive nation
    • promoting the election of leftist political candidates throughout the United States
    • opposing virtually all post-9/11 national security measures enacted by U.S. government, particularly the Patriot Act
    • depicting American military actions as unjust, unwarranted, and immoral
    • promoting open borders, mass immigration, and a watering down of current immigration laws
    • promoting a dramatic expansion of social welfare programs funded by ever-escalating taxes
    • promoting social welfare benefits and amnesty for illegal aliens
    • defending suspected anti-American terrorists and their abetters
    • financing the recruitment and training of future activist leaders of the political Left
    • advocating America’s unilateral disarmament and/or a steep reduction in its military spending
    • opposing the death penalty in all circumstances
    • promoting socialized medicine in the United States
    • promoting the tenets of radical environmentalism, whose ultimate goal, as writer Michael Berliner has explained, is “not clean air and clean water, [but] rather … the demolition of technological/industrial civilization”
    • bringing American foreign policy under the control of the United Nations
    • promoting racial and ethnic preferences in academia and the business world alike

    Soros was also the prime mover in the creation of the so-called “Shadow Democratic Party” in 2003. this group engages in fundraising, get-out-the-vote drives, political advertising, opposition research, and media manipulation. Soros hosted a fund raiser for Obama in the 2004 Senate race, and in 2006 he met with Obama to form his presidential exploratory committee.

    Cass Sunstein

    – is a Harvard Law School professor Cass Sunstein, who argues that citizens’ rights exist only to the extent that they are granted by the government. Sunstein also, holds to a radical view of the constitution being a “living breathing document” that must be interpreted with modern context in mind, as opposed to a strict constructionist view of the constitution. In this view, Sunstein agrees with Justice Breyer’s belief that the original framers intended the Justices to have the freedom to participate in government itself, by creating legislation from the bench. Sunstein was a colleague of Obama at the Univeristy of Chicago Law School, and currently serves as an adviser to Obama. Obama’s personal views on the Supreme Court justices align very closely with those of Breyer, and Sunstein.

    Dorothy Tillman

    – was a corrupted city council member in Chicago’s third ward. She is ardently anti-American, arguing vehemently that America must pay reparations to Blacks for it’s early history of slavery. She was an honored guest at a lecture by Louis Farrakhan, whom she praised as a patron of the community. Tillman’s avid endorsement of Obama, in the 2004 Senate run, was vital to his victory. Obama and Tillman have maintained a long term friendship. Despite corruption allegations, and convictions, Obama continued to endorse Tillman in her failed re-election bid in 2006.

    Long Video illustrating the death of the town where she was alderman…

    Joyce Wheeler

    – is a a longtime Communist Party activist, and husband of Tim Wheeler. She is an ardent supporter of the ‘right’ for Convicted Felons to vote. Joyce Wheeler is currently a prominent figure in Obama’s campaign, organizing local canvassing.

    Tim Wheeler

    – “is a National Board member of the Communist Party USA (CPUSA), and has been a key figure in the party’s Baltimore chapter since the early 1970s. From 1991 to 2003 he was editor of the CPUSA newspaper People’s Weekly World, and he currently serves as the publication’s national political correspondent.” Tim Wheeler like his wife Joyce is currently a prominent figure in Obama’s campaign, organizing local canvassing. He has also written a blog that appears on Obama’s website.

    Samantha Power

    Continued in Separate parts…

    1. Introduction, and Radical and Socialist Influences
    2. Political Allies and Advisors
    3. Religious Affiliations
    4. Organizational Affiliations
    5. Academic Affiliations, and Foundations
    6. Money Scandals and Family

    Important update: The comments in this post reflect my reaction to the content of the Washington post article released in the wee hours of Sunday morning. HotAir has a good fact check and should be referred to for detail of the bill as it stands. Some of the points discussed here, are irrelevant since they did not make it into the final draft – namely the fee on the financial services industry, which may or may not eventuate, the salary cap is modified (Ed Morrisey did not mention this, but I believe it is not quite as draconian as the WaPo article discussed). REGARDLESS, my rant still stands in my opinion of what the cronies on the Hill had wanted. Thankfully it appears they were cut back, due to the good work of the republican negotiators. It is amazing what a minority can do to the majorities policies, when the public is not on their side. We must remember this, and remind our conservative representatives of this, whenever they feel like caving.

    Original Post –

    Well the Washington Post just broke news that the bailout will happen. Why do I feel such joy in my heart and pride for my legislators? I mean, they took less than a week to craft a bill, that even now we as members of the public have precious detail about, and has been promised to become the law of the land by as early as Monday. They really have outdone themselves.

    I also love how the Democrats have one tool in their toolkit: taxes.

    Yesterday’s talks, conducted mainly in Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s suite of offices on the second floor of the Capitol, were focused heavily on how to cover the cost of the program so taxpayers don’t get stuck with the bill.

    Democrats pressed hard for further taxpayer protections, including a fee that would be imposed on the financial services industry if after five years the government had not fully recouped its money. The proposal, which did not surface in negotiations until yesterday, would help win the support of a fiscally conservative group of House Democrats known as the Blue Dogs, an important bloc of 47 votes.

    Sounds benign… kinda, except when you consider that a ‘fee’ is merely a euphemism for taxes. In this case the financial services industry. Any guess who ends up ACTUALLY paying for those fees? Yep, us. You think we pay high fees now, wait until five years time.

    “Oh, but that is ONLY if they do not fetch a profit.”

    This is just the cynical side of me, but think this through with me. Government takes on these mortgages, administration costs eat the profits up of the sales (“oh but they wouldn’t compute it like that” – Oh really!? Have you seen the Bill? I haven’t, so how would we know? and at this point they could do whatever they wanted), then Government sees an opportunity to “stick it to the suits” in cooking the books to pose a loss on the sales, Government charges taxes “fees”, we get shafted by our financiers.

    That might be a wee bit cynical: Government is wonderful, and is looking out for me. They are fully transparent. Just ask David Obey.

    Also, why am I so happy and filled with confidence about the fact that congressmen called Warren Buffet for advice.

    At one point, a senator sought advice from investor Warren Buffett, one of the world’s richest men, according to Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.)

    After all he is so impartial to the outcome of these negotiations.

    Oh, and isn’t it wonderful that we are now going to see these financial companies being lead by sub par executives. What do I mean? Companies who participate in this bail out will have salary caps imposed (or have tax deduction eligibilities removed). What is the cap? A mere $400,000. To most average Joes like me, $400k looks just fine, and we would understandably say so what? Well $400k doesn’t buy an executive who can run a portfolio that runs into billions, to save themselves. Remember, these financial companies run our retirement fund accounts, stock investments, insurance and everything that has a “$” attached to it. The brightest talent does not operate on altruist motives. They go where the money is. Sorry liberals, but your socialist “look out for my comrade” ideals exist only in your head, and in Marx’s writing. The best CEO’s pack up there desk and move down the street, or even worse, they hop on a plane to work in London, Tokyo, Germany, or some other place where they can get paid justly for their extraordinary abilities. I guess this is the companies punishment for dealing bad deals, or alternatively for having shareholders who perceive weakness and would short the stocks into the ground. The Dem’s want these companies to suffer under fourth tier leadership for their sins.

    A prediction I have is that we will see a “super class” of business consultant arise, who will be sub-contracted to these corporations to effectively run the company, with a figure head CEO taking orders. The company will pay millions in “consultation fees”, and the CEO gets his or her happy $400k, (actually with this plan they could have the janitor take the corner office, and bugger the $400K). Then again, maybe that too will be banned by Pelosi’s bill.

    The Washington Post article has this to wrap up the report.

    Pelosi said she hoped to publish the legislation on the Internet for almost an entire day before voting, meaning a vote could come tonight or tomorrow morning.

    Oh happy day! On Sunday, on THE day when people go to the beach, play with the kids in the park, go to church, have friends over for dinner, and take their eyes off business and politics. I COULD choose to sit and read this bill, but will you? Oh, and I am sure by the end of the staffers meddling with it, it will end up being a nice size doorstop.

    After this week, with the arrogance of this, and being yelled at to do this, and researching this, and nearly (?) being screwed by this, and this by Obey. I am a little jaded, and irate. An odd combination of temperaments, but I am at the verge of screaming at someone. Maybe I shouldn’t drive a car today. It might be safer for all of you.

    A Politico report outlines in greater detail the events, and the current status. Article: Negotiators reach tentative rescue plan deal

    With that, I have to go and find some crap around the house, and see if Paulson will buy it from me… don’t worry my salary is not over $400k so I will be okay afterwards.

    Read more…

    THIS ARTICLE FREAKED ME OUT! – Barack Obama and the Strategy of Manufactured Crisis

    Bailout Package Almost Finished? – Kevin Drum seems pleased that it has Dem fingerprints all over it

    The Daily Kos would want all executives to be salary capped (yeah! let’s drive all executive talent overseas) – Tentative Agreement Reached On Bailout

    Breakthrough Reached in Negotiations on Bailout – Great photo of Harry Reid looking giddy , while Paulson’s face says, “Oh yay, yipee! I get to go and buy stuff, lot’s of stuff, enormous acres of stuff… fun! Fun! FUN!… Oh crap! Did that $400k exec ‘salary cap thingamy’ mean me too?” Pelosi’s face says, “We screwed the suits!”

    Hey, Get Warren on the Line…

    The Bailout: Three words

    Huffington Post – Congress, White House reach financial bailout deal

    Americas News Daily (blog) has some of the background angst that the poli’s are (hopefully) feeling – US bailout fuels protests in streets, online

    We must get the bailout right.

    Bailout 2.0 is Upon Us

    Bailout: Democrats trying to commandeer negotiations to push their own program (Updated)


    Voters Remain Overwhelmingly Against Bailout Plan

    A report by Bloomberg, has a startling statement made by the House Appropriations Committee Chairman David Obey. When asked about the budget bill that was rammed through the house with little or no public discussion, and whether it had been secretive, he had this to say.

    `You’re damn right it has because if it’s done in the public it would never get done.” He said he wanted to avoid his colleagues’ “pontificating” on the content of the legislation, saying “that’s what politicians do when this stuff is done in full view of the press.” He said “we’ve done this the old fashioned way by brokering agreements in order to get things done and I make no apology for it.”

    Maybe a little hard scrutiny (that which you, Obey, call ‘pontificating’) would be nice for a change. Also, why is this bill being passed simultaneously as the Wall Street rescue bill? Yes, there is a September 30 deadline, but don’t you think that if the Wall Street bill was SUCH A BIG DEAL, and was going to implode the countries economy like you have been yelling at us, that we ought to be taking a doubly hard and cut-throat approach to it? If you really believed what you were saying, wouldn’t you want to look at the budget bill intensely?

    There is a game being played here, and we are the suckers who are being faked out by this wall street bill. The cronies are having a field day with us. First they tell us that it has to be done yesterday, and now Pelosi comes out and says, well yeah there was some problems with it, and we may not have a resolution till Wednesday.

    There is a high stakes game of retaliation going on, last year Pelosi and Obey had their plans thwarted by the house republicans, led by House Minority Leader John Boehner. Ed Morrisey covered that story.

    Why do I get the feeling that I am being told to bend over all over again?

    Citizens Against Government Waste had this statement.


    (Washington, D.C.) – The Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW) today blasted House Appropriations Committee Chairman David Obey (D-Wisconsin) for presiding over a dysfunctional, chaotic federal budget circus. In a flurry of activity yesterday, Chairman Obey forced Congress to vote on a stop-gap continuing resolution worth $1 trillion in spending with less than 24 hours to review its contents. The rush was aimed at getting lawmakers out of Washington, D.C. as quickly as possible to campaign before the November election and to short-circuit any in-depth scrutiny of the billions of dollars in wasteful spending. The bill came to the House floor under a closed rule, which prohibited amendments and passed 370 to 58.

    “Chairman Obey’s actions, and the actions of the entire Democratic leadership team in the House represent a stunning abdication of fiscal responsibility,” said CCAGW President Tom Schatz. “A significant number of lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are allowing themselves to be steamrolled and, once again, demonstrating blatant hostility to the rights of taxpayers to know how their money is being spent. The deadline for approving appropriations bills is the same each year, September 30, and if the Democrats had done their job over the past nine months, this legislation could have been deliberately considered, reviewed, and publicized. Democrats took over Congress promising greater transparency; this is completely contrary to that claim.”

    The bill, H.R. 2638, will fund nine of the twelve appropriations bills at fiscal year 2008 levels until March 6, 2009. It contains billions in congressional earmarks. H.R. 2638 also contains language which appropriates $7 billion of an authorized $50 billion in loan guarantees to bailout Detroit’s “Big Three” automakers. The bill contains a $600 billion “security omnibus” bill combining the remaining three appropriations bills (Military Con/Veterans Affairs, Defense, and Homeland Security), as well as $22.9 billion in so-called disaster relief. Lawmakers also rammed through a separate $600 billion Defense Authorization bill, which passed by a vote of 392 to 39.

    When asked by Bloomberg News about whether the process has been secretive, Obey bluntly replied “You’re damn right it has because if it’s done in the public it would never get done.” He wanted to “avoid his colleagues’ ‘pontificating’on the content of the legislation” because “that’s what politicians do when this stuff is done in full view of the press.” He said “we’ve done this the old fashioned way by brokering agreements in order to get things done and I make no apology for it.”

    “It is not surprising that taxpayers hold Congress in such abysmal regard. At this fragile time, when taxpayers are facing unprecedented economic pressures and uncertainty, Congress has made a mockery of the federal budget process and cannot be taken seriously when it preens about accountability and transparency. In my years in Washington, I have rarely seen a bigger sham of the legislative process,” Schatz concluded.

    The Council for Citizens Against Government Waste is the lobbying arm of Citizens Against Government Waste, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement in government.

    There is something inherently wrong when a proposal is presented and voted on, before someone could even read and digest the bill (take a look – it is 357 pages and over 10MB file size). Furthermore, in this bill is buried the pet hundreds of projects of these politicians who love to spend our money.

    David Obey had 65 projects in 2008 (last year), totaling $97.5 million. Out of 435 members of the House he ranked 14th for earmarks.

    Read more…

    Obey: Secret talks yield results

    Old Porkers Learn New Tricks

    No Time to Read the Bill

    Congress Rushes Stop-Gap Resolution to Avoid Scrutiny of Wasteful Spending


    Michelle Malkin

    Stephanopoulos: Sources Say Vote “Unlikely” Before Wednesday

    Pelosi: Democrats don’t have the votes to pass the bailout bill; Update: Vote unlikely before Wednesday?

    INTERESTING: Democrats Hide Pet Projects From Voters

    House Approves $460B Pentagon Budget

    Spending bill may give Pentagon record budget

    House approves $630B spending bill

    Where YOUR money is going…

    John McCain mentioned in the debate tonight the website Citizens Against Government Waste. This is a great resource for people wanting to dig up these spending earmarks that have been buried in bills here and there. They release a summary of pork barrel earmarks, in the form of a book (or download), which is very informative.

    (see update at end of post)

    Lindsey Graham in his interview with Greta on Fox, stated that part of the proposal was for 20% of the bailout money was to go to ACORN!

    This money handout is obviously in response to ACORN’s lobbying efforts this week. They have been begging for it. (ht to Excuse Me For Kickin)

    If this is accurate, and not a misspoken error, the Democrats have dropped a bomb on themselves. This is a big mistake for them, because up until this point in the campaign they have managed to avoid the ACORN connection with, “voter fraud, embezzlement, and misuses of taxpayer funds, ACORN’s pattern of fraud can no longer be dismissed as a series of ‘unfortunate events.’” They didn’t get the memo that there is an investigation going on, that looks ugly and smells ugly. For them to carve out this level of funding in this hastily cobbled together proposal is remarkable for showing that the Democrats exhibit enormous arrogance in thinking the public will not care, and secondly that they are totally unaware that there is a moral issue in inflating this bill unnecessarily at a time like this (or EVER!), never mind that it is going to an organization that has possible rampant corruption.

    Oh, and how about the fact that Obama was an attorney for ACORN… (read here also)

    Barack Obama was once the Attorney for ACORN. While Obama was Chairman of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, the CAC provided funds for ACORN’s Voter Registration Activities. Obama provided training to ACORN workers who are frequently misrepresented as “Volunteers” – ACORN pays for its Voter Registration Activities. ACORN, which receives partial taxpayer funding, uses those funds to conduct solicitations for contributions to Political Campaigns. In Philadelphia alone ACORN has raised over $800,000 Dollars for Barack Obama’s Campaign.

    (Update) An aside…

    Anne Schroeder Mullins writes

    Obama, headphones, baseball hat, hitting the gym. Spotted working out this a.m. at the Washington Sports Club, near Adams Morgan/Kalorama, from 7:30a – 8:20a.

    Stay tuned for more gym/Obama news…

    So we get another picture of what is important to him.


    Ed Morrisey has text of the relevant ACORN section of the bill. The proposal has 20 percent of money out of the profits of the sale of these mortgages was to go to these cheap housing projects of ACORN. Let’s take the money and bloat welfare with it huh?

    Also, the Wall Street Journal has a piece on ACORN today.

    Read More…

    Kill the bailout: More ACORN funding?!

    Alert – Bailout Talks Include Funding to Corrupt ACORN

    What is ACORN? Why is ACORN Associated With Voter Fraud – Does Obama Have An ACORN Connection

    Report: Part of Democratic Bailout Diverts Our Money to ACORN « Pocket Change – Now Lint Free!

    Republicans, ACORN feud over suspicious voter cards

    ACORN and the Communist Party USA



    And the bailout cash goes to… ACORN!

    Bailout For……ACORN?????? , An Ol’ Broad’s Ramblings

    Report: Part of Democratic Bailout Diverts Our Money to ACORN

    Elephant Owners » Blog Archive » ACORN Shrugged (not)

    Webloggin » Alert – Bailout Talks Include Funding to Corrupt ACORN

    silent E speaks – Conservatively Speaking from Western Waukesha County » Taxpayer Bailout Means More For ACORN…..

    Kill the bailout: Capitol Hill to pull an all-nighter; negotiations break down

    John Fund Talks ACORN Vote Fraud – video

    ACORN’s Official statement regarding the Bail Out