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Obama Buys Into Anger, Fear as Political Tool

March 27, 2009

There is a clear message being sent of “we’ll get this, or else.”

Radicals protesting  the G20 summit transmit the message clearly.

Even President Barack Obama has gently used veiled threats and insinuations that he’ll go to any lengths to get what he wants.

“We won” flies in the face of bipartisanship and comity.

When Obama made his “outrage” remarks about the AIG bonuses, that was quickly followed up by Rep. Barney Frank asking for the names of all the AIG bonus recipients.

Then ACORN showed up to protest at the homes of some of those same AIG people.

Yesterday, two Washington Post reporters said the President of the United States is “attempting to harness public anger over the financial crisis” to pass his budget.

Once or twice, the president has lamely, limply, really, tried to mimic FDR’s “nothing to fear but fear itself” speech; but more often than not, “No Drama Obama” has hinted at other emotions beyond calm.
Obama is banking that his strong poll numbers will translate into the public trust and confidence he’ll need to reform, some say overhaul, and some say radically attack the financial system and Wall Street.

But pollster Frank Luntz and others say although the public approves of Obama himself, they reject some of his policies.

Public anger as a political tool?  That’s been used before but rarely by the president.

And the use of fear by the President of the United States at this time is disconcerting at the least.  Americans have plenty of fear and anger already: after losing jobs, retirement funds, and homes.

What American need is trust.  But at a time when trust in Wall Street, bankers and others is at low ebb, the president is talking about fear, crisis, catastrophe, anger and “outrage.”

Laughing on Leno and “60 Minutes” was a lame attempt to blind the facts.

My imagination running amok?  Hardly.  In Scotland, protesters attacked a bank executive’s home and inflicted thousands of dollars of damage.  In Paris the protesters rioted, setting tires on fire in the streets frequented by tourists.  Around the world, the economic crisis is turning from simmering outrage to a boil of fear and violence.

The G20 will be something to watch: not just because of the usually boring diplomatic and financial talk.  This time there are real issues and differences and the future of the American and world banking systems could surely hang in the outcome.

But added to that is an atmosphere of fear and even violence: and that is not a good way to do business.

Related:
Anger, Lawlessness Fueling U.S., Global Economic Revolution?

http://michellemalkin.com/2009/03/
27/the-coming-g20-riots-the-spread
-of-mob-rule/

Obama, Geithner, Summers Plan for “Toxic Assets” May be Toxic Itself

Obama’s public overexposure

Obama Still Thinks After Economy Recovers; Bank, Finance Good Times Can Return?

 Obama’s Economic “Rescue;” “The plan is very, very clever. Maybe too clever.”

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Forget ACORN, Obama’s Americorps Has “strong odor of creepy authoritarianism”

March 26, 2009

With almost no public attention, both chambers of Congress in the past week advanced an alarming expansion of the Americorps national service plan, with the number of federally funded community service job increasing from 75,000 to 250,000 at a cost of $5.7 billion. Lurking behind the feel-good rhetoric spouted by the measure’s advocates is a bill that on closer inspection reveals multiple provisions that together create a strong odor of creepy authoritarianism. The House passed the measure overwhelmingly, while only 14 senators had the sense and courage to vote against it on a key procedural motion. Every legislator who either voted for this bill or didn’t vote at all has some serious explaining to do.

The Examiner

 

Last summer, then-candidate Barack Obama threw civil liberties to the wind when he proposed “a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded” as the regular military. The expanded Americorps is not quite so disturbing, but a number of provisions in the bill raise serious concerns.
 
To begin with, the legislation threatens the voluntary nature of Americorps by calling for consideration of “a workable, fair, and reasonable mandatory service requirement for all able young people.” It anticipates the possibility of requiring “all individuals in the United States” to perform such service – including elementary school students. The bill also summons up unsettling memories of World War II-era paramilitary groups by saying  the new program should “combine the best practices of civilian service with the best aspects of military service,” while establishing “campuses” that serve as “operational headquarters,” complete with “superintendents” and “uniforms” for all participants. It allows for the elimination of all age restrictions in order to involve Americans at all stages of life. And it calls for creation of “a permanent cadre” in a “National Community Civilian Corps.”
 
But that’s not all. The bill also calls for “youth engagement zones” in which “service learning” is “a mandatory part of the curriculum in all of the secondary schools served by the local educational agency.” This updated form of voluntary community service is also to be “integrated into the science, technology, engineering and mathematics curricula” at all levels of schooling. Sounds like a government curriculum for government approved “service learning,” which is nothing less than indoctrination. Now, ask yourself if congressmen who voted for this monstrosity had a clue what they were voting for. If not, they’re guilty of dereliction of duty. If yes, the implications are truly frightening.

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opin
ion/Expanded-Americorps-has-an-au
thoritarian-feel-41889742.html

Related:
Federal Government Paying “Volunteers” To Teach Liberal Values

 ACORN Protesters At Homes of AIG Execs Similar To Lawlessness For UK Bank Exec?

Did ACORN Organize Protests At Homes of AIG Execs? Protesters At Homes Of AIG Execs (Organized by ACORN?)

See Michelle Malkin:

ACORN at the homes of AIG execs….

ACORN Protesters At Homes of AIG Execs Similar To Lawlessness For UK Bank Exec?

March 25, 2009

Politics is one thing.  But sending people to protest at people’s homes seems an invitation to lawless behavior to many…

When ACORN funded protests at the homes of AIG executives last weekend, most of the mainstream media was silent.  Those that reported on the protests didn’t mention ACORN at all.

And certain congressmen fueled these protests: asking for the names and addresses of AIG workers.

For what purpose?

Paying protesters can only lead to trouble.  Sending protesters to private homes can only make homeowers and neighbors fearful which could mean the police get involved and confrontations occur.

We condemn such conduct: no matter how much we seem to think someone has wronged us; sending protesters to his house is out of bounds and invites trouble….

Related:
Did ACORN Organize Protests At Homes of AIG Execs?

 Protesters At Homes Of AIG Execs (Organized by ACORN?)

See Michelle Malkin:

http://michellemalkin.com/2009/0
3/25/the-rule-of-the-mob/

ACORN at the homes of AIG execs….

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The Times (UK)

An anti-capitalist vigilante group calling itself Bank Bosses Are Criminals has claimed responsibility for an attack on the home and car of Sir Fred Goodwin, the former chief executive of the Royal Bank of Scotland.

The ex-banker’s £3 million Edinburgh house was targeted in the early hours, with at least four ground-floor windows smashed and a black Mercedes vandalised. Police were called at around 4.15am to Morningside, a leafy suburb of the Scottish capital lined with substantial, stone-built homes.

A storm of controversy has engulfed Sir Fred over the £16.9 million pension he negotiated as he was made to leave RBS last October for his part in bringing the bank to its knees. The 50-year-old financier has already started to collect an annual pension of around £700,000, and refused invitations to hand it back..

Less than an hour after the attack, an e-mail was sent to local media outlets, signed by Moira McLeod, claiming responsibility and threatening further vigilante assaults. The e-mail account used to send the warning was named “Bank Bosses Are Criminals”.

Read the rest:
http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol
/business/industry_sectors/bankin
g_and_finance/article5974253.ece

http://nicedeb.wordpress.com/2
009/03/21/acorn-aig-protest-fail/

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Pelosi’s Lawlessness

And then we have Nancy Pelosi, the third in line to the presidency, virtually telling illegal immigrants to violate the law: that the law is “Un-American.”

Well, here’s more “anything to win” — changing law by illegal acts and shenanigans.

If Nancy wants to make good law; she is in the catbird seat to do so.  The Speaker of the House knows how to make good law and how to defeat those that stand in her way too….

Pelosi made the stimulus bill and Obama has already offered her the health care revolution.  But she’s not satisfied yet: now she’ll rewrite immigration law by not picking up a pen: she’ll use the microphone.

Obama, Pelosi: Anything to Win

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When I wrote last week’s column, before the AIG fury erupted, I argued that we in Washington should dial back our rhetoric because public passions were already dangerously high — and we have so many hard decisions in probably hard times ahead of us that we need to face as a united people. Little did I expect that within hours of my writing those words, congressmen would be calling for the names and addresses of AIG employees to be made public — even though the congressmen had been told that the lives of the employees’ children had been threatened as a result of the uproar. Congressmen who would risk the lives of innocent children to save their own political skins are not likely to provide noble leadership in the months and years to come.

By Tony Blankley
http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_conte
nt/political_commentary/commentary_by_ton
y_blankley/the_most_dangerous_city_in_the_world

http://lewlew.wordpress.com/200
9/03/25/a-big-stick-but-no-carrot/

Associated Press: Can It Be Trusted?

March 23, 2009

Michelle Malkin nabbed the AP making class war amid a tragedy with 14 deaths.

“BUTTE, Mont. (AP) – Three California families headed to a retreat for the ultrarich were among the 14 victims of a plane crash in Montana.”

“Ultrarich” here seems unnecessary and a violation of the rule telling writers to put up front “who, what, when where and why.”

In fact, why is “ultrarich” in the story at all.

We found the Associated Press responsible for an even greater harm this last weekend when they reported on protests at the homes of AIG executives.

The AP never bothered to find out or, more likely, ignored the fact that the protesters were from ACORN and probably paid for their time.

Too bad.  We just cannot trust the AP any more…

Related:
http://michellemalkin.com/2009/03/
23/ap-cant-keep-class-warfare-out-o
f-tragic-airplane-story/

Did ACORN Organize Protests At Homes of AIG Execs?

 Protesters At Homes Of AIG Execs (Organized by ACORN?)

Did ACORN Organize Protests At Homes of AIG Execs?

March 22, 2009

On Saturday reporter John Christofferson wrote for the Associated Press that protesters had gone to the homes of AIG executives to make their displeasure known on the bonus issue.

One of our readers commented on the article that the reporter should get an “F” for not pointing out who these people were.

“‘Activists’ ? Who are they? Who organized them? Who paid for the bus ? These are not deep investigative questions. He certainly got the names of the executives and towns easily enough. This is selective journalism at its worst.”

Social Unrest: Hurt by Economy, Europeans Vent Their Anger

We pulled the thread on this and found several sources that confirmed that ACORN (the Association of Community Reform Organizations) engineerd these protests.

We also found out that reporters vastly outnumered the ACORN protesters…

Why would a far left organization so closely tied to Barack Obama feel the need to invade the neighborhoods of the AIG executives after the House of Representatives already made it clear they wanted to get back 90% of these guys’ “bonus” money?

Related:
Protesters At Homes Of AIG Execs (Organized by ACORN?)

Protesters At Homes of AIG Execs Similar To Lawlessness For UK Bank Exec?

Inside Obama’s ACORN
http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=N
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From:

Nice Deb

While the tea parties, (which are popping up all over the country, drawing hundreds and even thousands of people every week), are attracting scarce attention from the media, a motley troupe of 40 ACORN malcontents that go by the name of the Connecticut Working Families Party attracted dozens of reporters from around the world for their protest of AIG working family homes, today:

I’ve been to three tea parties so far, all of which were considerably larger than this sad little  exercise in class envy. Only the last one was covered by anyone in the MSM; one lone reporter from the local Fox affiliate.

But the AIG bonuses are apparently what the media insists we  be outraged about, not the insane spending spree Obama and the Dems in Congress have been on. I could have worked up a little indignation over the bonuses, myself,  but all of the maudlin emoting that came out of Congress, and the White House over them, knocked it right out of me.

Not so with CT Working Families Party.

http://nicedeb.wordpress.com
/2009/03/21/acorn-aig-protest-fail/

See also:
http://sweetness-light.com/archi
ve/acorn-behind-protests-at-aig-ct-homes

http://faustasblog.com/?p=10979

http://pjmiller.wordpress.com/
2009/03/22/anger-militancy-and-riots/

The activist group ACORN provided liberal causes with protest-for-hire services and coerced donations from the targets of demonstrations through a mob-style “protection” racket, according to one of their former lawyers. 

ACORN called it the “muscle for the money” program….

See:
http://www.washingtontimes.com/n
ews/2009/mar/19/hill-panel-testi
mony-to-accuse-acorn-of-mob-tactic/

Visit Michelle Malkin:
http://michellemalkin.com/2009/0
3/23/this-court-brought-to-y
ou-byacorn/

Schools Have To Face Facts: Your Tax Base is Deteriorated So Your Have To Cut Costs

March 11, 2009

City and county officials all over the United States are coming to grips with the grim reality that school funding has to be cut.  The housing crisis and foreclosures have lowered home values everywhere and the local community revenue from taxes is lower than once expected.

The rampant spending at the national level by the Congress and the Obama Administration along with hoped for stimulus and other federal money just won’t make school budgets what they once were: so now it it time for the tough decisions about what to cut without hurting the education of our youth.

But everyone should take heart in knowing that more money spent has not always (I want to say never) translated into better learning — by most fair measures.

Some of our most expensive dollar per stundet classrooms, in the District of Columbia, as just one example, remain some of our worst at really giving children basic needed skills like reading excellence.

So when community organizations like ACORN and teachers unions demand school funding at previous levels once considered “normal” they are encouraging a denial of the very basic facts of life we should learn to get used to….

Related:
http://michellemalkin.com/2009/03/11/terrif
ic-tax-subsidized-acorn-mob-teams-up-with-la
-teachers/

Obama on Education: What’s Good For You Is Wrong for Sasha, Malia

From the Wall Street Journal:
Local Economies Seek Revival
http://online.wsj.com/article/
SB123672424836788181.html

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By Andrea Billups
Washington Times
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Marching bands are silenced. Sports programs, summer school and driver’s education are being slashed. Schools are facing closure and consolidation.

Teachers, many now vacuuming their own classrooms, have been told to do away with space heaters and office refrigerators because they consume expensive electricity. Even the school year is being shortened as districts across the nation are making hard choices amid a worsening recession as they deal with budget woes.

“If school districts think it’s bad now, it’s likely to get worse in the next couple of years,” said Michael Petrilli, vice president of programs and policy at the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation in Washington, who paints a grim portrait of the economy’s influence on education. He noted that as local revenues from property taxes continue to plummet, many districts likely will lose even more funding as foreclosures mount with increasing job losses.

Even as some hope that the economic stimulus will bring some relief, he said, children are the ones who ultimately lose as education bears a big hit from the downturn.

Read the rest:
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/200
9/mar/11/schools-cut-budgets-where-it-hurt
s-children-most/