10/5/09

Monday wrap

Obama: Job-Killer-In-Chief, Stimulus 2 - the sequel, hearts Valerie Jarrett, Rathke-esque in disgrace, reshapes U.S. culture,

Mismanagement: Reality adjusted for Obamunists, ACORN shocker spreads, ACORN un-defundable, CA & NV probe union-backed fraud, much ado about ACORN, Bloomberg fail, forced-dues fail.

International: LatAm Progs H8 semites.


Meet Obama's Job-Killers ... The "Big Three," touchstones of a Democratic agenda rooted in the belief that more government equals progress, are the "cap and trade" bill to reduce greenhouse gases, the House and Senate health-care reform bills, and the Employee Free Choice Act. All would, if enacted, cost the country jobs. Democrats should have no trouble passing these bills. They have 60 votes in the Senate, a large majority in the House, and a president who is poised to sign That the bills face opposition within Democratic ranks shows that inside the majority there is doubt-and controversy-about the leadership's happy-jobs rhetoric. (realclearmarkets.com)


In case you missed it: The Union News weekend
Sunday: Obama can't find a clue
Saturday: Why news unionists ignore ACORN


Stimulus 2: Fail Remake ... National Economic Council Director Lawrence Summers, in an Internet interview for Atlantic magazine, said he wouldn't be caught using a loaded phrase such as "Stimulus 2." But he hinted at the legislative discussion. "We certainly need to continue to support people in need, whether through unemployment insurance or COBRA, which for the first time provides that people who get laid off get supported," he said. "The administration will consider ways of making unemployment insurance be there as a safety net to the extent practical," said Alan Krueger, assistant Treasury secretary for economic policy. Extending unemployment benefits through 2010 would cost about $100 billion, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a liberal think tank. (online.wsj.com)


Will Valerie Jarrett reimburse the taxpayers? ... President Barack Obama's failed bid to bring the 2016 Olympic Games to Chicago cost more than a bruised ego. Taxpayers shelled out probably $1 million or more for the president, his wife and others to fly to Copenhagen and back to woo members of the International Olympic Committee. A 2006 congressional study pegged the cost of flying Air Force One at $56,518 an hour. The Pentagon recently said it cost $100,219 an hour to fly the huge, reconfigured Boeing 747 without Obama aboard. The Pentagon estimate included more costs for support needs, such as maintenance. At those rates, the president's 14-hour trip to Copenhagen and back cost about $790,000 to $1.4 million. However, presidential travel requires additional spending, especially for security personnel and equipment. Also, first lady Michelle Obama and some administration officials traveled to Copenhagen at public expense ahead of the president. (google.com)


ACORN-SEIU's disgraced leader displays trademark Alinskyite, Obamunist cool ... Proper New Orleanians know their manners, and Wade Rathke, founder and former chief organizer of ACORN, is no exception. When Rathke appeared at a book talk Tuesday night at the Washington, D.C. bookstore and restaurant, Busboys and Poets, a couple of young representatives of the right-wing media were on hand and they seemed genuinely nonplussed by Rathke’s relaxed and gracious manner and willingness to take their questions. (nola.com)


Reality is adjustable to Alinskyites ... Last month, I gave the President a hard time for denouncing GOP scare tactics, while relying on his scary stories to build support for his healthcare plan. On Monday, ABC’s Jake Tapper pointed out that the President’s scary stories were “not quite accurate” or, in plain English, completely misleading. First up, there’s the man who died when his insurance company cut off his chemotherapy because he allegedly failed to report he once had gallstones. Actually, the man got his coverage back, got his chemotherapy, and lived for three and a half more years. Next up, there’s the woman with cancer whose coverage was cancelled because she forgot to report a case of acne. Turns our the acne had nothing do with her cancellation (although to Obama’s credit, it does seem the woman actually had some pimples.) As Tapper notes, the whole truth still makes the insurance companies look pretty heartless. But if the President wants to denounce the liars and cynics who oppose his plan, he should work a little harder to be part of the reality-based community. (themoderatevoice.com)

Bonus links:
Summary of Saul Alinsky's 'Rules for Radicals'
• More Saul Alinsky stories: here
'Rules for Radicals' at amazon.com


Valerie Jarrett Culture: Why were they invited? ... Who drew up the invitation list for the May meeting? Why did numerous officials connected to Valerie Jarrett - and perhaps Jarrett herself - invite this group of extremist radicals to help shape U.S. policy? The Obama administration has dramatically increased funding for the NEA, then used its inside channel - Valerie Jarrett's OPE and Michelle Obama's office - to steer grant recipients toward promoting its legislative agenda. The three incidents prove the invaluable role Valerie Jarrett's Office of Public Engagement played in this process and how comfortable that group, headed by Obama's alter ego, is with Marxists, hatemongers, and the deranged Left. This is more troubling yet, as Jarrett has often said she and Barack Obama share "a kind of mind meld." The president said Jarrett is "always very insistent on me trusting my instincts." Now, Jarrett's office appears to be the conduit of radical leftists into the White House. Van Jones is no anomaly; he is a reflection of Jarrett and the Obamas's most deeply held beliefs. (rightsidenews.com)


ACORN: You can't make this up ... Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller, a democrat, told Eric Shawn on FOX News that ACORN was hiring convicts still in prison -CONVICTED OF IDENTITY THEFT- for canvassing voters. Ross said that by executing a search warrant at ACORN headquarters in Nevada the authorities were able to substantiate charges and have a very solid case against ACORN. They believe they can prove that it’s not just a few bad apples it went much higher up in the organization. Ross believes that ACORN and the regional director should be held accountable for the criminal activity that took place in the state. This is not the first time we’ve seen convicts used for canvassing. In 2004 another federally funded far left organization America Coming Together was fined $775,000 in civil penalties after the election. ACT hired dozens of felons some convicted of sex offenses, assault and burglary – to conduct door-to-door voter registration drives in Missouri and other swing states. Seven of the ACT employees lived at Missouri halfway houses and at least four were later returned to prison. (biggovernment.com)


Why you can't defund union-backed fraud ... A public-interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption has filed three Freedom of Information Act lawsuits seeking documents related to the controversial community activist organization ACORN. Judicial Watch wants the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Department of Labor, and the parent company of AmeriCorps -- the Corporation for National and Community Finance -- to turn over documents related to their relationships with the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN). Spokesman Chris Farrell says Judicial Watch is concerned that ACORN has basically served as an agent of the federal government in doling out housing funds. (onenewsnow.com)


Golden State probes union-backed, tax-funded fraud group ... An investigation into the activities of the much-maligned community advocacy group ACORN has been announced by Attorney General Jerry Brown. The probe was launched at the behest of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. (recordnet.com)

Related video: Dem SoS probes ACORN



ACORN: Much ado about 'business as usual' ... When first viewed, the now-infamous video showing employees of the liberal community activist group ACORN giving advice to a couple posing as a prostitute and a pimp seems like a rerun of a “Saturday Night Live” skit. The scene, which has been repeated over and over on TV and the Internet, seems so laughable it’s hard to believe it wasn’t concocted by the writers of the popular comedy show that spoofs politicians, entertainers and the news. The scene goes like this: The pimp and the prostitute walk into a Baltimore office where they receive advice on how to lie about the source of their income in order to get housing assistance. The ACORN representatives appeared to be winking on cue, giving the couple the information they need to scam the system. At the same time they’re giving the viewer the impression that this is an everyday practice at the agency. (masslive.com)


Gotham voters mistrust 'Mr. Indispensible' ... Bloomberg remains relatively popular with voters, getting about a 70% approval rating. However, only 50% of those polled say they'll vote for him. CUNY poli sci professor John Mollenkopf, who has "informally advised" the Bloomberg campaign, said, "The Bloomberg campaign can’t convince voters to not be upset about this. It won’t work. If you ask New Yorkers what they did not like over the last eight years, term limits is the major negative." (gothamist.com)


Union refuses to answer workers' inquiry about forced-dues ... De-authorizing the union is a two-step process requiring 30 percent of the member unit, which numbers 666 nurses to petition for a de-authorization vote. A majority of the unit, 334 nurses in this case, would then have to approve of authorization for it to occur. So far Geary and her group have collected 104 petition signatures or less than half what they need for the National Labor Relations Board to consider a vote. Geary says she has also obtained letters from 22 nurses requesting an accounting of union dues that she forwarded to the union on Sept. 17 by certified mail. “I haven’t received any return from the union,” she said. (warwickonline.com)


International Collectivism

LatAm Progs show true colors ... Among the remarks criticized by the ADL is a statement by David Romero, news director of Radio Globo, which supports Zelaya. On Sept. 25, commenting on the rumors alleging Israeli involvement in the crisis, Romero referred on air to the "famous Holocaust" and added that "I believe it should have been fair and valid to let Hitler finish his historic vision." Romero apologized for the remarks Sunday in an interview with The Associated Press, saying that they were "stupid" statements made in the heat of the moment and that don't reflect his real views. (google.com)
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