The document, which purports to have been co-written by Rob Stein, founder of the George Soros-led Democracy Alliance and Maren Hesla, the director of WOMEN VOTE!, at abortion group EMILY’s List, offers new information on how the left is trying to create a permanent left-wing political infrastructure throughout the nation.(from newsrealblog.com)
Stein, it should be noted, is to be taken very seriously. He created an influential PowerPoint presentation called, “The Conservative Message Machine Money Matrix.” Using graphs, charts, diagrams, and bullet points, Stein explained how the conservative movement came to power by underwriting an intricate network of legal, academic, and political organizations (such as the Heritage Foundation and the Federalist Society) focusing on influencing public opinion on various issues. The left could ensure long-term political success by creating a similar infrastructure focused on its issues, he reasoned.
The document (below) was posted by Wellstone Action, an activist group named after the late Sen. Paul Wellstone, an arch-leftist Democrat who represented Minnesota. (Wellstone is the fellow whose 2002 funeral was turned into a political pep rally.)
Surprisingly, ACORN is not mentioned in the document. It’s hard to believe ACORN isn’t involved in Stein’s project. It could be that the group is merely lying low because of all the adverse publicity it’s had in recent months.
Note: As I was composing this blog post the document mysteriously disappeared from slideshare.net. Currently, the embedded versions of it still appear online. However, I made a PDF copy earlier today just for safekeeping. Read it here.
SEIU members who attended the SEIU Senate Forum last fall endorsed Attorney General Martha Coakley in her bid for the US Senate seat that was left open by the passing of Senator Ted Kennedy.
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Brace for a year of stubbornly high unemployment.
The unemployment rate held steady at 10 percent. It did not creep higher only because so many people stopped looking for work and are technically not counted as unemployed. But the jobless rate is likely to rise in coming months as more people see signs of an improving economy and start looking for work again. Some economists think it could near 11 percent, which would be the highest since World War II, by June.
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Venezuela devalued its currency by half yesterday, the first such action since March 2005, as President Hugo Chávez seeks to pull the economy from recession amid falling oil revenue.(from businessweek.com)
Chávez said the bolivar will be devalued to 4.3 per dollar from 2.15 per dollar for most imports. A second, subsidized peg of 2.60 bolivars per dollar will be used for importing food, medicine and machinery intended to boost the economy’s competitiveness.
The Central Bank, which agreed yesterday to transfer $7 billion in reserves to the government, will “intervene” to prop up the bolivar in the unregulated parallel market, Chávez said without providing details. “This is to boost the productive economy, to reduce imports that aren’t strictly necessary and to stimulate exports,” Chávez, 55, said in comments on state television.
Chávez is trying to maintain spending for his 21st century socialist revolution as South America’s largest oil exporter fails to emerge from its first recession in six years. The government is trying to stem its falling popularity and the highest inflation rate among 78 economies tracked by Bloomberg ahead of parliamentary elections scheduled for September.
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