Monday wrap

Obama: Awakens the Silent Majority, runs short on cash, OK's Putin-Chávez military build-up, grooms Trojan Horse, coddles terrorists, runs GovMo stupidly, H8s men.

Mismanagement: Union-Dem P2P boost delayed, union bigs demand unfairness, corruption plagues labor-states, union bigs take huge raises, SEIU unwelcomed in D.C., Sin City oppressed by unionism.

International: SA workers celebrate Communism by going on strike, Castro Bros. crack down to save Communism.

Recess: Governing New Progs confront popular counterinsurgency ... This morning, right-wing blogger Michelle Malkin joined the ABC roundtable on This Week with George Stephanopoulos. Asked what the conservative opposition strategy is going to be this coming month while Congress is in recess, Malkin said there is a growing “tea party movement — these counterinsurgencies amongst taxpayer rights groups” — that is fomenting opposition to Obama’s health care plan. Malkin claimed the Obama administration has “vastly underestimated just how grassroots this movement is.” Lawmakers are going to face “townhalls-gone-wild,” she added. (thinkprogress.org)

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Overspent Obama-Dems need more of your money ... Appearing on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” yesterday, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner floated President Obama’s next big move: a tax increase on middle-class Americans. Geithner made it clear during the interview that the administration believes that new federal revenues are needed and he declined to rule out raising taxes on Americans earning less than $250,000 per year to get those revenues. During the interview, host George Stephanopoulos pointed out to Geithner that the “Congressional Budget Office estimates that your budget will add $9 trillion to the national debt over the next decade.” (cnsnews.co)

In case you missed it: The Union News weekend
Sunday: Obama suffers from premature overexposure
Saturday: Obama urged to 'man up'

Obama welcomes Russia to the West ... Just two months into President Obama’s presidency, Russia sent a political shot across America’s bows when the chief of staff of Russia’s long-range aviation, Maj. Gen. Anatoly Zhikharev, told reporters that Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chávez had offered Russia “a whole island with an airdrome, which we can use as a temporary base for strategic bombers.” Zhikharev also included Cuba as another option for hosting the long-range nuclear-capable bombers. To have such a challenge issued so blatantly to this current administration by Russia should have served to indicate just how far down the power scale the U.S. has slid since 1962 when Nikita Kruschev caved in under challenge from President Kennedy and pulled his nuclear weapons off Cuban soil! Now, just four months on from that announcement, Russia has signed a deal with Cuba to begin oil exploration in the Gulf of Mexico. According to Cuban state media, “Russian Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin signed four contracts securing exploration rights in Cuba’s economic zone in the Gulf. … Russia and Cuba have been working to revitalize relations, which cooled after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Russia’s Zarubezhneft oil concern will work alongside the Cubapetroleo monopoly in the deep waters of the Gulf” (bbc News, July 29). So here’s the scenario. Within the first six months of President Obama becoming U.S. commander in chief, Russia, America’s old nemesis, has announced the prospect of its strategic nuclear bombers being located off the Caribbean Sea and now signed a deal that will permit it to drill for oil right off the U.S.’s Cuban back door. (thetrumpet.com)

The 'public option' is not your friend ... As President Obama repeatedly tells America that his plan for healthcare reform will not lead to the elimination of private health insurance, statements he made in 2007 and 2003 tell a different story altogether. In shocking video uncovered by our good friends at Naked Emperor News, Obama, speaking at SEIU's New Leadership Health Care Forum on March 24, 2007, said, "My commitment is to make sure that we have universal healthcare for all Americans by the end of my first term as President." (newsbusters.org)

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Obama makes a good argument for keeping Gitmo ... The Obama administration is looking at creating a courtroom-within-a-prison complex in the U.S. to house suspected terrorists, combining military and civilian detention facilities at a single maximum-security prison. Several senior U.S. officials said the administration is eyeing a soon-to-be-shuttered state maximum security prison in Michigan and the 134-year-old military penitentiary at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., as possible locations for a heavily guarded site to hold the 229 suspected al-Qaida, Taliban and foreign fighters now jailed at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp in Cuba. The officials outlined the plans — the latest effort to comply with President Barack Obama's order to close the prison camp by Jan. 22, 2010, and satisfy congressional and public fears about incarcerating terror suspects on American soil — on condition of anonymity because the options are under review. (google.com)

Illegal anti-capitalist thieves pig out ... On March 30, 2009, the president of the United States told an anxious nation: "Let me be clear: The United States government has no interest in running G.M." If only he were telling the truth. One way you could tell Barack Obama was being less than honest was that the day before, he had fired General Motors Chief Executive Officer Rick Wagoner. This unprecedented hostile takeover of a former American manufacturing giant signaled that the basic social contract between U.S. government and private business was being ripped up on live television. The fact that Obama followed his unpersuasive declaration of disinterest with a stern lecture about G.M.'s product lines ("They must ask themselves: have they consolidated enough unprofitable brands?") only confirmed the suspicion: Not only will this White House seize any company it deems to pose a "systemic risk" to the economy, but it will do so without regard to restraint, to the law, or to basic economic principles. All while dissembling enough to keep its most loyal political supporters distracted from the fact that robbing taxpayers to pay failed corporate executives is almost the definition of economic unfairness. (americanchronicle.com)

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Why Obama H8s men ... Team Obama is, perhaps, the most-misandrist bunch ever running American government. Few are familiar with the term misandry: hatred of men. Ask your friends; you’ll get blank stares — because misandry is both accepted and acceptable in our culture, as TV sitcoms and commercials prove by endlessly featuring moronic husbands and fathers. Employing the anti-male projections of Vice President Joe Biden and almost-confirmed US Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sototmayor, as well as his own, President Barack Obama is operating a veritable misandry cineplex at the White House. (mensnewsdaily.com)

Trumka vows to get tough over non-union jobs ... Richard Trumka admits that unions were outmaneuvered on a key element of the Employee Free Choice Act — a bill making it easier for workers to organize. But the all-but-certain incoming president of the AFL-CIO says that legislative black eye will also carry a price — and warns that the business community and both parties ought to prepare for a more aggressive brand of labor politics once he’s in charge. “[We] could have done a lot of things,” Trumka said in an interview with POLITICO, acknowledging that unions did not do enough to combat the business community’s portrayal of organized labor’s top legislative priority as merely an attempt to strip workers of the right to a private ballot in union elections. “But we didn’t, and we are where we are.” (politico.com)

D.C. union organizers demand one-sided arrangement ... You see, Big Labor has yet another ticking time bomb hidden in the card check legislation that may just be worse for America’s fragile economy than card check itself. It seems mild enough. It’s about “arbitration.” But as nice as “arbitration” may sound, in this case “arbitration” means that government bureacrats will impose union contracts on businesses unilaterally, regardless of the irresponsible or unrealistic demands union “negotiators” make which may preclude an agreement. Think about it: first, the employees are denied a secret ballot and then the they are denied the right to ratify their own terms and conditions of employment. A more one-sided arrangement would be tough to design. Think about that. If the union bosses can drag out negotiations with an employer past 90 days by making outrageous demands, Obama administration bureaucrats will have the power to use this so-called “problem” as an excuse to write a new labor contract and force its terms and conditions of employment upon those workers. So, first, union bosses pushed legislation to take away workers right to vote in private during union elections. Now, they’re in favor of removing workers’ right to vote on their own contracts. (humanevents.com)

Labor-state corruption bedevils U.S. ... Time, maybe, for a little balance. You've heard the words describing the recent sting that netted 44 people. Massive. Sweeping. Unprecedented. Historic. Wasn't helped by Ed Kahrer, the FBI's chief of white-collar crime in the state, who said, "New Jersey's corruption problem is one of the worst, if not the worst, in the nation. Corruption is a cancer that is destroying the core values of this state." Not long ago, his Chicago counterpart said the same thing about Illinois. (blog.nj.com)

Union bigs get huge pay hikes while workers suffer ... At a time of rising unemployment and declining membership at some unions, many local labor leaders took home healthy pay increases in 2008. A computer-assisted study by The Honolulu Advertiser found that top executives of the state's 27 largest unions and labor organizations earned an average of $135,135 last year, a 9.4 percent increase from the year-earlier period. The average pay is about 60 percent higher than the median household income in Hawai'i. About two-thirds of the union executives received raises last year, while six saw pay cuts. (honoluluadvertiser.com)

Opponents of Worker Freedom not welcome ... Several SEIU workers got thrown out of a Capitol Hill meeting this week of a group called the Alliance For Worker Freedom. It was a panel discussion about the Employee Free Choice Act. But when the workers from SEIU tried to attend, security was called and they were escorted out. (pww.org)

Unionist control plagues Sin City ... However, this development underscores the deeper problems with government unionization and collective bargaining in Nevada. Once negotiated, compensation increases practically become a birthright. Government workers receive "cost of living" raises with no nexus to the cost of living, "step" raises, "longevity" raises, boosts in benefits, sweetened, early retirements and on and on, and the taxpayers can't get meaningful relief even when the economy crashes and burns. Ms. Fretwell and Mayor Oscar Goodman point out that the city is not yet in a fiscal emergency. But after years and years of giveaways to city unions, it won't be long before the budget bursts into flames so tall, not even the firefighters will be able to put it out. (lvrj.com)

International Collectivism

Celebrating Communism ... 29 July 2009 marks the 88th anniversary of the Communist Party in South Africa. Launched in Cape Town in 1921, the Communist Party of SA (as it was then known), was the first communist party on the African continent. The immediate inspiration for the CPSA was the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution in Russia and the subsequent launch (in 1919) of the Communist International with its headquarters in Moscow. 88 years ago, world capitalism was in deep crisis. The crisis had provided the conditions in which, as Lenin so aptly put, there was a possibility to make a rapid socialist advance in the weakest link of the imperialist chain - Russia. 88 years later, world capitalism is once more living through one of its most serious periodic crises. Today's capitalist crisis is multi-fold - it is simultaneously a financial crisis, a productive crisis and a crisis of global sustainability. The capitalist accumulation path of the last three centuries has taken the whole of humanity to the brink of ecological disaster and the depletion of natural resources. Despite its crisis, global capitalism remains powerful, and it is constantly manoeuvring in order to retain its power. (politicsweb.co.za)

Workers out on strike against Communists ... Thousands of workers at South African fixed-line telephone group Telkom (TKGJ.J) began striking on Monday, the Communications Workers Union said, the latest industrial action to hit the country despite recession. The protest at Telkom, Africa's biggest fixed-line phone operator, began only days after the end of a five-day strike by tens of thousands of council workers that saw rubbish pile up on the streets and key services paralysed. (reuters.com)

Communist crackdown in Cuba ... In a speech to parliament, Cuban President Raul Castro said his government is willing to begin dialogue with the United States but not at the expense of socialism under the ruling Communist Party. The delegates applauded the President as he refused to "surrender the revolution," adding that "[he] was elected to defend, maintain, and continue perfecting socialism, not to destroy it." Castro warned that those who hoped for political and economic liberalization were "condemned to fail," and the demise of the original military and political participants of the Cuban Revolution, including Fidel himself, would not be an opportunity for regime change in Havana. (examiner.com)
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