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Obama’s Hoax on America, part III

October 29, 2008

James Lyons’ article, The Hoax, is reprinted here as a continuing review of the hoax that is Barack H. Obama:

The packaging of the Democratic candidate for the presidency of the United States, aided and abetted by the drive-by media and major TV networks, have perpetrated a great hoax on the American public. Never before in our history have we had a candidate with such a lack of accomplishments and a lack of transparency into his background and associates.

We can’t see his records from prep school, Occidental College, Columbia University or Harvard. What was his thesis? Who paid for his education at Harvard, since there is no record of student loans? There are even questions concerning where he was born. This is a fundamental and critical question. Was he born in Hawaii or Kenya? Did he become an Indonesian citizen? If so, he would have had to give up his U.S. citizenship. Was he then naturalized as a U.S. citizen when he returned to Hawaii from Indonesia? The documentation needs to be made public now. Certainly, security clearance requirements will require that the original documents be produced.

If the backgrounds and record or accomplishments of the two candidates were reversed, you can be assured the message coming out of the major media outlets would be quite different. Past associations matter. If John McCain had a 15-year relationship with the former unrepentant Weather Underground domestic terrorist, Pentagon bomber, flag-stomping radical leftist communist fugitive William Ayers and his accomplice wife Bernadine Dohrn, he would be attacked most critically. His judgment would be trashed.

There is a history of past associations by Barack Obama with black militants and dedicated Marxist leftists that should raise serious concern and should be exposed. If Mr. McCain had worked as a community organizer for the “Industrial Area Foundation,” an organization founded by the Marxist radical agitator Saul Alinsky using his training manual “Rules for Radicals,” he probably could not have got past the primaries. Likewise, his association with Gerald Kellman – an Alinsky disciple – who would have hired him with a $25,000 grant from the Woods Fund, where Mr. Ayers was on the board, would be more fodder for the drive-by media.

Had Mr. McCain been associated with the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, he would be condemned as a racist. The same for his association with nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. Let’s not forget, Mr. Obama considered Mr. Wright to be his “moral compass” until he became a political liability. There is his association with campaign fund-raiser and “slum lord” convicted felon Tony Rezko. The list of past and continuing questionable associations is too long to be covered here, but while they should be fully and openly vetted to date they have largely been given a pass.

The economy is the No. 1 issue facing the next president along with two ongoing wars. Mr. McCain in 2006 along with other Republican senators sent a letter to the Senate majority leader urging passage of a bill that would have reined in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and possibly reduced the economic crises we are now in. Mr. Obama did not support this effort. In fact, he is one of the biggest recipients of campaign contributions from these organizations.

When Mr. McCain tried to introduce the bill again in 2007, it was blocked by Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd and his fellow Democrats.

Mr. Obama states he has a plan to fix the economy. He says he will ensure that “economic justice is served.” What this phrase means is code for a socialist agenda for redistribution of wealth following a failed Marxist model of government taxing and spending.

Education is one of the key issues that have been raised to counter inequity in America today. If John McCain’s home base were Chicago and he pontificated on how he would focus on early education and helping poor children so another generation is not left behind, the news media would be quick to point out that Chicago has one of the worst education systems in the country for children.

Money is not the problem. Chicago spends more than $10,000 per student. However, less than one-third of Chicago’s high school juniors meet the statewide standards in tests. Teacher’s salaries are well above the norm and apparently are unaffected by performance.

In 1995, the radical leftist Mr. Ayers selected Barack Obama as chairman of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge on “Excellence in Education.” His 1995-2000 tenure proved remarkably unsuccessful. When he can’t fix the school system in his home base, what does he plan for the country?

Mr. Obama’s track record as a united and consensus builder does not exist. His record in the Senate earns him the reputation as the second most liberal senator. His qualifications as commander in chief, when compared to the military credentials and service to our country by Mr. McCain, are nonexistent.

The propaganda that the American public is inundated with today by the drive-by media is the 21st-century version of the 19th-century medicine man whose “snake oil” will cure everything. The American public didn’t buy it then, don’t buy it now.

More to come ….

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Obama and his hoax on America II 1/2

October 28, 2008

Amazing. 

By now everyone has surely seen Biden’s blow up during an interview with Florida WFTV news anchor Barbara West:  (multiple copies have been removed from YouTube — see it while you can!)

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Here’s her interview with John McCain today.

Now watch her interview with Bill O’Reilly tonight: 

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Even though the Obama campaign has refused to “give” Ms. West or her station any further interviews, I hardly think she will be out of a job anytime soon …..  Check out her resume.

Oh.  And as expected, libtards and the loonie-left are already attacking Ms. West.   Do we expect anything less?

Let’s see ….. Obama’s minions have now gone after anyone who dares to extend anything BUT softball questions and supportive talking points:  Hillary Clinton ….. Sarah Palin …. Joe the Plumber …. Barbara West …. next?

Obama and Libs “Own” the Wall Street Crisis

September 30, 2008

Possibly, House Republicans and the 90+ Democrats who voted against the $700 billion bail out bill today simply recognized that the bill, in its current form, wasn’t what the nation needed (regardless of what Wall Street said “they” needed). 

Possibly, they wanted a better, more realistic solution.   Possibly they simply voted as 80% or more of their constituents WANTED them to vote. 

Possibly, those who voted “nay” either did not believe in the urgency of the crisis (in the free market, banks and businesses fail every day) or in the sudden push toward nationalizing the mortgage industry

Possibly, they prefer (as I do) a “plan B” which emphasizes — not an arbitrary, unfettered spending spree by Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson — but a regulated safety net of loans, based on actual market values and administered by the FDIC.

Possibly, the House revolted against Nancy Pelosi’s revelation (yesterday) that the bail out would permit “the government to purchase troubled assets from pension plans (errrr… wait a minute), local governments (WHAT?), and small banks (you mean, all of them???) ….”    Here is the prevailing assessment of that statement:

So in addition to rewarding irresponsible lenders and borrowers, we taxpayers are now to be “protected” by buying the toxic debt of states, cities and municipalities.  It’s one thing to throw a life-line to the credit industry; local governments, by contrast, have the ability to cut spending drastically or raise taxes if their inhabitants want government services.  Elected politicians are then accountable for runaway spending and mismanagement.  If Detroit or Chicago is sinking because of big-government policies, that’s what the citizens of those cities asked for by voting for Democrats year in and year out.  Why should the rest of us be on the hook for that? 

Possibly, some House members revolted against the speech Speaker Pelosi made today — blaming Republicans and President Bush — for the current financial distress.   

Possibly, her speech was simply a reflection of her failure as Speaker of the House.  Why would she, in a year of legislative failures, have called a vote for a bill she knew did not have sufficient votes to pass?  

Something is fishy, though ……  Why would Pelosi’s personal appointments and political associates vote AGAINST the bail out?   Did she purposefully “set up” a sympathy backlash for a second vote?  Did she orchestrate an “out” for democrats facing re-election to vote their constituents’ preference?  Did she open the door for the Democrats “October surprise” in which Barack Obama will miraculously rally the votes to “save” Wall Street?   HA!

Regardless, it’s back to the political ouija drawing board ….

Before they vote on Wednesday, will the Senate consider that the (arbitrary) $700 billion price tag for “saving” Wall Street may be an unrealistic goal, may not be the unilateral responsibility of the federal government, or may actually be a political smoke screen for pushing Main Street AND Wall Street down that slippery slope toward socialism ???? (Note the video of Congressman Jeb Hensarling’s speech).

 But will there be a deal?  Yes (even if this includes an “October surprise,” — as promised by democrats).   And credit institutions will likely continue to face the same regulations and legislative pressures which brought on this disaster to begin with.

Will Congress be able to finally demonstrate their concern for the American taxpayer?  Sorta — but only after protecting their cronies who’ve caused and benefited from this debacle. 

Will it be done as an a bipartisan effort?  Ummm …. probably not.  Pelosi and Frank and Reid will attempt again to take credit for themselves and democrats.

Will the deal punish the perpetrators of this fiasco?  Unlikely.  It would take an act of God (forget Congress) to convince Congress that their private support base also assume part of the bail out costs.  Unless, of course,  you’re of the opinion that taxpayers actually are responsible for Wall Street failures. 

Meanwhile, corruption and mismanagement on Wall Street will continue; special-interest legislators who have a “vested” interest in promoting said corruption and mismanagement will continue to do so …. 

So who is responsible?    In reality, all the likely parties on both sides of the aisle and in each arm of government are responsible.

Who owns the problem?   If you mean by “own,” who will pay the bill (or part of it), it’s going to be taxpayers.   If you mean by “own,”  who created this scenario, several names come to mind ….
 
Let’s look at the foundations beneath the crisis: 

1) the corruption behind the collapse of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac — those federally-funded low income housing authorities — includes a “who’s who” list of former and present legislators, Presidents, CEO’s who operated the system for personal and political gain, rather than low-income opportunities, and Congressional regulations that precipitated the calamity.

2) the role ACORN played — beyond a) it’s push to register the youth, the homeless, the sheltered elderly or the ineligible voter class, b) it’s voter intimidate tactics, and, c) it’s history of voter fraud — in promoting “class warfare” and home ownership for poverty-level citizens (including the undocumented “residents” who recently glutted low-income mortgages and credit card markets).  

How does this relate to Barack Obama?  Why is he called the most radical politician to ever get close to the White House?  Read on.

There are compelling issues addressing why Barack Obama must be defeated on November 4:  A) his identity with his father’s dreams to form the “perfect” socialist society, B) his rise through community-based special interest groups and his role as a community organizer and activist-attorney who thrived in the mob-mentality of Chicago, C) his identity with anti-American activists who mentored his youth and formative years and with whom he worked in Chicago, D) his dubious performance as a part-time legislator in the Illinois State Senate, and E) his failure to demonstrate legislative leadership as a U.S. Senator (serving approximately 143 days since 1994). 

There are also reasons why Barack Obama supported the government take-over of low income mortgages — one being that he (as did other top Democrat leaders) benefited from a “super super jumbo” low interest loan rate for his Chicago home: 

Shortly after joining the U.S. Senate and while enjoying a surge in income, Barack Obama bought a $1.65 million restored Georgian mansion in an upscale Chicago neighborhood. To finance the purchase, he secured a $1.32 million loan from Northern Trust in Illinois.

The freshman Democratic senator received a discount. He locked in an interest rate of 5.625 percent on the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage, below the average for such loans at the time in Chicago. The loan was unusually large, known in banker lingo as a “super super jumbo.” Obama paid no origination fee or discount points, as some consumers do to reduce their interest rates.

Obama’s attempts to hide his ties to ACORN — and subsequently the current Wall Street crisis — are beginning to emerge in mainstream media: 

It would be tough to find an “on the ground” community organizer more closely tied to the subprime-mortgage fiasco than Madeline Talbott. And no one has been more supportive of Madeline Talbott than Barack Obama.

When Obama was just a budding community organizer in Chicago, Talbott was so impressed that she asked him to train her personal staff.

He returned to Chicago in the early ’90s, just as Talbott was starting her pressure campaign on local banks. Chicago ACORN sought out Obama’s legal services for a “motor voter” case and partnered with him on his 1992 “Project VOTE” registration drive.

In those years, he also conducted leadership-training seminars for ACORN’s up-and-coming organizers. That is, Obama was training the army of ACORN organizers who participated in Madeline Talbott’s drive against Chicago’s banks.

More than that, Obama was funding them. As he rose to a leadership role at Chicago’s Woods Fund, he became the most powerful voice on the foundation’s board for supporting ACORN and other community organizers. In 1995, the Woods Fund substantially expanded its funding of community organizers – and Obama chaired the committee that urged and managed the shift.

That committee’s report on strategies for funding groups like ACORN features all the key names in Obama’s organizer network. The report quotes Talbott more than any other figure; Sandra Maxwell, Talbott’s ACORN ally in the bank battle, was also among the organizers consulted.

MORE, the Obama-supervised Woods Fund report acknowledges the problem of getting donors and foundations to contribute to radical groups like ACORN – whose confrontational tactics often scare off even liberal donors and foundations.

Indeed, the report brags about pulling the wool over the public’s eye. The Woods Fund’s claim to be “nonideological,” it says, has “enabled the Trustees to make grants to organizations that use confrontational tactics against the business and government ‘establishments’ without undue risk of being criticized for partisanship.”

Hmm. Radicalism disguised by a claim to be postideological. Sound familiar?

The Woods Fund report makes it clear Obama was fully aware of the intimidation tactics used by ACORN’s Madeline Talbott in her pioneering efforts to force banks to suspend their usual credit standards. Yet he supported Talbott in every conceivable way. He trained her personal staff and other aspiring ACORN leaders, he consulted with her extensively, and he arranged a major boost in foundation funding for her efforts.

And, as the leader of another charity, the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, Obama channeled more funding Talbott’s way – ostensibly for education projects but surely supportive of ACORN’s overall efforts.

In return, Talbott proudly announced her support of Obama’s first campaign for state Senate, saying, “We accept and respect him as a kindred spirit, a fellow organizer.”  — from Stanley Kurtz via Powerline

Recall that Obama had to revise his campaign financial report to show a payment to ACORN this past year:

Obama understood what ACORN does very, very well.  He had started off as a “community organizer” from the same tradition, and he remains committed to that tradition — as his $800,000 campaign payment for ACORN’s services showed.

Obama addressed ACORN in a 2007 speech:  “I’ve been fighting alongside ACORN on issues you care about my entire career (emphasis added). Even before I was an elected official, when I ran Project Vote voter registration drive in Illinois, ACORN was smack dab in the middle of it, and we appreciate your work.”

Obama’s not alone, however.  Several Congressmen have been in denial about the problems in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac for years — in spite of pleas by George Bush and John McCain ….

Michelle Malkin keeps multiple open threads on the Bail Out Boondoggle, noting that 27 subpoenas have now been issued to F-F administrators and other failed lending organizations (you may want to check the campaign contribution records to assess how much these failed organizations supported Obama).  

Other bloggers are weighing in —- comparing the Freddie-Fannie fiasco AND the role of it’s key players [including Barack Obama’s current advisors, Raines and Johnson and his finance chair Penny Pritzker] as bad a reflection on Democrats as was the Enron debacle on Republicans. 

As I recall Raines was the one who, following the Enron scandals, gave public lectures about corporate responsibility and CEO honesty. And as one begins to read about Raines, James Johnson, Jamie Gorelick, and Leland Brendsel at Freddie Mac, one begins to understand their modus operandi. Freddie and Fannie were landing pads for former Democratic insiders, who milked the agencies for millions in bonuses as they covered their tracks by donations to Congressional candidates and pseudo-racial-populism of helping minorities buy homes with little down. Their careers are every bit as nauseating as anything at Enron — and yet the press strangely does not go after them in the manner we learned of Ken Lay’s deceit. God help us all.

Preposterous ideas?  

Let’s look more closely at Obama’s economic plans.  I don’t want US taxes being distributed to or administered by the United Nations as a Global Poverty Fund or to a Global Climate Change Fund or some Global Initiative Fund.  I don’t want to allow Barack Obama to literally ride the backs of low income Americans to achieve his father’s “dreams” of socialism — including but not limited to tax-funded “incentive” checks, mortgage supplements, infratructure reinvestment funds, and higher taxes on small businesses.  I don’t want the economy being “driven” by a large government bureaucracy; I want it driven by a free and competitive market that rewards hard work and innovation — not cronyism and regulations.

Grab your favorite beverage and get comfortable.  Read the links above.  Learn more about this critical issue and what is at stake for this nation on November 4.

Then pick up the phone; talk with neighbors in the supermarket, at Walmart, after church.  Tell them why our nation can neither survive nor progress under the self-serving ambitions of Barack Obama.   Ask them to support John McCain’s effort to REFORM the government agencies which have negligently allowed our financial system to fall to its current level. 

Because if you don’t — the free market principles by which this nation thrives, the small businesses that provide our jobs and benefits, the local banks that are constantly pressured to make high-risk loans, the obligations we and our government have for fiscal accountability  — will be sacrificed to further the graft and collusion associated with the financial crisis we now face.  At the heart of these sacrifices will be the freedoms of citizens who support this nation.  

At a time when global and national security challenges confront our nation, taxpayers should not be further subjugated by a system already saturated with greed and corruption.  At a time when we need proven leadership that puts America first —  we don’t need a proponent of the philosophy that  usurps democracy — we need a leader who respects and supports it.   That leader is John McCain.

Let Loose the Barracuda!

September 29, 2008

from Perish the Thought:

James Lewis has it right:  To win this election, John McCain must let Sarah Palin unfurl the flag of REFORM in her debate vs Joe Biden on Friday night. 

Mr. Lewis is correct:

This crisis is not financial — it is politicalIt’s not a market failure. It’s a decades-long robbery by the Left, finally exposed for what it is.
 
The Democrats deserve the wrath of the voters this time.
 
To allow Barack Obama and the liberal democrat machine to continue steam-rolling taxpayers into funding their self-serving projects is a fatal disservice to the integrity of this nation, its credibility, its security and its future.
 
The taxpayers are now on the hook for a trillion dollars, if you add the failed 300 billion dollar rescue package from two weeks ago to the 700 billion dollar Paulson package  This is a trillion dollar scam, and all the politicians in Congress, the ACORN mafiathe people who played the market on unsecured mortgages, and the scam artists who were hired by Freddie and Fannie — they all knew it.  In case you haven’t been watching, that includes all of Barack Obama’s “home mortgage advisors” — Franklin Raines, Jim Johnson and Jamie Gorelick. It includes Senate Banking Committee members like Chris Dodd It includes House members like Barney Frank. Watch this video and you can see them strutting their stuff when the US watchdog agency criticized Fannie and Freddie in 2003.

 

They knew exactly what was going on.
 
It’s time John McCain and Sarah Palin stood up and let taxpayers know this as well.

The GOP: Guardians of Palimony

January 31, 2008

No longer the “Grand Old Party,” the GOP has now deserted its heritage to become the Guardians of Palimony. 

Palimony:  Making payment to someone to whom you have no legal affiliation.

Example: Republican party leaders endorsing John McCain — for whom there is no evidence that he IS a Republican.

Here’s McCain: Biting the (free market) hand that feeds you …. flaunting “bipartisanship” as a means of achieving less-than-conservative goals …. a “slash-and-burn” mentality to confront those who dare to think differently or challenge him …. declaring his lack of support for Judge Alito … resorting to “old Washington” political lies and attacks to “win” his point ….

For all that ails our nation, I see John McCain as part of the problem.  IMO — he will never rally the core-constituents needed to prevent Bill Clinton’s 3rd and 4th terms.  Never.  No matter how many of the old guard rally around him.  Never.

The GOP; the Grand Old Party; the Guardians of Palimony.

John McCain as a patriot?  Pfffffth.  The man is a survivor.  Nothing more.  Nothing less.

I have this eerie, sickening feeling that GOP party bosses have already decided that John McCain’s longevity has somehow  “earned” him the nominee mantle. 

To think that the future of our party and the fate of this nation are to be represented by a cantankerous, mean-spirited old man whose cancer-bloated skin cannot hide the malice that eats from within ….

I will continue to support Mitt Romney.   If my fellow-conservatives truly care about the future of this nation — so will they.

And that — if McCain is our party nominee — is my concession speech to the Republican Party.