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Cloward-Piven, ACORN, AIG Witch Hunt

Of course regular readers of S&L should be long since familiar with the doings of the notorious Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN).

But they need to be viewed in the context of our recent examination of the ‘Cloward-Piven’ strategy. Indeed, as previously noted, ACORN was itself born out of the Cloward-Piven tactic to throw our system of government into crisis in every conceivable way.

Once again, there is no better place for an overview of ACORN than Discover The Networks:


The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) is a grassroots political organization that grew out of George Wiley’s National Welfare Rights Organization (NWRO), whose members in the late 1960s and early 70s invaded welfare offices across the U.S. — often violently — bullying social workers and loudly demanding every penny to which the law "entitled" them. In the late 1960s, ACORN co-founder Wade Rathke was a NWRO organizer and a protegé of Wiley. Rathke also organized draft resistance for the militant group Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) during the same period.

In 1970 Rathke — along with the aforementioned Wiley (best known for his effective use of the so-called "Cloward-Piven strategy," which called for swamping the welfare rolls with new applicants and thereby creating an economic crisis) and Gary Delgado (a lead organizer for Wiley’s NWRO) — formed a new entity called Arkansas Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN). The group’s name was later changed to Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, but the acronym ACORN remained. Instead of focusing only on welfare recipients, ACORN’s mandate included all issues touching low-income and working-class people.

Rathke and his ACORN co-founders enlisted civil rights workers and trained them in a program (at Syracuse University) patterned after Saul Alinsky’s activist tactics.

Today ACORN claims more than 400,000 dues-paying member families, and more than 1,200 chapters in 110 U.S. cities. (The organization is also active in Canada and Mexico). It owns two radio stations, a housing corporation, and a law office, and maintains affiliate relationships with a host of trade-union locals. ACORN also runs schools where children are trained in class consciousness; a network of "boot camps" for training street activists; and operations that extort contributions from banks and other businesses under threat of racial violence and trumped-up civil rights charges.

In 1998, ACORN founded the Working Families Party in New York, which endorses candidates for political office. It endorsed Hillary Clinton in her 2000 Senate race. Canvassers from ACORN and its sister groups launched a statewide voter-mobilization drive that proved influential in Clinton’s victory. In November 2001, a coalition of radical politicians led by ACORN-sponsored candidates running on the Working Families Party ticket won a veto-proof majority on the New York City Council, giving ACORN de facto control of the New York City government.

With little opposition from Republicans or moderate Democrats, ACORN radicals pushed laws tightening their control over New York City government and stripping the Mayor of executive power. Their current platform calls for a rollback of welfare reforms; a crackdown on NYC police, including a ban on "racial and ethnic profiling"; and the appointment of a politicized Civilian Review Board newly empowered to prosecute police officers. ACORN also seeks to use its influence to raise corporate taxes, increase regulation, and empower unions with an array of new rights. ACORN seeks to prevent any corporation from being free to leave New York without an "exit visa" from the City Council

Since ACORN is a private corporation, it does not divulge its finances. Further complicating any effort to calculate ACORN’s income is the fact that it operates an unknown number of front groups, many of which conceal their relationship to ACORN. But as of March 2006 ACORN claimed 175,000 member families on its website, each contributing at least $120 per year, which amounts to about $21 million in annual membership fees. ACORN’s website states, "Membership dues and a host of grassroots and chapter-based fundraising programs pay for 70 to 75 percent of the entire organization’s budget."

Since its inception in 1970, ACORN’s overriding mission has been to enact "living wage" ordinances at the local, state and – ultimately – federal levels. It has succeeded in getting many such laws passed. ACORN’s model legislation contains a clause that exempts unionized businesses from paying the minimum wage. As a result, those companies that stubbornly resist unionizing founder and, in many cases, go bankrupt. Those that unionize thrive, providing an ever-expanding membership base for union recruiting. This is the main reason that unions such as AFSCME and SEIU contribute so generously to ACORN.

Housing activism is another major focus for ACORN, which forms housing collectives in targeted areas. The collective applies pressure on local authorities to place it in charge of renovating and managing abandoned or dilapidated properties for poor tenants. Local authorities provide money for renovation — much of which ends up in ACORN bank accounts. The poor tenants are compelled to "earn" their new homes by investing "sweat equity" — that is, working without pay on renovating the properties.  ACORN or its designated "housing collective" retains title to the land on which the building stands.  If the tenants decide to move out, they are required to sell their property back to ACORN, at cost, no matter what the market value of the property.

In recent years, ACORN has received funding from many foundations, including but not limited to the Annie E. Casey Foundation; the Minneapolis Foundation; the Open Society Institute; the Public Welfare Foundation; the Surdna Foundation; the Woods Fund of Chicago; the Scherman Foundation; and the Ben and Jerry’s Foundation.

At the March 2008 "Take Back America" conference sponsored by Campaign for America’s Future (CAF), ACORN joined CAF and five additional leftist organizations in announcing plans for "the most expensive [$350 million] mobilization in history this election season." The initiative focused on voter registration, education, and get-out-the-vote drives. Other members of the coalition included MoveOn.org, Rock the Vote, the National Council of La Raza, the Women’s Voices Women Vote Action Fund, and the AFL-CIO…

The DTN article goes into much of the recent voter fraud allegations and convictions involving ACORN. As previously noted, voter fraud is part and parcel of the Cloward-Piven strategy of overwhelming the system. But since they are relatively well-known, we have left those out.

More to the point, as we have chronicled endlessly here at S&L, ACORN was hugely instrumental in the long-term campaign to get banks and savings and loans to give mortgages (and other forms of credit) to people who would not otherwise qualify – and who, it now turns out, could seldom afford them.

Like the NWRO, ACORN has regularly used the Alinsky/Coward-Piven tactics of threatening bank employees with violence, if they did not provide mortgages to their ‘constituents.’

But just to show how completely and utterly shameless they are, as we have previously reported, ACORN itself is now behind the protests against the very people who lent the money for these bad mortgages or who tried to insure these toxic loans.

As we were the first to report, executives of AIG are now being harassed by ACORN foot soldiers in their very homes, via ACORN’s front group the so-called Working Families of Connecticut.

For more on the Working Families Party, we once again turn to Discover The Networks:

[From the AP:] The home of AIG executive James Hass is seen Friday March 20, 2009 in Fairfield, Conn.


Currently composed of some 30,000 members, the Working Families Party (WFP) is a front group for ACORN (the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now). WFP functions as a political party in New York State and Connecticut, promoting ACORN-friendly candidates. Unlike conventional political parties, WFP charges its members dues — about $60 per year — a policy characteristic of ACORN and its affiliates.

According to the party’s website, WFP is a coalition founded jointly by ACORN, the Communications Workers of America, and the United Automobile Workers. However, ACORN clearly dominates the coalition. New York ACORN leader Steven Kest was the moving force in forming the party, and WFP headquarters are located at the same address as ACORN’s national office, at 88 Third Avenue in Brooklyn, New York.

"The [Working Families Party] was created in 1998 to help push the Democratic Party toward the left," noted the Associated Press in 2000. In pursuit of this goal, WFP runs radical candidates in state and local elections. Generally, WFP candidates conceal their extremism beneath a veneer of populist rhetoric, promoting bread-and-butter issues designed to appeal to union workers and other blue-collar voters, Republican and Democrat alike…

In the 2004 election cycle, a new force entered New York politics: billionaire financier George Soros. The Soros-funded Drug Policy Alliance — a drug legalization lobby through which Soros often funnels political contributions — gave $81,500 to the Albany County District Attorney campaign of Democrat David Soares. Instead of donating the money directly, however, the Drug Policy Alliance laundered Soros’ contribution through the Working Families Party — an illegal act according to New York State law.

WFP expanded into Connecticut in 2004, and promised that it would soon be active in all ten states where "fusion voting" — that is, cross-endorsement of candidates by multiple parties — is still legal. Those states include Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Idaho, Mississippi, New York, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, and Vermont.

In 2006, WFP exhorted voters to "help stop the Bush agenda and elect a Democratic majority to the House of Representatives" by supporting its "Take Back Congress" project.

Steve Kest, executive director of ACORN, right, and ACORN member Hugh Alleyne listen to a question during a news conference in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2008.

Obviously the WFP is just a another front for same old groups we have seen before (NWRO, ACORN), who all use the same model and who are staffed and funded by the usual suspects (Soros, et al), and who all use the same tactics and share the same goals.

And just like ACORN and all these other groups, the WFP is replicating itself across the nation as a “grassroots” movement.

But with their recent demonstrations against the very politicians, banks and insurers who caved to ACORN’s demands and gave and insured these loans to the poor, we are seeing the ‘Cloward-Piven Strategy’ coming full circle.

One is literally damned if you do and damned if you don’t do exactly what ACORN and demands.

Now compare and contrast what has in fact happened to our country over the last few decades – thanks to ‘Cloward-Piven’ — with the Stalin-esque revisionism of the kook left which was expressed in the first of these three articles.

Are we not witnessing the culmination and ultimate triumph of the ‘Cloward-Piven Strategy’?

Are we not seeing their dreams of radical socialism being pushed through Congress in the guise of responding to the current financial crisis? A crisis which they in so many ways precipitated?

Was that not the entire ‘Cloward-Piven Strategy’ from the start?

And is it not now finally succeeding even beyond any of their wildest dreams?

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, March 21st, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

23 Responses to “Cloward-Piven, ACORN, AIG Witch Hunt”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    Why can’t we get some pics and addresses of the ACORN “Messiahs” and let us see the standard by which they live. I’d be the first to cast stones at their “GLASS” house!!

    • jazz58 says:

      I completely agree. What they are doing is prompted by President Obama and is a crime. The Obama administration is single handedly leading the mob to employees of a company who got their bonuses through contractual agreements. It is not their fault they are abiding by their contracts. If the govenment didn’t want AIG to abide by their contracts with their emloyees then they should have let AIG go bankrupt, thus making null and void all contractual obligations. It is unconstitutional what the government is doing here and if there are any deaths, injuries, etc…to these employees of AIG or their families the Obama administation will have blood on their hands to account for. STOP POINTING FINGERS AT EVERYONE OBAMA AND TAKE RESPONSIBILTY FOR WHAT YOU HAVE DONE IN THIS BAILOUT MADNESS.

  2. Melly says:

    Good Lord……do we even have a chance against these radicals?

    And yet alleged US militia are being profiled and stalked by our government.

  3. retire05 says:

    Check this out:


    Progressive? Code word for socialist. Economic social justice? Code word for socialism. Global peace? Yep, making the U.S. no better than a third world nation.

    And these are the people we elected.

    Get loud. Get active. Call your Congresscritter and Senators, every day if you have to. ACORN, et al, is successful because they are LOUD. You need to be louder.

    Go to a Tea Party on April 15th. There are over 170 of them scheduled already.

    We don’t need to take our nation back, we need to prevent the subversives from taking it away.

    • VMAN says:

      Absolutely correct. They get loud we get louder. They organize 200,000 we organize 400,000. The fact is their number are relatively few and it should be be an easy task to out number and out scream them. It’s been done before and it needs to be done now.

    • Right of the People says:

      The only problem with peaceful protests is most of us still work and we have to take time off to do it while the ACORN scuzbuckets don’t have that restraint, most of them have never worked. I’ve already tried calling my congresspeople and unfortunately they are extreme, liberal nutcases (Leahy Sanders & Welsh), and all I get is condescending crap just like the one time I was unfortunate to speak to Howie Dean. We need to something to get those at the top’s attention, I just don’t think trying to out yell the libs will work.


    • jazz58 says:

      I have emailed about tea parties in my state of Minnesota and my brother is going to get involved in Ohio, along with his friends and my relatives. We absolutely need to be foreceful about this injustice of our constitution. It is criminal that any of the taxpayers money was given to this corrupt group being that it is not something that is needed to stimulate our economy. Another thing, ACORN is strictly in place to help democrats/socialists, thus they do not help republicans/conservatives at all, so why is the Obama administration stealing our money and giving it to them when we believe they are a criminal organization? Shouldn’t this be impeachable? I do know that Obama and his whole cabinet knew about the AIG bonuses and feigned not knowing when the American people found out, which in itself is lying, just like Bill Clinton lied to the people about Monica and he was impeached for what he did. Why can’t Obama be impeached for lying to us and also for stealing our money to give to corrupt organizations? Does anyone even know that AIG sent between 20 and 40 BILLION dollars overseas to bail out banks in other countries? The media doesn’t cover this because Obama does not want us to know, this way Obama can rile everyone up over the bonuses so that he can say capitalism is wrong (these people recieved bonuses under contracts from their employers). If Obama and congress dems didn’t want AIG to honor their contracts with their employees then they should have set up guidelines and better yet, they should have let them file for bankruptcy, therefore voiding all contracts with anyone. CONGRESS IS UNCONSTITUTIONALLY WRONG WITH WHAT THEY ARE DOING AND OBAMA IS FUELING THE FIRE ANYWAY HE CAN. I am not happy about the bonuses, but it was legal what they got under their work contract.

  4. proreason says:

    Obamy didn’t just fall out of the clouds in 2004. As many of us here have said in one way or another, he and this strategy have been in-progress for decades.

    Here is the core dilemna:

    – our country has worked incredibly well for centuries.
    – We have been relatively blessed with citizen politicians who though only spottily effective, were not incompetant enough to wreck the amazing genius political framework put in place by our founders.
    – But when faced by a concerted, heavily funded and determined group of people willing to spend decades to undermine every piller and foundation to overthrow that foundation, citizen politicians are not enough

    It’s like fighting a massive, armed and armored force with pistols and knives.

    We have to be willing to do whatever it takes to defeat these maniacs, and we need national leaders who recognize the menace and will do more than “politics as usual”.

    • Enthalpy says:

      Proreason, we have received the wake-up call. As you suggest, until our leadership recognize the psychopath, Soros and a few more for what they are, the task will be overwhelming. The task will be ghastly at best anyway, since we’ve never had such a formidable enemy on the inside as well as the outside. It’s almost like a stealth jihad, isn’t it?
      The time has long since passed for toleration of the lame leadership we have in the “conservative” movement. Politics as usual will lead to our demise. As you suggest also, none of this came about overnight. The radicals took over the MSM and universities in the 1960s and never looked back. We simply have to deal with them.

  5. 12 Gauge Rage says:

    A picture is worth a thousand words and this picture of the two ACORN members says it all. The one on the left looks smug and arrogant as if to say you can’t touch me. The one on the right has a spiteful, genocidal expression, a sort of ‘I will make you disappear to where no one will find your remains, if you dare oppose me.’ Change we can believe in. And I believe it’s all changed for the worst. BTW, whenever I see or read of a rich person, I never get resentful of their status. I simply acknowledge that some have the Midas Touch for creating and amassing wealth. This all boils down to class envy. Obama and his socialist thugs will only Balkanize our country instead of changing it for the better.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      Funny you should mention that. When I first saw that picture, I felt eerily reminded of the photos of Nazi leaders with their well-practiced arrogant demeanor.

  6. Colonel1961 says:

    Interesting how a protest of 40 paid ‘protesters’ (enemy combatants, in my parlance) can garner such immediate and widespread media attention. Compare and contrast to the truly grass-roots protests in the form of tea parties that were censored. I can’t take this much longer.

    My pot has boiled over… At forty-seven years old, with more familial, material and financial comforts than a man could ever want; at a time when life is at its’ finest and rewarding, I’m ready to sacrifice my own life to save this country. Don’t tread on me.

  7. canary says:

    So, we are seeing how Hitler built his army. We have Middle-East countries that have shown us the same. Their one common goal is to take over a little country named Isreal. Isreal gave over a piece years ago for promised peace, and it fell. Isreal’s growing liberals want to give another piece to Palestine in hope’s of peace.
    So, as oOlahabomho’s militias grow and become more bold and resort to terroism, and they end up with all the weapons and ammo, I suppose they can run us out of our homes, even without a mortgage, loan, or contract on file.

    If the only way they were able to make Enron show their revenues and finances was through criminally charging them, then I suppose that AIG is releasing under enormous pressure, yet alone, their President of the U.S., and Republican Grassly’s terrorist comments that they should commit suicide by blowing themselves up.
    Forty in a bus, standing down a long drive way, saying how unfair for someone to own a big house, yet if oOllabomho told them, I am King and this home is now yours, they’d enter it and take it over in a heart beat. Entitlement. Obama has promised them prosperity and wealth, World Class!.
    What is Obama’s definition of World Class??? The Best in the World, or taking the world as a whole, and finding the average.

  8. Professor_Repulso says:

    “Computer whizzes devised exotic instruments – derivatives, which could soar in value, making instant multimillionaires, but also plummet, based on rises and dips in the underlying value of the paper.
    “Came now young geniuses at AIG to insure the banks against catastrophic losses, should the U.S. housing market crash. As the risk was minuscule, premiums were tiny. Payouts, however, should it come to that were beyond AIG’s capacity.
    “In AIG’s Financial Products division, based in Connecticut and London, brainiacs were creating other exotic instruments, such as credit default swaps to guarantee against losses and insure profits. To keep these wunderkinds at AIG, they were promised million-dollar retention bonuses.”
    “Does Dr. Obama have the cure for the sickness that ails the republic?
    “He is going to borrow and spend trillions more to bring back the good old days, though it was the good old days that brought us to the edge of the abyss into which we have fallen. Then he is going to spend new trillions to give us benefits we do not now have, though the national debt is surging to 100 percent of the Gross National Product, and may reach there by 2011.
    “Is Obama willing to speak hard truths?
    “Is he willing to say that home ownership is for those with sound credit and solid jobs? Is he willing to say that credit, whether for auto loans, or student loans, or consumer purchases, should be restricted to those who have shown the maturity to manage debt – and no others need apply?”

    The above from Patrick Buchanan.
    And there was this from Michelle Malkin:

    “Phew. We’re not done yet: As AIG-bashing lawmakers inveighed against wasted taxpayer funds and lamented the lack of accountability and rush to judgment that led to passage of the porkulus bill that mysteriously protected the bonuses, the Senate quietly passed a $10 billion lands bill stuffed with earmarks and immunized from amendments. GOP Sen. Tom Coburn, fiscal conservative loner, pointed out that none of the provisions for special-interest pork projects – including $3.5 million in spending for a birthday bash celebrating the city of St. Augustine, Fla. – was subject to public hearings. That’s on top of the pork-stuffed $410 billion spending bill passed two weeks ago.
    “Oh, and did I mention that the House passed a $6 billion volunteerism bill (the ‘GIVE Act‘) on Wednesday to provide yet another pipeline to left-wing advocacy groups under the guise of encouraging national service?”

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      The GIVE act is a thinly veiled Hitler Youth program. It will use the time-tested formula of fanaticism with stupidity and ignorance. The black youth haven’t got a chance. They will get sucked into it, “educated”, indoctrinated, and tested for their loyalty to “the party” and especially “the one”.

      What escapes me is how quickly the money is getting dispersed; And to all the wrong places. Yet, my co-workers, conservative though they may be, are not in tune or interested in where this money is going, how it got stolen and who did it. “Just another day in America”, they say. They assume it will all pass. They, unlike me, do not see it as the socialistic power grab that it is.

      And how do you overturn a democratic society such as ours? GET THE MONEY FIRST.

      Within days of the coronation, the money is what they went after. And got it….and continue to go after it.

      Their next step is to keep the nation destabilized….off-balance….prolong and manage crises. Then the cry for the militias to keep order….and maintain the peace. Citizens have been found to be willing to tolerate anything so long as there’s no killing in the streets.

      So…watch for that next kiddies. Orchestrated and choreographed violence…cleverly scripted to make it appear that whitey did it.

      If there’s an assassination attempt, rest assured that the government will make full use of it, regardless of any facts, to support their agenda. There is a Goebbels in the wings…or in fact…to tell the people the “facts”.

      IN 1970, America had a fair degree of cynicism and mistrust toward the media. Unfortunately now, the TV is their only friend and they do whatever it says.

  9. bousquem says:

    I’ve basically given up on trying to contact my senators in D.C as I have Teddy Kennedy and Kerry “representing” me. If they run unopposed, I refuse to check the box to vote for them. I’m waiting to see ACORN bust down the door of houses of people who aren’t even in AIG or other corporations but simply on land some scum affiliated with ACORN wants and claims it as reparations for some imaginary slight. If someone manages to accumulate wealth legally, let them have it and congratulate them for it. These people should be looking for ways to emulate the wealthy and successful not look for ways to tear them down because it is not “fair” that the wealthy got there by working and not waiting for the goverment to just hand them the money.

    I also have to love how the MSM seems to love to ignore all of this thuggery going on from the left and even seems to applaud it when they get the chance but if the right did it then there would be huge cries of wrong doing and disenfranchisement going on. I’m still waiting for the other shoe to drop and start seeing more targeted taxes aimed as sapping my hard earned money away from me to pay for the ACORN clowns’ cars, houses, food, college education, ect. I don’t see why I need to bail out or feel sorry for someone who made bad decisions and knew it but now wants all to be forgiven and me to pay for all of it. I work hard for a good credit score, I don’t see why in the world I should suffer because these monkeys without a job or any marketable skills it seem to get houses and cars they can’t afford but seem to think they are entitled to along with everything else I own. I still remember an example my mother would use to explain how alot of these people think. “You go, work hard, and buy a new TV. The idiot without a job and who doesn’t want to work but sit on welfare goes to the goverment office and complains and threatens that he/she/they deserve a huge new top of the line TV becuase you bought one. And of course its your responsibility to pay for all of it along with the cable, premium stations, and other pay channels including the porn via the tax system”

  10. rakkasan says:

    Here is an article today called “Protesters visit AIG officials’ lavish Conn. homes”.(1). It quotes “We think $165 million could be used in a more appropriate way to keep people in their homes, create more jobs and health care, said Emeline Bravo-Blackport, a gardener.” However, Bravo-Blackport is an ACORN leader.(2) Anyway, I could go on but it is yet the umpteenth example of how the media hides organizations. Gardener, my ass. I rather enjoy this exercise from time to time, and look forward with glee every newspaper that folds.

    1. http://apnews.myway.com/article/20090322/D97322A80.html
    2. http://www.connpost.com/ci_11898494

  11. sheehanjihad says:

    This is reminding me of what happened during the Russian Revolution….the “rich” were actually forced out of their homes and sent to re education camps or simply executed by mobs who were given a free hand at grabbing the “people’s property”.

    Then, the Nazis used the Jews to create a common enemy to allow them the take over of businesses, the eviction and deportation of Jews from their homes, and German citizens were encouraged to take the vacated properties from “enemies of the State”, and even after the defeat of Nazi Germany, those who took the properties refused to give them up in the rare event that a survivor returned to what used to be their home or business.

    We are witnessing this process again, albeit under the guise of taking ill gotten profits from Capitalist pigs who dont deserve it, and we have the fruits of the intent of the left to remove all history from schools, and all sense of personal responsibility from those who’s indoctrination of “entitlement” has created a sub class of drones who will do the dirty work of the politicians and their masters to re create their idea of “Euromerica” by any means necessary.

    We stand on the cusp of the choosing of sides, where it becomes painfully evident that while the media gives everyone the impression that what is happening is a wonderful thing, history being made, ect ect….they keep forgetting the core value that made this country great, and while they are yet again attempting to create a form of society that has failed each and every time it was attempted, they are deluding themselves into believing their own hype.

    In as guarded a fashion as I dare, there are literally millions who will not let this stand, and trust me, those so called liberals who are taking advantage of the largess they now enjoy, they will not seek to confront those who wish to return this country to it’s former self. They who have the loudest mouths typically have the weakest resolve, and those who have sat quietly by wont have to “out yell” the left, they will do what Americans have done for it’s entire history. And all of you know what that is, they will prove that actions speak far louder than mere words.

    • Enthalpy says:

      Good job sheehanjihad, as always.

    • wardmama4 says:

      There are some differences SJ – One I still believe that 51% of this country is not insane Obamabots. And therein is the first lie of the Obamabots – half of the country/the majority of Americans voted for Obama.

      >69,456,897 voted for that moroon – there are 300,000,000 which means that 230,543103 [ok the adult portion of that number] did not vote for Obama. Not even close.

      >Second lie – He won by a landslide – he beat McAmnesty by 7.3% – which is not a landslide.

      >Out of the 131,257, 328 who voted 61,800,431 voted against Obama [tragically if more than 9,522,083 of the 77,065, 672 (estimated 208, 323,00 American citizens eligible to vote minus the 131,257,328 who actually did vote) had voted] – we might not have had The One ™ as POTUS – not to mention that 7, 656, 466 is a fairly close margin as compared to simply Obama vs McAmnesty (9,522,083).

      OK now that I’ve bored you with bashing a few Obamabot lies – the other point is that this is not a racial/group issue – it is simply the Silent Majority of America (which in this case crosses all social/racial spectrums) against a small portion of radicalized leftists who are ginning up the paid activists and entittlement crowd to get their agenda forced down our throats.

      This is a different time – why The One ™ did not manage even greater wins and his agenda in one day – is the New media – and sites like this that expose the lies, crimes and pure bs. Everyone is in touch – instantly. Even if the msm is Obamaized and lying – there is media out there that isn’t.

      Never forget that We The People are the Working People – if we barter/deal amongst ourselves and use our talents – We can survive. Not so with the entitlement crowd.

      We The People are the ones who pay the taxes that this Generational Theft Act is stealing – bet that 2009 will see a gigantic rise of citizens making $249,000 and under.

      And finally – We The People are the ones who are armed – and as Colonel said – willing to die for our Country and way of life. Doubt any single Obamabot would/could say the same thing. Ever.

  12. proreason says:

    MUST READ. Here’s a columnist for a major daily that just flat out says it.

    His name is Michael Goodwin for the NY Daily News. Every sentence is a gem

    From anger to madness: A class-warfare crazed government mob is running amok

    Sunday, March 22nd 2009

    Everybody makes mistakes, and I made a beaut the other day. I was wrong to call members of Congress blow-hards and buffoons and declare them worse than useless.

    I was too kind.

    I should have said our representatives are gangsters in pinstripes and pearls. They are petty tyrants and the more power they grab, the more at risk we are. Homeland Security should flash Code Red any time this Congress is in session.

    It is twilight in America now. The House vote to use the tax code to retroactively punish bonus babies was an act of sheer madness. What started as phony outrage at AIG has crossed the line into insane policy. It is stunning that the vote was lopsided and bipartisan.

    The Senate is itchy to go along, and President Obama says he’s ready to tighten the thumbscrews on the banks. Is there no adult who will bring a straitjacket?

    We should all be very afraid. Class warfare is mere predicate for a witch hunt that, once unleashed, will not stop with misbegotten wealth. It will punish success and stifle innovation. Dissent will invite dishonor.

    That Congress is a gang of cheap connivers is not news. Chris Dodd, Charlie Rangel, Charles Grassley, Barney Frank – they have been national embarrassments for years.

    But now they are dangerous, emboldened by public fear and anger. They know nothing, but have power and smell opportunity for more.

    Missing in action is the Barack Obama who vowed to unite the country around common values. Lately he has been the very opposite of the man he promised. Instead of hope, many have a growing fear of the arrogant government he leads.

    Obama is smart, quick and charming, and, as he showed on “The Tonight Show,” owner of a thousand-watt smile he can deploy at will. He silkily manages to make the ridiculous sound reasonable. When he insults the Special Olympics, he is forgiven.

    Yet even “Tonight” host Jay Leno broke from full flattery to reveal his qualms about the meaning of the bonus tax. “Here’s something that kind of scared me,” he said. “If the government decides they don’t like a guy, all of a sudden, hey, we’re going to tax you and then, boom, and it passes.”

    Obama brushed it off, part of an endless road show claim that he will bring back “common sense” to the financial system and restore “those values that built America.”

    If only. In truth, there is no history for what he is doing. He is the most radical President of our times, far outside the mainstream of our political philosophy.

    He is not a reformer who fixes things. He fancies himself “transformative,” a man who reshapes and reorders. It apparently begins with smashing the existing order under the pretext of managing the crisis he inherited.

    During the campaign, a fellow journalist confided that “I know Obama is a Manchurian candidate, I just can’t figure out what for.”

    I laughed then, but no more. Obama represents a secular religion that believes, no matter the malady, Washington is the antidote. More government is the chicken soup of his tribe.

    It is an illusion of many Republicans and Democrats that Washington can successfully manage the economy and our lives. Our institutions and culture are too big, too diverse and too unruly to be run like a banana republic.

    Yet the economic mess has robbed the nation of its confidence, and the vacuum is being filled by politicians bearing promises and borrowed dollars. The true cost of this “help” will come later, with back-breaking debt and a lack of growth and opportunity.

    We can’t say we haven’t been warned. “Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad” is more than folklore. It predicts our fate if we follow the government mob.



    I’m for this guy to join Rush and lead the people to the barricades!!

  13. mybrotherkeeper says:

    Thanks, Steve, for this incisive work. The difference between Obama and Clinton is Obama is a lot more organized. You can see that from how he ran his campaign, and unfortunately, how he is running this cabal. Obama also isn’t shooting himself in the foot in major ways as Clinton did, yet.

  14. GuppyNblue says:

    I’m just catching up on my reading but want to say great job on these two Cloward-Piven articles. Seriously, good stuff!

    We can read a dozen analyses every day about the so-called economic crisis but few shed any light on the ideological boogeyman responsible. Our nation’s crisis has little to do with an economic system that has made us prosperous like no others. But most discussions, especially in the msm, are strictly about economic causes and solutions while the real culprits aren’t even mentioned. Economic solutions alone will be conveniently useless.

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