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Are We Paying Attention?

February 10th, 2009 by Myrhaf · 7 Comments · Politics

Looking at the latest to come from the Divine Being in the White House, Obama wants to move control of the Census from the Commerce Department to the White House. We can’t have all those eggheads trained in statistics working on something of political importance. If there is one thing Obama understands, it is consolidating power.

Sam Webb, leader of the Communist Party USA, likes what he sees.

In a major speech focused on Obama titled “Off and running: Opportunity of a lifetime,” CPUSA leader Sam Webb also alleges Obama’s administration is considering turning education, childcare, and health care into “no profit zones;” rerouting investment capital from military infrastructure to “green economy” projects and public infrastructure; and waging a “full scale” assault on global warming.

Speaking of communists,

The Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on Feb. 4 would allow American citizens unrestricted travel to Cuba for the first time since 1963. The bill by Rep. William Delahunt, D-Mass., and eight co-sponsors would also lift limits on travel by Cuban exiles living in the United States….

Many expect President Barack Obama to back a change in the policy. As a candidate for the presidency, Obama spoke in favor of reducing restrictions on remittances and travel to the island.

Here’s another story to watch. Rush Limbaugh reports comments by Rep. Kanjorski that could be a bombshell story:

At 2 minutes, 20 seconds into this C-Span video clip, Kanjorski reports on a “tremendous draw-down of money market accounts in the United States, to the tune of $550 billion dollars.” According to Kanjorski, this electronic transfer occured over the period of an hour or two.

Apparently, this happened back on September 16th, triggering the crisis that destroyed John McCain’s candidacy. Who was behind the draw-down? Why did it happen? Could it have been done by someone who thought a little crisis would be excellent for the Obama campaign? What are the chances we’ll find George Soros’s fingerprints on this? Obama likes to talk about transparency. Let the sun shine on this draw-down.

As our government expands and expands, and trillions in new spending are added, one question occurs to me: If more state control of the economy is good, why is Zimbabwe a disaster? Or is it gauche to ask such a question?

But let’s not get alarmed the left’s power grabs. The American people will never let America get as bad as Zimbabwe. Just look at some of the questions asked to the President in a townhall meeting in Florida:

…Henrietta Hughes… said she was unemployed and homeless, and living with her family in a very small vehicle. “The Housing Authority has two years waiting list. We need something more than a vehicle and parks to go to. We need our own kitchen and our own bathroom.”

She pleaded, “Please help.”

Then there was Julio the hamburger flipper:

The last person to ask a question before Obama left around 1:10 p.m. was a freshman at Edison State College named Julio Osegueda. The 19-year-old student — who spoke in a booming broadcast voice (he’s studying communications) — said he’s worked part-time at McDonald’s for more than four years and asked the president if any plans are in place to help increase worker benefits.

Okay, if America were composed mainly of people like that, then our freedom would be over already. Fortunately, there are two Americas. There is the America of Henrietta Hughes — ignorant, slovenly and looking for handouts; and there is the America that works for a living and keeps this nation afloat. The second America, I believe, will not tolerate much failure from Obama.

We’re only three weeks into the new Presidency, and already there is pungent criticism all over the internet and the radio waves. People are onto Obama. Granted, no one can stop him and his fellow Democrats as they have both the executive and legislative branches of government in their power, but the fraudulent stimulus bill is being exposed for what it is. I don’t think Obama has the cojones to shut down free speech in some draconian measure. (To put it another way, America has not deteriorated that much  yet.)

The only thing either major party in America is good for is attacking the other party. Since the Democrats control everything, it’s up to the Republicans to frustrate them. The GOP is slowly coming to life as the loyal opposition. I expect them eventually to betray their brief moments of standing up to the socialist juggernaut by agreeing to some “compromise,” by which spending will increase half a percent less than the Democrats want. The American people, who are better than their politicians in either party, are paying attention. Enough of them are. I hope.

7 Comments so far ↓

  • realistTheorist

    Around Sept, the realization was dawning on people that money market fund were vulnerable. A lot of money is kept in funds like that and used virtually like bank-accounts, but without the government-backing of a bank-account.

    On Sept 16th, one major fund put restrictions on redemptions. ( Within days, the government said they would insure such funds (

    So, the fund-drop had no relation to McCain.

  • Andrew Dalton

    I take some comfort in the quick re-emergence of Politics As Usual, so hated by Third Wayers and the hope & unity crowd. So far, it looks like Obama’s “first 100 days” were over in about ten.

    While the Republicans are sure to compromise away all sorts of opportunities to actually take a principled stand on liberty, I now doubt that Obama has any sort of political blank check. The bailout and “stimulus” mess is, sadly, just momentum carried over from the Bush administration.

  • Madmax


    I agree with your analysis, but I’m curious about the Cuban ban thing. Is lifting the ban a bad idea? Is it wise to ban tourist travel to Communist countries? I haven’t really thought about this much.

    I know the libertarians want the ban removed so that works against removing it 🙂 But I could see arguments in favor of allowing travel as well. I think liberals like this because it goes against Bush and they are all knee-jerk anti-Bushites, but this doesn’t seem like that big a deal to me. Especially in comparison to all the other damage President Hussein is planning on doing.

  • Phoroneus

    Haha, I’m sorry I didn’t go the the meeting and give you my opinion of the atmosphere. Being a resident of Fort Myers myself I will tell you that we were hit a bit hard in the real estate burst, causing a bunch of unemployment in the building trades. Obama came here to garner more support from those unemployed.

  • Andrew Dalton

    Madmax –

    My understanding of the reason for the embargo on Cuba, in terms of US interests, was that Cuba was an outpost of Soviet power in the Western Hemisphere. There was a national security interest in keeping them poor and isolated, at least so long as the Soviet Union existed.

    With the Soviet Union gone, it’s not clear to me that the embargo is needed.

  • Phoroneus

    I also go to Edison State College as well (was recently transformed from Community College to State college) and manage to pass out some Undercurrents from time to time. Julio is an average representation of students there I would say, if he is the future we have a problem. But hopefully those Undercurrents have an impact on someone every now and again.

  • Madmax


    Thanks for the explanation.

    “With the Soviet Union gone, it’s not clear to me that the embargo is needed.”

    My thoughts also.