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>Obama’s Latest Fascist Act

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Health-Care and The Destruction of Families

You can’t discuss Obama’s plan for universal health-care in America without examining Hitler’s Nazi Germany health-care plan because there are some scary analogies.

The Nazis benefited from some easy accomplices in the health-care industry. Hitler had swept aside democracy and civil liberties and promoted the experts – doctors, industrial hygienists, and regulators who were advanced to positions of unparalleled authority.
The Nazis offered them an opportunity to get beyond politics. For example, the Reich anticancer committee proclaimed in its first annual report:

“The year 1933 was a decisive one for that war against cancer. The national socialist revolution has created entirely new opportunities for sweeping measures in an area that until now has been rather limited. . . the energetic and unanimous engagement of the medical profession have shown that new avenues have opened for the struggle against cancer in the new Germany.” (Proctor, Nazi War On Cancer, p. 158)

Vast moral and public health campaigns were put in place
to promote safe working environments, along with the production of wholesome organic foods, anti-animal cruelty measures, and other progressive advances.
Many of these reforms were imposed from above by social engineers with the willing compliance of businessmen now freed from the usual concerns about such costly modifications. In addition, the Nazis also worked tirelessly to cultivate and encourage demand from below for these reforms.
Everyone from the lowliest worker to the wealthiest baron was encouraged to believe and enforce the idea that if you weren’t part of the solution you were part of the problem. German consumers, too, were lectured relentlessly to buy products that promoted the “common good.”

“Language itself was bent to what could only be called Nazi political correctness.”
Victor Klemperer, a professor of Romance languages at the University of Dresdon, fired for his Jewish ancestry in 1935, dedicated himself to chronicling the subtle term formations of such and daily life brought about by the Gleichschaltung, The mechanism of the individual.

Phrases like “Hitler weather” – to describe a sunny day – crept into everyday conversation. The Nazis “changed the values, the frequency of words [and] made into common property words that had previously had been used by individuals or tiny groups. They confiscated words for the party, saturated words and phrases and sentence forms with their poison. They made the language serve their terrible system.They conquered words and made them into their strongest advertising tools, at once the most public and the most secret.” (Claudia Koonz, The Nazi War on Cancer (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2003, p. 73).

Today, Obama insists we not use the words “War on Terror” because they offend Muslims in America and abroad, but, instead, they have encouraged we say, “Overseas Contingency Operations.”

It got so bad in Nazi Germany that Himmler became vexed by the slow pace of his efforts to transform the way Germans ate: “The artificial is everywhere; everywhere food is adulterated, filled with ingredients that supposedly make it last longer, or look better, or pass as enriched” or whatever else the industry admen want us to believe. (Author’s note:The above is a statement where I agree with Himmler)
He said Germans were in the hands of the food companies whose economic clout and advertising make it possible for them to “prescribe what we can and cannot eat. . .[after] the war we shall take energetic steps to prevent the ruin of our people by the food industries. (Proctor, Nazi War on Cancer, p. 138).

Yoking Industry to National Policy Agenda

Listen to Jonah Goldstein: “Al Gore’s rhetoric about the need to “tame Big Oil” and the like is apposite. He doesn’t want to nationalize “Big Oil”; he wants to yoke it to his own agenda. Likewise, Hillary Clinton’s proposed health-care reforms, as well as most of the proposals put forward by leading Democrats and a great many Republicans involve the fusion of big government and big business. The economic ideas in Hillary Clinton’s “It Takes a Village” are breathlessly corporatist. “A number of our most powerful telecommunications and computer companies have joined forces with the government in a project to connect every classroom in America to the Internet,” she gushes. “Socially minded corporate philosophies are the avenue to future prosperity and social stability. It doesn’t take a Rosetta stone to decipher what liberals mean by socially minded corporate philosophies,” says Goldberg.

How Health Care and Other Industries Tie Into Obama’s Agenda

Close observers say the new Obama form of health-care doesn’t require doctors, hospitals, and pharmaceutical companies to give up their infrastructure – their well-trained employees, chemical labs, buildings, operating rooms, and high tech equipment – to government. Rather, government will use these means of production and services by proxy. According to orthodox Marxism, the capitalist system becomes fascist as its internal contradictions get the better of it. GM is an excellent example of this. Living in an imperfect system which requires it to pay its union employees twice as much as Japan’s companies in the U.S. pay its nonunion employees, GM is stuck.GM knows that it cannot succeed – or even go onward – without an unholy alliance with government which we have seen recently when the “Obama banks” gave U.S. car makers about $70 billion which some of them wish they hadn’t had to take [Ford wisely did not] because Obama has required that government actually take over these companies and, In GM’s case, Obama named his own president and new directors. With that move President Obama has sacked important officers who had the capability of running a company, replacing them with inexperienced hacks. The company might as well be known as OMC now, Obama Motor Company, because the old GM no longer exists and this one may soon go into liquidation where it should have been to start with.

OMC exists solely for the 14 million union members’ benefit, so that OMC can mete out health care – if it survives beyond Obama’s first term. If it doesn’t, it could bring down the Obama administration which in my opinion is teetering and ready to fall. The problem is that Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi are no better than the current president in wisdom and in love for what used to be a free country.
Jonah Goldberg says “GM offers an ironic confirmation of Marxist logic. According to orthodox Marxism, the capitalist system becomes fascist as its industrial contradictions get the better of it.”
GM failed a long time ago, when it knew two things: it could not compete with Japan in making quality cars or in convincing Americans to stop buying Japanese makes and to switch to GM cars and trucks.
By voting in a populist fascist and sitting there watching him dismantle our freedoms, we have gone to a national form of corporatism and socialism, a place most of us abhor. The only answer now is to throw the bum out of office next time at the polls.
When you can’t compete, you quickly are taken captive by designing politicians on both sides of the isle ostensibly seeking to protect jobs, donations, or both. It is not of question for the automakers any longer, they now prefer the nanny state and protectionism which will ultimately lead to tax favors, tariffs and ant-competitive practices which will be met with retaliation in foreign countries.
Goldberg said our auto industry has fled from the rough-and-tumble capitalism, embracing the warm embrace of Hillary’s “It takes a village” economics, AKA “progress” via populism.

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Populism and Fascism Require The Right Moment

Obama’s timing has been lucky and impeccable. In order for populism and fascism to come on strong and circumvent conventional rules, an atmosphere of crisis must be maintained. Thus, the urgency in Obama’s voice whenever he suggests bold, new initiatives or bills for which there isn’t enough time for adequate debate, not to mention reading and studying, as he circumvents even time-honored give and take, negotiation and the Constitutional-protected practice of time to debate – and we know he will resort to “reconciliation” to bypass Senate debate on non-tax bills whenever he can.
With fascists like Obama, it’s all or nothing. It’s now or too late. Starting with what was called his first assault on unemployment in January, 2009, the bill that ended up helping 23% of the employed find jobs in 2009, this trillion-dollar bamboozle should have been all about putting Americans back to work, but instead was used for infrastructure and political debt pay-back.
Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi gave Congress only 12 hours to read and pass this bill. Pelosi had to fly off a few hours later to London in her spiffy gas-guzzling government jet plane to receive a Queen Elizabeth honor and Obama had a vacation to Chicago in mind for Michelle and the kids. But the bill had to be passed by Congress immediately, else the entire country would blow up in Obma’s face and cease to exist. Congress and the American public bought that lie, but as soon as the bill passed and the urgency was over both Pelosi and Obama boarded their expensive planes and flew away. Obama left the bill unsigned on his desk for four days until he returned to the White House. So much for honesty in office and faith in the promise of openness and real “change.”
Meanwhile, America became the country of ultra-expensive social change, a workshop for tinkering and experimenting, a “place of security and community and clear moral values.” (Carney, Big Ripoff, and Alan Brinkley in End of Reform and New Deal Liberalism in Recession and War.)
The late Christopher Lasch in a 1992 Harpers article said of Hillary Clinton’s worldviews that Clinton is a modern “childsaver,” a term critical historians apply to progressives eager to insert God-state into the sphere of family. Goldberg believes her avowed aim is to “set down a full universal theory that adequately explains the state’s appropriate role in child rearing – advocating abolition of ‘minority status’ – that is, legal codification of what distinguishes a child from an adult. This would represent a great “progressive leap” forward in line with – Clinton’s words – “the abolition of slavery and the emancipation of married women.” Children would be presumed capable of exercising rights and assuming responsibilities until it is proven otherwise.
While they’re at it, why don’t they adopt the view that life begins at conception – that the initial cell and the developing fetus represents life and should enjoy the same rights as a born child. Then they could do away with “the killing fields” known as America’s hospitals and clinics that do abortion for hire. It’s a total disgrace that Democrats do not respect life in this and other ways, yet they are the first to pass animal brutality laws.
But the ultra-left go way too far when they proscribe for children the same rights as for their parents, the adults. Allowed to stand, this kind of thinking will wreck havoc on our society as it has in foreign countries. But of course, that’s exactly the aim of progressives. They look at Europe’s decadence and say, “I want that kind of thing for America.” What total fools!
This line of thinking would validate:

  • Social engineering
  • A direct assault on the family
  • The end of home schooling
  • The end of an Amish tradition of keeping kids out of high school
  • The end of parental notification and approval for child abortions and other matters

Progressives like Clinton and Obama believe kids’ voices should be entitled to be heard over those of the parents. Children “should be masters of their own destiny’ according to Justice William O. Douglas.

  • The state would be able to pass out condoms, run sex education classes, and approve what is good and what is bad for children – not the parents.
  • It mandates total state assumption of parental responsibilities in all facets of life including health care paid for and supervised by the government.

Hitler and Stalin Youth Camps, Here We Come

Does this remind anyone of Hitler’s youth camps? How about Stalin’s mandatory young communist training, the pulling of children out of school and out of the home to enroll them in state training schools where they would be schooled and reared as communists?
This is what progressives want, what far-left liberal Democrats like Clinton and Obama are passionately moving America toward. In this new system of demagogues and forced authority the place of the parent in rearing the child is abrogated and grabbed by an unfeeling state.
Goldberg says Clinton’s writings “leave the unmistakable impression that it is the family that holds children back, the state that sets them free.
“The movement for children’s rights…amounts to another stage in the long struggle against patriarchy.”

>Get It Right On GM Warranties, Obama, Will Ya’

>Men Make Such Bad Decisions When Under Duress

Now that the Barak Obama Administration owns General Motors and Chrysler — or at least with their naming of the board and a president it looks like they’re in control — or should I say totally out of control — what about ongoing losses and expenses?

GM and Chrysler are losing entities. Here are some of the continuing expenses Obama lifted from these two auto makers by inserting us taxpayers in their place.

1. Warranties — who will pay for all the warranty work that will need to be done to satisfy current new car owners, and owners of cars still under warranty that aren’t new?

2. What about other loans and outflow of funds that these giants have accumulated?
 I mean suppliers. They probably owe suppliers millions of dollars. Anyone bother to do an audit to determine the possible maximum outflow to be swollowed by the American taxpayer? NO!

3. How about pensions? That includes union and non-union workers and 401k programs. Most of them are written so that if the insurance carriers default, the company is on it for the full value of the pension. What about retirement money promised to officers and board members? They are valid contracts, even the gold and silver parachutes. 

These American auto makers likely still owe millions to people and companies all over the globe. Who will stand behind these guarantees? Who will pay these moneys? GM and Chrysler were not allowed to go into bankruptcy, remember, so they can’t stiff their creditors. Or can they? Maybe Congress will pass a law — unconstitutional, at least — that will allow Obama to bypass these creditors. He already bypassed Congress when he decided to start running these car companies.

When you do one illegal thing, it begats more illegalities, Barak. It was illegal for Hank Paulsen to lock GM and Chrysler in a room and tell them he wouldn’t let them out until they signed over their companies to the government and promised not to take their firms into regular bankruptcy. That was illegality number one.

Isn’t it interesting that Paulsen, Larry Summers (Obama’s chief financial advisor), and Timmothy Gaithner, treasury secretary, all were working together at CityBank before they were called into government service. Yet CityBank, no matter what crummy condition they were in, was one of the banks that was “too large to fail.” That’s because all three have their own personal 401k plans with City Bank. If it were allowed to fail it would result in a loss of millions of dollars of retirement funds for these three chosen ones. This evil man Hank Paulsen did this same trick to AIG and Bank of America. AIG was told it couldn’t take out bankruptcy, it had to take the money. They didn’t elaborate, however, on how the government would be running AIG henceforth.

As for Bank of America, I wrote a story in Angst Blogger yesterday that AIG would like to repay the $48 billion they got from the government, sometime soon. But the Obama people won’t let them pay it back. They’ve gotten used to the power and they don’t want to give it up, not just yet. Remember that Bank of America took over Countrywide Mortgage and CityBank as part of the deal to give them this money.  What a tangled mess we have. We the taxpayers also paid $180 billion to AIG and are running that company, too.  All of it was a mistake. All of them should have been allowed to take out bankruptcy. Some day someone will untangle all of this and find that the unholy troika of bad people, Gaithner, Pattersen, and Summers, should go to jail. Have your fun fellas, but sooner or later the bubble will burst and you’ll get caught. As I said, one bad mistake begats another, and another, and another.

It’s like running the stop sign where the cop is hiding. You see flashing red and blue lights in your rear view mirror and you decide to outrun the cop. A long, high-speed chase ensues with both cars going over 100 mph and other cop cars are called in. A barracade is set up, but the stop sign-runner blasts his way through that and goes down the road.

Two cop cars finally catch up and come alongside, banging their cars into his. One of the cop cars overturns and the driver is killed. The other pulls out a gun and tries to shoot the tires of the speeding perp car. But the perp’s passenger shoots back and kills the pursuing cop.

 Now the perp is wanted for murder in four states and is going out of his mind. See what I mean, when one thing goes bad it all goes bad? That’s number eight hundred seventy four on Murphey’s list of bad things to expect to happen when one thing goes wrong.This same driver now is going 120 mph to avert capture and suddenly his car goes off a cliff, killing him and his passenger. We make such terrible decisions under duress.

3. What about the other car manufacturers GM and Chrysler own? Who will manage them? I mean Volvo and Saturn for GM and how many others for Chrysler I’m not aware. By the way, whatever happened to that “forced marriage” of Chrysler and Fiat? Chrysler was given an ultimatum by the government, “take their
money or bankruptcy!”  That’s the only good piece of advice anyone has given.

My take: I believe we have gangsters running the government. The biggest three of late were Hank Paulsen, former treasury secretary; Ben Bernanke of the Fed, and the biggest of all, Timothy Geithner, current treasury secretary. How can they get away with strong arming these banks and car companies? Some of the leaders of GM and Chrysler — if they had an ounce of guts and money to pursue the government at this point — ought to band together and sue the government. If that doesn’t happen, there will be mahem on the streets because sooner or later the word will get out and people like me and you, the American taxpayer who is getting stuck for all of this baloney, just won’t stand it any longer.

>Obama Had No Authority To Start Running GM

>+ + Leading Dems Question Obama’s Authority for Auto Plan

While the liberal news outlets were delivering ridiculous Obama love missives from across the Pond, the Media Research Center’s CNSNews.com was once again doing real reporting on the important issues. Like President Obama’s highly questionable takeover of Chrysler and General Motors.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) told CNSNews.com that he does not know from where the President gained legal authority to oversee a restructuring of the two giant auto makers.

“I don’t know, technically. I would be kidding you to mouth some words on that, because I don’t know technically where that authority would be,” Hoyer said.

Senate Banking Chairman Chris Dodd (D-CT) said that he was somewhat surprised that the Administration never consulted with him about its auto industry takeover plan despite his key committee Chairmanship, and that he had only “been reading about it in the papers basically.”

The Obama Administration is executing its Chrysler/GM takeover as a part of the $700 billion Troubled Assets Relief Program (TARP) that Congress enacted last year specifically to bail out financial institutions—and not other businesses such as auto manufacturers. When President Bush asked Congress last fall to approve legislation authorizing him to use TARP money to bailout the auto industry, Congress rejected his request.

President Obama, of course, never asked for Congressional approval. He just did it.

Click here for the exclusive CNSNews.com story. And for all the latest breaking news and analysis free from the liberal spin of the “Lamestream Media” bookmark CNSNews.com today.

>World Economy On Brink of Collapse

>by Don White

World leaders are suddenly realizing the global economy is sinking many times faster than expected.

Yesterday, the World Bank abandoned all attempts to sugar coat this crisis. In a shocking report, the global institution warned that the world economy will shrink for the first time since World War II and that industrial production will plunge a staggering 15% — a global depression reminiscent of the 1930s.

Last week Britian’s prime minister, Gordon Brown, came to their closest ally, America, and suggested politely that Obama may want to consider organizing some kind of global monetary attack to forestall the absolute collapse of nations financially.

I think this caught the president and his treasury secretary off guard. They haven’t the slightest idea — or resources– of how to “bailout” America, let alone the world. The Obama administration has been playing “catch up.” Every move they’ve made so far has failed because it’s either not enough or too late. At least, that’s the liberal view of things.

But conservatives believe he has gone way too far. Indeed, if it takes ten or fifty trillion dollars, that is way out of bounds, say anyone concerned with the welfare of our children and grandchildren who will have to foot the horrendous bills Obama and his secretary of treasury, Patrick Gaithner, have concocted to alleviate problems. So far, the only thing they have done is to make matters worse. What we have here is a gas fire. No amount of water will help. In fact it will make the fire spread and become more destructive.

Consider what’s going on in the major banks today and the news is all pessimistic across the globe:

* The Asian Development Bank reported that more than $50 trillion in invested wealth vanished into thin air last year.
* Superstar investor Warren Buffett warned on CNBC that the U.S. economy “has fallen off a cliff” … is “in a shambles” … and that we are experiencing “close to the worst-case scenario.”
* The feared “D” word has spread swiftly through the news media, as the reality of depression finally sinks in.

I believe the only way to corale this financial mess we’re in is to stop spreading the “fire” by spending money. We should have let the GMs, AIGs, Bear Sterns, City Banks, and any other insolvent company go under. It’s as if we’re at Yellowstone Park during a fire. There are conservationists, real smart scientists, who believe trying to put out a forest fire is not smart. Like forests, economies need “fires” to clean out the incompentent failing companies — companies that have not earned the right to exist. The problem with us is the Democrats have no stomach for putting more union employees on the bread lines.

At the same time, they have no conscience or qualms about letting Peter pay Paul — asking American taxpayers, many of whom make far less than their union brethren, to bailout car companies where union workers have huge benefits and salaries almost no other blue collar workers enjoy.

President Obama should sit down with John Key, New Zealand president. He says his country tried to spend it’s way out of a financial crisis a few years ago and it didn’t work. Nations who do this always fail, he says, citing the Great Depression and how Europe was able to overcome the world depression far faster than in the US where President Roosevelt used the same tactics Obama is trying. Why can’t we learn from the past. Those who fail to heed lessons of the past are destined to fail. Who said that?

>People Are Buying

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In a surprise announcement, the government said house purchases shot up 6 percent last month. Most of these are bank repos that sold out thirty or forth percent less than values last summer. We’ll be out of this recession soon!

Never mind. We must first rid ourselves of housing inventory setting vacant with brown lawns and dying shrubs. Then the new house industry will start to perk up a bit. Of course, some of those homes are new ones. My daughter Jennifer said a person at work bought a 5-bedroom two story home in Cleremont, Florida for $275,000 last week. What a deal! Clermont is a developing town 20 miles from Orlando, and there must be small towns with deals like that all over the country.

If people will get out and buy things like they did before October 2008, the recession would soon be over. I recall right after 9/11 how proactive President George Bush was. He told people it was safe to travel, encouraged them to buy a plane ticket and go somewhere; to spend their savings on things, and that would get the economy moving again, and it did.

President Obama must do likewise. He’s the leader in learning, we all understand that, but soon he will have to get out of his worried mode and put on a new happy face telling Americans that all is well. All will be well. Go out and spend.

General Motors sales were down 48 percent last month; Ford’s was down 45 percent; Toyota 38 percent. But look at Hyundai — they were up 15 percent, so you know some people are buying cars. Don’t stop advertising. The economy is rebounding. Don White.

>House Sales Up!

>In a surprise announcement, the government said house purchases shot up 6 percent last month. Most of these are bank repos that sold out thirty or forth percent less than values last summer.

Never mind. We must first rid ourselves of that inventory that is sitting vacant with brown lawns and dying shrubs. Then the new house industry will start to perk up a bit. Of course, some of those homes are new ones. My daughter Jennifer said a person at work bought a 5-bedroom two story home in Cleremont, Florida for $275,000 last week. What a deal! Clermont is a developing town 20 miles from Orlando, and there must be small towns with deals like that all over the country.

If people will get out and buy things like they did before October 2008, the recession would soon be over. I recall right after 9/11 how proactive President George Bush was. He told people it was safe to travel, encouraged them to buy a plane ticket and go somewhere; to spend their savings on things, and that would get the economy moving again, and it did.

President Obama must do likewise. He’s the leader in learning, we all understand that, but soon he will have to get out of his worried mode and put on a new happy face telling Americans that all is well. All will be well. Go out and spend.

General Motors sales were down 48 percent last month; Ford’s was down 45 percent; Toyota 38 percent. But look at Hyundai — they were up 15 percent, so you know some people are buying cars. Don’t stop advertising. The economy is rebounding. Don White.