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Crony Faux-Capitalism, and Proud of It?

By Daniel Bongino


President Obama’s press conference yesterday was another, in a long list of, missed opportunities to bridge the growing political divide in America which is ripping us apart. If you pay careful attention to the words Mr. Obama uses, and the context in which he uses them, you will notice a consistent, and troubling, pattern. Mr. Obama rarely uses any data or evidence when he talks about the economy and taxes and he carefully, and deliberately, uses terms which are impossible to define. He does this because he is employing a marketing technique, to sell to Americans, economic policies which are failing us.

For example, President Obama uses terms such as “fair-share” when talking about taxes without discussing what exactly that means. What is a “fair-share?” Is there a number he can provide us to assist us in managing our finances? Is there evidence that his tax rate number actually generates growth and tax revenue? He avoids all of these “complexities” because he isn’t really interested in growth. But, he is interested in control of your money and, when you are ideologically committed to state-control of a free economy, you use slick marketing to separate people, from their hard-earned money.

Here’s another example; did you ever notice that when President Obama discusses the economy and growth, he always discusses them in terms of what he will “allow” and “not allow?” “Allow?” What kind of country have we morphed into where American’s economic prosperity and security are held hostage to the ideology of one man? We are not a monarchy; yet.

Sadly, the administration is lording over the transformation of a once free economy into a state-controlled, economic monster. In this new economy, friends and donors to the politically-connected class move directly to the front of the line for government-approved “credit” in the form of tax-payer subsidies and they write their own regulations to ensure that their competitors are buried in red-tape.
These regulations are being put into place to bankrupt ideological enemies of the President and his crony faux-capitalist friends (i.e. coal, derivatives markets, the petroleum industry), with zero regard for the millions of lives negatively impacted by the administration’s ongoing assault on economic liberty. These regulations double-down on economic destruction by bankrupting small businesses, not connected to the political cocktail-party-class, who are unable to handle the massive legal fees associated with complying with the thousands of pages of red-tape, regulatory measures slapped on their backs as they are trying to get up from the near knockout-punch the recession delivered to them.

Finally, I need to address a counter argument which many of the President’s supporters are using in a bait-and-switch tactic. It goes something like this, “The President is doing a great job! The stock market is up, fuel costs are down, and the economy is adding jobs.” While these statements are factually correct, they completely ignore the role of the President’s policy initiatives.

First, the stock market is up in spite of the President’s policies, and here’s the evidence. American businesses are doing quite well, but not here. Much of their bottom-line growth is coming from overseas sales and the cutbacks on expenses such as labor. In other words, many of these companies, due to our corporate tax rate, which is the highest in the industrialized world, are leaving us to stay profitable in a globally competitive market. If we refuse to fix this problem, both outsourcing and off-shoring will continue and American employees will suffer.

Second, fuel costs are down because petroleum-extraction technology has enabled us to tap into our, once-hidden, wealth of oil and gas. We are floating on petroleum wealth here in the United States and this is driving down fuel prices. But, and this is crucial, this is happening on PRIVATE land, not PUBLIC land. The President is actively standing in the way of us responsibly developing a limited subset of public land, and the hidden wealth underneath. That the President takes credit for the decrease in gas prices, despite his numerous attempts to block bi-partisan energy-development plans (i.e. Keystone, ANWAR, continental-shelf exploration), is utterly outrageous. If he would just get out of the way, gas prices would be likely be dramatically lower.
Third, although we are adding jobs, we are doing slow at the SLOWEST rate of any economic recovery in modern times. In the eight years of both the Reagan and Clinton administrations, they were both in office while the economy created over 15 million jobs. For President Obama to leave office with the same results the economy would have to generate 10 million MORE JOBS in his final two years alone.

In conclusion, Mr. Obama’s state-controlled “capitalism” model is an abysmal failure that has only succeeded in increasing the paper-wealth of America’s crony faux-capitalists. Surely, many of you remember the real economic recoveries of the Reagan and Clinton years where your neighbor and you both had smiles on your faces. The only people smiling now are the jokers who made big investments in expensive Washington DC cocktail parties to cater to the elected oligarchs who get to pick who wins and, tragically, who loses in our new, government-controlled “free-market.”

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Here is what is happening to America…..

8 Levels of Control

Forty years after his death, the philosophy espoused by Saul Alinsky —(the founder of the community-organizing model that continues to inspire both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton) through his 8 Levels of Control, which are rules designed to turn America into a Socialist State. These rules were first published in his book ‘Rules for Radicals.

I have printed these rules below for your information and consideration. It’s scary to see how much has been accomplished — implemented—by various administrations over more than four decades through enacting laws, regulations and social programs by a largely Democrat controlled Senate and, until recently, House of Representatives. (Lyndon Johnson’s “Great Society”, the 50 year-long “War on Poverty”, the war on God, and Obama Care are examples.)

I fear it may be too late to turn things a round. In case you haven’t noticed, all 8 Rules are now operational in one degree or another.

How to create a social state by Saul Alinsky:

There are eight levels of control that must be obtained before you are able to create a social state. The first is the most important.

1) Healthcare – Control healthcare and you control the people

2) Poverty – Increase the Poverty level as high as possible, poor people are easier to control and will not fight back if you are providing everything for them to live.

3) Debt – Increase the debt to an unsustainable level. That way you are able to increase taxes, and this will produce more poverty.

4) Gun Control – Remove the ability to defend themselves from the Government. That way you are able to create a police state.

5) Welfare – Take control of every aspect of their lives (Food, Housing, and Income)

6) Education – Take control of what people read and listen to – take control of what children learn in school. Common Core is added to classrooms across America.

7) Religion – Remove the belief in God from the Government and schools

8) Class Warfare – Divide the people into the wealthy and the poor. This will cause more discontent and it will be easier to take (Tax) the wealthy with the support of the poor.

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Task Force FOR METAL DETECTING RIGHTS FOUNDATION Promoting and defending your right to enjoy the recreational hobby of metal detecting on public use lands and waterways.

The Task Force for Metal Detecting Rights Foundation (TFMDRF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating public awareness by promoting and defending the lawful hobby of recreational metal detecting on public use lands and waterways.
In recent years our hobby has grown tremendously. Now there are hundreds of thousands of us across America who enjoy this wonderful hobby. Unfortunately many public areas are being “taken away” by local law makers who are clearly overreaching their authority and basing their decisions on misinformation.
Through education, communication and unity, the TFMDRF believes we can enlighten the public and lawmakers so all of us can enjoy our favorite past time.

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States pulling rug from under Obama gun plans…………..

Estimates now are that there are 17 states with some type of freedom act for firearms.

Now states are getting into action, with several legislatures already developing bills that would simply pull the rug from under the president’s agenda by specifying that unconstitutional rules or regulations, or executive orders, won’t be allowed.
Rep. Kendell Kroeker of Wyoming introduced HB 104, The Firearms Protection Act, and spoke to WND about the bill.

“The new bill expands to any gun owned in Wyoming and any gun regulation handed down that has to do with banning automatic rifles, banning magazines or gun registration will not apply to any gun, so long as they stay in Wyoming.”

In Wyoming, they like to get right to the point, and the plan states, “An act relating to firearms; providing that any federal law which attempts to ban a semi-automatic firearm or to limit the size of a magazine of a firearm or other limitation on firearms in this state shall be unenforceable…”

Texas also has started its work, developing a plan to block enforcement of those efforts that are in violation of the Second Amendment, which notes that the right to keep and bear arms “shall not be infringed.”

Texas Rep. John Otto, R-Dayton, filed HB553 on Wednesday to make it a misdemeanor for state or federal officials to “enforce or attempt to enforce any acts, laws, executive orders, agency orders, rules or regulations of any kind whatsoever of the United States government relating to confiscating any firearm, banning any firearm, limiting the size of a magazine for any firearm, imposing any limit on the ammunition that may be purchased for any firearm, taxing any firearm or ammunition therefore, or requiring the registration of any firearm or ammunition therefore.”

Missouri has also joined the fight. On Tuesday Rep. Casey Guernsey, R-Bethany, introduced HB170, a similar bill that would block state or federal enforcement of a wide range of unconstitutional federal restrictions on firearms. It also affirms the state’s authority to regulate firearms made and owned within Missouri and makes it a felony for any federal agent to attempt to enforce a federal regulation on those weapons.

Tennessee, South Dakota and South Carolina also have similar bills pending before their legislatures. Sources close to the Tenth Amendment Center indicate as many as a dozen more states could follow suit in the coming weeks.

Alaska also is planning an upgrade of its firearms freedom act too, much like the actions in Wyoming and Texas. Those existing Firearms Freedom Acts were adopted several years ago, and simply state that federal regulation of firearms made, sold and kept in the states is banned.

The federal government imposes regulations and licensing requirements under the Commerce Clause, which regulates commerce among the states. The states challenge that weapons that don’t cross state lines are exempt.

In Wyoming, the “upgrade” should get the attention of federal agents. It states any official charged, “upon conviction, shall be subject to imprisonment for not less than one year and one day or more than five years.”

The bill additionally tacks a $5,000 fine upon the official for violating Wyoming law.

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Obama ‘Punting’ on New EPA Rules Until Post-Election……

The report from the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works’ Minority Staff, “A Look Ahead to EPA Regulations for 2013,” points to a “slew of job-killing EPA regulations that the Obama-EPA has put on hold until after the election but will be on the ‘to-do’ list for 2013.”
“As the economy has continued to falter over the past year, team Obama has been delaying rule after rule that will eliminate American jobs, drive up the price of gas at the pump even more, impose construction bans on local communities, and essentially shut down American oil, natural gas, and coal production. They don’t want this economic pain to hit American families just before the election because it would cost President Obama votes.”
The report goes on to state: “It’s pretty clear that if President Obama secures a second term, the Obama-EPA will have a very busy next four years, moving full speed ahead to implement numerous major rules and regulations that he has delayed or punted due to the upcoming election.
“The radical environmental left may not need to worry, but what about American families, who are working hard in tough economic times, trying to make ends meet?
“As the nation struggles to recover from a lagging economy in the coming year, Americans could also be grappling with a regulatory onslaught from the Obama-EPA that will strangle economic growth, destroy millions of jobs, and dramatically raise the price of goods, the cost of electricity, and the price of gas at the pump.”
The “punted” regulations include:
Greenhouse gas rules that will “virtually eliminate coal as a fuel option for future electric power generation,” and inflict new permitting costs on more than 37,000 farms. New ozone standards that would cost $90 billion a year. Regulations on hydraulic fracturing that will have “serious impacts on domestic energy production.” Expansion of federal control “over virtually every body of water in the United States, no matter how small.” Storm water regulations that could include “mandates on cities to change existing buildings, storm water sewers, and streets.” Reductions in the sulfur content in gasoline that could boost prices by 9 cents a gallon. Clean Water Act rules that “could require expensive new construction at power plants to lower fish deaths.” Other regulations would affect coal ash, farm dust, oil and gasoline spill prevention, and more.
“This report is a wake-up call on the economic pain that the ‘abusive’ Obama-EPA plans to inflict next year,” said Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma, ranking member on the committee.
“It reveals a president who is more concerned about saving his own job than the millions of Americans who are looking for one today.”

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