Obama again ties his previous disapproval record at -22 index, so says Rasmussen

Way to go, Obama

Obama is Going Down like the Titanic. This is another all time record tie as of August 11, 2010.

Obama? Apparently your “Education is my first Economic Priority” meme is being seen through as the economy crippling spending spree you intend it to be; all geared to line the pockets of Marxist Teachers Unions and Marxist Indoctrination Mills call Universities. Your so-called “an investment in the future” is that all right! It’s… an investment in votes and contributions during a time when Americans have 9.5% unemployment with nothing being done to actually fix it and your lying straight faced about your so-called “Recovery Summer.” Using taxpayer money to funnel through the education revolving door back into the pockets of Socialist Political campaigns and organizations is so typical of a fool who still refuses to understand when he has met his Waterloo. Hawk your snake oil, Obama. I love watching your ever increasing disapproval numbers. __________________________________________________ Additional Blogposts from VotingFemale:

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52 Responses to Obama again ties his previous disapproval record at -22 index, so says Rasmussen

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  2. Foxwood says:

    “I read that Islamics have been cleared to consume cat poo coffee recently…”

    Pork poo coffee would be appropriate.

  3. Foxwood says:

    I have a laugh for you…

    Has anyone ever heard of the Coffee Party?

  4. Foxwood says:

    “Apparently your “Education is my first Economic Priority” meme is being seen through as the economy crippling spending spree you intend it to be; all geared to line the pockets of Marxist Teachers Unions and Marxist Indoctrination Mills call Universities. ”

    But VF, they have to keep up with the Communist indoctrination in public schools and collages in order to finally have that big Constitution burning bonfire celebration they’ve always wanted.

  5. VotingFemale says:

    yup! Hatred of America knows no limits, Fox.

    gotta run… chores and errands

  6. Foxwood says:

    Where are you Sami!

    The cat’s away!

  7. Foxwood says:

    I don’t know what it is about Robert Palmer songs I like…

  8. Foxwood says:

    ***Breaking***

    Rosty the Postman dead at 82

    Former Illinois Rep. Dan Rostenkowski has died, NBC News confirmed Wednesday.

    Read more:
    http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2010/08/11/4868580-former-rep-rostenkowski-dead-at-82-

  9. VotingFemale says:

    back for a bit …back is in pain.

    Dirty Harry Reid is at it again. This time he crapping on Mexican Americans who are conservatives (and there are a TON… a TON… OF THEM who are conservatives) to quit conservative thinking and get their asses on the Socialist Plantation.

  10. VotingFemale says:

    that deserves a blogpost and you can believe folks are going to use Reid as a political punching bag for this. He was addressing Hispanics in that speech.

  11. samiam60 says:

    VF, On the illegal alien thang going on right now. I work with a 7th generation Mexican fellow who also just happens to be a retired 20 year veteran of the Marine Corp. This guy is really awesome in his Marine style straight forward views of this Country. When I asked him what he would “if” he were President he simply answered:

    My first order of business would be to give Illegal Aliens 48 hours to get out of MY Country or else be shot on sight!!!!!!!! Don’t matter, he said, if your white, black, hispanic, or asian the order is this Simple: GET OUT!

  12. samiam60 says:

    Obama makes George W. look more and more like Reagan everyday.

  13. VotingFemale says:

    I hear ya Sam.

    I grew up around Mexican Americans… less than 100 miles from the border, and I can tell you from past experience that most of them are hard working American Dream striving and a great number are small business owner/operators of family businesses. They are no like the 85% of blacks who worship Obama and live off the dole like huge numbers of blacks in urban areas.

    Reid doesn’t know who he is screwing with. They do not have a “herd mentality” the Socialists take for granted with regards to the black community.

    I predict this is going to stimulate citizen Hispanic Conservatives to come down on Reid hard.

  14. VotingFemale says:

    Sam, Bush get sucked up in the Progressive BS just like McCain did… and both are paying a price for that. The Tea Party did not spring forth for no reason and have forced McCain into a change of thinking. His bread is buttered on the Conservative side and he is sees that now.

  15. VotingFemale says:

    Alfonso Aguilar, executive director of the Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles, said Reid’s comments were condescending.

    “Hispanic voters don’t have a ‘herd mentality,'” he said. “They have shown that their vote cannot be taken for granted by any party and that they will support candidates who will defend the principles they believe in — the sanctity of the family, the dignity of the human person, hard work and entrepreneurship, among others.”

  16. samiam60 says:

    I too agree on the Hard work ethics of the Mexican people. They are being painted in a negative way by the Drug Cartels and reports of crimes being committed. I live in an area where there are a number of Mexican Families living that American Dream. They are leaving for work each morning as I am awakening at 5 AM. I have the utmost respect for them as a race and a people. The strong Catholic influence in their lives contributes to their Conservative belief system for sure.

    What Harry Reid doesn’t understand is that these people are NOT Tribal and will not conform to his demands.

  17. samiam60 says:

    Oh by the way Barry, your -22 is really your Catch 22 as we move closer to November. Waterloo is coming your way sachless.

  18. Foxwood says:

    Hispanic media take on Obama
    By: Carrie Budoff Brown
    August 11, 2010 04:47 AM EDT

    President Barack Obama has lost the most trusted man in the Hispanic media.

    Univision’s Jorge Ramos, an anchor on the nation’s largest Spanish-language television network, says Obama broke his promise to produce an immigration reform bill within a year of taking office. And Latinos are tired of the speeches, disillusioned by the lack of White House leadership and distrustful of the president, Ramos told POLITICO.

    “He has a credibility problem right now with Latinos,” Ramos said. “We’ll see what the political circumstances are in a couple of years, but there is a serious credibility problem.”

    Read more:
    http://dyn.politico.com/printstory.cfm?uuid=5E904F5F-18FE-70B2-A89BFDC1B4D5145F

  19. Foxwood says:

    Pres. Johnson: “If I’ve lost Cronkite, I’ve lost the war.”

  20. samiam60 says:

    Even Joe Biden’s plane is a clutzzzzzzzzzz !

    WASHINGTON (AP) – Air Force Two with Vice President Joe Biden aboard has been involved in a minor accident with no injuries at a Long Island airport.

    An Air Force spokeswoman says that a small private plane was knocked over by the jet wash from Biden’s plane as it taxied to take off Wednesday morning at Francis S. Gabreski Airport.

    The left wing of the Piper Cub was damaged but no one was on board.

    Air Force Major Michelle Lai says Biden’s 757 took off with those aboard apparently unaware of what had happened.

  21. samiam60 says:

    HOPE AND CHANGE MAP:

  22. tellitlikeitis says:

    Todays reality for the middleclass.

  23. Liberty says:

    VF, Thank you so much for such an informative post, girl I just don’t know how you do it, but I’m sure glad I’m on your side! 🙂

    Hey Sami! Blogwood! and all the rest of the cool cats and cool dogs! 😉

  24. Liberty says:

    Hey Tellitlikeit is!

  25. Foxwood says:

    Tellit, WG, you guys need to visit more often. 🙂

  26. Foxwood says:

    Sieg Heil und Guten Morgan fellow unAmerican Nazis!
    It’s time to unfurl the Confederate Swastika and fire the cannon!

  27. samiam60 says:

    Good Morning WG, Tellit and Foxwood.

  28. VotingFemale says:

    Good Morning Fox! Sam! and great to see you visit, Warrant! loved your new blogpost yesterday!

  29. Foxwood says:

    US Schools to Stop Teaching History; Instead Teachers Will Now Bash “Anglos” and Praise Islam & Castro
    Posted by Lady Liberty on Wednesday, August 11, 2010, 7:24 PM

    This is insane. Our nation’s schools are going to stop teaching American history. Instead teachers are going to attack “Anglos” (whitey) and praise Castro and Che.

    Investors Business Daily reported:
    http://gatewaypundit.firstthings.com/2010/08/when-did-we-stop-teaching-u-s-history-and-why-do-we-allow-it/

  30. Foxwood says:

    Good morning Patriot Sami!

    Good morning Patriot VF!

  31. samiam60 says:

    THIRD WORLD AMERICA
    WATCH: Tens Of Thousands Fight To Get On Public Housing WAITING LIST

    Huff Postal headline. You gotta check this out.

    Good Morning VF 😀

  32. Foxwood says:

    But doesn’t the HuffPo want a 3rd world America?

  33. samiam60 says:

    Huff Postal is in Shock that their Socialism is making us a 3rd World Country.

  34. samiam60 says:

    After these liberals get done bashing America and destroying our way of life they may one day be asking themselves: Where do we go now?

    We must stop these idiots from destroying our America and in so doing we will actually be saving these fools from themselves.

  35. samiam60 says:

    In his new book, Scott Rasmussen says, “The gap between Americans who want to govern themselves and politicians who want to rule over them may be as big today as the gap between the colonies and England during the 18th century.”

  36. VotingFemale says:

    This brazen anti-American activity is one of the major reasons Communism and Communist activities are being singled out as Obama Regime Agenda.

    We are not victims. Thus the Left is left with this sort of tactic. It will not be allowed to stand but we must all work to cancel this behavior and restore schools to a non-marxist controlled environment.

    Thanks to the Obama Regime, the Sleeping American Giant has been awakened and very pissed off and determined. He is coming for the Marxists.

    Case in point: The recent Texas School book war between Marxists and American Conservatives who gained a majority of power on the decision making panel.

    Foxwood says

    US Schools to Stop Teaching History; Instead Teachers Will Now Bash “Anglos” and Praise Islam & Castro
    Posted by Lady Liberty on Wednesday, August 11, 2010, 7:24 PM

    This is insane. Our nation’s schools are going to stop teaching American history. Instead teachers are going to attack “Anglos” (whitey) and praise Castro and Che.

    Investors Business Daily reported:
    http://gatewaypundit.firstthings.com/2010/08/when-did-we-stop-teaching-u-s-history-and-why-do-we-allow-it/

  37. samiam60 says:

    Obama’s economic recovery plan in motion:
    *******************************************************************

    Homes lost to foreclosure up 6 pct from last year
    Home repossessions surged in July, but pace of new home loan defaults continued to slow

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The number of U.S. homes lost to foreclosure surged in July, another sign lenders are moving quicker to take back properties from homeowners behind in payments.

    Lenders repossessed 92,858 properties last month, up 9 percent from June and an increase of 6 percent from July 2009, foreclosure listing firm RealtyTrac Inc. said Thursday.

    Banks have stepped up repossessions this year to clear out the backlog of bad loans. July makes the eighth month in a row that the pace of homes lost to foreclosure has increased on an annual basis.

    Meanwhile, homeowners who are falling behind on their payments are being allowed to stay in their homes longer because lenders are reluctant to add to the glut of foreclosed homes on the market.

    The number of properties receiving an initial default notice — the first step in the foreclosure process — rose 1 percent last month from June, but tumbled 28 percent versus July last year, RealtyTrac said.

    Initial defaults have fallen on an annual basis the past six months.

    The latest data reflect a foreclosure crisis that continues to drag on as many homeowners struggle to make their monthly payments amid high unemployment, slow job growth and an uneven rebound in home prices.

    Economic woes, such as unemployment or reduced income, are now the main catalysts for foreclosures. Initially, lax lending standards were the culprit, but homeowners with good credit who took out conventional, fixed-rate loans are now the fastest growing group of foreclosures.

    Lenders are offering a variety of programs to help homeowners modify their loans, but their success rates vary. Hundreds of thousands of homeowners can’t qualify or fall back into default.

    The Obama administration has rolled out numerous attempts to tackle the foreclosure crisis but has made only a small dent in the problem. More than 40 percent, or about 530,000 homeowners, have fallen out of the administration’s main effort to assist those facing foreclosure.

    That program, known as Making Home Affordable, has provided permanent help to about 390,000 homeowners, or 30 percent of the 1.3 million who have enrolled since March 2009.

    Still, RealtyTrac estimates more than 1 million American households are likely to lose their homes to foreclosure this year.

    In all, 325,229 properties received a foreclosure-related warning in July, up 4 percent from June, but down 10 percent from the same month last year, RealtyTrac said. That translates to one in 397 U.S. homes.

    The firm tracks notices for defaults, scheduled home auctions and home repossessions — warnings that can lead up to a home eventually being lost to foreclosure.

    Among states, Nevada posted the highest foreclosure rate in July, with one in every 82 households receiving a foreclosure notice. The number of properties in Nevada receiving a foreclosure warning last month rose nearly 7 percent from June, but fell nearly 30 percent from the same month last year.

    Rounding out the top 10 states with the highest foreclosure rate last month were: Arizona, Florida, California, Idaho, Michigan, Utah, Illinois, Georgia and Maryland.

    Las Vegas continued to be the city with the highest foreclosure rate in the U.S., with one in every 71 homes receiving a foreclosure notice in July — more than five times the national average.

    http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Homes-lost-to-foreclosure-up-apf-215237895.html?x=0

  38. VotingFemale says:

    Sam, although the home foreclosure statistics are bad news for sure, it further strengthens the backlash against the Obama Regime and Marxist policies that have intentionally led to this problem.

    Every bit of bad news is another stake in the heart of the Marxists.

    That is why the Left Stream Media will either not report it or spin it to appear the fault of Bush Policies. Good luck with that Marxists! You sniveling rat bastards. We are not buying the deception. That game of yours is soooo….

    OVER!

  39. Foxwood says:

    Rucy, I’m home!

    Time to crash and burn…

  40. VotingFemale says:

    WHY WE NEED TO LET STATES GO BROKE

    By Dick Morris And Eileen McGann
    08.10.2010

    Published in the New York Post on August 10, 2010

    Federal Band-Aids won’t cover the fiscal problems of such states as New York, California, Michigan and Connecticut forever. State bankruptcy and fundamental restructuring of state and local finance — and labor relations — is at hand.

    Take Connecticut. In the current fiscal year, $2 billion in federal subsidies have helped tide it over the recession — a hefty share of its $15 billion budget. But these infusions are one-shot grants, renewed only if Congress acts affirmatively to do so. Other states depend on similar manifestations of federal largess.

    In Washington, the House is set to pass a $26 billion aid package this week — fresh federal aid amounting to about 2 percent of state and local spending. But if the Republicans win control of Congress this fall, it is hard to see any legislative willingness to renew these subsidies.

    Instead, GOP lawmakers will point to the examples of New Jersey, Virginia and Indiana — where conservative governors have slashed spending to avoid tax hikes. In Virginia, Gov. Bob McDonnell has reduced spending to pre-2006 levels.

    If Congress fails to renew its subsidies, the more profligate states will face cash shortfalls in the current fiscal year. They’ll threaten school closures, prison releases and all manner of mayhem if their subsidies aren’t renewed. But the Republicans in Washington are likely to refuse — asking why the responsible states should bail out the spendthrifts in Albany, Sacramento, Lansing and Hartford.

    At that point, the bond markets will start eyeing state (and local) balance sheets more critically — demanding higher rates or even refusing to lend. California won’t be the only one trying to get by on IOUs.

    But beyond this tale of woe lies a golden opportunity to reform state governments and redress the imbalance of power between elected officials and public-employee unions.

    Absent endless federal subsidies, states will simply no longer be able to afford to give the unions everything that they want. And governors — many of them newly elected Republicans — will realize that they can’t even afford to honor agreements their big-spending predecessors OK’d.

    The GOP Congress should then amend the federal bankruptcy law to provide for a way — now absent — for states to declare bankruptcy. (Municipalities can do so under current law, but states have no such relief.)

    Here’s the key: The reforms must require that states abrogate their public-employee union agreements in the bankruptcy process, just as private corporations like Delta and Chrysler have done. The wage hikes, the work rules, the pension plans all go out the window.

    Few states will have the starch to cut benefits for those now receiving them. But most will cut pensions for current workers and all will slice them for future employees. Even the threat will be a powerful bargaining tool.

    And beyond the fiscal adjustments, the power of the municipal- and public-employee unions will be broken.

    Voters throughout America will loudly applaud if Congress tells the profligate states, “Work it out on your own. Don’t look to us for a bailout.”

    President Obama could veto the bankruptcy reforms — but a Republican Congress need do nothing to assist states in their plight until he relents. All of the political and financial leverage will be on Congress’ side.

    The result could be the greatest revolution in state and local governance since public-employee unions came on the scene. The public and the voters would get their local governments back, and the grip of public unions will be weakened. It would be the state and local equivalent of President Ronald Reagan’s tough stand against the air-traffic controllers’ strike.

    Politically, the unions that fund and fuel the Democratic Party would be emasculated, dramatically shifting the national balance of power.

    Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s prediction about socialism will have come true for America’s states: “Sooner or later, they run out of other peoples’ money.”

  41. VotingFemale says:

    Get some good sleep Foxwood. zzzzzzz………

  42. Foxwood says:

    Before I go to bed, I had to post this. It’s just beautiful.

  43. samiam60 says:

    Just beautiful Foxwood and thanks for sharing this video with us.

    America’s got Talent alright.

  44. VotingFemale says:

    off writing a blogpost… be back soon as I can 🙂

  45. m2 says:

    Hi, y’all… did you see this Valedictorian Speech against public education?

    The following speech was delivered by top of the class student Erica Goldson during the graduation ceremony at Coxsackie-Athens High School on June 25, 2010

    Here I stand

    There is a story of a young, but earnest Zen student who approached his teacher, and asked the Master, “If I work very hard and diligently, how long will it take for me to find Zen? The Master thought about this, then replied, “Ten years.” The student then said, “But what if I work very, very hard and really apply myself to learn fast – How long then?” Replied the Master, “Well, twenty years.” “But, if I really, really work at it, how long then?” asked the student. “Thirty years,” replied the Master. “But, I do not understand,” said the disappointed student. “At each time that I say I will work harder, you say it will take me longer. Why do you say that?” Replied the Master, “When you have one eye on the goal, you only have one eye on the path.”

    This is the dilemma I’ve faced within the American education system. We are so focused on a goal, whether it be passing a test, or graduating as first in the class. However, in this way, we do not really learn. We do whatever it takes to achieve our original objective.

    Some of you may be thinking, “Well, if you pass a test, or become valedictorian, didn’t you learn something? Well, yes, you learned something, but not all that you could have. Perhaps, you only learned how to memorize names, places, and dates to later on forget in order to clear your mind for the next test. School is not all that it can be. Right now, it is a place for most people to determine that their goal is to get out as soon as possible.

    I am now accomplishing that goal. I am graduating. I should look at this as a positive experience, especially being at the top of my class. However, in retrospect, I cannot say that I am any more intelligent than my peers. I can attest that I am only the best at doing what I am told and working the system. Yet, here I stand, and I am supposed to be proud that I have completed this period of indoctrination. I will leave in the fall to go on to the next phase expected of me, in order to receive a paper document that certifies that I am capable of work. But I contend that I am a human being, a thinker, an adventurer – not a worker. A worker is someone who is trapped within repetition – a slave of the system set up before him. But now, I have successfully shown that I was the best slave. I did what I was told to the extreme. While others sat in class and doodled to later become great artists, I sat in class to take notes and become a great test-taker. While others would come to class without their homework done because they were reading about an interest of theirs, I never missed an assignment. While others were creating music and writing lyrics, I decided to do extra credit, even though I never needed it. So, I wonder, why did I even want this position? Sure, I earned it, but what will come of it? When I leave educational institutionalism, will I be successful or forever lost? I have no clue about what I want to do with my life; I have no interests because I saw every subject of study as work, and I excelled at every subject just for the purpose of excelling, not learning. And quite frankly, now I’m scared.

    John Taylor Gatto, a retired school teacher and activist critical of compulsory schooling, asserts, “We could encourage the best qualities of youthfulness – curiosity, adventure, resilience, the capacity for surprising insight simply by being more flexible about time, texts, and tests, by introducing kids into truly competent adults, and by giving each student what autonomy he or she needs in order to take a risk every now and then. But we don’t do that.” Between these cinderblock walls, we are all expected to be the same. We are trained to ace every standardized test, and those who deviate and see light through a different lens are worthless to the scheme of public education, and therefore viewed with contempt.

    H. L. Mencken wrote in The American Mercury for April 1924 that the aim of public education is not “to fill the young of the species with knowledge and awaken their intelligence. … Nothing could be further from the truth. The aim … is simply to reduce as many individuals as possible to the same safe level, to breed and train a standardized citizenry, to put down dissent and originality. That is its aim in the United States.”

    To illustrate this idea, doesn’t it perturb you to learn about the idea of “critical thinking?” Is there really such a thing as “uncritically thinking?” To think is to process information in order to form an opinion. But if we are not critical when processing this information, are we really thinking? Or are we mindlessly accepting other opinions as truth?

    This was happening to me, and if it wasn’t for the rare occurrence of an avant-garde tenth grade English teacher, Donna Bryan, who allowed me to open my mind and ask questions before accepting textbook doctrine, I would have been doomed. I am now enlightened, but my mind still feels disabled. I must retrain myself and constantly remember how insane this ostensibly sane place really is.

    And now here I am in a world guided by fear, a world suppressing the uniqueness that lies inside each of us, a world where we can either acquiesce to the inhuman nonsense of corporatism and materialism or insist on change. We are not enlivened by an educational system that clandestinely sets us up for jobs that could be automated, for work that need not be done, for enslavement without fervency for meaningful achievement. We have no choices in life when money is our motivational force. Our motivational force ought to be passion, but this is lost from the moment we step into a system that trains us, rather than inspires us.

    We are more than robotic bookshelves, conditioned to blurt out facts we were taught in school. We are all very special, every human on this planet is so special, so aren’t we all deserving of something better, of using our minds for innovation, rather than memorization, for creativity, rather than futile activity, for rumination rather than stagnation? We are not here to get a degree, to then get a job, so we can consume industry-approved placation after placation. There is more, and more still.

    The saddest part is that the majority of students don’t have the opportunity to reflect as I did. The majority of students are put through the same brainwashing techniques in order to create a complacent labor force working in the interests of large corporations and secretive government, and worst of all, they are completely unaware of it. I will never be able to turn back these 18 years. I can’t run away to another country with an education system meant to enlighten rather than condition. This part of my life is over, and I want to make sure that no other child will have his or her potential suppressed by powers meant to exploit and control. We are human beings. We are thinkers, dreamers, explorers, artists, writers, engineers. We are anything we want to be – but only if we have an educational system that supports us rather than holds us down. A tree can grow, but only if its roots are given a healthy foundation.

    For those of you out there that must continue to sit in desks and yield to the authoritarian ideologies of instructors, do not be disheartened. You still have the opportunity to stand up, ask questions, be critical, and create your own perspective. Demand a setting that will provide you with intellectual capabilities that allow you to expand your mind instead of directing it. Demand that you be interested in class. Demand that the excuse, “You have to learn this for the test” is not good enough for you. Education is an excellent tool, if used properly, but focus more on learning rather than getting good grades.

    For those of you that work within the system that I am condemning, I do not mean to insult; I intend to motivate. You have the power to change the incompetencies of this system. I know that you did not become a teacher or administrator to see your students bored. You cannot accept the authority of the governing bodies that tell you what to teach, how to teach it, and that you will be punished if you do not comply. Our potential is at stake.

    For those of you that are now leaving this establishment, I say, do not forget what went on in these classrooms. Do not abandon those that come after you. We are the new future and we are not going to let tradition stand. We will break down the walls of corruption to let a garden of knowledge grow throughout America. Once educated properly, we will have the power to do anything, and best of all, we will only use that power for good, for we will be cultivated and wise. We will not accept anything at face value. We will ask questions, and we will demand truth.

    So, here I stand. I am not standing here as valedictorian by myself. I was molded by my environment, by all of my peers who are sitting here watching me. I couldn’t have accomplished this without all of you. It was all of you who truly made me the person I am today. It was all of you who were my competition, yet my backbone. In that way, we are all valedictorians.

    I am now supposed to say farewell to this institution, those who maintain it, and those who stand with me and behind me, but I hope this farewell is more of a “see you later” when we are all working together to rear a pedagogic movement. But first, let’s go get those pieces of paper that tell us that we’re smart enough to do so!

    Reprinted from Signs of the Times.

  46. m2 says:

    I read this back in 2008. It’s so harrowing today. Exactly as predicted:

    Barack Obama, Fabian Socialist
    Jerry Bowyer 11.03.08, 12:32 PM ET

    Barack Obama is a Fabian socialist. I should know; I was raised by one. My Grandfather worked as a union machinist for Ingersoll Rand during the day. In the evenings he tended bar and read books. After his funeral, I went back home and started working my way through his library, starting with T.W. Arnold’s The Folklore of Capitalism. This was my introduction to the Fabian socialists.

    Fabians believed in gradual nationalization of the economy through manipulation of the democratic process. Breaking away from the violent revolutionary socialists of their day, they thought that the only real way to effect “fundamental change” and “social justice” was through a mass movement of the working classes presided over by intellectual and cultural elites. Before TV it was stage plays, written by George Bernard Shaw and thousands of inferior “realist” playwrights dedicated to social change. John Cusack’s character in Woody Allen’s “Bullets Over Broadway” captures the movement rather well.

    Arnold taught me to question everyone–my president, my priest and my parents. Well, almost everyone. I wasn’t supposed to question the Fabian intellectuals themselves. That’s the Fabian MO, relentless cultural and journalistic attacks on everything that is, and then a hard pitch for the hope of what might be.

    That’s Obama’s world.

    He’s telling the truth when he says that he doesn’t agree with Bill Ayers’ violent bombing tactics, but it’s a tactical disagreement. Why use dynamite when mass media and community organizing work so much better? Who needs Molotov when you’ve got Saul Alinski?

    So here is the playbook: The left will identify, freeze, personalize and polarize an industry, probably health care. It will attempt to nationalize one-fifth of the U.S. economy through legislative action. They will focus, as Lenin did, on the “commanding heights” of the economy, not the little guy.

    As Obama said, “the smallest” businesses will be exempt from fines for not “doing the right thing” in offering employer-based health care coverage. Health will not be nationalized in one fell swoop; they have been studying the failures of Hillary Care. Instead, a parallel system will be created, funded by surcharges on business payroll, which will be superior to many private plans.

    The old system will be forced to subsidize the new system and there will be a gradual shift from the former to the latter. The only coercion will be the fines, not the participation. A middle-class entitlement will have been created.

    It may not be health care first; it might be energy, though I suspect that energy will be nationalized much more gradually. The offshore drilling ban that was allowed to lapse legislatively will be reinstated through executive means. It may be an executive order, but might just as well be a permit reviewing system that theoretically allows drilling but with endless levels of objection and appeal from anti-growth groups. Wind and solar, on the other hand, will have no permitting problems at all, and a heavy taxpayer subsidy at their backs.

    The banking system has already been partially nationalized. Bush and Paulson intend for their share purchases to be only non-voting preferred shares, but the law does not specify that. How hard will it be for Obama, new holder of $700 billion in bank equity, to demand “accountability” and a “voice” for the taxpayers?

    The capital markets are not freezing up now, mostly because of what has happened, although community organizers’ multi-decade push for affirmative-action mortgages has done enormous harm to the credit system. Markets are forward looking.

    A quick review of the socialist takeovers in Venezuela in 1999, Spain in 2004 and Italy in 2006 show the same pattern–equity markets do most of their plummeting before the Chavez’s of the world take power. Investors anticipate the policy shift in advance; that’s their job.

    It’s not just equity markets, though; debt markets do the same thing. Everywhere I turn I hear complaints about bankers “hoarding” capital. “Hoarding” is a word we’ve heard often from violent socialists like Lenin and Mao. We also hear it from the democratic left as we did during the 1930s in America. The banks, we’re told, are greedy and miserly, holding onto capital that should be deployed into the marketplace.

    Well, which is it, miserly or greedy? They’re not the same thing. Banks make money borrowing low and lending high. In fact, they can borrow very, very low right now, as they could during the Great Depression.

    So why don’t they lend? Because socialism is a very unkind environment for lenders. Some of the most powerful members of Congress are speaking openly about repudiating mortgage covenants. Local officials have already done so by simply refusing to foreclose on highly delinquent borrowers. Then, there’s the oldest form of debt repudiation, inflation. Even if you get your money back, it will not be worth anything. Who would want to lend in an environment like this?

    Will Obama’s be the strong-man socialism of a Chavez, or the soft socialism that Clement Atlee used to defeat Churchill after WWII? I don’t know, but I suspect something kind of in between. Despite right-wing predictions that we won’t see Rush shut down by Fairness Doctrine fascists. We won’t see Baptist ministers hauled off in handcuffs for anti-sodomy sermons. It will more likely be a matter of paperwork. Strong worded letters from powerful lawyers in and out of government to program directors and general mangers of radio stations. Ominous references to license renewal.

    The psychic propaganda assault will be powerful. The cyber-brown-shirts will spew hate, the union guys will flood talk shows with switchboard-collapsing swarms of complaint calls aimed at those hosts who “go beyond the pale” in their criticisms of Obama. In concert with pop culture outlets like The Daily Show and SNL, Obama will use his podium to humiliate and demonize those of us who don’t want to come together and heal the planet.

    You’ve heard of the bully pulpit, right? Well, then get ready, because you’re about to see the bully part.

    Jerry Bowyer is chief economist of Benchmark Financial Network and a CNBC contributor.

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