Barack Obama has a problem. His polls numbers are dropping and his policies are fueling an angry backlash across America. The Democratic party is held in disrepute, and congressional Democrats are dropping like flies. This imperils Obama’s radical agenda and his own 2012 prospects. What to do? Game the system and rig the future elections. That is how things are done in the streets of Chicago.
by Joel B. Pollak, December 7, 2009
On August 31, I headed to the health care town hall meeting of my congressional representative, Jan Schakowsky (D-IL). I suspected that she planned to stack the meeting with paid organizers, after she vowed on Real Time with Bill Maher to bring “millions” of people into the streets to support the so-called “public option.” So I brought a video camera.
The Boy Scouts’ motto is: Be prepared. Who knew it meant preparing to defend themselves against purple-shirted union thuggery over community service? Kids, pay attention. This is a teachable moment for all of you on power, politics and Big Labor’s culture of corruption.
Last week at a city council meeting in Allentown, Pa., a top official of the local Service Employees International Union chapter ranted about 17-year-old Scout Kevin Anderson’s park cleanup work. Anderson devoted some 200 hours to the job in order to earn an Eagle Scout badge. He picked up trash and helped clear a 1,000-foot walking path with fellow members of Boy Scouts Troop 301 of Center Valley.
Now that the U.S. House of Representatives has passed its version of a health care reform bill, all eyes turn to the Senate. No matter where you stand in the debate over issues such as the public option, big labor bosses hope you do not notice some lower-profile provisions tucked into the pages of this massive proposal. If they become law, these provisions would give union leaders considerable influence over health care decisions affecting us all.
A Pennsylvania union leader has come under fire after threatening legal action against the city of Allentown for allowing a Boy Scout to voluntarily clear a walking path in a local park.
Nick Balzano, president of the Service Employees International Union’s Allentown chapter, said last week that the union might file a grievance against the city for allowing 17-year-old Kevin Anderson to clear the hiking trail, instead of paying some of the 39 recently laid-off SEIU members to do the work.
It would seem that the money and power sources will do exactly what I’ve expected them to do. They are doubling down, going all in…in short playing the health care game like it’s for all the marbles. Which it is. This is the most important gateway to the Progressive-Socialist utopia that the left has been so arduously working toward for a century.
After everything they have done to get this kind of power, they will not allow this plan to fail. It’s not just they are going to try like heck, it is simply that failure is not an option. If the health care bill is killed, it would an enormous defeat for the ideological force that moves the progressives. This is not politics as usual, where our congressmen would be paying attention to the mood of the country and their constituency in order to have a good chance at reelection. It seems pretty clear that the blue dog Democrats have been fully briefed on what their choices are.
The Democrats who are considering the wrath that will await them at home should they support this bill are also being acquainted with the wrath that will follow them the rest of their lives should they not. By standing against this huge step towards Socialism, they would be standing against George Soros, Andy Stern and the SEIU, the AFL-CIO, the Apollo Alliance, the Tides Foundation and many other big-money, big-power entities. The people who run and sit on boards of these left-wing organizations are powerful and influential. These power-brokers can confidently explain to the would-be defectors that they either play the game according to the left’s rules or they are done in Washington and their options in the private sector will be nil.
Defeating this bill would take congressmen of extraordinary strength of character willing to risk their current and future livelihood. I really don’t think we could find more than 1 or 2 of that kind of person in all of Washington.
We are watching history unfold.
Byron York, Chief Political Correspondent
A few days ago, the left-wing activist group MoveOn.org began sending out emails seeking contributions to fund primary challenges against any Democratic senator who does not fully support “health care reform with a public option.” Now there’s an update: MoveOn executive director Justin Ruben says the group has raised $3,578,117 for the project and is thinking of new ways to punish errant Democratic lawmakers.
By Matthew Vadum on 11.4.09 @ 6:07AM
Having purchased, rented, or placed a down payment on all the political influence up for sale in America, leftist troublemaker George Soros now plans to ramp up his war on markets worldwide by creating an “Institute for New Economic Thinking” (INET).
Wednesday, November 04, 2009
Here is one of the loudest messages of the 2009 off-off-year elections: Conservatives in America will no longer let their opponents define them as outside of the mainstream. They will not submit to Democrats. Or to the media. Or to Beltway Republican capitulationists. They will not “rebrand.” They will not sit down. They will not shut up.
Just this past weekend, Democratic Rep. Jim Moran attacked the Republican candidates for governor and attorney general in his state of Virginia as the “Taliban ticket.”