STATES OF THE UNIONS
|Mark Steyn on America|
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Saturday, 26 February 2011
The Democrat palace guard of America's dying monodailies are doing a grand job in reporting the current stand-off in Wisconsin. A headline in The New York Times sums up the media's bizarre enthusiasm for sacrificing what remains of their reputations in order to protect the cause:
Billionaire Brothers' Money Plays Role in Wisconsin Dispute
The dogged John Hinderaker of Powerline is endeavoring to get some answers from the shy and retiring Eric Lipton as to the basis for certain aspects of his story. [UPDATE: New York Times "fact"-checking in action.] But I find the headline alone so perverse you wonder how, even at the Times, it could have wafted up through six layers of editors without someone saying, "Oh, come on..." What's happening in Wisconsin is all about money: budgets, shortfalls, obligations, perks, pensions, privileges - and the burdens of the beleaguered productive class that pays for it. In a story awash with money, the Koch brothers are the least of it. They're certainly billionaires, and that's a lot of dough. Of it, what they inject into the political process is little more than a rounding error. As David Harsanyi puts it:
The libertarian Kochs are super rich and gave less than $2 million to Republicans in the last election cycle, which mathematically speaking amounts to nothing. In fact, Timothy Carney of the Washington Examiner dispatched Krugman's claim that unions were a "counterweight to the political power of big money" by pointing out that "every one of the top ten industries contributing to the 2010 elections gave more money to Democrats."
If some public union rollbacks are a harbinger of rebirth of the robber barons, why is it that the Service Employees International Union boss — who represents a sliver of the American workforce — has been the most frequent guest at the White House after he handed Barack Obama $28 million and used tens of million more to campaign for him and his policies?
So Big Business and Big Unions both favor Big Government - and for the same reason: it drives out their competition. Why isn't SEIU honcho Mary Kay Henry (born in that monument to union muscle, Detroit) as famous as the sinister Koch siblings? Ms Henry is a fascinating figure: A lesbian advisor to the Conference of Catholic Bishops whose partner is a bigshot with the Teamsters, she is an advocate for "health care" for "working families" and for same-sex marriage, and on both those issues the President's views seem to be swinging ever more into happy alignment with her money. [EMPHASIS ADDED] Wouldn't that be worth an in-depth analysis from the Eric Liptons of the world? Instead the Koch brothers, waging their lonely battle for small government, are being lined up as this decade's Halliburton.
I doubt it will work. The media's perverse priorities might be just about tenable if they weren't also making themselves look ever more ridiculous by their willingness to airbrush the truth about the ugly union bruisers out on the streets of Madison.
The Kochs' money is irrelevant to the future of Wisconsin. The unions' money, on the other hand, is an existential crisis for the state. Last year, The Times of London reported:
The President of Greece warned last night that his country stood on the brink of the abyss after three people were killed when an anti-government mob set ﬁre to the Athens bank where they worked.
The Times managed to get the salient feature of the story entirely wrong. They were not an “anti-government” mob, but a government mob, a mob of "public servants" objecting to austerity measures that would end, for example, the tradition of 14 monthly paychecks per annum. You read that right: the Greek public sector cannot be bound by anything so humdrum as temporal reality. So, when it was mooted that the “workers” might henceforth receive a mere 12 monthly paychecks per annum, they rioted. Their hapless victims - a man and two women - were a trio of clerks trapped in a bank when the mob set it alight and then obstructed emergency crews attempting to rescue them.
You don’t have to go to Athens to find "public servants" happy to take it out on the public. In Madison, politicized doctors provide fake sick notes for politicized teachers to skip class. In New York's Christmas snowstorm, Sanitation Department plough drivers are unable to clear the streets, with fatal consequences for some residents. On the other hand, they did manage to clear the snow from outside the Staten Island home of Sanitation Dept head honcho John Doherty, while leaving all surrounding streets pristinely clogged. Three hundred Sanitation Department workers have salaries of over $100,000 per year. In retirement, you get a pension of 66 grand per annum plus excellent health benefits, all inflation proofed.
That's what "collective bargaining" is about: It enables unions rather than citizens to set the price of government. It is, thus, a direct assault on republican democracy, and it needs to be destroyed. Unlovely as they are, the Greek rioters and the snarling thugs of Madison are the logical end point of the advanced social democratic state: not an oppressed underclass, but a spoiled overclass, rioting in defense of its privileges and insisting on more subsidy, more benefits, more featherbedding, more government.
Big Unions fund Big Government. The union slices off two per cent of the workers’ pay and sluices it to the Democratic Party, which uses it to grow government, which also grows unions, which thereby grows the number of two-per-cent contributions, which thereby grows the Democratic Party, which thereby grows government… Repeat until bankruptcy. Or bailout.
In his pithiest maxim, John Maynard Keynes, the most influential economist of the 20th century social-democratic state and the patron saint of “stimulus”, offered a characteristically offhand dismissal of any obligation to the future: “In the long run we are all dead.” The Greek and Wisconsin bullies are Keynesians to a man: The mob is demanding the right to carry on suspending reality until they’re all dead. After that, who cares?
If the new class war is between “public servants” and the rest of us, some countries no longer have enough of “the rest of us” even to put up a fight. That's why you can't wait to fight in the last ditch. The longer you wait to stand up against the "public service" unions, the less your chance of winning.
Muslims, wherever they are, can cry victim and the world listens. They persecute and murder Christians, Hindus, and all non-Muslims, homosexuals, women, children, etc., and they’re still able to convince the world of their victimhood. That is one for the history books if we ever get chance to write the history of this age.
Barack (pronounced “Bear-ick”) has a never-ending love for outsourcing citizenship. I suggest someone at the Pentagon figure out why Barack aka Barry came into the United States mainland in 1971 and told people he wasn’t born here, but wanted to be president someday, anyway. Frank Marshall Davis, renowned Communist and recreational pedophile had been “homeschooling” Barry for a year then, if my calculations are correct; Stanley Ann Dunham exiled Barry to HI with her mother and father and FMD as role models.
Our Treasury Secretary won’t admit that he had quite a bit of knowledge about Barry even in 1970 when they came into the United States from Jakarta with their mother to escape Indonesia for the summer. Timothy Geithner and his sister were quite aware of who Barry was and Tim knew about SAD’s plans to send Barry to HI to live with her “parents.” Perhaps, Peter Geithner, Stanley Ann’s boss at the Ford Foundation in Jakarta, Indonesia talked about the boy and his mother in front of the Geithner children. Audie Geithner attended Fransiscus Besuki School with Barry where she saw Barry dress in Muslim attire and attend Koranic studies where he learned his flawless Arabic pronunciation and the tenets of the (cult) religion. There is no better substitute for cultural and religious indoctrination into Islam (and indoctrination into Marxism) than seizing upon an impressionable, fatherless boy and making his identity and self-esteem hinge on his religious (and political) identification.
We are the victims of the Dunham’s love affair with Communism, Marxism, Islam and all things anti-American. Barry was exposed early on to Davis’ brand of anarchy, drugs and anger towards mainstream America. What kind of people exploit a child for their own political gain? Radical Muslims, Communists and Marxists.
How curious that one of Barack’s first acts as President was to appoint Timothy Geithner as his wingman in the Treasury. Geithner’s advantage as a financial insider was secured by Geithner, Sr. who migrated to the IMF from the Ford Foundation. Former President George Bush nominated Timothy Geithner to the head of the New York (un-)Federal Reserve Bank in 2007 in preparation for his graduation to Secretary of the Treasury. Geithner’s role in re-setting our financial system and the world’s economies has been pivotal in paving the way for a future global government. He is an insider’s insider, having received the designation of Knight of the Order of the Garter from the Kuh-ween of England (another placeholder who serves at the pleasure of the Temple Bar Court Bankers).
The only thing more disastrous than an Obama Presidency is the promotion of Obama to the helm of the United Nations as Secretary General, but then, Obama is well-versed in the ins and outs of corrupt organizations, the exploitation of slumbering mainstream Americans who ignore the abridgement fo the Constitution and Bill of Rights for the benefit of the disenfranchised third world.
If Obama was not biologically sired by Sukarno, he was ideologically sired by Bung Sukarno, who declared independence from the Dutch to govern his people under the chosen guiding principles of Marxism and Islam. Bung Sukarno was sympathetic to Communists, too, and assisted Emperor Hirohito in WWII by allowing Japanese planes to re-fuel on one of Indonesia’s islands.
Just received this in my E-mail from a Dear Friend. Having spent three weeks in a hospital in Naples, Florida with my wife I couldn’t help noticing what was going on in the hospital and I had a lot of time to talk to the doctors and nurses about what I had observed. Below is a commentary from an ER Doctor. Do you think this might be a big reason our health care system and our social security system are so screwed up? Do you think this might be a big reason our taxes keep going up? Who do you think these people are going to vote for?
From a Florida ER doctor:
“I live and work in a state overrun with illegals. They make more money having kids than we earn working full-time. Today I had a 25-year old with 8 kids – that’s right 8; all illegal anchor babies and she had the nicest nails, cell phone, hand bag, clothing, etc. She makes about $1,500 monthly for each; you do the math. I used to say, “We are the dumbest nation on earth.” Now I must say and sadly admit: WE are the dumbest people on earth (that includes ME) for we elected the idiot idealogues who have passed the bills that allow this. Sorry, but we need a revolution. Vote them all out in 2010. ”
— REMEMBER —
IN NOVEMBER 2010, WE HAVE A GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY TO CLEAN OUT THE ENTIRE HOUSE AND ONE-THIRD OF THE SENATE!
This is an insult and a kick in the butt to all of us…
Get mad and pass it on – I don’t know how, but maybe some good will come of this travesty.
If the immigrant is over 65, they can apply for SSI and Medicaid and get more than a woman on Social Security, who worked from 1944 until 2004.
She is only getting $791 per month because she was born in 1924 and there’s a ‘catch 22.’
It is interesting that the federal government provides a single refugee with a monthly allowance of $1,890. Each can also obtain an additional $580 in social assistance, for a total of $2,470 a month.
This compares to a single pensioner, who after contributing to the growth and development of America for 40 to 50 years, can only receive a monthly maximum of $1,012 in old age pension and Guaranteed Income Supplement.
Maybe our pensioners should apply as refugees!
Consider sending this to all your American friends, so we can all be ticked off and maybe get the refugees cut back to $1,012 and the pensioners up to $2,470. Then we can enjoy some of the money we were forced to submit to the Government over the last 40 or 50 or 60 years. And not to receive a increase for 2010 Vote them all out of office…….
Please forward this to every American to expose what our elected politicians have been doing for the past 11 years to over-taxed Americans.
SEND THIS TO EVERY AMERICAN TAXPAYER YOU KNOW
The report is supposed to include the number who are on public welfare programs.
But no report has forthcoming from the Office of Refugee Resettlement since 2007.
Well, isn’t that just peachy keen?
Meanwhile, American citizens who really need assistance aren’t getting that assistance. Maybe those American citizens should emigrate and re-enter?
Why don’t Muslim countries take the Muslim refugees? Isn’t charity one of the 5 Pillars of Islam? this continuous importation of incompatible
refugees” will turn the USA into the DBS…Disjointed Balkinized States.
Salvage is the same little troll that craps over at Riehlworldview.com. Just one of Soro’s minions…..
You truly are a Muslim Obama, you are not fooling anyone. It’s time for your impeachment or the military needs to step in and take over your dictatorship. We the American people are also fed up with your BS. You’re going to cause another revolution. Lots of vet’s out there who know guerrilla warfare.
The so-called POTUS, Traitor Has given millions to our enemies
BY EXECUTIVE ORDER OBUMMA GIVES MONEY TO HAMMAS (Feb 2009)
DIRECT ACCESS STIMULUS GRANTS FOR THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD August 31:2010 http://bigpeace.com/cbrim/2010/08/29/coming-august-31-direct-access-stimulus-grants-for-the-muslim-brotherhood/
WHITEHOUSE PROVIDING FUNDING GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE AND RESOURCES TO THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD http://creepingsharia.wordpress.com/2010/08/30/white-house-providing-%E2%80%9Cfunding-government-assistance-and-resources%E2%80%9D-to-muslim-brotherhood/
A MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD COLLECTION OF INFORMATION http://www.facebook.com/note.php?saved&¬e_id=144219428954350#!/note.php?note_id=131684856879667&id=100001218377837&ref=mf
It absolutely blows my mind that Obama received so many votes to began with..
Not one thing about him during his run gave 1 clue to who he was,he hid himself within the media.He attacked those who would dare question him and yet you voted for him.
100s of thousands of homeless bussed into states that require no IDs to vote and no registration either?
This man The Mulatto Prince of Thieves is committing treachery against our Nation and you voted and still supported him,WHY? What has he done yet that can be validated as Legal?
You who have supported this man betrayed God and this Country.Plain is Plain was…
@ Hinda: No the Republicans are not different than Democrats.But Conservatives are different than both.
We Conservatives fire our crooks,the Liberals keep theirs intact.When and how often do you see Republicans rotated compared to the Liberals?
Have faith Hinda many dem’s and repubs both are getting fired,maybe we can have some with backbones to speak for us…
In reply to Jen, I don’t care what GW did. I was against it then and I’m against it now. The story states that the 80,000 are in addition to the normal quota. Let Putin solve his own Muslim problem. He can, but he’d prefer to send his dissidents to America so that they can work to transplant their culture and religion on our shores. I wouldn’t ask one soldier to fall on a grenade to give a Russian Muslim birth to America.
Don’t you understand why the academics have been preaching birth control and abortion to the middle class? To make room for the importation or outsourcing of citizenship to the world’s citizens. Mexican immigrants can afford to come here illegally and have many children because our government is subsidizing their reproduction.
As for Obama’s assertion that he is his brother’s keeper, why are the taxpayers of MA footing the bill for her housing, food, medical care, etc? Not enough proceeds from two fictional autobiographies to provide a modest home for Aunt Zeituni? According to Aunt Z, its our Christian duty to put her up. If you find yourself in disadvantaged circumstances, don’t expect what Aunt Z receives; Aunt Z is a political refugee and non-citizen. She expects you to support her and far from being grateful, she is not thankful, she expects you to sacrifice to provide for her. This is shameful, and our President used his political connections to provide sanctuary for his aunt despite the fact that she had been ordered to be deported to Kenya. She evaded immigration authorities in violation of our laws and was not punished for ignoring a court order; she was held up as some sort of victim of the system.
Meanwhile, the Obama administration sits idly by as the Army destroys an Army physician and officer’s career because he had the audacity to question why this President avoids the investigation of his bona fides. A military officer deserves less mercy, less justice than an illegal immigrant, Aunt Zeituni, the pardoned FALN terrorists, etc.
This is by far the best explanation of the Muslim terrorist situation I have ever read. His references to past history are accurate and clear. Not long, easy to understand, and well worth the read. The author of this email is said to be Dr………. Emanuel Tanay, a well-known and well-respected psychiatrist.
A German’s View on Islam
A man, whose family was German aristocracy prior to World War II owned a number of large industries and estates. When asked how many German people were true Nazis, the answer he gave can guide our attitude toward fanaticism. ‘Very few people were true Nazis,’ he said, ‘but many enjoyed the return of German pride, and many more were too busy to care. I was one of those who just thought the Nazis were a bunch of fools. So, the majority just sat back and let it all happen. Then, before we knew it, they owned us, and we had lost control, and the end of the world had come. My family lost everything. I ended up in a concentration camp and the Allies destroyed my factories.’
We are told again and again by ‘experts’ and ‘talking heads’ that Islam is the religion of peace and that the vast majority of Muslims just want to live in peace. Although this unqualified assertion may be true, it is entirely irrelevant. It is meaningless fluff, meant to make us feel better, and meant to somehow diminish the spectre of fanatics rampaging across the globe in the name of Islam.
The fact is that the fanatics rule Islam at this moment in history. It is the fanatics who march. It is the fanatics who wage any one of 50 shooting wars worldwide. It is the fanatics who systematically slaughter Christian or tribal groups throughout Africa and are gradually taking over the entire continent in an Islamic wave. It is the fanatics who bomb, behead, murder, or honour-kill. It is the fanatics who take over mosque after mosque. It is the fanatics who zealously spread the stoning and hanging of rape victims and homosexuals. It is the fanatics who teach their young to kill and to become suicide bombers.
The hard, quantifiable fact is that the peaceful majority, the ‘silent majority,’ is cowed and extraneous.
Communist Russia was comprised of Russians who just wanted to live in peace, yet the Russian Communists were responsible for the murder of about 20 million people. The peaceful majority were irrelevant. China ‘s huge population was peaceful as well, but Chinese Communists managed to kill a staggering 70 million people.
The average Japanese individual prior to World War II was not a warmongering sadist. Yet, Japan murdered and slaughtered its way across South East Asia in an orgy of killing that included the systematic murder of 12 million Chinese civilians; most killed by sword, shovel, and bayonet.
And who can forget Rwanda , which collapsed into butchery. Could it not be said that the majority of Rwandans were ‘peace loving’?
History lessons are often incredibly simple and blunt, yet for all our powers of reason, we often miss the most basic and uncomplicated of points:
Peace-loving Muslims have been made irrelevant by their silence.
Peace-loving Muslims will become our enemy if they don’t speak up, because like my friend from Germany , they will awaken one day and find that the fanatics own them, and the end of their world will have begun.
Peace-loving Germans, Japanese, Chinese, Russians, Rwandans, Serbs, Afghans, Iraqis, Palestinians, Somalis, Nigerians, Algerians, and many others have died because the peaceful majority did not speak up until it was too late. As for us who watch it all unfold, we must pay attention to the only group that counts–the fanatics who threaten our way of life.
Lastly, anyone who doubts that the issue is serious and just deletes this email without sending it on, is contributing to the passiveness that allows the problems to expand. So, extend yourself a bit and send this on and on and on! Let us hope that thousands, world-wide, read this and think about it, and send it on – before it’s too late . I have posted this letter before, and it is truly, something to think about? This is certainly ‘food-for-thought’.
This is very interesting and we all need to read it from start to finish, and send it on to everyone. Maybe this is why our A……merican Muslims are so quiet and not speaking out about any atrocities.
Can a good Muslim be a good American?
This question was forwarded to a friend who worked in Saudi Arabia for 20 years. The following is his reply:
Theologically – NO, Because his allegiance is to Allah, The moon god of Arabia .
Religiously – NO, Because no other religion is accepted by His Allah except Islam. (Quran, 2:256-Koran)
Scripturally – NO, Because his allegiance is to the five Pillars of Islam and the Quran.
Geographically – NO, Because his allegiance is to Mecca , to which he turns in prayer five times a day.
Socially – NO, Because his allegiance to Islam forbids him to make friends with Christians or Jews.
Politically – NO, Because he must submit to the mullahs (spiritual leaders), who teach annihilation of Israel and destruction of America , the great Satan.
Domestically – NO, Because he is instructed to marry four Women and beat and scourge his wife when she disobeys him (Quran 4:34-Koran)
Intellectually – NO, Because he cannot accept the American Constitution since it is based on Biblical principles and he believes the Bible to be corrupt.
Philosophically – NO, Because Islam, Muhammad, and the Quran does not allow freedom of religion and expression. Democracy and Islam cannot co-exist. Every Muslim government is either dictatorial or autocratic.
Spiritually – NO, Because when we declare ‘one nation under God,’ the Christian’s God is loving and kind, while Allah is NEVER referred to as Heavenly father, nor is he ever called love in the Quran’s 99 excellent names.
Therefore, after much study and deliberation, perhaps we should be very suspicious of ALL MUSLIMS in this country. They obviously cannot be both ‘good’ Muslims and good Americans. Call it what you wish, it’s still the truth. You had better believe it. The more who understand this, the better it will be for our country and our future.
The religious war is bigger than we know or understand.
Footnote: The Muslims have said they will destroy us from within. SO FREEDOM IS NOT FREE!
THE MARINES WANT THIS………. TO ROLL ALL OVER THE U.S.
They are truly our enemy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!They want you dead!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Ask a Soldier!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Please pass these two letters on,America We are at a Crossroads of loosing our Country and Freedom! This is not a joke or some Politically Correct Ploy! We are repeating History, the wrong way! Wake up, be informed, But The writtings on the wall..Please don’t keep a blind eye! Cause if you do, they will Take us and Imprison us, whether it is Socially, Emotionally, economically, or even Physically! But it is real and it is here!!! If you are really honest with your self & no one else, Look at all the signs… ..The world is against us and half of America! All I can say is Stand Up..Speak Up.. and Pray Up..its going to be a wild ride as it has been for the last yr and a half! But stand for Truth no matter what, even upon Pain of Death! God Bless America! and Have mercy on all of US….of A!!!….
I only want to say to all Americans I have posted this before,But be aware of the progressives agenda,leading us towards Islam and Socialism, I have posted this letter alot and hope to keep doing it till all people know what Muhammad,& Isla……m is, and all about! Please don’t let children watch this..Muhammad.. http://…www.youtube.com/watch?v=UyyKhao47qU The perfect man’ & Three things you (probably) don’t know about Islam http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fgsrnmzxEUY After you watch these, read the letter in next post…Warning on the Video’s “DON’T LET CHILDREN WATCH” But it is the Truth! One man wrote the Quran, and there is 2 sides to the Quran,The first part of Peace & the second, Is very evil, Remember One man wrote the Quran.”IN ONE LIFETIME” .and created Islam and the Muslims, they are all Arab descent! over 40 men wrote the Bible over, 3500yrs! Be Aware and understand this post and the next! God Bless all who take heed, and God’ Bless America!
This is crazy, Obama is allowing people into this country that are not true Americans, they will suck our social security system dry, and destroy our healt care system with excessive overloads, they will get our benefits, while we got nothing in return. They will come first, we will be last. They need to Impeach this guy before He destroys our once great nation, He’s a Nut !!
Just another piece in the jigsaw puzzle showing him as a Muslim. All you have to is put the pieces together and you get a real clear picture.
When the Jews came to America, they did not ask everyone in America to become a Jew. They went about building schools, libraries, museums, hospitals, clinics, etc. and joined with Americans to build a better America. When Muslims enter America, they go about building mosques, and from their mosques, they preach hatred for America (the very land where they can live and enjoy life), they build schools for Muslims children, schools that teach the same dislike for America and Americans, and all the schools teach from the Koran. Muslim children are brainwashed from birth, to hate Infidels and to kill jews. Their goal is total world domination by Muslims. They use our “politically correctness” to gain more power, and NEVER, NEVER have they actually turned in a terrorist when the terrorist is one of their own, instead, they protect them and cover up. Why would America want more people like that here? Americans do not want more Muslims here, but our President does not understand that. They are ruining our country.