By: Josh Bernstein
You read that correctly. What you are about to read is not only frightening, but unfortunately for America also true. This article will present a very strong argument that shows that most of Barack Obama’s decisions regarding the economy have been made intentionally. I will back up my claims with facts and statistics while giving clear and concise examples of each.
Some of you may be familiar with the Cloward and Piven Strategy but most of you have not. If you are a limited government, freedom loving, patriotic American like me, then you will want to continue reading. This article may anger, scare, and shake some of you to the very foundation of your core. If it has that effect on you, then I did my job. Medicine is not supposed to taste like cherries and bubble gum; it is supposed to be bitter and tough to swallow. The nastier it tastes, usually the more effective it is. Consider this your first dose.
What is the Cloward and Piven Strategy?
Richard Andrew Cloward and Frances Fox Piven were two married sociology professors at Columbia University in New York. In 1966, they wrote an article titled, “The Weight of the Poor: A Strategy to end Poverty.” The article was published in the very left leaning publication, The Nation.
The article laid out a strategy that called for the overloading of the United States Public Welfare System in order to precipitate a crisis that would be so vast and so sudden, that it would completely collapse the financial infrastructure of the economy, thus creating a “guaranteed” income in the hopes of ending poverty. They stated that many Americans who could qualify for welfare related benefits were not receiving them and encouraged them to do so. They called upon the white middle class, the minority workers, and the under the poverty line working poor to enroll in welfare programs in order to bankrupt local and state governments. Their ultimate goal was to replace capitalism with a complete government centered and controlled economy.
Where did these two radical professors get their influences from?
Saul David Alinsky was a community organizer and writer. Let me repeat that. Saul David Alinsky was a community organizer and writer. Barack Obama was also a community organizer. Saul Alinsky is often referred to as the founder of modern day community organizing and was a major figure on the south side of Chicago. Barack Obama cut his teeth as a community organizer on the south side of Chicago.
In 1971, a few months before his death from a massive heart attack at age 63, Saul Alinsky wrote a book titled, Rules for Radicals: A Pragmatic Primer for Realistic Radicals. To the Radical Left in this country and all over the world this manifesto is like their bible.
In the first chapter of Rules for Radicals Alinsky writes, “What follows is for those who want to change the world from what it is to what they believe it should be.” He then goes on to say that the writer Machiavelli taught the “haves” how to hold on to their power, and Alinsky through Rules for Radicals teaches the “have-nots” how to take that power away.
Noted biographer Sanford D. Horwitt has claimed that Barack Obama was influenced by Alinsky, and followed in his footsteps as a Chicago based community organizer. Barack Obama’s first job in Chicago was working for the Developing Communities Project on Chicago’s south side. The Chief Operating Officer was a man named Gerald Kellman. Mr. Kellman was a direct disciple of Saul Alinsky.
Let’s take a look at some raw data that clearly shows the Saul Alinsky/Cloward and Piven Strategy hard at work.
To be fair for my comparisons I looked at data from the first 3.5 years of George W. Bush’s presidency and the first 3.5 years of Barack Obama’s.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate in June of 2004 was 5.6% and approximately 8.2 million people were out of work. The unemployment rate today is at 8.2% and roughly 23 million people are out of work. What the 2012 statistics do not show however is the amount of under employed or the people who just gave up looking for work. According to some estimates if you factor in those numbers the effective unemployment rate in this country right now is actually closer to 14%.
Let’s dig a little deeper.
According to The Huffington Post, which is not exactly a bastion for conservative news, The United States Department of Agriculture estimated that in June of 2004 the number of Americans on food stamps was 24.1 million. The number of people now on food stamps is a whopping 45.8 million, or roughly 15% of the entire population. So I guess we now know why former presidential candidate Newt Gingrich dubbed Barack Obama, “The Food Stamp President.”
We can all agree that the economy is in rough shape. This is not an opinion, this is fact. The question on everybody’s mind is how did we get to this point?
Let’s take an even closer look.
To be fair, President Bush at the end of his presidency signed into law the Troubled Asset Relief Program. This program was supposed to fend off a global financial meltdown by buying up toxic and distressed assets. This was a 700 billion dollar monstrosity that truly got the spending ball rolling.
However, when Barack Obama became president, one of the first things he did was exacerbate the problem. Obama, seizing on his new found power convinced congressional Democrats to spend more and spend often. He knew that he had only a limited opportunity to push through his radical progressive agenda and did not want to waste any time on its implementation. As former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel once famously said, “Never let a good crisis go to waste.”
One of the first major bills Barack Obama signed into law was the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, also known as the stimulus bill. This was a 787 billion dollar bill designed to create jobs. Instead it was a massive infrastructure and pet projects bill filled with payoffs, paybacks, and favors. The only thing this bill created was a ton more debt and a few more wet dreams for every tax and spend liberal in congress.
Since Barack Obama has taken office he has spent more money in 3.5 years then all the presidency’s combined! When I say all, I mean from our first president George Washington to our last president George W. Bush. That is more debt then 43 former presidents have spent in a span of 219 years. This truly is an amazing feat. As a country we have amassed almost 16 trillion dollars in debt, and it keeps on rising. This debt is not only unsustainable, but it is also dangerous as it presents a major security risk for our nation.
Barack Obama does not believe in free market capitalism. A very famous slip of the tongue showed us all who he really is. His “spread the wealth around”comment to Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher also known as “Joe the Plumber” back in 2008 truly revealed his true intentions.
Do you really think that Barack Obama spent all this money to help America, or to destroy it? Do you think it is just an accident that almost 46 million people are on food stamps, or is it intentional? Do you think the health care bill was passed to help the uninsured or was it to take over 1/5th of the US Economy?
These are the questions that the American people are asking themselves everyday. This president has been influenced by some of the most radical figures in American history. Everything about this president is held in secrecy. I can not remember in my lifetime a president that so many people know so little about? From his college transcripts to his Harvard thesis, nothing has been made public. Who is the person that sits in the Oval Office? How did this complete unknown rise to the most powerful position as leader of the free world?
Maybe these questions will never be answered, but they are questions that need to be asked. The survival of our very nation just may hang in the balance. I hope and pray come this November that the American people have finally woken from their “hope and change” comas and once and for all put this nightmare to rest.