The Obama administration has moved forward with lighting speed to impose its agenda upon us before anyone can mount an effective opposition. This has obviously been planned for a long time. That we have been so poorly served by our duly elected politicians, especially three Senate Republicans and virtually the entire Democrat Party, is discouraging beyond words.
Unless some of these people get a serious dose of moral integrity overnight, Obama's massive spending bill will become law, and the beginning of the end of our great nation will hove into sight.
It is now becoming apparent that a large proportion of the bill is nothing more than a massive collection of earmarks (although I told you that would happen a few weeks ago.) But it is different in that the lengths they have gone to hide the authorship of those earmarks are unprecedented.
Usually earmarks have the lawmaker's name attached to them, but not in this bill. You have to really search to find the person behind it. But that person is there, when you look hard enough.
There is the pathetic case of the $300 million "golfcart" earmark, only they call them "neighborhood electric vehicles." Is this the beginning of mandated green cars like the Pelosi GTxi?
Since these carts are produced in North Dakota and Byron Dorgan (D-ND) sits on the Senate Appropriations Committee, it seems obvious that he would be the source of this particular "stimulus." Or maybe he just happens to be from North Dakota?
Then there is the case of the $2 billion for a "near-zero emmissions power plant." The only place one of these was ever considered was, you guessed it, Illinois. But the project was abandoned due to the evolution of newer technologies.
Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich then tried to restart the project with a half-million dollar lobbying effort paid for by Illinois taxpayers. He's gone now, of course... But the entire Illinois delegation has apparently been trying to get this back on the burner too, so presto chango! There it is. An earmarked $2 billion waste of taxpayer dollars brought to you by No-Earmarks-Obama and the most ethical administration in history.
Where have we heard that before? Oh yes, Nancy Pelosi, who promised, upon ascending to the Speakership that her's would be "the most ethical Congress in history." She's trying to "save the planet" after all.
And before that? Oh yes, when Bill Clinton took office didn't he promise that his would be "the most ethical administration in history?"
Can't these guys come up with any new material? I would laugh if I didn't want to cry so much. But the thing is, they're not comedians. It is as if an enemy of the United States scoured the land for the most inept, arrogant, dishonest, self-serving, piggish scum they could find and then put them up for office because they knew these people would be like one-man wrecking crews.
Our enemies couldn't have done a better job if they had picked them themselves. Hmmm... Maybe they did.
But just when you thought the scum couldn't get much slimier, along comes Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) with the most contemptible bit of hubris in a week that has been overflowing with it. Back in the 1980s, Patrick Leahy had to resign from the Intelligence Committee after a series of classified leaks, one of which may have caused an undercover agent's death. As Discover The Networks relates:
During the mid-1980s, the heart of the Reagan administration, Leahy served as vice-chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee. It was while in this position of power that he earned the nickname "Leahy the Leaker." According to a 1987 San Diego Union-Tribune report, in a 1985 television appearance Leahy disclosed classified information that one of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's telephone conversations had been intercepted. The information that Leahy revealed had been used in the operation to capture the Arab terrorists who had hijacked the Achille Lauro cruise ship and killed American citizens, and the Union-Tribune claimed that Leahy's indiscretion may have cost the life of at least one of the Egyptian operatives involved in that operation.There were other similar indescretions until he was finally forced off the committee.
The man should have been shot for treason. But instead we have him proposing a "Truth and Reconciliation Commission" like South Africa had. That he of all people would suggest such a thing is a moral outrage.
Now, for anyone to implicitly compare the Bush administration to the Apartheid South African government is beyond belief, but to even think that every controversial issue was not exhaustively investigated during Bush's tenure is to simply be astonishingly forgetful or unconscionably ignorant of facts. But I don't think Leahy is ignorant of anything. The man knows exactly what he is doing.
Patrick Leahy and the entire Democrat Party need to take a deep breath. They have committed countless crimes over the past thirty years with almost complete impunity because of the help they get from the media, who either suppress the story, discredit it, or attack the storyteller. They have been further aided and abetted by a hapless Republican Party and a law enforcement establishment that is too timid or corrupt to go after these people.
The current administration likely got where it is through an extensive network of corrupt organizations and activities, and much of the crisis we face today was indeed manufactured by the Left.
However, I have resisted believing that the timing of the financial crisis - despite coming as it did almost immediately following the stunningly successful Republican Convention when John McCain secured a sizeable lead in the polls - was anything more than dumb luck for Obama.
A recent revelation in a C-SPAN interview, however, raises some interesting questions. Democratic Representative Paul Kanjorski (PA-11), Capital Market Subcommittee Chair in the US House of Representatives, recently revealed the following:
Here’s the facts, and we don’t even talk about these things. On Thursday [September 18] at about eleven o’clock in the morning, the Federal Reserve noticed a tremendous draw-down of money market accounts in the United States, to the tune of $550 billion dollars was being drawn out in the matter of an hour or two. The Treasury opened up its window to help. They pumped a hundred and five billion dollars in the system and quickly realized that they could not stem the tide. We were having an electronic run on the banks...
Prior to this, the Dow Jones Industrial Average had just lost 800 points between September 15 and 17. Most of that was attributed to the failure of Lehman Brothers, Merrill Lynch's emergency buyout, and a host of other bad financial news.
I have learned from an insider in the financial business that on September 18th, most of the money was pulled by institutional investors, pension funds and the like, in response to the mounting bad news. So it remains likely that the financial system's problems had just reached critical mass.
Still Lehman Brother's strong preference for the Democrat Party leaves one wondering. Could they have held off another month? Another three months? Did a Democrat Treasury Secretary take it upon himself to whisper in the ear of his friends at Lehman Brothers that "now is the time?"
During the election Real Clear Politics kept an interactive timeline in graphic form showing the ups and downs of the presidential candidates' poll numbers. Go to the RCP website here and scroll down the page to the graph. McCain enjoyed one of his few leads in the polls immediately following the Republican convention. But that lead began plummeting on the 15th. Obama jumped ahead 1.9 points on September 19th, the day after the run on the bank and his lead only increased after that.
These may be coincidences, but there is no doubt that the bad economic news was a great boon to Obama's candidacy. One thing is for certain. The Democrats were able to exploit this situation quickly, accusing Republicans of causing the crisis with their "free market, anti-regulatory policies."
Nothing could be further from the truth of course. Thirty years of Democrat efforts to turn banks into welfare housing financiers indisputably created this financial crisis, despite Republican attempts to rein them in. But as usual, Republicans were inexplicably inept in seizing upon this fact to put the blame where it has always belonged: with Democrats.
In any case, we have faced one outrage after another since Obama took office. One bait and switch after another. One lie camouflaged by a smile after another. One broken promise after another.
The economic "stimulus" plan is a vast earmark bill that will stimulate tons of political capital for all those Democrat legislators too gutless to put their names to it. And yes, it will even bring some jobs to those neighborhoods (while the rest of us flounder.) You will be certain to hear about all the prosperity and happy Kulaks, but about the downside, our loyal media will be deafeningly silent.
We have endeavored to expose some of the other horrible things in this monstrosity, like seniors being cut out of "age related" medical procedures, or $4.2 billion going to ACORN. We will doubtless discover others to our horror after the bill becomes law.
So we have about had it.
If the Left wants to keep attacking on issues they know to be utterly without merit, they must know they are pushing this country towards civil war. I think they have actually been spoiling for it. I think it is part and parcel of their crisis strategy. Either we completely capitulate to their overtly fraudulent accusations, to their wholesale theft of our economy, to their relentless character assassinations, to their criminalizing of policy differences, to their treasonous activities, to their shameless power grabs, or we fight.
Are they going to come to their senses, ever? Or will they carry this country to anarchy? For that’s where we are headed if this stuff doesn’t stop.
© Jim Simpson. Jim is author of I.O's Article of the Year, 2008, "Barack Obama and the Strategy of Manufactured Crisis," is a former White House staff economist and budget analyst under Reagan and Bush 41. His writings have been published in the Washington Times, FrontPage Magazine, Whistleblower Magazine, American Thinker, DefenseWatch, Soldier of Fortune, and others. His blog is Truth and Consequences.