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conservatives, traditionalists and Republicans who didn’t want to ape
the caustic rhetoric of the neo-Marxist Progressive-Left used during the
entirety of the Bush Administration, I promised myself to refrain from
immediately assuming that Barack Obama was going to bring with
him to the White House the backroom politics of Chicago’s Democrat
Machine. I employed the Reagan doctrine of "trust but verify.” Well, the
verdict is in and the political tactics and policies that Barack Obama
has brought to the Executive Branch are not only of the old
school "Chicago Way,” they are literally neo-Marxist and naďve.
Let me explain the "Chicago Way.”
Chicago and Cook County, Illinois, have been under Democrat control for
as long as I have been alive and before. Most of us grew up watching
newsmen like Fahey Flynn, listening to radio journalists like Wally
Phillips and reading print journalists like Mike Royko, we were provided
a daily examination of the Richard J. Daley Administration; we were
afforded an advanced degree in Chicago-style political politics. It is
the politics of smoky backrooms and "old boy networks,” patronage,
pay-to-play contracting, and governmental protection and appointment of
campaign contributors and their families. In Chicago, if it’s about
power or money for the elected class and/or the enrichment and
advancement of their political allies it most likely becomes
governmental policy and viewed as necessary for "saving grace” of
From Mr. Obama’s campaign staff and tactics to his initial executive
actions, from his White House cabinet appointments to the
administration’s protection of AIG, each and every action has been
textbook Chicago politics, and why not. Barack Obama cut his teeth and
"rolled his bones” within the caldron of Chicago’s political arena.
In a previous article titled,
This Is What a Vote for Obama Gets You, I tried to convey, if
even in the most rudimentary of ways, what we could expect if Barack
Obama were to be elected President of the United States. Well, that has
come to pass and we are now faced with the prospect of having to – of
needing to – abandon our apathy for governmental oversight while
becoming learned in political and governmental current events.
Two disturbing examples of why we have to return to the frontlines of
governmental and political oversight present in the issues of the AIG
bailout and newly passed legislation to recoup bailout monies used to
satisfy retention incentive bonuses set in place before any bailout
monies were issued.
The feigned outrage by some of the very people who manufactured the
subprime mortgage crisis (specifically US Rep. Barney Frank and US Sen.
Chris Dodd) over the $165 million dollars in contractually obligated
retention bonuses is, in fact, a traditional Chicago political tactic to
redirect attention and deflect.
Consider this question: Which would cause you to be more outraged, $165
million in retention bonuses paid to Americans so that they would stay
beyond their contracts to finish the projects they were hired to do, or
billions of dollars being funneled, not only to corporations that have
already benefited from the taxpayer bailout, but to foreign banks?
While the Washingtonian elected class – especially the Democrats – are
howling about $165 million dollars in retention bonuses, the same
corporation responsible for satisfying these contractual obligations,
AIG, has paid out billions of dollars – billions – to
corporations like Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch and Bank of America, whom
have already received taxpayer bailout monies. Additionally, because AIG
is an international corporation, they have issued billions of dollars –
billions – to foreign financial institutions: $13 billion to
British banks, $17 billion to German banks, $19 billion for French banks
and $5 billion to the Swiss. In all $62 billion in taxpayer monies have
been sent to foreign financial institutions. Glenn Beck did a fabulous
breaking down the math.
So, while the Obama Administration and the neo-Marxists in Congress
(specifically US Rep. Barney Frank and US Sen. Chris Dodd) focus the
media’s attention – and public outrage – on $165 million in
contractually mandated retention bonuses that are, admittedly, repugnant
to accept at this economically troublesome time (not to mention
unpatriotic) there is little attention being paid to corporate
double-dipping and the outsourcing of American taxpayer dollars to
private foreign financial institutions.
To add insult to outrage, the US House of Representatives – led by one
of the most inept and ideologically motivated Speakers in the history of
the United States, Nancy Pelosi – has
passed legislation, by a 328 to 93 margin, that would levy a 90
percent tax on bonuses paid to employees with family incomes above
$250,000 at companies that have received at least $5 billion in
government bailout money.
While this legislative move sounds good at first reading and certainly
panders to the public’s outrage, it flies in the face of contract law
and threatens the Capitalist system of the West to its core. It
spotlights the incredible danger of ruling by emotion; of hastily
ramming legislation through the congressional process. It also
spotlights the reason why the Founders and Framers crafted a system by
which legislation was debated first in committee and then on the floors
of the House and the Senate. Congress, under the agenda-driven
stewardship of Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
(D-CA) have usurped that process to craft legislation since the
beginning of the 111th Congress, instead crafting legislation behind
closed doors employing only their crony fellowship. Their legislation
has enacted laws that void contracts and outsource taxpayer money to
foreign financial institutions.
It would all make for an interesting movie script if we weren’t talking
about the future of our country and the state of nation we want to
bestow upon our children and our children’s children.
This is classic Chicago politics. When you are doing something
detrimental to your political well-being, something that would, without
question, motivate the electorate to remove you from office, when you
are enacting policy that you know the public would overwhelmingly
oppose; distract, deflect and re-direct. Pander to the electorate’s
sitcom attention span by tantalizing them with a "bright, shiny thing.”
It works every time in Chicago, that’s why Illinois is cobalt blue.
no attention to the ongoing raid of the US Treasury by the neo-Marxists
hell-bent on making the American people conform to the one-world order.
I mean really, global warming is afoot!