This came from a friend of mine in email. I’ve already shared it there and thought I’d share it here for those who might not have seen it. Really amazing where our money’s going.
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I heard this on Rush and had to share the story.
[T]he fact that some seasonal landscaping workers choose to stay home and collect a check from the state, rather than work outside for a full week and spend money for gas, taxes and other expenses, raises questions about whether extended unemployment benefits give the jobless an incentive to avoid work.
“It’s like, you’ve got to be kidding me,” Pompeo said. “It’s frustrating. It’s honestly something I’ve never seen before. They say, ‘Oh, OK,’ like I surprised them by offering them a job.”
Some job applicants are asking to be paid in cash so they can collect unemployment illegally, said Gayle Younglove, vice president at Outdoor Experts Inc. in Romulus.
“Unfortunately, we feel the economy is promoting more and more people and companies to play the system and get paid or collect cash money so they don’t have to pay taxes,” Younglove said.
This is what decades of leftist government has done to Michigan. And Michiganders keep re-electing these politicians. Detroit closed 23 schools in the last 2 years and laid off thousands of teachers because there’s no money and more and more, there’s no population. The middle class is leaving in droves. And the wealthy almost don’t exist there anymore. What does that leave for the future of Detroit and Michigan?
A leftist utopia: a huge ghetto.
From The Detroit News: http://detnews.com/article/20100510/BIZ/5100335#ixzz0nebXXtr1
Ray LaHood (an Archbishop of Obama’s green church or as he is commonly known, the Secretary of Transportation) plans to “coerce” Americans into staying out of our cars in order to combat pollution and lower gasoline use and dependency on foreign oil.
Or so he says.
I believe that’s partially true. But I also believe this is a plan to restrict our movements – an attempt to prevent us from traveling or moving to another locale. It’s easier to control, contain and identify people when they aren’t on the move. Just ask Lt. Gerard who chased Dr. Richard Kimble for several seasons while the real murderer, the one-armed man, was not even on the radar.
But I digress.
The reason I’m becoming even more suspicious of LaHood and the administration’s motives is because of one more snippet I heard on Limbaugh’s Friday show. A nurse called in and talked to guest host, Mark Steyn about crap-and-tax (AKA as cap-and-trade by the Marxists in power.)
She said that in this bill, every city, town and hamlet would be granted 3 commissioners or inspectors who would rate and inspect your home – in the event that you wanted to sell it – and inform you of it’s compliance or more importantly, it’s non-compliance as a temple to the green religion of the so-far-left-they-are-not-even-in-this-galaxy.
She said that they would inspect your dishwasher, furnace, even the lights used to illuminate a piece of art on your wall and if you fail the compliance test, you have to shell out the bucks to bring it into compliance. Or forget about selling it.
Think about this.
We have almost 10% unemployment and by other authorities that rate is closer to 17%. People are looking for work and with this administration’s plans to make it more difficult to travel or re-locate, they are making those unemployed full time unemployed (or government dependent) citizens. Unemployment checks, welfare, food stamps and free health care for life – what more can anyone ask, huh? A true cradle to grave European America – coming right up!
You can’t travel to work or to find work because LaHood has “coerced” the price of gas to outrageous levels and you can’t move to find work because your house is not green enough to sell. You can’t be misplaced by the ADMINISTRATION (cue Twilight Zone music) because you can’t leave your place. Like the innocent Dr. Kimble, we will never be able to go on the run and stay 10 steps ahead of this administration’s Lt. Phil Gerard. They will see to it that they know where we are at all times.
We should be afraid. We should be very afraid.
So, what becomes of the American dream of home ownership? Well, that’s another topic for another blog in a galaxy far, far to the left…
“Welfare is another of our major problems. We are a humane and generous people and we accept without reservation our obligation to help the aged, disabled, and those unfortunates who, through no fault of their own, must depend on their fellow man. But we are not going to perpetuate poverty by substituting a permanent dole for a paycheck. There is no humanity or charity in destroying self-reliance, dignity, and self-respect … the very substance of moral fiber.” Ronald Reagan
In the 20th century, Columbia University had produced or hosted some interesting people and organizations.
In an older blog, I wrote about The Frankfurt School which, in 1934 had to relocate from Frankfurt, Germany to Columbia University in New York City, due to the rise of Nazism and Hitler.
The Frankfurt School was formed by a group of Jewish academicians who were followers of Marx. They refashioned Marx’ theories of revolution and married it to the psychological practices of Freud. They stayed at Columbia until the early 1950’s and all but Herbert Marcuse, returned to Europe. He stayed and taught political theory at Columbia, Harvard and Brandeis Universities until 1965. He finished his teaching career at UC San Diego. A self avowed Marxist, he was a popular speaker at student descendent gatherings in the 1960’s and is well known as the father of the New Left.
Add to the list of the illustrious from Columbia, Richard Cloward and Frances Piven. Anyone who listens to Glenn Beck has heard of these two sociologists who developed the Cloward-Piven Strategy, a way to collapse capitalism by overloading the system (government bureaucracy) and pushing it into economic collapse. This was called the “crisis strategy” (remember Rahm’s great line- never let a good crisis go to waste?) and charged that the wealthy were using welfare to oppress the poor. Cloward and Priven said that activists should work to create chaos and overload the welfare system by increasing its rolls. This would cause a political and financial collapse and then the poor would rise up in revolt.
By showing the inadequacy of the welfare state – which could never withstand the onslaught of numbers who inundated it’s offices – many activists looked to Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals as a “primer.”
“Make the enemy live up to their (sic) own book of rules,” Alinsky wrote in his 1972 book Rules for Radicals. When pressed to honor every word of every law and statute, every Judaeo-Christian moral tenet, and every implicit promise of the liberal social contract, human agencies inevitably fall short. The system’s failure to “live up” to its rule book can then be used to discredit it altogether, and to replace the capitalist “rule book” with a socialist one. ”
The great con was this: disguise the movement with the false front of helping the poor, enlist them as the front line soldiers (or useful idiots) to overwhelm the system with demands that the government could in no way meet which would then throw the system (government) into crisis. Once the government crashed (financially and politically) it was fertile ground for revolution and socialist takeover.
It worked in New York City.
“By the 1970’s, one person was on the welfare rolls… for every two working in the city’s private economy. The city declared bankruptcy in 1975 and nearly took the entire state with it.” The Cloward-Priven theory had been proven. Although virtually unknown to most Americans, Rudy Giuliani knew who and what they were and called them out by name. In a speech in 1997 he said “This wasn’t an accident. It wasn’t an atmospheric thing, it wasn’t supernatural. This is the result of policies and programs designed to have the maximum number of people on welfare.”
Returning to Chicago in 1992 after law school, Barack Obama, 30, headed Project Vote! raising Black voter turnout from an all-time low to an all-time high for the November election. How? By training 700 deputy registrars, recruiting Black PR firms and radio stations to spread the slogan, “It’s a power thing,” raising funds from unions, and raising the spirits of Black people devastated by the death of Mayor Harold Washington, who, as one observer noted, were “eager to have a say again, to feel they counted.” “I think it’s fair to say we reinvigorated a slumbering constituency,” said Obama. (San Francisco Bay View National Black Newspaper. 2/29/2009)
But where it gets most interesting and relative to today is how ACORN and Project Vote developed from and used the strategies of Cloward-Piven. ACORN and it’s secondary organization, Project Vote campaigned for the Motor-Voter law, which Bill Clinton signed into law in 1993. The Motor-Voter law, again, overwhelmed the system by massive registration drives which resulted in voter fraud (again, how many states have begun indicting ACORN?), intimidation (the Black Panthers in PA) and charges of racism.
“Cloward-Piven devotees now seek to overwhelm the nation’s understaffed and poorly policed electoral system. Their tactics set the stage for the Florida recount crisis of 2000 and have introduced a level of fear, tension and foreboding to U.S. elections heretofore encountered mainly in Third World countries.”
As evidenced by the photo above, in 1992, Barack Obama was an organizer for Project Vote.