Monday, November 19, 2012
Letter to a Young Mom Asking For Another View After Conversation with a Liberal Acquaintance Rob (on the then Presidential candidacy of Barack Obama in 2008) Part III
Energy and Healthcare
Young Mom, Rob did not review these issues in any detail. They are, however, crucial. The price of energy has enormous repercussions for each of us every day. It is not just what we pay at the pump. Fuel costs, like corporate tax rates, are part of businesses doing business and are passed down to us in increased cost for food, services and necessary items for daily living. Energy is also a national security issue. We send $800,000,000, 000 a year to oil producing nations, several of whom are sponsors of the Jihadist movement bent on our destruction.
Senator McCain has outlined a realistic energy plan that supports all alternative fuel developments, but also realizes alternative energy is not an immediate answer to our problems. McCain supports programs which will make it possible to build nuclear reactors ASAP. Eighty percent (80%) of French electricity is supplied by nuclear reactors. In the US, 20% of our energy is from nuclear. This is because environmentalists have carried the day and despite the record of safety in nuclear power, they have convinced many of the American people and legislators that nuclear is not safe. Similarly we have not built an oil refinery in this nation for twenty years and oil companies are unable to drill some of the lands they now have access to due to environmental regulation. We have not built a nuclear reactor in this country since 1996.
Senator McCain realizes that for the next 20 years at least, we will require oil to drive our economy. Should we attempt to become oil independent? Yes. Both candidates agree on this. Senator Obama says we can be “off oil” in ten years. This means no gas powered transportation or home heating in ten years, but is this possible? Denmark is perhaps the most advanced nation in pursuit of alternative energy. Denmark has invested in wind technology for twenty years. Despite enormous investment and the most vigorous wind industry on the planet, this small nation is only able to derive 20% of power from wind; and the wind power they have has been costly and it is very unreliable. Denmark has not kicked the oil habit. Based on population, consumes oil at half of the current level of US oil consumption. Denmark remains dependent on oil, the difference is they do not import it, they drill for it.
Denmark aggressively drills for oil in the North Sea. They have drastically cut their oil imports by building an oil industry which exports more than it consumes. What are those of us out here seeing gas and food prices go up supposed to do Young Mom while President Obama attempts to force a green dream on us which has not been attainable in twenty years for an extremely small, committed European state? Senator Obama has said he believes gas prices should go up, not too fast, but that we should pay more for oil and gas. He has said this pain is necessary in order for us to become less dependent on oil. He believes we should be paying more for gas. In pursuit of his goal of weaning us from oil, Senator Obama has supported everything possible to make sure there is no chance the price of gas will drop. He has opposed any domestic oil drilling legislation that would result in more oil coming out of the ground and he wants to institute a windfall profit tax oil companies. The result of that will be the same as other corporate tax increases. Oil companies will pass the tax on to us and ultimately, as happened under Jimmy Carter when he instituted a similar tax in 1980, oil production will drop. In the meantime Senator Obama will levy taxes to support green energy sources. This is part of Senator Obama’s vision to develop an energy industry supported by the state.
The problem is, Young Mom, the nation in the world most committed to this process has over twenty years only managed to generate twenty five percent total of its energy from non-carbon sources. If this much smaller nation of 5 million people, totally committed to this process still needs oil, who in their right mind believes we, a nation of 300,000,000 will eliminate a need for oil in ten years? Yes, we can and should try, but we need a leader who recognizes the realities of energy and who will build the bridges required in a thoughtful energy independence plan. This means recognizing that we have tremendous untapped oil reserves and that irrational environmental concerns have severely limited our ability to pursue a variety of energy sources. We can safely drill. We can build a self reliant oil industry (as Denmark has done). We need nuclear power and fast tracking of plants, not hesitation and double talk from Senator Obama on what we will do with reactor fuel. France does this for goodness sake Young Mom! We need clean coal, but despite what Nancy Pelosi thinks, this is a carbon fuel. And yes, we need alternative sources, but it is socialist and tyrannical to presume that the state should punish citizens and the economy with unnecessary oil and gas costs in its pursuit of a utopian vision of energy which even the most determined European states have been unable to achieve.
Exxon made 40 billion on sales of $404 billion dollars in 2007 Young Mom, roughly a 10% net profit on sales. They are lots of costs which go into running an oil business, something those warring on big oil rarely talk about. That said, 10% profit is not bad, though not as good as Microsoft. Exxon didn't hit the lottery though, the government did. For all the sales taxes, duties and income taxes collected, the government pulled in a $102 billion on Exxon's sales of $404 billion. Young Mom, nearly 25% of all of Exxon's sales (not profit, sales!) goes to some governmental entity! Increases or sustained elevations in the price of gas will have devastating effect during the economic tailspin many believe will result from Obama economic policies. As we pump gas we cannot afford during a possible Obama Presidency, paying $5 or more a gallon, we all must remember that the government puts $1.00 in its pockets, the oil company keeps $0.50.
As a physician it is clear to me that the Obama health plan clearly puts us on the road to nationalized healthcare. Some may disagree with the approach, I just wish the Senator would honestly state his intention. He believes we need government control over the healthcare system. Many agree. The driver in this discussion is the oft repeated statement that 47,000,000 are uninsured. First, this does not mean these people have no healthcare. In fact, everyone in this country can show up at the emergency room and get healthcare. When this group is analyzed one finds that a third are eligible for Medicaid but are not signed up, a third could possibly afford healthcare insurance but have made the decision not to purchase it and a third need real assistance in getting on an established plan.
Senator McCain proposes giving individuals choice in choosing healthcare, and offers monetary assistance to do so. He proposes a tax credit of $5000 for families purchasing healthcare on their own. Senator Obama has been erroneously advertising that voters will lose health benefits and money under the McCain health plan. Senator Obama is portraying the McCain move to consumer driven health as workers getting a $5,000 tax credit, health insurance costing $12,000 per family, and the worker getting stuck with a $7,000 bill. Right? Wrong! Here’s how it would really work. Suppose a worker gets $50,000 in cash wages and $12,000 in health insurance. Right now, he pays federal income taxes on the wages but not the health insurance. Let’s assume, for reasons of simplicity, that the tax rate he is paying is a flat 25% on his wages. He therefore pays $12,500 in federal income taxes. His after-tax, after-health-care income is $37,500. Now, under the McCain plan, his employer keeps paying the premium, which is now counted as income to the worker. He therefore pays federal income taxes on $62,000, or $15,500. But he also gets a tax credit of $5,000 for health insurance, which means that, all in all, he owes $10,500 in federal taxes, or $2,000 less than he does today. His after-tax, after-health-care income is $39,500. If the worker decides to buy his insurance in the open market instead of through the employer, the result will be the same. His employer is indifferent to how he pays his worker as long as total costs are the same. So instead of paying premiums, the employer pays his worker $62,000 in cash wages and does not pay anything toward insurance. The worker again owes $15,500 in taxes on this compensation, and he also must buy health insurance costing $12,000. So, his pre-tax income is $62,000, he owes $12,000 in health insurance premiums, and he owes $10,500 in federal taxes (after claiming his credit). His after-tax, after-health-care income is the same: $39,500 ($62,000 – $12,000 – $10,500), or $2,000 more than today.
This plan would be a break even or slight cost to wealthier taxpayers. McCain would also eliminate restrictions on purchase of healthcare insurance across state lines. Many states have enacted healthcare mandates for insurance policies which have driven the cost of insurance through the roof for all. Perhaps you don’t want an insurance plan that covers the cost of cosmetic plastic surgery or artificial reproductive technologies. You have the choice in the McCain system to purchase a plan which meets your needs. You keep the amount of money left over and there will be money left over for most Americans.
Senator Obama proposes a National Health Insurance Exchange which will create a government mandated benefit for all. He reports that you can keep your current plan and doctor, but follows on with reporting that those employers who do not offer the plan proposed by the Exchange will be fined. He refuses to state what the fine, or “incentive” for employers to join the Insurance Exchange will be. He most recently refused to discuss this issue in the last debate with John McCain.
Young Mom, as a healthcare provider I have great concern with Senator Obama’s healthcare plan. It will force individuals and employers into a health care benefit managed by the government. The results of such experiments in healthcare, socialized medicine adventures, are visible throughout Europe and in Canada. Costs have continued to rise and cost containment, at the expense of quality, becomes the only course of action for governments committed to offering a one size fits all solution for individual health care. The government approach presumes the government is best suited to determine what health benefit everyone needs. Senator Obama says that he simply wants all Americans to have the same benefit legislators have, the Federal Employees Health Benefit Program (FEHBP). We need to discuss the FEHBP.
Young Mom, the FEHBP is not a described benefit, though that is how Senator Obama presents it. This year, 283 plans are available through the FEHBP at the national and local levels. The benefit packages change from year to year— sometimes dramatically—depending on prevailing market conditions, consumer demand, and insurers' willingness to compete and offer different packages through the FEHBP. This wide range of personal choices and the intense competition among the various health plans are precisely what make the FEBHP both popular and successful. It is the closest thing that Americans—at least those Americans who work for the federal government—have to a functioning, consumer-driven national health insurance market.
The Obama plan has nothing to do with such choice and plan competition. Despite Senator Obama's rhetoric of "choice and competition," his plan is a vehicle for new regulations and federal power that would leave ordinary Americans with even less control of their health care dollars than they exercise today. As a parent and physician Young Mom, the Obama plan is bad medicine.
Instead of using the massive power of the federal government to impose a top-down change on the health care system, Senator Obama and other policymakers would be wise to transfer direct control of health care dollars to individuals and families. Senator McCain’s plan recognizes that this would enable Americans to exercise real personal choice of health plans and benefits while making health plans and providers compete directly for consumers' dollars by providing value to patients.
The War against Jihadism, National Security and Homeland Defense
Rob leaves on the table several other important topics which you as a Young Mom should consider carefully in selecting the next Commander in Chief. We are currently engaged in a war with Jihadists and radical Muslims around the world. Despite what Senator Obama says, we did not ask for this conflict. The game was clearly on in 1979 with the taking of the American Embassy in Iran, but has roots even earlier than that. Despite this, the United States has been the greatest provider of financial aid to developing Muslim nations worldwide. I would suggest this has not always been wise policy but US economic aid to Egypt, Pakistan, Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey dwarfs that supplied by any other nations. We have been the savior for millions of Muslims worldwide not only through economic aid but through military support. We have sacrificed our most precious treasure to protect Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan from control by tyrannical regimes bent not only on our destruction but the torture and destruction of their own people.
Senator Obama would have you look upon the military as a needy special interest group sacrificed in meaningless imperial adventures. Talk to military members who have served in those arenas Young Mom. Military members are proud of the service we have performed worldwide to ensure the safety of our nation. In performing this duty we have also created safe space for people around the world to attempt the experiment which has been successful here.
The war we are engaged in now concerned mom has multiple fronts. It is in Iraq, Afghanistan and may be elsewhere in the future. Senator McCain recognizes the vicious enemy before us and the global conflict we are engaged in. Senator Obama does not. He sees separate individual conflicts. Obama talks about ending the war in Iraq. Well Young Mom, you would never know it from the cricket sounds in newsrooms, but we are winning and very likely have won the war there. Camp Fallujah was closed this week. You didn’t read it in the NY Times or hear about it on the nightly news. There is nothing left for Marines and Army members to do in Anbar province. We have begun bringing troops home. This is happening because John McCain supported General Petraeus’ strategy of counterinsurgency and demanded the surge. McCain defied the Bush administration, criticized war planning and demanded a different approach. It has worked spectacularly. Senator Obama said the surge would not work and would make things worse. He demanded withdrawal on a timetable which would have given AQ in Iraq a light at the end of the tunnel. There are many who would argue about whether we should have gone. There were many good reasons; enough reasons in fact that the Senate authorized this conflict (77-23). Senator Obama reports he was against the war. Fact is, he was not in the Senate at the time. It is easy to be in the State Senate and say such things. Do you believe Senator Obama would have voted differently than Clinton, Kerry or his running mate Biden? The fact is, like it or not, we remain at war with Islamofascism and we are in Iraq.
The approach advocated by John McCain took courage. He defied his party in being critical of the war effort. McCain knows we are engaged in a multi front war and that to lose the Iraq battle would have been a disaster for many. The Obama approach would have been a victory for Islamofascism. It has also been reported that on his recent world tour Senator Obama, while in Iraq, asked PM Maliki to delay US troop withdrawal. Per the Iraqi Foreign Minister, Senator Obama reportedly told Maliki that when a new administration came on board, they should be the ones to coordinate such a withdrawal. If Senator Obama believes so firmly in withdrawal, shouldn’t he be celebrating the fact that it is safe to bring some troops home now? The cynic would say no, he wants to take credit for that himself if he is elected. The fact is that the only reason anyone will be coming home in an orderly fashion and the Iraqis have a chance at stability is that the Petraeus strategy has secured the country. Such conversation by Senator Obama also displays a despicable disregard for the safety of our troops. If it is safe to bring them home, do so. Maintaining deployed forces, even if not actively engaged in battle, is a hardship on military members and families which is endured as long as it is required. In addition, requesting that Maliki keep US forces in place until a possible Obama Presidency is realized puts military lives at risk.
Young Mom, the world views of the two Presidential candidates men are polar opposites. Senator Obama sees the United States as needing to assume its place in the larger world community as another member. He sees the United States as a big part of the world’s problems. Senator McCain sees the US as a world leader who must work with other nations, maintain alliances, but retain our ability to function independently in our best interests. Senator McCain sees the United States as a big part of the solution to the world’s problems. Obama believes, much as Neville Chamberlain did in the 1930s, that our enemies are reasonable people who can be talked with, or at least bought off. While Senator Obama and the media would have us all believe the US has not spoken with rogue nations which concern us most, President Bush’s administration has held talks with Iran, North Korea and Venezuela. We have encouraged European allies to take the lead on Iranian negotiations. They asked for this responsibility. The President of the United States should never walk into such dens of snakes without clear pre-conditions and expectations. Senator Obama has stated clearly that he would meet “without preconditions” with top leaders in nations determined to destroy us and our allies. McCain has made clear he will meet with anyone when the time and conditions are right.
Young Mom, the Senator Obama national security and worldview is naïve and dangerous. Leaders of the worst of nations and terrorist movements (Venezuela, Iran, Hamas, North Korea) have espoused their support for Senator Obama. Do you think that is because he will insist that they conform to accepted standards of behavior for modern governments? When Senator Obama says “Iran, Cuba, Venezuela, these countries are tiny compared to the Soviet Union. They don't pose a serious threat to us the way the Soviet Union posed a threat to us,” he reveals a staggering lack of understanding of the ideology of these nations’ leaders. These rogue nations with emerging nuclear capability, have all demonstrated a commitment to supporting terrorism. They are unstable and irrational, unlike the USSR, and have the potential to lethally impact democratic nations crippled by political correctness with relatively open borders.
In his note to you Young Mom, Rob does not even mention national security or the war on Jihadism as an issue which he feels will impact his family’s future. Simply amazing in this day and age. This is the world view, however, of those wearing liberal eyeshades. Despite the continual escalation of a war against the West over the last thirty years, liberals refuse to recognize the enemy. Some of our allies do, however. This is from Geert Wilders, Chairman of the Party for Freedom in the Netherlands, speaking to America:
I come to America with a mission. All is not well in the old world. There is a tremendous danger looming, and it is very difficult to be optimistic. We might be in the final stages of the Islamization of Europe. This not only is a clear and present danger to the future of Europe itself, it is a threat to America and the sheer survival of the West. The danger I see looming is the scenario of America as the last man standing. The United States as the last bastion of Western civilization, facing an Islamic Europe. In a generation or two, the US will ask itself: who lost Europe? Patriots from around Europe risk their lives every day to prevent precisely this scenario form becoming a reality.
Dear friends, liberty is the most precious of gifts. My generation never had to fight for this freedom, it was offered to us on a silver platter, by people who fought for it with their lives. All throughout Europe American cemeteries remind us of the young boys who never made it home, and whose memory we cherish. My generation does not own this freedom; we are merely its custodians. We can only hand over this hard won liberty to Europe’s children in the same state in which it was offered to us. We cannot strike a deal with mullahs and imams. Future generations would never forgive us. We cannot squander our liberties. We simply do not have the right to do so.
This is not the first time our civilization is under threat. We have seen dangers before. We have been betrayed by our elites before. They have sided with our enemies before. And yet, then, freedom prevailed.
These are not times in which to take lessons from appeasement, capitulation, giving away, giving up or giving in. These are not times in which to draw lessons from Mr. Chamberlain. These are times calling us to draw lessons from Mr. Churchill and the words he spoke in 1942:
“Never give in, never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy”.
As you weigh your vote Young Mom, you must give serious thought to considering who should assume the role of Commander in Chief. Joe Biden made some disturbing comments about what faces us in an Obama Presidency:
"Mark my words," the Democratic vice presidential nominee warned at the second of his two Seattle fundraisers Sunday. "It will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama like they did John Kennedy. The world is looking. We're about to elect a brilliant 47-year-old senator president of the United States of America. Remember I said it standing here if you don't remember anything else I said. Watch, we're gonna have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy."
"I can give you at least four or five scenarios from where it might originate," Biden said to Emerald City supporters, mentioning the Middle East and Russia as possibilities. "And he's gonna need help. And the kind of help he's gonna need is, he's gonna need you - not financially to help him - we're gonna need you to use your influence, your influence within the community, to stand with him. Because it's not gonna be apparent initially, it's not gonna be apparent that we're right."
Joe Biden almost bluntly declares here that a President Obama will invite challenges from enemies abroad. If Obama power diplomacy is going to be so effective, why will this happen? Senator Obama tells us, “if America is willing to come to the table, the world will be more willing to rally behind American leadership to deal with challenges like terrorism, and Iran and North Korea's nuclear programs.” I don’t know about you Young Mom, but Biden’s comments are shocking to me. The VP on the Dem ticket, who in debates said about Obama and his ability to be President, "I think he can be ready, but right now I don't believe he is. The presidency is not something that lends itself to on-the-job training", warns us that a President Obama will react to the coming crisis in a way that demoralizes the country and which shatters public confidence in Obama.
Young Mom, no one is suggesting this would happen under a President McCain. There will be no rush by our enemies to challenge a President McCain. Why, because he is committed to protecting our nation and our allies. Why would thoughtful voters ever consider casting a ballot for a Senator Obama when his VP, someone familiar with foreign affairs, predicts a calamity within the first six months of an Obama Presidency? Young Mom, I want to elect someone who will be equipped to prevent such an occurrence. When even Joe Biden tells you that disaster awaits the first six months of an Obama Presidency, we should listen. There's no way to deny the reality of the defeatism and retreat represented by a vote for Obama and which our enemies see in a President Obama.
John McCain has led a thoroughly examined life which has been ruled by honor and what he has judged to be good sense. He is not a man who wavers, not a man who will ever compromise the security of this nation to any enemy. Rob and most liberals believe the forces committed to the destruction of Western civilization are an exaggerated figment of Republicans’ imaginations. You will have to form your own opinions about this Young Mom, but there is no doubt that the next President will have to make vital national security decisions that will have enormous repercussions for future generations.
The Stealth Candidate
As you consider your next Commander in Chief Young Mom, you should be aware of an important fact. Senator Obama, if he were a civilian applying for secret, or even top secret clearance, would be denied. Senator Obama could not work as a civilian at Lockheed or at the White House. I have been through the clearance drill and know others involved in this process at the White House. Senator Obama would be denied not because he has a funny name and not because of his color.
The mainstream media has done this nation an enormous disservice in vetting Senator Obama. I would highly recommend reading Senator Obama’s books, Dreams From My Father and Audacity of Hope. They are fascinating reading and offer some interesting insights into Senator Obama’s thought process and his struggle for identity. Perhaps most importantly, this is the only detailed accounting we have of the Senator’s activities over a twenty year period (1979-1999). Senator McCain’s life is an open book. During his twenties McCain was being tortured in a POW camp, Senator Obama by his own account (Dreams) was attending school, socializing with radicals at Occidental and then Columbia, and doing drugs. Senator Obama has NEVER talked about why he went from Occidental to Columbia, what his relationship was with Pakistani students at Occidental, how same students influenced him to move to New York, why he took several extended trips to Pakistan while in school, what the details were of his decision to go to Chicago, did he meet Bill Ayers while at Columbia, how did a very average student got into Harvard Law first time around, and exactly how was all this paid for?
Senator Obama has a laundry list of documents he has either refused to produce or actively obstructed distribution of. These include all transcripts from all colleges and law school, theses from all colleges and law school, birth certificate (not certificate of live birth...there are many stories from his Kenyan family that he was born in Kenya while his mom was there, not Hawaii), passports, college loan documents, selective service registration, Illinois state senate schedule and agendas, client list from his time at law firms in Chicago, and medical records.
So, no secret clearance would be granted without releasing all these records. No secret clearance would be approved with a history illegal drug use. No clearance with an established record of consorting with known criminals and terrorists. Three strikes, and you don’t get three strikes when applying for secret clearance. This might not mean much to those who have not been involved in the military or national security work. To those who have spent time in these areas, the thought of a President who never served in the military (understood many future President’s will not), who will not produce his selective service registration (making one wonder if Senator Obama is registered) and who could not meet the requirements for clearance, is incomprehensible.
Rob, attempts to dismiss Senator Obama’s friendship with William Ayers as attempting to paint Senator Obama unfairly with the radical brush. If one is to believe Rob, then Senator Obama is an absolute incompetent and imbecile. Rob is asking for the willful suspension of disbelief. He suggests that it is unreasonable to believe that two men share core values when Senator Obama took his first executive job from Ayers, served the Ayers project for six years, served with Ayers on other boards and decided to launch his first political campaign from the Ayers living room.
Rob is correct that Bill Ayers is only one part of the patchwork of mentors, friends and associates that form the Obama cloak of radicalism. Jeremiah Wright, as the former pastor of Trinity United Church, a church Obama attended for twenty years, preached the gospel according to black liberation theology (BLT) from his pulpit. BLT, according to James Cone (a mentor for Wright), one of its founders, has written, “Black theology will accept only the love of God which participates in the destruction of the white enemy. What we need is the divine love as expressed in Black Power, which is the power of black people to destroy their oppressors here and now by any means at their disposal. Unless God is participating in this holy activity, we must reject his love.” Rob is not telling the truth Young Mom when he says this was never preached from the pulpit. Pretty much all of the vile bile spewed by Jeremiah Wright was done from the pulpit, much like other Obama minister friends (Pfleger, Meeks). Rob must not think you have access to You Tube, but check out this one of many videos of infamous Wright performances. The word according to Rev. Wright:
“The government gives them the drugs, builds bigger prisons, passes a three-strike law and then wants us to sing ‘God Bless America.’ No, no, no, God damn America, that’s in the Bible for killing innocent people. God damn America for treating our citizens as less than human. God damn America for as long as she acts like she is God and she is supreme.” (2003)
Most of the available tape of Jeremiah Wright is from the pulpit. What is truly astounding is that Trinity has maintained its tax status as a non-profit organization. That should have been stripped away years ago. Rob says that Wright never preached hate from the pulpit. He says that it is inconceivable that Trinity could be a racist anti-American institution. In fact, looking at the tapes of Wright and the reaction of the crowd, it is not at all hard to imagine that what Rob denies is fact. Rob describes Wright as the person who brought Obama to Christ. Obama has written regarding his belief that the black churches would play a critical in developing a political power base. From Obama::
"Nowhere is the promise of organizing more apparent than in the traditional black churches. Possessing tremendous financial resources, membership and — most importantly — values and biblical traditions that call for empowerment and liberation, the black church is clearly a slumbering giant in the political and economic landscape of cities like Chicago. A fierce independence among black pastors and a preference for more traditional approaches to social involvement (supporting candidates for office, providing shelters for the homeless) have prevented the black church from bringing its full weight to bear on the political, social and economic arenas of the city."
Rob attempts to diminish any concerns you might reasonably have about Senator Obama and black liberation theology by stating that Obama has denounced Wright and that his close religious relationship with Wright might “understandably engender certain forgiveness that strangers would not indulge.” Rob rationalizes such acceptance based on his recollection of the neighborhood priest he knew growing up who, outside of church, shared racist sentiments and smelled of whiskey. Rob, however, did not come to this priest at twenty seven, listen to his sermons for twenty years, as an adult ask this man to bring him to Christ, preside at his wedding and baptize his daughters. Senator Obama has also made it clear that he sees the black church as vital in furthering his hopes of developing a political action base in black communities. So based on Senator Obama’s writings it is not absolutely clear at all that he found Christ. What he did clearly find was another means to further his quest to solidify a political power base.
There is great detail that can be found regarding other troubling Obama connections, including Rashid Khalidi, political fixer Antoin "Tony" Rezko, Nadhmi Auchi, Bernadine Dohrn, Rev. Meeks, Rev. Otis, Father Pfleger Louis Farrakhan, and Aiham Alsammarae. I would be happy to supply or refer you to places for more detail about these relationships Young mom. It appears to me that Senator Obama could make all these concerns about his past and personal relationships go away if he would answer questions and release documents. The problem is that main stream media will not ask these questions, Obama will not spend time with anyone who will publicly put these questions to him and he is unwilling to release the pertinent documents.
Rob doesn’t mention any of the latter relationships but attempts to dismiss the Wright-Ayers connections as an unfortunate consequence of choosing work in public life. According to Rob, such nasty characters will happen along on an ambitious individual’s career path. Rob reports that John McCain has had associations with Roger Quinn and William Timmons. Lets assume what Rob says is true about these men, which I don’t necessarily believe is the case. There isn’t space to quibble over it. These are hired hands, not mentors that have over decades guided McCain’s personal, religious and professional development. Much like the priest Rob discussed, this is another effort to dismiss disturbing insights into the Obama character using laughable attempts at moral equivalence.
Running a Campaign
Lastly Young Mom, you should be aware of the strategies being employed by the Obama campaign to attempt to secure this election. A principal weapon in the Democratic election effort is ACORN, the Association of Community Organizers for Reform Now. This group purports to be apolitical, committed to representing the interests of the underprivileged in a variety of underserved areas, mainly urban. A review of ACORN’s history demonstrates that they are anything but that. A complete primer on this band of thieves masquerading as community do-gooders can be found here. With some diligence, you can find multiple reports from a variety of MSM sources, implicating ACORN in fraudulent voting activities in the upcoming election. In Cleveland. In Detroit. In New Mexico. In Las Vegas. And in Milwaukee the “community organizers” are hard at work, and it ain’t at removing asbestos from rundown housing or tutoring in school basements. They are paying people to register to vote, sometimes with money, in other cases with cigarettes. They are encouraging individuals to register multiple times to vote.
There are too numerous to report past reminders of ACORN activities out there, but this one from 2007 in Seattle is representative of numerous others:
The Seattle Times adds that the announcement of criminal charges came after the King County Canvassing Board revoked 1,762 allegedly fraudulent voter registrations submitted by ACORN employees. According to prosecutors, six ACORN workers “had admitted filling out registration forms with names they found in phone books last October. The canvassers filled out the forms while sitting around a table at the downtown Seattle Public Library.”
Senator Obama, is intimately linked to ACORN (has taught at ACORN leadership seminars, represented ACORN interests in motor voter registration). From Senator Obama meeting with ACORN leaders last November, “I've been fighting alongside ACORN on issues you care about my entire career. Even before I was an elected official, when I ran Project Vote voter registration drives in Illinois, ACORN was smack dab in the middle of it, and we appreciate your work.” ACORN is a supposedly non-partisan voter registration organization that has had many of its activists indicted and convicted of voter fraud violations. Senator Obama has been involved with ACORN throughout his career and in turn, ACORN’s political arm has endorsed him while its non-political arm is pledging to spend $35 million this year registering voters— quoting John Fund, “most will be real but many fictional.” The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review has details regarding the Senator’s willingness to provide less than transparent support for ACORN activities:
U.S. Sen. Barack Obama’s presidential campaign paid more than $800,000 to an offshoot of the liberal Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now for services the Democrat’s campaign says it mistakenly misrepresented in federal reports.
An Obama spokesman said Federal Election Commission reports would be amended to show Citizens Services Inc. — a subsidiary of ACORN — worked in “get-out-the-vote” projects, instead of activities such as polling, advance work and staging major events as stated in FEC finance reports filed during the primary.
Rob mentions in his note that Senator McCain has ties to ACORN, and attempts to dismiss the group as a non-sequitur in campaign discussions. McCain did attend an immigration rally which ACORN co-sponsored. That is the extent of McCain’s association with ACORN. The group is perpetrating massive voter fraud across the country, is registering democrats mainly in cities, has had its offices raided by police in Las Vegas for suspicion of voter fraud, and has received $800,000 worth of support from the Obama campaign.
The financing of the Obama campaign is equally troubling Young Mom. Senator Obama has received historical records of donations under $200. These donations now total greater than $220,000,000. Donations less than $200 are not routinely monitored by the FEC and this might be a tribute to the amazing democratization of politics in the internet age. These Newsmax and Spectator pieces report on known multiple illegal Obama campaign donations.
For example, a donor identified as “Pro, Doodad,” from “Nando, NY,” gave $19,500 in 786 separate donations, most for $25. For most of the donations, Mr. Doodad Pro listed his employer as “Loving” and his profession as “You.” Mr. Doodad apparently has a “You” partner at the “Loving” named “Good Will”. Following FEC requests, the Obama campaign began refunding money to Doodad Pro in February 2008. In all, about $8,425 was charged back to a credit card. But that still left a net total of $11,165 as of Sept. 20, way over the individual limit of $4,600. Regarding Mr. Good Will, analysis of the 1.4 million individual contributions in the latest master file for the Obama campaign discovered 1,000 separate entries for Mr. Good Will, most of them for $25. In total, Mr. Good Will gave $17,375. Following this and subsequent FEC requests, campaign records show that 330 contributions from Mr. Good Will were credited back to a credit card. But the most recent report, filed on Sept. 20, showed a net cumulative balance of $8,950 — still well over the $4,600 limit.
Let’s presume Mr. Doodad’s and Will’s donations originated in the US. How about the possibility of illegal donations to Senator Obama from foreign nationals? This from the “The American Thinker”:
Despite dropping the groundbreaking bombshell story of "Palestinian" brothers from the Rafah refugee camp in Gaza who donated $33,000 to Obama's campaign, no big media picked up the story. Jihadis donating to Obama from Gaza? Could there be a bigger story? Foreign donations are illegal, but this story was all that and so much more. The "Palestinian" brothers were proud and vocal of their "love" for Obama. Their vocal support on behalf of "Palestinians" spoke volumes to Obama's campaign.
There has been no mainstream press or media interest on these subjects. Honestly Young mom, would there be interest if John McCain got donations from Palestinian refugee camps?
Obama returned the Palestinian dollars, but never reported it to the FEC; and as above, Camp Obama has been much slower to return other illegal donations. For the doubters, observations can be corroborated by going to the FEC website. All the campaign contribution data is there. You can troll through it just as the above sources have done. Other foreign contributors of small donations to the Obama campaign, with uncertain national status, come from France, Virgin Islands, Planegg, Vienna, Hague, Madrid, London, AE, IR, Geneva,Tokyo, Bangkok, Turin, Paris, Munich, Madrid, Roma, Zurich, Netherlands, Moscow, Ireland, Milan, Singapore, Bejing, Switzerland, Toronto, Vancouver, La Creche, Pak Chong, Dublin, Panama, Krabi, Berlin, Geneva, Buenos Aires, Prague, Nagoya, Budapest, Barcelona, Sweden, Taipei, Hong Kong, Rio de Janeiro, Sydney, Zurich, Ragusa, Amsterdam, Hamburg, Uganda, Mumbia, Nagoya, Tunis, Zacatecas, St, Croix, Mississauga, Laval, Nadi, Behchoko, Ragusa, DUBIA, Lima, Copenhagen, Quaama, Jeddah, Kabul, Cairo, Nassau and Luxembourg.
How about those small donations democratizing the election? Unmonitored and in the internet age, well, maybe not the democratization we might have hoped for. This might all be a moot point. While not specifically commented on at this time by the Senator, would an Obama administration consider election reform that would include legalizing foreign contributions? This would conform to his worldview. If just these reported observations, very possibly the tip of the Obama iceberg, were attributed to John McCain, would it make it above the fold of the NYT…for days? Would McCain still be in the race Young Mom?
So where is the national outrage over the conduct of the Obama campaign? Is the actual activity itself OK, as well as the willingness of main stream media to look the other way and functionally serve as a cog in the Obama machine? There are clear disagreements that many of us have on critical political issues, but most conservatives couldn’t support a Republican campaign built on such tactics. Is it reasonable to assume that for most, at least in this country, political views are derived from core values that include courage, integrity, honesty and commitment? If so, why are some of us willing to tolerate, and others actively support, a campaign and adulating media that promote goon tactics as standard operating procedure in pursuit of the Presidency? If a fellow citizen fully accepts the Obama political solutions as best, fair enough, we can debate those points. May the best plan win. Where, however, is the anger from both sides of the aisle over the deceptive, deceitful, and thuggish conduct of the Obama campaign, with the traditional media as unindicted co-conspirators? I expect this observation will elicit protests from Liberal friends but the Republican playbook is simply different. John McCain is simply an honorable man who refuses to debase our political system this way. If he had Young mom, you would have heard about it.