Monthly Archives: February 2012

The Alinsky Network

In addition to being considered the godfather of community organizing, Saul Alinsky is also arguably the foremost practitioner of socialist agitprop in America. For those unfamiliar with the meaning of the term, agitprop is a combination of agitation to destroy popular support for free markets and propaganda to sell socialism as an alternative.

Alinsky’s agitation technique was to make someone the face of an opposing business or institution and then personally destroy that individual to discredit the business or institution. His propaganda technique was to offer “hope and change” in the form of “radical change.” Yes, Obama borrowed the phrase hope and change from Alinsky.

During the 2008 election campaign, the Obama campaign avoided agitation in favor of offering undefined “hope and change” to maintain his moderate and apolitical image. The fawning Democrat press adopted the Obama propaganda to such an extent that it became a Saturday Night Live punchline.

Once its gained power, however, the Obama administration turned to Alinsky-style agitation to destroy the president’s growing legion of critics. This campaign of personal destruction is an ongoing theme of my book Never Allow A Crisis To Go To Waste, and targeted at various times Rush Limbaugh, Fox News and the Tea Party movement.

More recently, The Daily Caller has reported on how the Obama administration uses the attack dog Media Matters and various other leftist organizations under the umbrella group Common Purpose Project to release personal attacks on political opponents which the Democrat media then picks up and reports as established fact. Media Matters makes Richard Nixon’s infamous dirty tricks team look like pikers:

According to an internal memo obtained by The DC, Media Matters intends to spend nearly $20 million in 2012 to influence news coverage.

Donors have every reason to expect success, as the group’s effect on many news organizations has already been profound. “We were pretty much writing their prime time,” a former Media Matters employee said of the cable channel MSNBC. “But then virtually all the mainstream media was using our stuff.”

Go read the entire series of articles The Daily Caller wrote on Media Matters and then take any personal attack against a conservative you hear on the so called “mainstream media” as the Alinsky agitprop it very likely is.


A Good Companion For Mark Levin’s Ameritopia

The lady who uses the nomme de plume just a conservative girl writes more than just another blog and offers this review of Never Allow A Crisis To Go To Waste:

Never Allow a Crisis to Go to Waste: Barack Obama and The Evolution of American Socialism is an in depth look at the tactics that President Obama has used to drive this country closer and closer to socialism. But he does more than that. He shows in detail the origins of where the ideas for these policies came from; Gorz, Alinsky, Dreier, and Cloward & Piven to name just a few…

I found this book to be very interesting and insightful. A very good tool to use to show to those who are still drinking the President Obama Kool-Aid. I also just finished reading Ameritopia by Mark Levin and found this to be a good companion for the information that Levin brings out about the history of statism across the ages; how it has failed and exactly what it would take to have the “vision” of their Utopia; Tyranny.


If You Only Have Room For One Book

After traveling the ideological road from Democrat to Libertarian, Andrew Zarowney writes for Townhall.com and RightPundits.com, and was kind enough to take the time to write a review of Never Allow A Crisis To Go To Waste:

If you only have room in your abode, or survival ′go-bag′, for one book about the origins of the housing-financial crisis and the role Barack Obama played in it, then this is THE book!…

DePalma takes us from the early days of the SDS, through the intellectual babble from folks like Andre Gorz, Saul Alinsky, Peter Dreier, Cloward and Piven. From the intimidation tactics against banks by ACORN through the federal government′s monster of the Community Reinvestment Act. It all adds up to demonstrate why Barack Obama is indeed a Socialist.

The book covers a lot of ground, including the Wall Street bailouts, the nationalization of the banks and automobile industry and Obama′s abuse of the White House czar positions. Whether its ′Car Czar′ Ron Bloom or ′Green Jobs Czar′ Van Jones, Bart DePalma gives us a front row seat at the table as Barack Obama transforms America into a Socialist Wonderland.


Why A One-Term Obama Is A National Necessity

Michael Haltman writes articles and book reviews for The Political Commentator and was kind enough to review my book as well:

The book, “Never Allow A Crisis To Go To Waste” systematically lays out for the reader the history of socialism and how the present day rendition, operating under the umbrella of the Progressive Movement, hides behind aliases such as social justice, fairness and the particularly insidious and divisive 99% versus the 1%…

The bottom line is that for anyone who wants to, and more importantly needs to, understand what and why this administration is seeking to do and why a one-term Obama is a national necessity, I would highly recommend that you read this book.


The American Middle Class Welfare State

The New York Times published a rather important article today reporting on the massive new American middle class welfare state. You need to read the entire article, but the highlights are:

> The welfare state has doubled in size over the past decade. In what must be a shock to those under the impression that George W. Bush was a conservative of some sort, much of the expansion occurred during his administration.

> The majority of our massive welfare state’s transfer payments go to the middle class, not the poor. Even items like the Earned Income Tax Credit meant to support the working poor are now becoming middle class staples.

> Amazingly, the leftist Times acknowledges that this massive expansion of the welfare state is creating wide spread dependency.

What the Times does not note is that this growth of the welfare state is being financed entirely by government borrowing. In short, the United States is developing a middle class dependent on public debt at a time when we are a few short years from reaching sovereign insolvency at our present level of borrowing and spending.

The question begged by this article is whether the middle class will be willing to give up this unsustainable largesse or has the United States as most of us has known it have passed the point of no return like Greece?


Socialist Roots Of Obama’s Policies

Theoretical physicist Dr. Bojan Torguz is an Amazon Vine Voice and top 50 ranked consumer book reviewer.

Dr. Torguz was kind enough take the time out of his undoubtably busy schedule to review Never Allow A Crisis To Go To Waste for Amazon, observing:

In “Never Allow A Crisis To Go To Waste” Bart DePalma makes a very detailed, well-supported, and convincing argument that Barack Obama is indeed what many of his critics, as well as many ardent supporters, have thought of him all along: a socialist…

The socialist leaning left has been aware of this situation for a while, and it has devised numerous strategies and tactics for introducing socialist policies into the mainstream of the US politics under the more acceptable names and labels (“social justice,” “fairness,” etc.) Viewed in this context, Obama is the perfect outgrowth of this particular strain of socialism adapted to the North American conditions.

DePalma is incredibly detailed in his narrative, with over eight hundred references and citations. He presents a coherent and cogent argument in a very clear and accessible manner. The book is very well written and it was a pleasure to read. I highly recommend it to anyone who is willing to take seriously claims that Barack Obama is, and has always been, essentially a socialist.

Please go to the link above to read all of Dr. Torguz’s review.


Trickle Up Redistribution Of Wealth

On the American left, raising the upper tax rates to redistribute income from the wealthy to the government is all the rage. President Barack Obama already imposed such tax increases in Obamacare and is now demanding more in his new FY 2013 budget. The left’s argument is that the wealthy do not pay their “fair share” of taxes. In reality, the United States inflicts the most progressively punitive tax system of any developed nation in the world – not because the wealthy pay very high rates, but because the middle class and especially the poor pay a mere trickle in taxes.


Stilton Jarlsberg

A 2006 Congressional Budget Office study of the U.S. federal tax code found:

The top 1% of earners earned 19% of total income, but paid 28% of all taxes under an effective total federal tax rate of 31%.

The top quintile of earners earned 56% of total income, but paid 69% of all taxes under an effective total federal tax rate of 26%.

The second quintile of earners (upper middle class) earned 19% of total income, but paid 16% of all taxes under an effective total federal tax rate of 17%.

The third quintile of earners (middle middle class) earned 13% of total income, but paid 9% of all taxes under an effective total federal tax rate of 14%.

The fourth quintile of earners (lower middle class) earned 8% of total income, but paid 4% of all taxes under an effective total federal tax rate of 10%.

The poor pay nearly no net taxes as government EITC subsidies cover most of their withholding taxes for Social Security and Medicare. The fifth quintile of earners earned 4% of total income, but paid 1% of all taxes under an effective total federal tax rate of 4%.

In sum, one out of every five of our citizens pays for nearly all of the federal government at shares far in excess of their earnings.

At The Atlantic, Clive Crook notes that the OECD in two studies entitled Growing Unequal and Divided We Stand unsurprisingly found that the United States has the most or the second most progressive tax system in the developed world. Crook further observes:

Is measuring progressivity straightforward? No. It’s difficult, because the underlying data are very complicated and hard to compare across countries. Another problem: expressing progressivity across the whole income range as a single number, so that one can say A is more or less progressive than B, can be misleading. Unfortunately, we all want to be able to say, A is more or less progressive than B.

Why, according to the OECD, is the US system so progressive? Not because the rich face unusually high average tax rates, but because middle-income US households face unusually low tax rates–an important point which de Rugy mentions and Chait ignores.

How does the picture change if you take indirect taxation into account? That would make the US system look even more progressive, because the US doesn’t rely on a flat consumption tax like most other governments.

A basic axiom of taxation is the more you tax something, the less you get of it. Similarly, the central insight of supply side economic theory is that the more progressively punitive the marginal tax rates on creating wealth, progressively less wealth will be created.

Given that the United States is mired in a Great Recession with very low wealth creation, perhaps we need to be discussing how to make our tax code less, rather than more progressively punitive.


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