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The Collectivist News - Week in Review

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The Collectivist News … from the news blog that keeps a watchful eye on organized labor - the political backbone of the Progressive movement - The Union News. Here are the past week’s top stories. (click on the date for that day’s full news wrap)

May 13.
Post-Constitutional ‘order’: The Final Frontier … It is incomprehensible that any thinking citizen should want Obama and Marxist Democrats to succeed in changing this country into a collectivist “mediocracy.” It becomes clearer every day that Obama’s agenda is diametrically opposed to his soothing words. The absurdity that nationalizing health care, pauperizing the “rich,” enabling the unions, amnesty for illegal aliens, carbon dioxide caps, et al, will somehow restore the economy and improve national security is overwhelming. The triumvirate of Pelosi, Reid and Obama is dismantling the Constitution, article and bill, one after another. If you don’t believe it, take the time to compare articles and amendments with the policies being proposed by this administration. Many articles and amendments to the Constitution have been compromised by every president, Congress and court in the last 50 years. Examples are: Imposition of ex post facto law vs. Article I; abridgment of speech vs. Amendment I; infringement of security protections in Amendments II and IV; the taking of private property vs. Amendment V; usurpation of state powers protected by X; and, not least, disregard of Senators and Representatives giving aid and comfort to our enemies vs. XIV. President Obama seems bent on complete and final destruction of the Constitution. (blueridgenow.com)

May 12.
The most triumphant propaganda victory of our time … “They fear that the development and building of People’s (community) Organizations is the building of a vast power group which may fall prey to a fascistic demagogue who will seize leadership and control and turn an organization into a Frankenstein’s monster against democracy.” - Saul Alinsky responding to his critics, Reveille for Radicals; p. 199. When Saul Alinsky began building his community-organization movement in 1930s Chicago, observers were watching Alinsky with one eye, while with the other eye observing the building of communist and fascist movements in Europe. It wasn’t hard then to see in Alinsky’s programs at home, elements of the people’s revolution from Russia, as well as some of the same “in your face” tactics being employed by Hitler’s Brownshirts. What Alinsky’s critics saw was the burgeoning of a national movement, the carefully manipulated construction of people’s organizations, which all had two elements in common: (1) a collectivist creed, which denied the existence of personal responsibility; and (2) an amoral dogma, in which all means were justified by an imaginary utopian end. While most modern Americans remember well Hitler’s Holocaust and the Cold War waged by a solid U.S.S.R., many of these same Americans have swallowed some false history regarding the movements that spawned such widespread, horrendous results. In what may be regarded as the most triumphant propaganda victory of our time, fascism has been scrubbed of all its Marxist roots, while communism has been scrubbed of its millions of callous murders. (americanthinker.com)

Bonus links:
Summary of Saul Alinsky’s ‘Rules for Radicals’
• More Saul Alinsky stories: here
‘Rules for Radicals’ at amazon.com

May 11.
What you can do about the #1 union-backed, tax-funded fraud group … Pittsburgh lawyer Heather Heidelbaugh, who sued ACORN last year for voter registration fraud, has some advice for Americans who are fed up with ACORN’s antics. Heather Heidelbaugh (Republican National Lawyers Assoc)”Number one: call [New York] Congressman Jerry Nadler, who is the chairman of the subcommittee on the Judiciary, who has refused to hold hearings on ACORN. Call him and ask him to hold hearings,” she advises. “Number two: call [Michigan] Congressman John Conyers, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, who after I testified said he wanted to hold hearings to investigate ACORN and its criminality, and who just on Monday indicated he has refused to do so.” Heidelbaugh, who has described ACORN as an “octopus on steroids” — implying they have their tentacles everywhere — also urges people to call their state attorney general and ask if that office is investigating ACORN’s activities in their state. (onenewsnow.com)

May 10.
Punk’d by Obama … In a show of what can only be described as Brass Balls, yesterday President Obama jerked on the stimulus money, setting the hook, which will now allow him to control the state’s budget. Specifically, $74 million dollar budget cuts to the pay of unionized home healthcare workers. As reported in the L.A. Times, “Schwarzenegger’s office was advised this week by federal health officials that the wage reduction, which will save California $74 million, violates provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Failure to revoke the scheduled wage cut before it takes effect July 1 could cost California $6.8 billion in stimulus money, according to state officials.” In other words, Obama is doing the same thing to California that he is doing to the auto and banking industries. Do what we want, because we gave you money. You took money, therefore we own you. The citizens of California are unimportant. The projects that would be paid for with the $7 billion, also not important. The taxpayers, many yet to be born, that are paying for the stimulus cash, definitely not important. The home health care union workers, who I’m sure would rather take a pay cut than lose their jobs, they’re important. However, they are important only to a certain extent. The workers belong to SEIU, which is a branch of ACORN. As reported in the L.A. Times, but probably never in the MSM, “The workers, who collectively contribute millions of dollars in dues each month to the influential Service Employees International Union and the United Domestic Workers…” This is an ACORN payoff, plain and simple. ACORN is in large part responsible for the election of Barack Obama, and he owes them big. The state might very well be out of cash by June, so for Obama to put a political ally ahead of they needs of millions of citizens (which, ironically, voted for him in large numbers) is narrow minded, supercilious, and narcissistic. Sorry California, you just got punk’d by a nut. (hotair.com)

May 9.
CBS News rips corrupt Obama-UAW thievery … Chrysler’s sad tale that led to this week’s bankruptcy hearing in New York is not only an important business and political story. It also encompasses morality, the rule of law and strong-arm tactics used by some politicians. A normal bankruptcy filing would be straightforward. Senior creditors get paid 100 cents on the dollar. Everyone else gets in line. But President Obama and his allies don’t want that to happen. So they interfered on behalf of unions (the junior creditors) and publicly upbraided the senior creditors who were asserting their contractual rights and threatening to head to bankruptcy court. Last week Mr. Obama lambasted them as “a small group of speculators” who “endanger Chrysler’s future by refusing to sacrifice like everyone else.” Rep. John Dingell, a Michigan Democrat, sent reporters a statement calling the creditors “vultures” and “rouge hedge funds.” Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm piled on, taking aim during her radio address at a “few greedy hedge funds that didn’t care how much pain the company’s failure would have inflicted on families and communities everywhere.” It must be a coincidence that the United Auto Workers has handed $25.4 million to federal politicians over the last two decades, with 99 percent of that cash going to Democrats. And that Mr. Obama’s final campaign stop on Election Day was a UAW phone bank. If those politicians thought about this a bit more, they’d probably realize their mistake. Creditors didn’t force Chrysler’s management to head to the capital markets and beg for funds: It was poor management, uncompetitive wages, and a union that opposed pay cuts. (cbsnews.com)

May 8.
Divisive, secretive Administration throws rank-and-file union members under the bus … President Obama, who campaigned on a promise of greater disclosure and transparency, has taken a step in the opposite direction. Under his administration, the Department of Labor has announced it will delay and review implementing a requirement from the Bush Administration that union managers and employees fully disclose how union dues are managed. This foot-dragging by the Obama Administration — which could lead to a gutting of key disclosure regulations affecting labor unions — is the second misstep by the new president in the area of labor. The first was his embracing the controversial and blatantly misnamed Employee Free Choice Act. As we have editorialized, this act would strip union members of their right to a secret ballot. The great irony is that, in both cases, Obama and his labor supporters would argue that these policies protect union workers. In fact, they work against the rights of union members by extending preferential treatment to labor unions’ managers, top-level officials and staff employees. It would be best for union members if (1) the pending Employee Free Choice Act remains stalled in Congress (and ultimately dies) and (2) Obama stops using the Department of Labor to coddle union bosses by keeping their work secret. (columbian.com)

May 7.
Cliff Asness: Bend me over, Barack … The President’s attempted diktat takes money from bondholders and gives it to a labor union that delivers money and votes for him. Why is he not calling on his party to “sacrifice” some campaign contributions, and votes, for the greater good? Shaking down lenders for the benefit of political donors is recycled corruption and abuse of power. Let’s also mention only in passing the irony of this same President begging hedge funds to borrow more to purchase other troubled securities. That he expects them to do so when he has already shown what happens if they ask for their money to be repaid fairly would be amusing if not so dangerous. That hedge funds might not participate in these programs because of fear of getting sucked into some toxic demagoguery that ends in arbitrary punishment for trying to work with the Treasury is distressing. Some useful programs, like those designed to help finance consumer loans, won’t work because of this irresponsible hectoring. Last but not least, the President screaming that the hedge funds are looking for an unjustified taxpayer-funded bailout is the big lie writ large. Find me a hedge fund that has been bailed out. Find me a hedge fund, even a failed one, that has asked for one. In fact, it was only because hedge funds have not taken government funds that they could stand up to this bullying. The TARP recipients had no choice but to go along. The hedge funds were singled out only because they are unpopular, not because they behaved any differently from any other ethical manager of other people’s money. The President’s comments here are backwards and libelous. Yet, somehow I don’t think the hedge funds will be following ACORN’s lead and trucking in a bunch of paid professional protesters soon. Hedge funds really need a community organizer. (zerohedge.blogspot.com)

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