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Barack Obama Is ‘A Threat to Our Democracy’


When you’ve hung around with so many people who idealize communism and socialism and loath
the United States, you tend to develop an inner-Soviet voice. Barack Obama sure has.


He let it slip with Joe the Plumber and Obama’s talk of wealth redistribution. He let it
slip when declaring that “I do think at a certain point you’ve made enough money”. He’s now
let it slip again.


His campaign farce, Organizing for America, sent out an email noting that Barack Obama
declared the United States Chamber of Commerce “a threat to our democracy.”


What. The. Hell.


Why would the President of the United States want to slander 3 million American companies, and
their tens of millions of employees? Why would he assume them evil enough to subvert the law
deliberately like this? Is the man who got his political start in the home of a terrorist,
who spent twenty years worshipping in the church of a man who preached contempt for America,
whose childhood mentor was a communist radical, and who shows no more understanding of basic
economics than a cliff notes reading of Das Kapital . . . projecting?


He has now been echoed by his whole campaign team in an organized character assassination
attempt with the Center for American Progress against the Chamber of Commerce.


Why?


The Chamber of Commerce accepts money from some foreign corporations that have American
business interests. The Chamber has been quick to point out that it keeps those funds
segregated and does not use them for political advocacy.


But there are two larger points worth noting. First and foremost, if this is the standard
Barack Obama is using, then Barack Obama himself is a threat to our democracy. Why?


Barack Obama is the biggest recipient of British Petroleum dollars. British Petroleum is a
foreign corporation.


If that is the standard the Chamber of Commerce is held to, Barack Obama should hold himself
to that standard.


But there’s more.


Back in 2008, the Washington Post documented the ease by which foreigners and others could
give the Barack Obama’s Presidential campaign. The campaign, in fact, boasted of it.


In addition to accepting pre-paid credit cards, the Obama campaign turned off the processing
mechanism that verified only United States citizens were giving to his campaign.


As Patrick Ruffini documented in 2008 the Obama campaign turned off the Address Verification
Service mechanism to the campaign website, allowing virtually anyone to give to the campaign.


In addition to this being another matter that Daryl Issa will have to investigate once the
Republicans take back the House, the bigger issue is that several of us in the blogosphere
back in 2008 knew people living overseas who gave to the Obama campaign just to see if it was
possible. Yes, Europeans gave a few bucks just to see if they could. Of those I heard of who
did this, I never heard of any of them getting a refund.


In other words, unlike the Chamber of Commerce, the Obama campaign most likely accepted into
its campaign coffers donations from foreign individuals and never returned the money.


But there is a larger issue here too.


The President of the United States has taken to the bully pulpit to declare an institution as
American as mom, apple pie, and flags on Main Street to be a threat to our democracy.


Were Rush Limbaugh or Sean Hannity or Mark Levin or Glenn Beck to say anything of the like,
the left would dismiss them and say they were no longer worthy of being taken seriously. How
then can we take Barack Obama seriously?


Very easily — Barack Obama is the President of the United States. For him to call an
organization instrumental to American commerce and business a ‘threat to our democracy”
should trouble all of us. He and his administration have shown no ability to get the economy
going again. Every advice from the Chamber of Commerce, the National Federation of Independent
Businesses, and other supporters of the entrepreneurial class have been rebuffed.


To now declare one of the few groups that has the bona fides to get the economy going again
a “threat to our democracy” is as extremist as anything he and his goons would accuse
conservative talk radio of saying.


It also shows this President is out of ideas and is falling back on the Soviet rhetoric his
mentors of long ago all embraced


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Socialist America Sinking

by Pat Buchanan

After half a century of fighting encroachments upon freedom in America, journalist Garet Garrett published “The People’s Pottage.” A year later, in 1954, he died. “The People’s Pottage” opens thus:

“There are those who still think they are holding the pass against a revolution that may
be coming up the road. But they are gazing in the wrong direction. The revolution is behind
them. It went by in the Night of Depression, singing songs to freedom.”

Garrett wrote of a revolution within the form. While outwardly America appeared the same,
a revolution within had taken place that was now irreversible. One need only glance at
where we were before the New Deal, where we are and where we are headed to see how far
we are off the course the Founding Fathers set for our republic.

Taxes drove the American Revolution, for we were a taxaphobic, liberty-loving people. That
government is best that governs least is an Americanism. When “Silent Cal” Coolidge went
home in 1929, the U.S. government was spending 3 percent of gross domestic product.

And today? Obama’s first budget will consume 28 percent of the entire GDP; state and local
governments another 15 percent. While there is some overlap, in 2009, government will
consume 40 percent of GDP, approaching the peak of World War II.

The deficit for 2009 is $1.8 trillion, 13 percent of the whole economy. Obama is pushing
a cap-and-trade bill to cut carbon emissions that will impose huge costs on energy production,
spike consumer prices and drive production offshore to China, which is opting out of Kyoto II.
The Chinese are not fools.

Obama plans to repeal the Bush tax cuts and take the income tax rate to near 40 percent.
Combined state and local income tax rates can run to 10 percent. For the self-employed,
payroll taxes add up to 15.2 percent on the first $106,800 for all wages of all workers.
Medicare takes 2.9 percent of all wages above that. Then there are the state sales taxes that
can run to 8 percent, property taxes, gas taxes, excise taxes, and “sin taxes” on booze,
cigarettes and, soon, hot dogs and soft drinks.

Comes now national health insurance from Nancy Pelosi’s House. A surtax that runs to 5.4
percent of all earnings of the top 1 percent of Americans, who already pay 40 percent of
all federal income taxes, has been sent to the Senate. Included also is an 8 percent tax
on the entire payroll of small businesses that fail to provide health insurance for employees.

Other ideas on the table include taxing the health benefits that businesses provide their
employees.

The D.C.-based Tax Foundation says New Yorkers could face a combined income tax rate of
near 60 percent.

In the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson called George III a tyrant for having
“erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people
and eat out their substance.”

What did George III do with his Stamp Act, Townshend Acts or tea tax to compare with what
is being done to this generation of Americans by their own government?

While the hardest working and most productive are bled, a third of all wage-earners
pay no U.S. income tax, and Obama plans to free almost half of all wage-earners of
all income taxes. Yet, tens of millions get Medicaid, rent supplements, free education,
food stamps, welfare and an annual check from Uncle Sam called an Earned Income Tax Credit,
though they never paid a nickel in income taxes.

Oh, yes. Obama also promises everybody a college education.

Coming to America to feast on this cornucopia of freebies is the world. One million to 2
million immigrants, legal and illegal, arrive every year. They come with fewer skills and
less education than Americans, and consume more tax dollars than they contribute by three
to one.

Wise Latina women have more babies north of the border than they do in Mexico and twice
as many here as American women.

As almost all immigrants are now Third World people of color, they qualify for ethnic
preferences in hiring and promotions and admissions to college over the children of
Americans.

All of this would have astounded and appalled the Founding Fathers, who after all,
created America — as they declared loud and clear in the Constitution — “for ourselves
and our posterity.”

China saves, invests and grows at 8 percent. America, awash in debt, has a shrinking
economy, a huge trade deficit, a gutted industrial base, an unemployment rate surging
toward 10 percent and a money supply that’s swollen to double its size in a year. The
20th century may have been the American Century. The 21st shows another pattern.

“The United States is declining as a nation and a world power with mostly sighs and
shrugs to mark this seismic event,” writes Les Gelb, president emeritus of the Council
on Foreign Relations, in CFR’s Foreign Affairs magazine. “Astonishingly, some people
do not appear to realize that the situation is all that serious.”

Even the establishment is starting to get the message.

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Mr. Buchanan is a nationally syndicated columnist and author of Churchill, Hitler,
and “The Unnecessary War”: How Britain Lost Its Empire and the West Lost the World,
“The Death of the West,”, “The Great Betrayal,” “A Republic, Not an Empire” and
“Where the Right Went Wrong.”

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