The Obama Agenda Part 2 - Newt Gingrich

“Yes We Can” – Have Bigger, Fatter, More Corrupt Government

By Newt Gingrich

After watching the cabinet selections, listening to the early speeches and listening to Congressional Democrats, one thing is very clear about the new administration:

The Obama Presidency will be centrist in style but leftwing in personnel and policies.

President Obama is a brilliant articulator of pleasant centrism.  But while his rhetoric may be designed to appeal to the broad sweep of the American people, his policies will serve a single master:  Bigger, fatter, and more corrupt government.

Ironically, in economic policy, the “change” the Obama Administration will bring to Washington could be called “Bush Plus” – that is, all President Bush’s spending combined with a tax increase. Amazingly, the last year of the Bush administration was the most liberal in economic policy since the New Deal, with over $1 trillion in “emergency “spending on top of a $3 trillion-plus federal budget. Far from being “change you can believe in” (to quote the Obama campaign) what we are going to get is more of the same, with tax increases.

What it will add up to is the worst of all economic policies. The Obama Administration is going to produce much bigger government with much more power in Washington, state capitols, city halls and county government buildings.

And they are going to raise taxes on productive, hard working Americans in order to do it.

As I have talked about before in my weekly newsletter, “Winning the Future”, the key to creating jobs is companies with under 50 employees. An estimated 85% of all new jobs are created by small businesses. This fact would suggest that a pro-economic growth, pro-jobs policy would focus on improving the tax, health insurance, litigation and other circumstances for small businesses, the self employed and entrepreneurial startups.

Unfortunately both the Bush and Obama administrations seem determined to focus on propping up decaying, inefficient, older companies that are likely to be job killers rather than job creators. Watch the big companies that get bailed out with your tax money. Virtually all of them will end up losing jobs.  The result is that we will have spent a lot of money on badly run companies propping them up as they shrink. That actually diverts resources away from economic growth and away from job creation.

Even worse than the economic effect is the level of corruption and rent-seeking special interests that will grow from the centralization of spending and its control by politicians and bureaucrats.

The Governor Blagojevich (D) scandal in Illinois is just the tip of the systemic corruption that comes from big government.  Senator Ted Stevens (R) conviction for corruption in Alaska is another case. The fact that in 2002 some 82% of retiring California highway patrolmen claimed disabilities is another example of the corruption beginning to pervade the system. The New York Times report that 10% of New York State Medicaid is pure fraud (about $5 billion a year or about what the state wants in the stimulus package for Medicaid spending) is another example of your hard earned tax money going straight to crooks and thieves.

On social policy the Obama Administration is clearly going to represent the secular left.  Its judges will represent profoundly radical views of America. Its appointees will have many people from radical groups. There is a real possibility that their pursuit of radical secularism will lead them to an overt attack on religious liberty.  For more information click here.

Under its pleasant façade there will be a continuing effort to raise your taxes, spend your money and turn power over your life to politicians and bureaucrats.

Don’t let the rhetoric fool you.  This is going to be an administration of the left, by the left and for the left.

Acclaimed environmentalist and author of "Apocalypse Never" Michael Shellenberger joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to warn us about the true goals and effects of climate alarmism: It's become a "secular religion" that lowers standards of living in developed countries, holds developing countries back, and has environmental progress "exactly wrong."

Michael is a Time "Hero of the Environment," Green Book Award winner, and the founder and president of Environmental Progress. He has been called a "environmental guru," "climate guru," "North America's leading public intellectual on clean energy," and "high priest" of the environmental humanist movement for his writings and TED talks, which have been viewed more than 5 million times. But when Michael penned a stunning article in Forbes saying, "On Behalf of Environmentalists, I Apologize for the Climate Scare", the article was pulled just a few hours later. (Read more here.)

On the show, Micheal talked about how environmental alarmism has overtaken scientific fact, leading to a number of unfortunate consequences. He said one of the problems is that rich nations are blocking poor nations from being able to industrialize. Instead, they are seeking to make poverty sustainable, rather than to make poverty history.

"As a cultural anthropologist, I've been traveling to poorer countries and interviewing small farmers for over 30 years. And, obviously there are a lot of causes why countries are poor, but there's no reason we should be helping them to stay poor," Michael said. "A few years ago, there was a movement to make poverty history ... [but] it got taken over by the climate alarmist movement, which has been focused on depriving poor countries, not just of fossil fuels they need to develop, but also the large hydroelectric dams."

He offered the example of the Congo, one of the poorest countries in the world. The Congo has been denied the resources needed to build large hydroelectric dams, which are absolutely essential to pull people out of poverty. And one of the main groups preventing poor countries from the gaining financing they need to to build dams is based in Berkeley, California — a city that gets its electricity from hydroelectric dams.

"It's just unconscionable ... there are major groups, including the Sierra Club, that support efforts to deprive poor countries of energy. And, honestly, they've taken over the World Bank [which] used to fund the basics of development: roads, electricity, sewage systems, flood control, dams," Micheal said.

"Environmentalism, apocalyptic environmentalism in particular, has become the dominant religion of supposedly secular people in the West. So, you know, it's people at the United Nations. It's people that are in very powerful positions who are trying to impose 'nature's order' on societies," he continued. "And, of course, the problem is that nobody can figure out what nature is, and what it's not. That's not a particular good basis for organizing your economy."

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Dr. Voddie Baucham, Dean of Theology at African Christian University in Lusaka, Zambia, joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to explain why he agrees with Vice President Mike Pence's refusal to say the phrase "Black Lives Matter."

Baucham, who recently drew national attention when his sermon titled "Ethnic Gnosticism" resurfaced online, said the phrase has been trademarked by a dangerous, violent, Marxist movement that doesn't care about black lives except to use them as political pawns.

"We have to separate this movement from the issues," Baucham warned. "I know that [Black Lives Matter] is a phrase that is part of an organization. It is a trademark phrase. And it's a phrase designed to use black people.

"That phrase dehumanizes black people, because it makes them pawns in a game that has nothing whatsoever to do with black people and their dignity. And has everything to do with a divisive agenda that is bigger than black people. That's why I'm not going to use that phrase, because I love black people. I love being black."

Baucham warned that Black Lives Matter -- a radical Marxist movement -- is using black people and communities to push a dangerous and divisive narrative. He encouraged Americans to educate themselves on the organization's agenda and belief statement.

"This movement is dangerous. This movement is vicious. And this movement uses black people," he emphasized. "And so if I'm really concerned about issues in the black community -- and I am -- then I have to refuse, and I have to repudiate that organization. Because they stand against that for which I am advocating."

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On last week's Wednesday night special, Glenn Beck revealed where the Black Lives Matter organization really gets its funding, and the dark money trail leading to a cast of familiar characters. Shortly after the program aired, one of BLM's fiscal sponsors, Thousand Currents, took down its board of directors page, which featured one of these shady characters:

Ex-Marxist professor and author of "Beyond Woke," Michael Rectenwald, joined Glenn Beck on the TV show to fill us in on the suspicious change he discovered on the Thousand Currents webpage and the Communist terrorists who is now helping run the organization. (Fortunately, the internet is forever, so it is still possible to view the board of directors page by looking at a web archive from the WayBack Machine.)

Rectenwald revealed the shocking life history of Thousand Currents' vice chair of the board, Susan Rosenberg, who spent 16 years in federal prison for her part in a series of increasingly violent acts of terrorism, including bombing the U.S. Capitol building, bombing an FBI building, and targeting police for assassination.

"Their whole campaign was one of unbelievably vicious, murderous cop killings, assassinations, and bombings," explained Rectenwald of Rosenberg's terror group known as the May 19th Communist Organization or M19.

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