The Obama Agenda Part 3 - Steven Moore

The Looters Are Coming


Stephen Moore

 How many body blows can an already wobbly economy take from Washington’s new and old gang of politicians before it completely topples over into a comatose state? That’s the question that looms as Barack Obama moves forward with his first one hundred day agenda to stimulate, borrow, spend, devalue and bailout the ailing U.S. economy and seemingly every bankrupt industry.  I fear that the left is feeling politically invincible these days now that they control every lever of power in Washington.  They are like the forces of the Dark Side after they have defeated the Jedi Knights in The Empire Strikes Back.

Get ready for the Big Green, Big Labor and Big Trial Lawyer agenda to rain down in a steady stream of job killing initiatives that expand their political power and share of the shrinking pie at the expense of the rest of us.  These are the people who Ayn Rand described in her classic novel, Atlas Shrugged as “the looters and their laws.”  These people calling the shots now don’t create wealth, they mean to take it from me and Glenn Beck, and you, and you…  The more successful and wealthy you are the bigger bullseye you have on your chest.

So here is the rundown of what I call the onslaught from the left.  Caution those of feeble heart should not read on.

  • $850 billion destimulus package  -- I refuse to call this a stimulus.  The idea here is that if the government spends and borrows and prints nearly $1 trillion we all get jobs and get rich.  It’s the Bolivia economic model.  Probability of passage 80%


     

  • Forced union rules  --  Get rid of secret  ballots for elections to unionize factories and plants.  So much for democracy.  This is the payback for the $400 million the union bosses spent to elect Democrats.  Probability of passage  50%


     

  • Hillary Health Care – Obama wants a new version of government run health care.  And why not? Socialized health care has worked so well in Canada and the U.K.  Just don’t get sick. – Probability of passage 50%


     

  • Cap and trade energy tax – This is the mother of all tax hikes, $1.2 trillion over the next decade.  The greenies and their patron saint Al Gore are drooling for this new tax because it will cripple American industry and our manufacturing capacity.  Good bye jobs but this is the price we pay for our environmental crimes of the last half-century.  Probability of passage 50%


     

  • Soak the rich  -- Mr. Obama wants to raise the income tax, the capital gains tax, the dividend tax, and the payroll tax.  That’s all.  But only the rich – that is people who create jobs, take risks, start businesses, work hard, etc.  – will pay.  So half of all income taxes will be paid by 1% of Americans.  Yes, that’s fair.  Probability of passage 50%.


     

  • Don’t drill, don’t drill, don’t drill.  Barack Obama is likely to seek a law reinstating bans on offshore drilling for oil and gas in the outer continental shelf, Alaska, and in the oil shale rich states out west.  Wow, that’s a great way to create jobs!  And a great way to reduce our dependence on foreign oil.  NOT!  Probability of passage 75%


     

  • Fairness doctrine -- To make sure all of this liberal big government agenda isn't derailed by the likes of Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity, the Democrats want to pass the "Fairness doctrine," to make sure that they get equal time on the radio and TV. Have these people ever heard of NPR and Katie Couric?  Probability of passage 50%

Yikes!  That’s a big dosage of economic cyanide the left wants America to swallow.   If this whole agenda goes through, in 2009 the federal budget will run the budget deficit to $2.2 trillion --  in a single year.  That's more borrowing in twelve months than the federal government did in 200 years!

So what will you and I and Glenn and all the others of us who still believe in freedom and the principles of limited government that our Founding Fathers set our for this nation do? Will we strap on our armor and get set for fighting the political fight of a lifetime to preserve free market capitalism, or will we put on diapers and cower under the covers with the rest of the bed wetters and hope these real life goblins go away? I say we fight the arsenal of economic lunacy of the looters on the left even though we are outnumbered and outgunned.    All that is at stake is the future of the American idea.

Stephen Moore writes on economics for the Wall Street Journal editorial page and is the co-author of The End of Prosperity: How Higher Taxes will Doom the Economy If We Let it Happen.

Glenn Beck: One TERRIFYING thing is clear no matter who caused the Nord Stream pipeline leaks

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Evidence strongly suggests that the Nord Stream pipeline leaks were the result of sabotage, and U.S. and European officials have been working to discover who could be behind the explosions that damaged the natural gas pipelines running from Russia to Germany under the Baltic Sea.

Was it Russia? Ukraine? Germany? But no matter who carried this out, it has put the entire world in grave danger, because if this is indeed an attack, it means that non-military key infrastructure outside Ukraine is now on the "target menu," warned Glenn Beck on the radio program.

"It is so important for you to understand, this is now a non-military key infrastructure that has been destroyed," Glenn explained. "If Russia thinks we did it, they've already said, 'Nukes are now on the table.' That gives us a green light to use nukes," he added.

"This is non-military key infrastructure outside of the borders of Ukraine. To date, as far as we know, combat targets were either in Ukraine, or were military targets hit inside of Russia by Ukrainian Air Force or special forces. But the target menu now includes key civilian infrastructure: electricity, water utilities, energy production. That makes Russia more dangerous than ever. And that would be true no matter who carried out the attack," Glenn stated.

Now, the Russians are saying the Unted States did it, and the U.S. is saying it was Russia. But no matter who carried out the attack, "We are facing a Cuban Missile Crisis," said Glenn.

"This could end up being the biggest story of our lifetime and ... if it isn't played calmly by every side, this could be World War III," he continued. "Russia has already said that this gives them the right to use nuclear weapons as soon as they find out for sure who did it. That would be catastrophic, absolutely catastrophic."

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The White House can try to spin inflation all day long (and it's trying very hard). But you feel the effects of President Joe Biden’s disastrous leadership every time you go to the grocery store or fill up your car. The American economy is on the brink of disaster after less than two years of a Democrat-controlled Congress and White House. And they’ve got plenty more destruction in the works.

The bottom line is they WANT you to get used to a lower living standard. So, what do you do? How do you prepare? What will food and fuel cost in the months ahead? What would the next Great Depression look like? How are you going to feel the effects of ESG and the Left’s war on oil?

On Wednesday night's "Glenn TV," Glenn Beck brings in a panel of economic experts to answer those questions. He’s joined by Carol Roth, former Wall Street investment banker and author of “The War on Small Business,” and Jim Iuorio, a small business owner, stockbroker, and managing director of TJM Institutional Services. While both forecast the worst-case scenario for average Americans, they also offer a glimmer of hope to get us out of this mess.

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The FBI recently sent more than a dozen armed agents to the home of well-known pro-life activist Mark Houck to arrest him for allegedly violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances or FACE Act. Now the father of seven faces up to 11 years in prison over claims that he blocked a man from entering an abortion clinic and shoved him when he wouldn't stop verbally harassing Mark's 12-year-old son. Now, if that doesn't sound insane enough, this all happened after local authorities dropped the case. So, what's the full story here?

Attorney Peter Breen joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to tell the family's side of the story, including how the case was already "won" three years ago, and how, after receiving a target letter from the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Mark's legal team agreed to cooperate fully, only to hear nothing back until the day the FBI showed up on Mark's doorstep.

Breen also explained how the FBI has tried to downplay "abuse of power" claims, accusing Mark's wife of making "inaccurate claims" about the terrifying experience.

"Ryan-Marie, who is Mark's wife, she thought she saw 25 [FBI agents.] The FBI came back and said it wasn't 25, it was no more than 15 or 20 heavily armed federal agents. And she had called them a 'SWAT team' because she's a lay person. I don't know the difference between a SWAT team and a bunch of heavily armed, armored, and shield-bearing federal agents," Breen said.

According to Fox News, a senior FBI source said:

There may have been 15-20 agents at the scene, but denied 25 were there. The agents who came to the door had guns out and at the ready, according to this FBI source, but the guns were never pointed at Houck or his family and were lowered or holstered as soon as Houck was taken into custody. Houck was handcuffed with a belly chain.

"So, yeah, they had guns drawn and pointed at Mark in front of his wife and their children. And that whole show of force was done against a man who was not a drug lord, not a mafia boss, but instead, a law-abiding pillar of the community whose attorney said, 'we'll bring him in if you decide to charge, even though you have no case.'"

Breen went on to assert that he believes Congress "needs to" hold Attorney General Merrick Garland accountable for the arrest. "I can't imagine that those 20 federal agents were excited about being called out to a peaceful man's home, guns drawn," he said.

In the video clip below, Breen goes on the explain what he believes should happen next, and why Houck's arrest "should frighten all of us." Can't watch? Download the podcast here.

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Gavin McInnes broke the internet last month when his live show was interrupted, and it appeared that he was arrested. He broke the internet again a few weeks later when he admitted that the arrest was staged as part of what was intended to be an elaborate prank.

McInnes joined Glenn Beck on "Glenn TV" to explain the real reason behind his disastrous prank.

"This was a $10,000 joke. I lost 100 subscribers because of it, but I was going away to Paris for a week because my daughter is going to college and I thought let's make it interesting," McInnes said of his decision to fake an on-air arrest in the middle of his live "Get Off My Lawn" podcast on August 25.

"There was a method to the madness, with the prank ... my point was, first of all, this is happening to people in real-time. Tim Poole has been swatted a million times," he explained to Glenn. "The thought police are in full effect. I also wanted to lampoon the media's bloodlust for us suffering."

Glenn played a clip of the now-infamous hoax while McInnes explained what was really going on behind the scenes, including how his very drunk friend "Unrelia-Bill" was supposed to act the part of the arresting officer but ended up being much too intoxicated (at "2 pm") to speak even a few lines, and how smugly gleeful the "far left" was when they thought McInnes had actually been arrested.

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