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If we look at everything happening in Washington and it doesn't make sense, it's because we're applying the same logic we've always used. Today, we're going to talk about green energy, health care and all of these bills in a new context.
Here's The One Thing: Everything getting pushed through Congress — including this health care bill — is transforming America. And it's all driven by President Obama's thinking on one idea: reparations.
"Oh Glenn, you are crazy! President Obama is against reparations. He said so himself."
Yes, he did say that. What the media conveniently ignores is the reason why he is against them. As I warned before the election, he doesn't think they go far enough: "I fear that reparations would be an excuse for some to say, 'We've paid our debt' and to avoid the much harder work."
I had forgotten about Obama's position on reparations until a couple of days ago. It ties everything together. What is that "harder work"?
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PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: If we have a program, for example, of universal health care, that will disproportionately affect people of color, because they're disproportionately uninsured, if we've got an agenda that says every child in America should get — should be able to go to college, regardless of income, that will disproportionately affect people of color, because it's oftentimes our children who can't afford to go to college.
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He believes in all the "universal" programs because they "disproportionately affect" people of color.
And that's the best way, he feels, to right the wrongs of the past. These massive programs are Obama brand reparations or in presidential speak: leveling the playing field.
But, just in case the universal-ness of the programs somehow doesn't quench his reparation appetite, he's making sure to do his part to "pay the debt" in other areas.
Written in the 1,000-plus page bill that no one will read before they vote on it, is a provision that if say, a medical school or other health related institution, pursued a grant or other contract from the government, they would have to prove their inclusiveness of minorities.
On pages 881-882 of the bill it states: "The secretary (of Health and Human Services) shall give preference to entities that have a demonstrated record of the following:
• Training individuals who are from underrepresented minority groups or disadvantaged backgrounds
• A high rate of placing graduates in practice settings having the principal focus of serving in underserved areas or populations experiencing health disparities
• Supporting teaching programs that address the health care needs of vulnerable populations"
This could have been written by ACORN — who, CNSNews.com reports, might get cash earmarked in the bill for "Community-Based Organizations." When asked about it, Chris Dodd said "I don't know."
So, you got it? That's not preference to the best institution, but the institution with the most diversity. We shouldn't be dishing out grants based on what hospital looks most like an Old Navy commercial.
Also in this bill, the Office of Civil Rights and the Office of Minority Health will be "maintaining, collecting and presenting federal data on race and ethnicity" to see if they can "identify gaps." When Obama's economic team was dreaming up the stimulus package, his adviser, former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich said that: "I am concerned, as I'm sure many of you are, that these jobs not simply go to high-skilled people who are already professionals or to white male construction workers… I have nothing against white male construction workers, I'm just saying there are other people who have needs as well."
Plus, Obama's new "green czar," Van Jones, says in his book — "The Green-Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems" — that the best way to fight global warming and urban poverty is by creating millions of green jobs. A percentage of these jobs, Jones says, should go to the disadvantaged and the chronically unemployed:
"The green economy should not be just about reclaiming thrown-away stuff… It should be about reclaiming thrown-away communities."
Obama's no dummy. He knows we can't afford health care and cap-and-trade and more stimulus bills. His goal is creating a new model: Settling old racial scores through new social justice.
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