Sunday, August 1, 2010

Tea Party Issued

The Washington Post published a story called Five myths about the 'tea party'. I want to use this as a basis to show the tea party as I see it. You will find that I do not agree with Weigel on all points.

Weigel's Myth #1 - "The tea party isn't a reaction to President Obama, it's a reaction to the bank bailouts." I'm not entirely convinced this is a myth. There was a lot of outrage about TARP that got lost in the election madness. Weigel even points out in the article that "The first modern tea party events occurred in December 2007, long before Barack Obama took office, and they were organized by supporters of Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.) to raise money for his long-shot presidential bid." He goes on to say, "The tea parties were kicked off by CNBC reporter Rick Santelli's rant." I do agree that Santelli's rant was the inspiration for the tea party movement as we now know it. His rant symbolized the straw that broke the camels back.
Weigel then goes on to ask where these protests were during the Bush years. These, "Where were you then?" cries are pretty pointless in my opinion. The better question would be directed at those who claimed to protest 4 years ago and mock those who protest now - "Where are you now?". Last I checked, a lot of the same wrongs are still being committed. It's not even that I'm mad that things are still bad, that's expected with a mess this huge, but what I have a problem with are the decisions being made currently that are compounding our problems.

Weigel's Myth #2 - The tea party is racist. I agree with Weigel that the tea party is NOT racist. As he points out, "It's a phenomenon that some activists call "nutpicking" -- send a cameraman into a protest and he'll focus on the craziest sign." Out of all the thousands of tea party events that took place in cities and towns all over the country they found a handful of signs that could be interpreted as being racist. The fact is, if you get any large group of people together there are bound to be some crazies. As far as tea party "leadership" goes, anyone can declare themselves part of or president of a local tea party. I'm sure that if the tea party attendees nationwide were polled, they wouldn't share a consensus of who the leaders are. I don't even know the names of the people that claim to be leaders of the national tea party groups. Tea Party attendees do NOT elect these people on a national scale. They are not in any real position of power. The power of the tea party comes from the individuals that show up in numbers and it is a diverse group of individuals. The tea party movement is largely about opposition to the expansion of power of the federal government. It is not about race. The worst photos of some idiot that decided to attach himself to the tea party do not represent the vast majority of the tea party attendees any more than the worst signs at an anti-war rally would represent most of the people involved there.
The Associated Press - Black members of tea party dispute racist claims

Weigel's Myth #3 - Sarah Palin is the leader of the tea party.
"Her credentials aren't ideal: Tea partiers unanimously agree that the TARP was what turned America's decline into a freefall; as a vice presidential candidate, Palin backed the TARP." Also, she upset many tea party attendees when she endorsed RINOs over tea party candidates.

Weigel's Myth #4 - The tea party hurts the GOP. I think Weigel is missing that the tea party is a bigger threat to incumbents of either party than it is to GOP alone.

Weigel's Myth #5 - The tea party will transform American politics. I totally disagree that this is a myth. The tea party has already transformed American Politics and will continue to do so.

More tea party videos worth watching

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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Goldman Sachs

Obama continues the practice of placing former Goldman Sachs executives and lobbyists in positions of power over our financial sector -

#1. Mark Patterson - former Goldman Sachs lobbyist now Geithner's chief of staff at Treasury, which oversees the government's $700 billion financial bailout program. Goldman Sachs received $10 billion of that money.

#2. Gary Gensler - Gensler spent 18 years at Goldman Sachs, making partner when he was 30, becoming head of the company’s fixed income and currency trading operations in Tokyo by the mid-’90s, and eventually the company’s co-head of finance. Now Chairman Commodity Futures Trading Commission

#3. Robert D. Hormats - Vice Chairman, Goldman Sachs (International). Now Robert D. Hormats is Under Secretary for Economic, Business, and Agricultural Affairs State Department

#4. Adam Storch - Managing Executive of the Security and Exchange Commission's Division of Enforcement. He was previously the Vice President in the Business Intelligence Group at Goldman Sachs.

then there's ... Dianna Farrell ( Deputy Director, National Economic Council)... Philip Murphy ...

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Czar Issued

This is what I have so far of Czar-level authorities in the Obama administration (I compiled this information from a few different web-pages). Please let me know if you see any addition or corrections to this list. There are links below some of the names with news stories related to that the czar or publications written by the czar. This is a work in progress. I have not researched all the czars yet (not even all the ones listed here). There are so many and I keep having to add more. I am approaching this with a critical view. This may seem negative, but the purpose of this entry is to give information that people may not know about the czars. I think this is important czars are not held accountable to anyone other than the president. I welcome everyone to research the czars themselves. There is more to these individuals than what I have posted here and some of the people listed have served under other presidents as well. Obama is not the first president to have czars. What is shocking is the number of czars he has. Most have not been confirmed by the U.S. Senate. There have been accusations that this is an Obama Administration scheme to create new pseudo-cabinet posts and bypass congressional oversight.

The above video is from June 15, 2009 from U.S. Congressman John Carter's official YouTube page.

Allison, Herb - TARP Czar
Forbes March 16, 2009 - Herb Allison: Tapped For TARP?
"With the national unemployment rate for March soaring to 8.5%, many Americans are worried about losing their jobs. One person not losing sleep over it is current Fannie Mae CEO Herb Allison, who reportedly will soon be asked by President Obama to manage TARP, the $700.0 billion bank rescue effort, as the assistant secretary for the Office of Financial Stability."

Bersin, Alan - Border Czar
Time April 16, 2009 - Alan Bersin: Obama's 'Border Czar'
"Has been known to take jobs for which he has little experience. Served as U.S. Attorney in San Diego despite not being a criminal lawyer. Became San Diego School Superintendent despite not having sent any of his children to public institutions."

Blair, Dennis - Intelligence Czar (Director of National Intelligence)
USA Today January 8, 2009 - Obama's choice of Blair as intelligence czar covers bases
"In 2003, Blair became president of the Institute for Defense Analyses, a federally backed national security research group. The Pentagon inspector general reported in 2006 that Blair violated conflict-of-interest standards by not disqualifying himself from studies on the F-22 fighter while on boards of two contractors with ties to the program. The report also found, though, he had "no impact" on the studies' results."

Brennan, John - Homeland Security/Terrorism Czar
Washington Times March 21, 2008 - Passport breach being investigated
"The State Department last night said one of the persons responsible for the inappropriate behavior was employed by an information technology firm headed by one of Mr. Obamas foreign intelligence advisors."
"The State Department this evening had not yet released the names of the persons responsible for the unauthorized searches but said two were employed by Stanley Inc. and the third was an employee of The Analysis Corp. (TAC). Stanley Inc., a 3,500-person firm, is an Arlington-based information technology firm that this week won a $570 million contract to continue providing passport services to the State Department, which the company has done since 1992, according to Stanley Inc.s Web site. TAC is a McLean-based information firm that has helped the State Department automate the Terrorist Watchlist over the last several years, the companys Web site said. TACs Chief Executive Officer John O. Brennan is a former CIA agent who is an adviser to Mr. Obamas presidential campaign."

Browner, Carol - Energy and Environment/Global Warming/Climate Czar
The Washington Times - Obama climate czar has socialist ties

Carrion, Adolfo Jr. - Urban Affairs Czar
NY Daily News March 12, 2009 - Adolfo, the urban legend: House tale of Obama city czar Carrion demands probe

Davis, Cameron - Great Lakes Czar
ABC NEWS June 4, 2009 - Cameron Davis Appointed as Great Lakes Czar

DeParle, Nancy-Ann - Health/Health reform Czar
MSNBC July 2, 2009 - Obama health czar directed firms in trouble DeParle made millions from companies under federal investigation
"Nancy-Ann DeParle, President Barack Obama’s health policy czar, served as a director of corporations that faced scores of federal investigations, whistleblower lawsuits and other regulatory actions, according to government records reviewed by the Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University.
Several of the companies were investigated for alleged kickbacks or engaging in other illegal billing schemes, while others were accused of serious violations of federal quality standards, including one company that failed to warn patients of deadly problems with an implanted heart defibrillator. Several of the cases ended with substantial fines paid to the federal government, even though the companies admitted no wrongdoing.
Since leaving her government job running Medicare for the Clinton administration, DeParle built a lucrative private-sector career. Records show she earned more than $6.6 million since early 2001, according to a tally by the Investigative Reporting Workshop.
Much of that corporate career was built at companies that have frequently had to defend themselves against federal investigations. After leaving government, DeParle accepted director positions at half a dozen companies suspected of violating the very laws and regulations she had enforced for Medicare. Those companies got into further trouble on her watch as a director."

Devaney, Earl - Stimulus accountability Czar
TIME Feb. 24, 2009 - Stimulus Watchdog Earl Devaney

DuBois, Joshua - Faith-based Czar

Feinberg, Kenneth R. - Pay Czar / Compensation Czar

Fox, J. Charles (Chuck) - Chesapeake Bay Czar

Fried, Daniel - Guantanamo Base closure Czar

Gration, J. Scott - Sudan Special Envoy

Hathaway, Melissa - Cybersecurity Czar

Holdren, John - Science Czar
John Holdren, Ideological Environmentalist
The No-growth society
Population and Panaceas A Technological Perspective, by Paul R. Ehrlich and John P. Holdren

Jones, Van - Green Jobs Czar
Fox News - Land of the "Czars"
"Meet Van Jones, the man selected by President Barack Obama to serve as his green jobs "czar." Before arriving in Washington, Jones had a long and distinguished record as a radical environmental activist.
But he also has another lengthy record under his belt: a criminal record.
Jones was arrested on at least two occasions, once during the Rodney King riots in Los Angeles and then again several years later during protests in Seattle.
Now with a record like that, it's good that Jones didn't need to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
Oh, and by the way, to top it all off, in a 2005 newspaper article, Jones openly acknowledged that he was once a communist."

Kerlikowske, Gil - Drug Czar

Kundra, Vivek Kundra - Technology/Infotech Czar

Lute, Douglas - War Czar

Mitchell, George - Mideast Peace Enovy

Rattner, Steven - Car Czar (Lead Advisor to the Presidential Task Force on the Auto Industry
President Obama's car czar Steven Rattner drives off under cloud

Ross, Dennis - Persian Gulf and Southwest Asia Advisor

Samore, Gary - WMD Policy/Nonproliferation Czar

Stern, Todd - Climate Special Evnoy

Sunstein, Cass R. - Regulatory Czar
Wall Street Journal - Obama's Regulatory Czar Likely to Set a New Tone
Amazon - On Rumors: How Falsehoods Spread, Why We Believe Them, What Can Be Done (Hardcover) by Cass R. Sunstein(Author)

Volcker, Paul A. - Economic Czar

Zients, Jeffrey - Government Performance Czar

I will be updating list as more information becomes available.


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