ShoreBank, Obama, big labor, community organizers, manufacturers, Canadian socialists, progressive trade organizations, triple bottom-line corporations & the Small Business Administration, on the “High Road” to the controlled society
by “JeanWTPUSA,” wethepeopleusa.ning.com
Stanley Kurtz, a Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center pointed out in a 09/23/08 Wall Street Journal article that, “Despite having authored two autobiographies, Barack Obama has never written about his most important executive experience.”
The experience that Kurtz referred to was Obama’s appointment in 1995 as Chairman of the Board at the Chicago Annenberg Challenge (CAC) a “school reform organization” founded by his longtime friend and political ally,Bill Ayers. Ayers, a home grown terrorist for the Weather Underground during the Vietnam War era, has written, in his bookTeaching Toward Freedom, that his educational objective is to “teach against oppression” as embodied in “America’s history of evil and racism, thereby forcing social transformation.”
Kurtz notes that Obama served on the Board or the CAC until 1999 and remained actively involved in the organization until 2001. Although Obama was insistent that the extent of his relationship with Ayers consisted in his being just “a guy” from the neighborhood, a September 2008 article from WorldNetDaily offers details that Obama’s relationship with Ayers was much deeper and that CAC frequently granted money to far-leftist organizations and causes.
Kurtz, in a follow-up article published in the National Review, exposed Obama’s wealth redistributionist ties to the New Party. According to Discover the Networks, most New Party members hailed from the Democratic Socialists of America and the militant organization ACORN. The party’s Chicago chapter also included a large contingent from the Committees of Correspondence, a Marxist coalition of former Maoists, Trotskyites, and Communist Party USA members.
Although the Obama machine tried to dismiss Kurtz on its Fight the Smears website, evidence showed that Obama was heavily involved in the New Party in 1995 and according to New Party News of Spring 1996, page 1, was a bona fide New Party member.
According to the Romanticpoet’s weblog, evidence compiled by noted researcher of Marxists, Trevor Loudon, demonstrates that Obama, as early as 1993, was involved with a New Party “sister” organization, Progressive Chicago.
This organization was formed by members of the New Party as a support group for “progressive” candidates. Its main instigators included New Party members Madeline Talbott of ACORN-Chicago and Dan Swinney, a Chicago labor unionist.
In 1994 Dan Swinney was listed on a “Membership, Subscription and Mailing List” for the Chicago Committees of Correspondence, an offshoot of the Communist Party USA.And, in 2009 Dan Swinney, Center for Labor and Community Research (CLCR) was listed as a signer of the Progressives for Obama website.
Although CLCR’s Mission “To strengthen communities through initiatives to redefine, rediscover, and rebuild the manufacturing sector in the knowledge economy,” seems rather benign and almost altruistic. However, a closer look at the documents on the organizations “Publications“ page makes clear that CLCR is focused on social, economic and environmental (green) justice. Even if you believe that global warming is real and argue that we need “green” initiatives, the social and economic focus of this organization should really concern you.
He’s preaching to the choir as far as I’m concerned. I’ve written myself about the need for the alternative economy or counter-economy to grow beyond merely operating in the interstices of a state capitalist structure, and to evolve into an interlocking network of cooperative production, finance and retail operations that will eventually supplant the existing state capitalist framework.
The blogger offers further praise:
Swinney draws several lessons from his years of experience in the CLCR, of using High Road practices to save and turn around failing business firms under labor and community leadership.
One of them I strongly agree with:
The market is not synonymous with capitalism. The market is an achievement of human civilization that both predates capitalism and will persist for a long time even if capitalism is replaced by another system.
Other interesting angles are CLCR’s relationship with ShoreBank and its ties to both Bill and Hillary Clinton and to Barack Obama.
Bob Williams writes in a June 2003 article titled “Model of Economic Democracy” that “Shorebank Group from Chicago’s South Side” functioned as a “mentor” in helping Williams establish “Western Canada’s largest financial services cooperative,” Vancity Capital Corporation, a subsidiary of the Vancity Credit Union, which functions as a business lender in the new economy, that lends against cash flow on a subordinated debt basis (cashflow-based, unsecured term loan financing) to British Columbia’s businesses, co-operatives and non-profit organizations. According to Vancouver’s Straight.com, “Vancity has over $14.5 billion in assets and more than 400,000 members” and focuses on environmental success and social sustainability. Seems like noble work, unless you know the hidden agenda!
Williams grew up in an “old socialist family,” and like Barack Obama is very familiar with Community Organizing and community organizers. He is also used to serving on the board of organizations that focus on “economic justice” and has served in public office as the Chairman of the board of the Crown’s Insurance Corporation of British Columbia. (also of interest on ICBC’s website, B.C.’s Fairness Commission Report – related to healthcare). We all know how great Universal Health care has worked out for Canada, its going broke. And so will the USA with Obamacare.
Robert Williams is a devotee of Bologna, Italy’s Socialist Professor Stefano Zamagni and is a student of his writings on “The History of Economic Thought.” In 2003, Williams published an article in which he states the following opinion:
“… the modern attempt to build the welfare state as a highly motivated goal that has gone somewhat awry because of the nature of state delivery systems and the lack of reciprocity in the relationship between the provider of welfare and the client; a pattern that is complicated further by the differing values of the politician and bureaucrat involved in the process.”
More information on Stefano Zamagni may be found at the Johns Hopkins SAIS Bologna Center. Why is Johns Hopkins aligning itself with socialists?
Dan Swinney, fouder of NewsTalk, is also a fan of Zamagni and has learned a lot from Robert (Bob) Willimas in terms of “globalization”and“redistributive wealth.”After graduating with a Bachelor’s in History from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, Dan worked as a machinist for 13 years in the Chicago area. He organized Steelworker Local 8787 at G+W Taylor Forge in Cicero, Illinois and served as Vice President. Taylor Forge closed in 1983.
Although Swinney’s bio states that he founded the Center for Labor and Community Research (CLCR) in 1982 in response to the thousands of manufacturing plant closings in the Chicago area, one can not help but wonder if CLCR was actually created to introduce its own “economic agenda” to the Chicagoland community.
In July 2005, Swinney started the Chicago Manufacturing Renaissance Council. CMRC has been working to inform the public and influence key leaders, organizations and institutions about the social and economic viability and vitality of the modern manufacturing economy and has established “partnerships” with The City of Chicago, the Department of Community Development and the Office of Apprenticeship, U.S. Department of Labor, and was even commissioned by Illinois Manufacturers’ Association to issue a report, to analyze the condition of Illinois manufacturing.
Although the CMRC may also seem like a benign, pro-business, pro-manufacturing organization, “The Trade Association as a Factor in Reconstruction” by Franklin D. Jones, Counselor at Law, Washington, D.C. clearly reveals that American “reconstruction” involves not only “labor organizations,” like the SEIU but also large and seemingly “reputable” trade organizations.
This tid-bit of information may help answer the question, “Why would a trade organization that appears to be pro-business and pro-USA manufacturing jobs, like the Illinois Manfuacturers’ Association, commission a socialist organization like the CMRC to issue a report?
If trade associations are indeed involved in this “reconstruction” effort, Obama’s appointment of Anti-Capitalist Ron Bloom as Manufacturing Czar, makes perfect sense. Why? Because unions, trade associations and government have to be working together, in order to achieve “reconstruction.” Add a housing bubble, out of control deficit spending, a new health care system, a high rate of unemployment, a Gulf oil spill disaster, a Middle Eastern conflict, a few whackjobs with nukes, a highly volatile stock market, one or two major political corruption scandals, a declining world economy and inflation… and bing, bang, boom, a Socialist Utopia can be realized.
In the book, Global Profit and Global Justice, Shorebank, like Vancity, designs, implements, manages, and advises loan programs in local banks and loan funds, in developing and transitional economies, with capital from major financial institutions. Also like Vancity, ShoreBank’s focus is on “triple bottom line investing,” the idea that a truly sound investment is one that provides financial rewards and offers social and environmental benefits.
To destroy the free U.S economy, Globalist companies’ world-wide must be supportive of “reconstruction” efforts. Groups servicing these companies must be able to identify projects, raise capital, and locate strategic partners. World’s leaders on sustainability must frequently get together to attend conferences where they can network and exchange information and ideas on the best way to implement their New World Order agenda.
On the home front, globalists, through an educational system that has a strong liberal bias, a left leaning mainstream media, and various propaganda initiatives, have created their own version of history, that is intent upon demonizing our Founding Fathers, ridiculing our Constitution, portraying corporations as “evil” and promoting the falsehood that capitalism and free market principles have not worked for the betterment of society.
However, total reconstruction can not be achieved by “brainwashing” alone (see chilling video of ex-KGB agent, below) which has been going on for decades. It has to be achieved through a coordinated effort that, in effect, demoralizes and discourages entrepreneurs who attempt to realize the “American Dream.”
Entrepreneurs will have to be chronically discouraged. Therefore, taxpayer funded governmental agencies, like the Small Business Administration, developed to help entrepreneurs and small and medium sized businesses with training, and financial opportunities must function as a deterrent by offering “red-tape” and misdirection for entrepreneurs seeking help.
To achieve “reconstruction,” start-ups and existing small and medium sized businesses must achieve a high rate of failure. And, the SBA must purposely have such poor and lax oversight that every program they are taxed with administering is completely unsuccessful, so their mission is never realized. Look at these links to the documents yourself and be the judge.
To create further chaos, the Government establishes SBA loan programs that have “bottle-necks, red-tape and high costs.” In addition, the Government must also push community banks into making more and more small business loans, despite the fact that most community banks are ill-equipped to service entrepreneurs.
As small business loan default rates rise, it is the community banks and the taxpayers who will be “on the hook” for these bad loans. One can only imagine the consequences of more government interference. Could pushing banks into making “risky” SBA loans in an effort to “stimulate the economy result in a new “bubble?” And, if it does, what will happen when the SBA loan bubble bursts? Most likely answer: another economic crisis that Socialists, like Rahm Emanual, won’t let “go to waste.”
In terms of competition in the market place, the system, through environmental, financial and health care regulation, must create an un-level playing field that makes it so difficult for companies to compete and make a profit that they are forced to “move” jobs overseas to countries like China.
This results in a win-win for the globalists. Why? When jobs are outsourced from the United States to poorer countries, “wealth redistribution” and “social justice” is achieved for other citizens of the world. Unfortunately, the consequences can be devastating to the US economy. As job losses occur, communities decline, resulting in a further decrease to the American standard of living. Again, the socialists win and the capitalists lose. Why else would government be grown at such a fast pace that its growth is actually endangering our economy?
So, what does all of this mean?
If the end goal is to create a Marxo-Fascist “welfare state” where citizens are entirely dependent on the government for everything — health care, housing, food, etc, what better way to achieve this goal than by controlling labor organizations, infiltrating trade organizations, and “sabotaging” entrepreneurs and small and medium sized businesses, in order to minimize the growth of the private sector?
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