The Community Organizer, Unions and Raising Taxes – Bumped


Update: I ran into a little trouble with the old blog yesterday (note the new appearance) so blogging was light. I thought I’d bump this post in case you missed it.

Victor Davis Hanson recalled a question asked by Rudy Giuliani during the 2008 Republican convention. Giuliani asked what it is that community organizers do.

Here’s video of then-candidate Obama explaining his former (and some would argue current) occupation to a group of SEIU members in the fall of 2008.

According to Obama, community organizers stand beside union members on picket lines, go after companies, help unions build power, and build voter registration drives to expand that political power. He even promised to paint the nation purple. Well, he sure is doing his level best to keep that promise, with a lot of help from his czars and other unelected officials.

Just think of all that the NLRB has done to help the corrupt unions. The latest is a requirement that employers post notices advising employees of their right to organize. Conveniently missing from the notice is “any information about employees’ right to vote out a union they don’t like, withhold payment of any union dues spent on politics, and the right to refuse to pay for the union’s unwanted services in the 22 states with Right to Work laws.” To the community organizer, the employer has no rights, nor do the taxpayers supporting the public sector employees and their union bosses. I could come up with at least a dozen more examples, or you could just scroll through the pages of this blog to find them. And there’s not enough time to get into the “green” economy he’s trying to build – at the expense of taxpayers, other energy sectors and those they employ.

As Hanson noted, the community organizer doesn’t even have a community. But he does have a goal.

As a general rule, the “organizer” is not indigenous to the community, but as a sort of roaming utopian he travels widely to detect supposed foci of injustice (think an Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson), even to the point of worrying about professors being locked out of their homes or the tranquility of ice cream parlors in Arizona.

Almost immediately there is an artificial divide constructed between an oppressive “them” and a victimized “us,” usually on rigid class, gender, and racial lines. Some such university study is cited to “prove” injustice based on the absence of parity in income, health care, or education. Then the community organizer rallies the “community” to “get in their face” and agitate, which can encompass anything from suing in court, holding mass rallies, conducting voter registration drives with accordant intimidation, visiting the private homes of supposedly culpable officials, bankers, and the wealthy, and threatening strikes, slow-downs and disruptions. These metaphorical “hostage takers” must be “punished” as “enemies,” relegated to a proverbial backseat, and in such a fight have their knives rhetorically trumped by our guns.

Take a look at the events of the past week. President Obama was quick to condemn Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker for “assaulting unions.” But he’s remained silent on the slaughter of innocents taking place in Libya. He’s got his priorities, all right. John Bolton nailed it at CPAC when he said Obama isn’t concerned with foreign affairs. He’s too busy with other things, like nationalizing health care and helping public sector unions. He went months without talking to top cabinet officials, but AFL-CIO boss Richard Trumka visits the White House several times a week, and communicates with them every day.

Hanson went on to note how the organizer feels a sense of entitlement, and once he achieves power will often live much better than those fat cats he made his living villainizing. You don’t have to look far for examples of the Obamas’ lavish lifestyle – whether it’s their frequent trips to exotic locations or the extravagant White House parties – it comes at great expense to the taxpayers.

Some may argue that the president has risen above the fray, but he hasn’t. Not by a long shot. Last year he delivered a Labor Day speech to a union crowd in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He started out praising workers and the middle class, and finished up by accusing those who disagree with him of “treating him like a dog,” touting his “investments,” (which were nothing more than reckless spending and union payoffs) and trashing his political opponents. You must remember the infamous “Slurpee” speech we’ve heard so much about. It was the typical class warfare we’ve come to expect from the community organizer in the White House.

Community organizers, like their union brothers and sisters, work to raise taxes. Steven Malanga spelled out the union tactics in the Wall Street Journal.

Unions use that money not only to run their daily operations but to wage political campaigns in state capitals and city halls. Indeed, public-sector unions especially have become the nation’s most aggressive advocates for higher taxes and spending. They sponsor tax-raising ballot initiatives and pay for advertising and lobbying campaigns to pressure politicians into voting for them. And they mount multimillion dollar campaigns to defeat efforts by governors and taxpayer groups to roll back taxes.

Just today I pointed out that New York’s largest teachers union is spending a whopping $1.1 million on an ad advocating for higher taxes. Which brings me to my final point. Raising taxes will not help our fiscal situation.

I saw this post at Zero Hedge yesterday. It was inspired by Rick Santelli’s appearance on Meet the Press, when Santelli argued that the national debt problem is similar to a 9/11 like attack. While I don’t disagree with Santelli, or the writer of the post, the reason I didn’t write about it at the time was the conclusion of a linked article from Canada’s Globe and Mail telling Americans to wake up before our dream becomes a nightmare. Again, I agree with most of what the writer had to say, but this is where he lost me.

With a 5-per-cent national sales tax, of the kind every other industrial country has implemented, the U.S. would be halfway home to budgetary solvency. In dreamland, however, such a dose of reality is unthinkable.

Reading the above, knowing we have a community organizer in the White House who wants to “paint the nation purple”, why on earth should we accept a 5% consumption tax, on top of the long list of things we’re taxed on already? Does he honestly believe the increased revenue (which is arguable) would go towards reducing our debt and deficit? Really? He’s putting an awful lot of trust into a guy who once made a living going after companies and helping the robber barons public sector unions gain more power.

Be sure to read Hanson’s entire piece, which I found through a great post at Uncoverage.