MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2010 So Obama is proclaiming the recession over, and taking credit for it.
"Thanks to the bold and decisive action we have taken since January, I can stand here with confidence and say that we have pulled this economy back from the brink…. A full and vibrant recovery is still many months away." Obama said.
The United States has been in recession since December 2007. There is dispute between economists as to whether or not it is actually over.
And one has to wonder if it is really even in Obama’s best interests for the economy to go on the upswing?
One of Obama’s mentors while he was working as an “agitator” in the South Side of Chicago in 1985, was Mike Kruglik . He was a devout follower of Saul Alinsky, whose Rules for Radicals method of politics, teaches how to destroy political adversaries. In it, he refers to the Cloward/Piven Strategy as a method, which is used by the radical Left to create crisis.
The Cloward/Piven Strategy
So what exactly is this strategy? Well, the goal is to make an already weak economy even worse. This strategy explains why the Democrats’ plan to "stimulate" the economy involves massive deficit spending projects. It includes 100s of millions for ACORN and its subgroups such as SHOP and the Neighborhood Stabilization Program. Expanding the S-Chip Program through deficit spending in a supposed effort to "save the children" only makes a faltering economy worse. Rahm Emanuel has said, "You never want a serious crisis to go to waste."
The agitator's job is to spark such crises. According to The American Thinker, Alinsky teaches that an agitator is first to bring folks to the "realization" that they are miserable, through no fault of their own, the unresponsive governments or greedy corporations, then band them together to demand what they deserve (to "rub raw the sores of discontent”), to cause such a pubic media uproar that governments and corporations will bow to their demands just to make them go away.
The strategy's ultimate goal is to bring about the fall of capitalism by overloading and undermining government bureaucracy to bring about a need for government intervention, eventually ushering in a new wave of socialism.
We must now view the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan's spending on items like food stamps, jobless benefits, and health care with the knowledge of this end goal in mind.
If Congress were to allow a robust economy, parents would be able to provide for their children themselves by earning and keeping more of their own money. And Democrats would consider that a lost opportunity.
The Cloward/Piven Strategy is named after Columbia University sociologists Richard Andrew Cloward and Frances Fox Piven. Their goal was to overthrow capitalism by overwhelming the government bureaucracy with entitlement demands. The created crisis provides the impetus to bring about radical political change.
Obama the Agitator?
And Obama seems just the guy to get the job done. One of his early mentors in the Alinsky method was Mike Kruglik, who was quoted as saying to Ryan Lizza of The New Republic, about Obama:
"He was a natural, the undisputed master of agitation, who could engage a room full of recruiting targets in a rapid-fire Socratic dialogue, nudging them to admit that they were not living up to their own standards. As with the panhandler, he could be aggressive and confrontational. With probing, sometimes personal questions, he would pinpoint the source of pain in their lives, tearing down their egos just enough before dangling a carrot of hope that they could make things better."
Their main goal is to wipe out poverty by establishing a guaranteed annual income by redistributing existing income.
Since Conservative Republicans are always ready to proclaim the evils of public welfare, the authors figured they would get closer to their goal by creating disruption within the Democrats. They say, "Whites - both working class ethnic groups and many in the middle class - would be aroused against the ghetto poor, while liberal groups, which until recently have been comforted by the notion that the poor are few... would probably support the movement. Group conflict, spelling political crisis for the local party apparatus, would thus become acute as welfare rolls mounted and the strains on local budgets became more severe.”
Do any of the following tactics sound familiar? Flooding government with impossible demands until it slowly halts to a stop; overloading electoral systems with waves of new and bogus voters; shaking down banks, politicians in Congress, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development for affirmative-action borrowing; and, now, pulling down the national financial system by demanding subprime mortgages for low-income Americans who won’t be able to repay their loans. You don’t have to be a financial expert to know that it was these helpless mortgages that are responsible for the entire financial bailout.
But the prime example of the results of the Cloward-Piven strategy was demonstrated in 1975, when more and more people demanding welfare flooded New York City thus bankrupting the government. This caused a financial crisis that affected the whole state, and required a government bailout.
A key element of the recent crisis certainly represents many years of a "backward economic philosophy and culture of corruption" cited by the Obama camp. However, much of the backwardness and deception were promoted by the Institute for Policy Studies. Its war against the financial system used improvised non-ethical devices (INEDs) designed to destroy capitalism and support Mr. Obama. One of those roadside INEDs was the Cloward-Piven strategy.
Cloward and Piven were inspired and mobilized by the Watts race riot to develop a strategy for social change. In November 1965, they began privately distributing copies of an article they had written calledMobilizing the Poor: How it Could Be Done. It was published six months later on May 2, 1966, in The Nation, under the title, The Weight of the Poor: A Strategy to End Poverty.
The article served its intended purpose. The Left was sufficiently fired up. Activists were abuzz over the so-called "crisis strategy" or "Cloward-Piven strategy," as it came to be called. Many were eager to put it into effect.
Cloward and Piven noted that the 8 million Americans who are on welfare probably represented less than half the number that was technically eligible for full benefits. They proposed a "massive drive to recruit the poor onto the welfare rolls." They calculated that if even a fraction of potential welfare recipients were to demand their entitlements it would bankrupt the system. In the end, they predicted, would produce "a profound financial and political crisis" that would unleash "powerful forces… for major economic reform at the national level."
Their article called for "cadres of aggressive organizers" to use "demonstrations to create a climate of militancy." Politicians would be intimidated by black violence and would appeal to the federal government for help. Leftwing media campaigns would promote the idea of "a federal program of income redistribution," in the guise of a guaranteed living income for all. Local officials would apply pressure on politicians to implement it. Chaos would ensue, and Washington would respond out of necessity.
The Cloward-Piven strategy hasn’t gotten its intended results quite yet. But it can serve as a warning of the Left's scariest agenda. Especially since George Soros funds both the Living Wage and Voting Rights movements. He has refined the strategy into a modern and more efficient plan to gain control.