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Warning to all Muslims the world over seeking asylum and protection from the manifestations of their faith.
Do not under any circumstances come to Australia, for we are a Nation founded upon Judeo Christian Law and principles and as such Australia is an anathema to any follower of the Paedophile Slave Trader Mohammad's cult of Islam.
There is no ideology more hated and despised in Australia than Islam.You simply would not like it here.
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Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.
Voltaire French author, humanist, rationalist, & satirist (1694 - 1778)
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Those who demand you believe that Islam is a Religion of Peace also demand you believe in Anthropogenic Global Warming.
Aussie News & Views Jan 1 2009
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"But Communism is the god of discontent, and needs no blessing. All it needs is a heart willing to hate, willing to call envy “justice."
Equality then means the violent destruction of all social and cultural distinctions. Freedom means absolute dictatorship over the people."
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Take Hope from the Heart of Man and you make him a Beast of Prey
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“ If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival.
“There may be even a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than live as slaves”
Winston Churchill. Pg.310 “The Hell Makers” John C. Grover ISBN # 0 7316 1918 8
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------If language is not correct, then what is said is not what is meant; if what is said is not what is meant, then what must be done remains undone; if this remains undone, morals and art will deteriorate; if justice goes astray, the people will stand about in helpless confusion. Hence there must be no arbitrariness in what is said.
This matters above everything.
—Confucius
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'a socialist is communist without the courage of conviction to say what he really is'.
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Hontar: We must work in the world, your eminence. The world is thus.
Altamirano: No, Señor Hontar. Thus have we made the world... thus have I made it.
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Voltaire said: “If you want to know who rules over you, just find out who you are not permitted to criticize.”


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When those sworn to destroy you,Communism, Socialism,"Change you can Believe in" via their rabid salivating Mongrel Dog,Islam,take away your humanity, your God given Sanctity of Life, Created in His Image , If you are lucky this prayer is maybe all you have left, If you believe in God and his Son,Jesus Christ, then you are, despite the evils that may befall you are better off than most.

Lord, I come before You with a heavy heart. I feel so much and yet sometimes I feel nothing at all. I don't know where to turn, who to talk to, or how to deal with the things going on in my life. You see everything, Lord. You know everything, Lord. Yet when I seek you it is so hard to feel You here with me. Lord, help me through this. I don't see any other way to get out of this. There is no light at the end of my tunnel, yet everyone says You can show it to me. Lord, help me find that light. Let it be Your light. Give me someone to help. Let me feel You with me. Lord, let me see what You provide and see an alternative to taking my life. Let me feel Your blessings and comfort. Amen.
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"The chief weapon in the quiver of all Islamist expansionist movements, is the absolute necessity to keep victims largely unaware of the actual theology plotting their demise. To complete this deception, a large body of ‘moderates’ continue to spew such ridiculous claims as “Islam means Peace” thereby keeping non-Muslims from actually reading the Qur’an, the Sira, the Hadith, or actually looking into the past 1400 years of history. Islamists also deny or dismiss the concept of ‘abrogation’, which is the universal intra-Islamic method of replacing slightly more tolerable aspects of the religion in favor of more violent demands for Muslims to slay and subdue infidels"

Anthropogenic Global Warming SCAM

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Kristallnacht :Seventy years after

I post the following post in the interests of HUMANITY.

To not acknowledge and remember the following and similar acts of inhumanity committed by the Nazi's and others, against the Jewish people,then and now,is,in my opinion,an acknowledgement of the success of the collective Humanist lie, that has manifested the Socialist's "New Man",aka.the United Nations 21st Century, Godless savage who lies dormant in nations all over the world ready to strike "Jews" whenever their "Messiah's", " The One "declare them an obstacle to their objectives or the reason for the failure of their ability to deliver the perfect Socialist world of International Socialism.
Aldolf Hitler and President elect, Mr Barack Hussein Obama are both former and present leaders of Socialist political party's.
Both these men have enunciated their respect for the objectives of Islam and their right to know what is best for men and women the world over and what they do and do not want or need, both these men were proffered as the answer to their respective nations real and perceived economic and social problems,the world knows what the last great Socialist leader cost the world, President elect Mr Barack Obama has not said anything that would make anyone who knows of or can remember the works of the worlds last great Socialist sleep easy at night.... oh you think it's just whats left of the Jews who are gonna feel the Socialist heat / cleansing of the Messiah's "The One" new order ?
OKKKKK ENJOY!!! and start practicing how to bend over and start kissing your arse hole good bye.. Jew Catholic Anglican Protestant,Hindu,Mormon,Pacifist and Homosexual, Black,White man or woman you are worth nothing more than what the "Party" decides you are worth at any given hour or minute of the day.

"Socialism means equality of income or nothing...........Under Socialism you would

not be allowed to be poor.


You would be forcibly fed, clothed, lodged, taught and employed whether you liked it

or not.


If it were discovered that you had not character and industry enough to be worth all

this trouble, you might possibly be executed in a kindly manner; but while you were

permitted to live, you would have to live well."

Bernard Shaw.

The "Hell Makers" John .C Grover




KRISTALLNACHT


SEVENTY YEARS AFTER KRISTALLNACHT
THE WORLD REMAINS SILENT
Baruch Cohen

In loving memory of Malca z”l

“Comrades, we cannot allow this attack by international Jewry to go unchallenged!” This was said by Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels, on November 9, 1938, referring to the shooting of Ernst von Rath, a low-level Nazi diplomat in Paris, by Herschel Grynszpan, a young German Jew.November 9, 1938 was a defining moment for the Nazi regime, but in fact it was one day earlier in Munich that Kristallnacht, The Night of Broken Glass, was ordered. According to renowned historian Martin Gilbert, “at November 8, 1938, the first collective punitive measures were announced… All Jewish newspapers and magazines must cease publication forthwith. This ban cut off the Jews from their most accessible contact with their leadership.”

The official German view, that Kristallnacht represented a spontaneous response of angry Germans to a Jewish crime, was so fanciful that nobody believed it.

Local authorities across the country had compiled lists of Jewish-owned stores months before, and the names and addresses of Jewish men were kept on record. If ever there was a thoroughly organized crime, it was Kristallnacht.

At one minute to midnight on November 9, 1938, the Munich city fire department received its first call.

Demonstrators had smashed the display window of a textile business in the Augustenstrauss and set fire to the display.

The fire department’s records note the cause of fire as “anti-Jewish demonstration.” Three minutes later came the first major alarm: the city’s first synagogue was ablaze. The pogrom had begun.

Businesses and residences of Jews may be destroyed. The police have been directed to supervise the execution of this order…. Immediately upon receipt of this telegram, the police are to seize all archives from all synagogues and offices of Jewish community organizations. The archives are to be handed over to the SD security service.—SS Gruppenfuhrer Reinhard Heydrich, who would later chair the 1943 Wannsee Conference at which the Final Solution to the Jewish Question would be decided, in Kristallnacht: The Unleashing of the Holocaust by Anthony Read and David Fisher (New York: Peter Bedrick Books, 1989).

A Jewish businessman in Munich, J. Littner, wrote in his diary:
The circle of non-Jewish friends will be smaller day by day, we shall soon be living in an invisible ghetto—the mood for November 9 grows worse, massive penalties. We Jews now fear November 9, the great feast of the Nazi party. On the evening of the 9th, the radio broadcast called for the murdering of Jews…—Kristallnacht: The Unleashing of the Holocaust.

For the German people, Kristallnacht—in which at least 90 Jews were killed, and 1,000 synagogues destroyed—proved that the Nazi regime was willing and able to use any kind of terror necessary to carry out its outrageous racial policy.
As Gilbert explains, “[t]he Jewish community in Germany dated back 1000 years. Despite their enthusiastic patriotism, the Nazi regime portrayed them as disloyal parasites on the pure German national body.”

The story of the crime of Kristallnacht has since been told year after year. November 9, 1938 marked a tragic turning point for European Jewry. After that day, there was no safe place for Jews in Europe.

When I was 21, I survived the Bucharest Kristallnacht of January 21-23, 1941, an authentic copy of November 1938. In Bucharest alone 25 synagogues were vandalized, most razed to the ground. One hundred and thirty Jews were murdered, beaten, tortured or maimed. Jewish corpses were hung in the Bucharest slaughterhouse with tags reading “kosher meat.” I went there in search of my father.

The Romanian thugs had exceeded their German counterparts. And the world remained silent! In 1938, Joseph Goebbels was not stopped. The world was silent. Today, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is free to call for the destruction of the State of Israel, and the world is silent!

November 9, 1938 and January 21-23, 1941 are a few of history’s darkest moments. The calamity that occurred on those days was a warning sign pointing to the Holocaust. The world refused to see it.

We must remember Kristallnacht! The appalling resurgence of global antisemitism, the unopposed call—within the walls of the United Nations—to wipe out the State of Israel, must raise the entire world’s consciousness. History is repeating itself. The world must not remain silent again.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s unambiguous demand for the destruction of the State of Israel must not be ignored.

If “Never Again” is to have any meaning, Ahmadinejad’s genocidal ambitions must be stopped. Sadly, the United Nations is silent.

Kristallnacht was the warning that should have been heeded by the civilized world. Nonetheless, the world remained silent!

I call upon all decent persons, all peace-loving nations, to raise their voices, to stand up strongly against the perilous threat of a new Kristallnacht, to oppose, now, Iranian, Hezbollah and Hamas-style terrorism.

It is our solemn and urgent duty to remind the world that a new Kristallnacht against the ewish people must be taken off the agenda for ever and ever.

The world must NOT be silent!
DO NOT FORGET! ZACHOR!

(Baruch Cohen is Research Chairman of the Canadian Institute for Jewish Research.
A version of this article appeared in the Canadian Jewish News, November 6, 2008.)

Kristallnacht Remembered
Abraham Foxman
Jerusalem Post, November 5, 2008

I remember how a dozen years ago, a rash of arsons burned more than 30 Black churches, mostly in the Southern tier of the United States. In response, the Anti-Defamation League urged investigations by the Justice Department and published full-page ads in many of America’s major newspapers deploring these acts, asking for letters of support that we passed on to the victimized congregations. We also established a Rebuild the Churches Fund. The response across America was heartening.

As Jews, we felt a special kinship with the victims of these arsons, because we lived with the memory of Kristallnacht—the Night of Broken Glass -- when ordinary Germans committed a so-called “spontaneous” pogrom against synagogues, Jewish shops, homes, hospitals, cemeteries, and against their fellow Jewish citizens. In response, the world was essentially silent.
Now, as we commemorate the 70th anniversary of that horrible and tragic event, some will regard it as ancient history. For some of you who lived through it, saw it, survived it, it was only just yesterday.

I was born after the event, so I must rely on the historians. The numbers may vary some, but no one doubts the overall picture, which is well documented. Throughout Germany and the recently annexed Austria, over 90 Jews were killed, others beaten and humiliated, some 30,000 male Jews were arrested and sent to concentration camps, over 1,000 synagogues were torched along with their Torah scrolls, Bibles, and prayer books, and some 7,000 Jewish shops and business were looted and destroyed.…

There was now no doubt that the Nazis were no longer content to simply strip Jews of their legal rights, and in the immediate aftermath, German and Austrian Jews, and watchful Jews everywhere, would learn that while many newspapers and government officials around the world would decry the violence and barbarity of Kristallnacht, few governments were prepared to act.…

It would, of course, be some time more before the Final Solution was enacted throughout Eastern Europe and all of the Reich. But already on November 9th Hitler told Göring that if war broke out, Germany “will first of all make sure of settling accounts with the Jews.”

The Evian Conference that the Roosevelt administration had organized four months before, bringing together delegates from 32 countries to discuss the exploding Jewish refugee crisis, gave Hitler ample evidence that the world’s democracies would not act to quell his thuggish actions against the Jews, for the delegates at Evian merely confirmed that none would liberalize their immigration quotas.

As in the infamous phrase used by the Swiss when they turned back fleeing Jews at their borders, the free world essentially said the boat is full.
There was no room for Jewish refugees. Kristallnacht barely changed that attitude. There was a brief outcry, and then there was silence. Let us remember and learn the lesson from that terrible silence.

ISRAEL’S UN ENVOY: DANGEROUS WORDS,
LIKE AHMADINEJAD’S, SPARKED THE HOLOCAUST
Shlomo Shamir
Ha’aretz, November 4 2008

“The gas chambers were not the starting point of the Holocaust, but rather the end. The Holocaust began with dangerous words uttered by people,” said Israel’s new United Nations Ambassador, Professor Gabriella Shalev, in a speech at the UN assembly on Tuesday. The assembly was discussing the UN’s 2009 work plan to commemorate the Holocaust, as presented by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon.

The UN program includes a long list of events to commemorate the Holocaust, within the framework of a historic resolution, passed three years ago. This year, the events marking 70 years since the Kristallnacht pogroms in Nazi Germany in 1938 have been the focus of the UN activity.

The Israeli Ambassador took advantage of the forum to warn and protest against recent inciting remarks that were made by Iranian President Ahmadinejad in his speech to the UN late September.

“Israel and the Jewish people are grateful to the UN for its decision to commemorate the Holocaust,” said Shalev. “But that’s not the end of it. We must learn the lessons of the Nazi genocide and recognize such threats during these times as well. In this very hall we still hear a country leader calling to terminate a country that is a member of the UN as well.”

The Ambassador addressed the delegation representatives saying “May I remind you that in this very place all member countries took a ‘never again’ oath, and it is therefore our duty not only to condemn such remarks, but to take firm and immediate action against a county whose leader says such despicable and dangerous things.”…

ANTI-SEMITISM IS ALIVE AND KICKING IN ROMANIA
Cellu Rozenberg
Ha’aretz, November 2 2008

Anyone in need of additional reminders of how much Romanians love the Jews could have found it in the recent destruction and desecration of some 200 graves in the great cemetery in Bucharest. Even though there are almost no Jews in Romania (their number is estimated at a mere few thousand, excluding Israelis who have gone there on business), anti-Semitism is nevertheless alive and kicking.

The graves that were destroyed and desecrated—a reminder of the large Jewish community, numbering some 800,000 people, half of which was destroyed in the Holocaust not by the Germans, but by Hitler’s loyal allies, the Romanians—give no rest to some Romanians. This is not the first time such things have happened in Romania, but everyone keeps quiet, as if this were merely a bit of mischief.

The roots of Romanian anti-Semitism are planted deep in the country’s soil, which is soaked with Jewish blood. In almost every city and town where Jews lived, they were routinely subject to murder and looting—carried out by ordinary citizens, but backed by the regime—both before World War II and after it. It is no wonder that historian Hannah Arendt described Romania as the most anti-Semitic country of all.

On the morning of June 29, 1941, 12,000 Romanian Jews, who were almost blindly loyal to the state, were led through the streets of the city of Iasi, humiliated and hungry, to the local police station, which became their slaughterhouse.

It was the government that ordered the terrible massacre, in which my family, too, was murdered when the security forces began shooting in all directions. That, we will never forget.…

But if anyone thought that a [after the collapse of Romania’s antisemitic Communist regimes] change had finally occurred over the last few years, if anyone hoped that anti-Semitism had been relegated to the boors who desecrate graves rather than pervading the government, then President Traian Basescu’s remarks at a press conference at the Bucharest Airport upon his return from Syria a week ago reminded us that there is another Romania besides that of pastrami and wine—the Romania of anti-Semitism. Syria, Basescu said, is bordered by the following countries: Iraq, Lebanon, and Palestine.

It is well known that Romania’s president is not particularly well-educated, but as a former sea captain one would have expected him to at least know a little geography and history. Has it escaped him that there is as yet no country called Palestine, but that another country, admittedly small, nevertheless exists on Syria’s border—one called Israel? It is a pity that the Foreign Ministry did not see fit to respond sharply to these remarks. It is still not too late.

(Cellu Rozenberg is a historian who specializes in national security.)

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Barack Obama could worsen crisis: likened to Smoot Hawley by Rupert Murdoch

Barack Obama 'could worsen crisis': Rupert Murdoch

Glenda Korporaal
The Australian
November 01, 2008

NEWS Corporation chairman Rupert Murdoch has warned that Barack Obama could worsen the world financial crisis if he is elected US president next week and implements protectionist policies.

In an interview with The Weekend Australian before delivering the first of six Boyer lectures on ABC radio tomorrow afternoon, Mr Murdoch said the Democrats' policies would result in "a real setback for globalisation" if implemented.

Mr Murdoch said he did not know whether Senator Obama would implement all of the protectionist measures espoused by the party.

"Presidents don't often behave exactly as the campaign might have suggested because they become prisoners of all sort of things - mainly circumstances and events," Mr Murdoch said.

He warned that any rise in protectionism in the US, including introducing trade measures against China as espoused by some Democratic members in Congress, would risk retaliation and could threaten the world trading and financial systems.

"For the past three or four years, some Democrats have been threatening to do things like put on extra tariffs (against Chinese imports) if they don't change their currency,' Mr Murdoch said. "If it happened, it could set off retaliatory action which would certainly damage the world economy seriously."

Mr Murdoch said Kevin Rudd had been "very sure-footed" in his handling of the financial crisis and defended the Prime Minister against criticism that he acted too quickly in his blanket guarantee of the deposits of the Australian banking system.

But the chairman of News Corporation, which owns The Weekend Australian, warned that politicians should be careful not to make the situation worse by "alarming people more than they should be alarmed, regardless of party".

"You've got to recognise when he (Rudd) did it, he did it the day after the biggest ever fall in the stock market and the US Congress's first refusal of the $700million bailout," Mr Murdoch said. "I think, relatively, over this whole financial period, he has acted very sure-footedly."

He said politicians should be careful that their comments did not further exacerbate the delicate financial situation.

Asked if the comments were meant to refer to Malcolm Turnbull, he said: "I don't think Mr Turnbull has done that."

With the US election five days away, Mr Murdoch criticised Senator Obama's tax policies as "crazy", particularly his plan to hand out tax rebates to most Americans and to increase taxes for people earning more than $250,000. He said Senator Obama's promises to give tax rebates to 95per cent of Americans was "rubbish".

"Forty per cent (of the US population) don't pay taxes, so how can he give them a tax cut?" he said. "But you can give them a welfare cheque which he has promised - a grant of $500 - which will disappear very fast. It's not going to turn the economy around at all."

Mr Murdoch said no one knew what would happen under an Obama administration "but his declared policy would see a real setback of globalisation".

Mr Murdoch said politicians should take heed of the lessons of the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act in the US in 1930, which raised tariffs on American goods to record levels and provoked protectionist retaliation by US trading partners, slashing world trade levels and sending the world economy into depression.

Mr Murdoch said Senator Obama would make the situation worse if he implemented the policies he had promised the American union movement, which represented only 12 per cent of the US workforce, most of them government workers.

"We have the historical precedent of Smoot-Hawley," he said.

"I can't imagine he would do anything as crazy as that. But anything in that direction could add to all sorts of tensions in the world financial system and the world trading system and eventually all the way down to employment. I am not saying all these things are going to happen, but we are living in a dangerous period."

He said the whole world should "fight like hell" for freer trade and the success of the Doha Round of trade talks.

Mr Murdoch rejected suggestions that Tuesday's US election could act as a circuit breaker for the current crisis of confidence in world financial markets.

"To some extent it is beyond the power of politicians," he said. "You are going to find that the politicians are very limited in what they can do: they can make it worse but they can't stop it."

Mr Murdoch said there was a slight easing of the liquidity crisis, as market interest rates had edged down in recent weeks. But he said the financial crisis would inevitably affect economies for some time. Mr Murdoch said a push for freer trade around the world, including the success of the Doha Round, could help the world economies come out of the recession faster.

"But if it (world trade) goes the way that a lot of politicians are talking in a lot of countries, you are really going to slow down trade and business in every way," he added.

Mr Murdoch, who arrived in Australia this week, will record the first Boyer lecture tomorrow in front of a live audience at the Sydney Opera House.

The series of lectures is entitled A Golden Age of Freedom and includes Mr Murdoch's views on the rise of the new global middle class, his concerns about the raising of education levels in Australia and the importance of being ahead of the curve in using new technologies.

The third lecture is a detailed exposition of Mr Murdoch's views on the future of newspapers. Mr Murdoch has been scathing of journalists in the US, whom he argues have been all too eager to predict the demise of their own industry.

He told The Weekend Australian that newspapers would survive, although they might have to live with lower profit margins because of competition from the internet. He predicted that newspapers should see the internet as an opportunity to reach more readers in a world where people were increasingly hungry for more information.

The 2008 Boyer Lectures will be broadcast during Big Ideas on ABC Radio National at 5pm each Sunday between 2 November 2 and December 7 (and repeated the following Saturday at 7pm.)

The lectures will be available as audio on demand, podcast and mp3 for download from www.abc.net.au/rn/boyerlectures/

The first lecture will be published in full in Monday's edition of The Australian and will also be broadcast on ABC1 on Sunday at 10.15pm.

Obamas Fortress America..What of the US Australian alliance?

Can Rudd stem the rise of fortress America

Piers Akerman
News.com.au
Saturday, November 08, 2008


Without wishing to be too harsh on Barack Obama’s self-satisfied supporters, there are valid reasons Australians must watch this pilgrim’s progress with concern.


In particular, it would be valuable for those who swooned in front of their flat-screen televisions and partisan blog sites to consider the economic situation Obama inherits, particularly the fall-out from the sub-prime crisis, and the make-up of the Democratic Party-controlled Senate and House of Representatives.

Add to those factors the term “Smoot-Hawley’’, and the equation becomes quite unattractive.
Let me explain. No matter what the economically illiterate Kevin Rudd might say, the global financial crisis was not triggered by ``extreme capitalism’’.

Quite the opposite, in fact.
It was set in play by the creeping socialist tendencies of Obama’s Democratic colleagues, who encouraged US mortgage funds to issue loans to individuals who clearly did not have the means to service their debts.

Some of these mortgages became known as NINJA loans - No Income, No Job, No Assets - which is a clear assessment of the recipients’ credit-worthiness.
They were issued to people who could not afford them under the doctrine of fairness that Obama is committed to continue. The doctrine of fairness that precipitated the economic slide.

The US, with around 900,000 people pushed on to the jobless lists this year, is in serious straits.
Obama’s election was, in part, a reaction to this situation, but the tide had been running against the Republicans for years. Which brings in the second part of the sum: Democratic Party control of both Houses of Congress.

For most of his second term, George W. Bush has borne the ire of foot-stamping throngs of outraged celebrities and their hangers-on over US policies, even though he did not have control of the legislature.


That was in the hands of those the self-same star-studded crowd had supported, and it was firmly cemented in their hands after the mid-term election two years ago, when the Democrats won the seats they needed to give them control of the House and Senate for the first time since 1994.

The Democrats captured so much power in the November, 2006 election that it was the first time in US history no Republican won a House, Senate or governorship that had previously been held by a Democrat.
Not only did the Democrats sweep in, but those who did included representatives who are considered far more to the left than the colleagues they joined.

Many were from Rust Belt seats whose industries had shut down as manufacturing migrated to nations with cheaper labour forces, fewer or no trade unions, and less prohibitive environmental legislation.

Think China.
These new numbers naturally meant the Democrats were elevated in status. Nancy Pelosi, again, from the Left of the mainstream Democratic Party, became both the first Californian and the first woman Speaker of the House. The left-wing members of the Democratic Party have more power than they can remember. What they want, and what the Rust Belt members and those from rural areas want, is more protectionism.

They want to see secret ballots for trade unions abolished, they want to see unions rebuilt, they want to see jobs return to the US and they want to see American agriculture given the protection it needs to compete against more efficient producers. Further, these people are ideologues like our own entrenched trade-union leaders, and they want their demands met, irrespective of the effect their agenda will have on the US economy.

The free-trade push that Australia has supported under John Howard and Kevin Rudd is effectively dead in the water.
Under the Obama administration, there will be increasing pressure to return to Fortress America. There aren’t too many Democrats left who support opening up the US economy, and even the Republicans have lost their drive to stand up against protectionism.

The scene isn’t that dissimilar from that in 1930, when, to meet rising calls for protection from
special-interest industrial groups, a piece of legislation known as Smoot-Hawley was passed to enshrine protectionism. It effectively killed economic co-operation among nations and set off a gross contraction in international trade.

Australia, of course, enjoys a very special relationship with the US, but that was enhanced by the powerful bond between John Howard and the outgoing President.
South-east Asia is not a big part of the incoming administration’s area of focus. The State Department has always been divided between the Atlanticists and the Pacifics, and the Atlanticists are in the ascendancy. Europe will again be the principal game for the US.

We can expect the US to go cold on groups such as APEC, although that process will take a few years, and we can expect the enthusiasm for Australia to lessen.
US bureaucrats will be lukewarm about the agreements Australia has secured. They’ll still be there, but we will need to remind the US that they’re in place. Kevin Rudd will have to establish a strong relationship with Barack Obama to keep Australia relevant, but he’ll be struggling to compete with voices from Europe, South America and Central America.

Will Rudd, even with his own impressive command of acronyms and cliches, be able to cut through the anguished bellows of the Rust Belt to win a place for Australia at the Obama table?


Blast from the Past:The Community Reinvestment Act funnels billions to left-wing activists

The Trillion-Dollar Bank Shakedown That Bodes Ill for Cities

City Journal Home.
Howard Husock
The Community Reinvestment Act funnels billions to left-wing activists, while threatening to destabilize lower-middle-class neighborhoods.
Winter 2000 The Clinton administration has turned the Community Reinvestment Act, a once-obscure and lightly enforced banking regulation law, into one of the most powerful mandates shaping American cities—and, as Senate Banking Committee chairman Phil Gramm memorably put it, a vast extortion scheme against the nation's banks. Under its provisions, U.S. banks have committed nearly $1 trillion for inner-city and low-income mortgages and real estate development projects, most of it funneled through a nationwide network of left-wing community groups, intent, in some cases, on teaching their low-income clients that the financial system is their enemy and, implicitly, that government, rather than their own striving, is the key to their well-being.

The CRA's premise sounds unassailable: helping the poor buy and keep homes will stabilize and rebuild city neighborhoods. As enforced today, though, the law portends just the opposite, threatening to undermine the efforts of the upwardly mobile poor by saddling them with neighbors more than usually likely to depress property values by not maintaining their homes adequately or by losing them to foreclosure. The CRA's logic also helps to ensure that inner-city neighborhoods stay poor by discouraging the kinds of investment that might make them better off.

The Act, which Jimmy Carter signed in 1977, grew out of the complaint that urban banks were "redlining" inner-city neighborhoods, refusing to lend to their residents while using their deposits to finance suburban expansion. CRA decreed that banks have "an affirmative obligation" to meet the credit needs of the communities in which they are chartered, and that federal banking regulators should assess how well they do that when considering their requests to merge or to open branches. Implicit in the bill's rationale was a belief that CRA was needed to counter racial discrimination in lending, an assumption that later seemed to gain support from a widely publicized 1990 Federal Reserve Bank of Boston finding that blacks and Hispanics suffered higher mortgage-denial rates than whites, even at similar income levels.

In addition, the Act's backers claimed, CRA would be profitable for banks. They just needed a push from the law to learn how to identify profitable inner-city lending opportunities. Going one step further, the Treasury Department recently asserted that banks that do figure out ways to reach inner-city borrowers might not be able to stop competitors from using similar methods—and therefore would not undertake such marketing in the first place without a push from Washington.

None of these justifications holds up, however, because of the changes that reshaped America's banking industry in the 1990s. Banking in the 1970s, when CRA was passed, was a highly regulated industry in which small, local savings banks, rather than commercial banks, provided most home mortgages. Regulation prohibited savings banks from branching across state lines and sometimes even limited branching within states, inhibiting competition, the most powerful defense against discrimination. With such regulatory protection, savings banks could make a comfortable profit without doing the hard work of finding out which inner-city neighborhoods and borrowers were good risks and which were not. Savings banks also had reason to worry that if they charged inner-city borrowers a higher rate of interest to balance the additional risk of such lending, they might jeopardize the protection from competition they enjoyed. Thanks to these artificially created conditions, some redlining of credit worthy borrowers doubtless occurred.

The insular world of the savings banks collapsed in the early nineties, however, the moment it was exposed to competition. Banking today is a far more wide-open industry, with banks offering mortgages through the Internet, where they compete hotly with aggressive online mortgage companies. Standardized, computer-based scoring systems now rate the creditworthiness of applicants, and the giant, government-chartered Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have helped create huge pools of credit by purchasing mortgage loans and packaging large numbers of them together into securities for sale to bond buyers. With such intense competition for profits and so much money available to lend, it's hard to imagine that banks couldn't instantly figure out how to market to minorities or would resist such efforts for fear of inspiring imitators. Nor has the race discrimination argument for CRA held up. A September 1999 study by Freddie Mac, for instance, confirmed what previous Federal Reserve and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation studies had found: that African-Americans have disproportionate levels of credit problems, which explains why they have a harder time qualifying for mortgage money. As Freddie Mac found, blacks with incomes of $65,000 to $75,000 a year have on average worse credit records than whites making under $25,000.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas had it right when it said—in a paper pointedly entitled "Red Lining or Red Herring?"—"the CRA may not be needed in today's financial environment to ensure all segments of our economy enjoy access to credit." True, some households—those with a history of credit problems, for instance, or those buying homes in neighborhoods where re-selling them might be difficult—may not qualify for loans at all, and some may have to pay higher interest rates, in reflection of higher risk. But higher rates in such situations are balanced by lower house prices. This is not a conspiracy against the poor; it's how markets measure risk and work to make credit available.

Nevertheless, until recently, the CRA didn't matter all that much. During the seventies and eighties, CRA enforcement was perfunctory. Regulators asked banks to demonstrate that they were trying to reach their entire "assessment area" by advertising in minority-oriented newspapers or by sending their executives to serve on the boards of local community groups. The Clinton administration changed this state of affairs dramatically. Ignoring the sweeping transformation of the banking industry since the CRA was passed, the Clinton Treasury Department's 1995 regulations made getting a satisfactory CRA rating much harder. The new regulations de-emphasized subjective assessment measures in favor of strictly numerical ones. Bank examiners would use federal home-loan data, broken down by neighborhood, income group, and race, to rate banks on performance. There would be no more A's for effort. Only results—specific loans, specific levels of service—would count. Where and to whom have home loans been made? Have banks invested in all neighborhoods within their assessment area? Do they operate branches in those neighborhoods?

Crucially, the new CRA regulations also instructed bank examiners to take into account how well banks responded to complaints. The old CRA evaluation process had allowed advocacy groups a chance to express their views on individual banks, and publicly available data on the lending patterns of individual banks allowed activist groups to target institutions considered vulnerable to protest. But for advocacy groups that were in the complaint business, the Clinton administration regulations offered a formal invitation. The National Community Reinvestment Coalition—a foundation-funded umbrella group for community activist groups that profit from the CRA—issued a clarion call to its members in a leaflet entitled "The New CRA Regulations: How Community Groups Can Get Involved." "Timely comments," the NCRC observed with a certain understatement, "can have a strong influence on a bank's CRA rating."

The Clinton administration's get-tough regulatory regime mattered so crucially because bank deregulation had set off a wave of mega-mergers, including the acquisition of the Bank of America by NationsBank, BankBoston by Fleet Financial, and Bankers Trust by Deutsche Bank. Regulatory approval of such mergers depended, in part, on positive CRA ratings. "To avoid the possibility of a denied or delayed application," advises the NCRC in its deadpan tone, "lending institutions have an incentive to make formal agreements with community organizations." By intervening—even just threatening to intervene—in the CRA review process, left-wing nonprofit groups have been able to gain control over eye-popping pools of bank capital, which they in turn parcel out to individual low-income mortgage seekers. A radical group called ACORN Housing has a $760 million commitment from the Bank of New York; the Boston-based Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America has a $3-billion agreement with the Bank of America; a coalition of groups headed by New Jersey Citizen Action has a five-year, $13-billion agreement with First Union Corporation.

Similar deals operate in almost every major U.S. city. Observes Tom Callahan, executive director of the Massachusetts Affordable Housing Alliance, which has $220 million in bank mortgage money to parcel out, "CRA is the backbone of everything we do."

In addition to providing the nonprofits with mortgage money to disburse, CRA allows those organizations to collect a fee from the banks for their services in marketing the loans. The Senate Banking Committee has estimated that, as a result of CRA, $9.5 billion so far has gone to pay for services and salaries of the nonprofit groups involved. To deal with such groups and to produce CRA compliance data for regulators, banks routinely establish separate CRA departments. A CRA consultant industry has sprung up to assist them.

New financial-services firms offer to help banks that think they have a CRA problem make quick "investments" in packaged portfolios of CRA loans to get into compliance.

The result of all this activity, argues the CEO of one midsize bank, is that "banks are promising to make loans they would have made anyway, with some extra aggressiveness on risky mortgages thrown in." Many bankers—and even some CRA advocates—share his view. As one Fed economist puts it, the assertion that CRA was needed to force banks to see profitable lending opportunities is "like saying you need the rooster to tell the sun to come up. It was going to happen anyway." And indeed, a survey of the lending policies of Chicago-area mortgage companies by a CRA-connected community group, the Woodstock Institute, found "a tendency to lend in a wide variety of neighborhoods"—even though the CRA doesn't apply to such lenders.

If loans that win banks good CRA ratings were going to be made anyway, and if most of those loans are profitable, should CRA, even if redundant, bother anyone? Yes: because the CRA funnels billions of investment dollars through groups that understand protest and political advocacy but not marketing or finance. This amateur delivery system for investment capital already shows signs that it may be going about its business unwisely. And a quiet change in CRA's mission—so that it no longer directs credit only to specific places, as Congress mandated, but also to low- and moderate-income home buyers, wherever they buy their property—greatly extends the area where these groups can cause damage.

There is no more important player in the CRA-inspired mortgage industry than the Boston-based Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America. Chief executive Bruce Marks has set out to become the Wal-Mart of home mortgages for lower-income households. Using churches and radio advertising to reach borrowers, he has made NACA a brand name nationwide, with offices in 21 states, and he plans to double that number within a year. With "delegated underwriting authority" from the banks, NACA itself—not the banks—determines whether a mortgage applicant is qualified, and it closes sales right in its own offices. It expects to close 5,000 mortgages next year, earning a $2,000 origination fee on each. Its annual budget exceeds $10 million.

Marks, a Scarsdale native, NYU MBA, and former Federal Reserve employee, unabashedly calls himself a "bank terrorist"—his public relations spokesman laughingly refers to him as "the shark, the predator," and the NACA newspaper is named the Avenger. They're not kidding: bankers so fear the tactically brilliant Marks for his ability to disrupt annual meetings and even target bank executives' homes that they often call him to make deals before they announce any plans that will put them in CRA's crosshairs. A $3 billion loan commitment by Nationsbank, for instance, well in advance of its announced merger with Bank of America, "was a preventive strike," says one NACA spokesman.

Marks is unhesitatingly candid about his intent to use NACA to promote an activist, left-wing political agenda.

NACA loan applicants must attend a workshop that celebrates—to the accompaniment of gospel music—the protests that have helped the group win its bank lending agreements. If applicants do buy a home through NACA, they must pledge to assist the organization in five "actions" annually—anything from making phone calls to full-scale "mobilizations" against target banks, "mau-mauing" them, as sixties' radicals used to call it. "NACA believes in aggressive grassroots advocacy," says its Homebuyer's Workbook.

The NACA policy agenda embraces the whole universe of financial institutions. It advocates tough federal usury laws, restrictions on the information that banks can provide to credit-rating services, financial sanctions against banks with poor CRA ratings even if they're not about to merge or branch, and the extension of CRA requirements to insurance companies and other financial institutions. But Marks's political agenda reaches far beyond finance. He wants, he says, to do whatever he can to ensure that "working people have good jobs at good wages." The home mortgage business is his tool for political organizing: the Homebuyer's Workbook contains a voter registration application and states that "NACA's mission of neighborhood stabilization is based on participation in the political process. To participate you must register to vote." Marks plans to install a high-capacity phone system that can forward hundreds of calls to congressional offices—"or Phil Gramm's house"—to buttress NACA campaigns. The combination of an army of "volunteers" and a voter registration drive portends (though there is no evidence of this so far) that someday CRA-related funds and Marks's troop of CRA borrowers might end up fueling a host of Democratic candidacies. During the Reagan years, the Right used to talk of cutting off the flow of federal funds to left-liberal groups, a goal called "defunding the Left"; through the CRA, the Clinton administration has found a highly effective way of doing exactly the opposite, funneling millions to NACA or to outfits like ACORN, which advocates a nationalized health-care system, "people before profits at the utilities," and a tax code based "solely on the ability to pay."

Whatever his long-term political goals, Marks may well reshape urban and suburban neighborhoods because of the terms on which NACA qualifies prospective home buyers. While most CRA-supported borrowers would doubtless find loans in today's competitive mortgage industry, a small percentage would not, and NACA welcomes such buyers with open arms. "Our job," says Marks, "is to push the envelope." Accordingly, he gladly lends to people with less than $3,000 in savings, or with checkered credit histories or significant debt.

Many of his borrowers are single-parent heads of household. Such borrowers are, Marks believes, fundamentally oppressed and at permanent disadvantage, and therefore society must adjust its rules for them. Hence, NACA's most crucial policy decision: it requires no down payments whatsoever from its borrowers. A down-payment requirement, based on concern as to whether a borrower can make payments, is—when applied to low-income minority buyers—"patronizing and almost racist," Marks says.

This policy—"America's best mortgage program for working people," NACA calls it—is an experiment with extraordinarily high risks. There is no surer way to destabilize a neighborhood than for its new generation of home buyers to lack the means to pay their mortgages—which is likely to be the case for a significant percentage of those granted a no-down-payment mortgage based on their low-income classification rather than their good credit history. Even if such buyers do not lose their homes, they are a group more likely to defer maintenance on their properties, creating the problems that lead to streets going bad and neighborhoods going downhill. Stable or increasing property values grow out of the efforts of many; one unpainted house, one sagging porch, one abandoned property is a threat to the work of dozens, because such signs of neglect discourage prospective buyers.

A no-down-payment policy reflects a belief that poor families should qualify for home ownership because they are poor, in contrast to the reality that some poor families are prepared to make the sacrifices necessary to own property, and some are not. Keeping their distance from those unable to save money is a crucial means by which upwardly mobile, self-sacrificing people establish and maintain the value of the homes they buy. If we empower those with bad habits, or those who have made bad decisions, to follow those with good habits to better neighborhoods—thanks to CRA's new emphasis on lending to low-income borrowers no matter where they buy their homes—those neighborhoods will not remain better for long.

Because many of the activists' big-money deals with the banks are so new, no one knows for sure exactly which neighborhoods the community groups are flooding with CRA-related mortgages and what effect they are having on those neighborhoods. But some suggestive early returns are available from Massachusetts, where CRA-related advocacy has flourished for more than a decade. A study for a consortium of banks and community groups found that during the 1990s home purchases financed by nonprofit lenders have overwhelmingly not been in the inner-city areas where redlining had been suspected. Instead, 41 percent of all the loans went to the lower-middle-class neighborhoods of Hyde Park, Roslindale, and Dorchester Center/Codman Square—Boston's equivalent of New York's borough of Queens—and additional loans went to borrowers moving to the suburbs. In other words, CRA lending appears to be helping borrowers move out of inner-city neighborhoods into better-off areas. Similarly, not-yet-published data from the state-funded Massachusetts Housing Partnership show that many new Dorchester Center, Roslindale, and Hyde Park home buyers came from much poorer parts of the city, such as the Roxbury ghetto. Florence Higgins, a home-ownership counsellor for the Massachusetts Affordable Housing Alliance, confirms the trend, noting that many buyers she counsels lived in subsidized rental apartments prior to buying their homes.

This CRA-facilitated migration makes the mortgage terms of groups like NACA particularly troubling. In a September 1999 story, the Wall Street Journal reported, based on a review of court documents by Boston real estate analyst John Anderson, that the Fleet Bank initiated foreclosure proceedings against 4 percent of loans made for Fleet by NACA in 1994 and 1995—a rate four times the industry average. Overextended buyers don't always get much help from their nonprofit intermediaries, either: Boston radio station WBUR reported in July that home buyers in danger of losing their homes had trouble getting their phone calls returned by the ACORN Housing group.

NACA frankly admits that it is willing to run these risks. It emphasizes the virtues of the counselling programs it offers (like all CRA groups) to prepare its typical buyer—"a hotel worker with an income of $25K and probably some past credit problems," says a NACA spokesman—and it operates what it calls a "neighborhood stabilization fund" on which buyers who fall behind on payments can draw. But Bruce Marks says that he would consider a low foreclosure rate to be a problem. "If we had a foreclosure rate of 1 percent, that would just prove we were skimming," he says. Accordingly, in mid-1999, 8.2 percent of the mortgages NACA had arranged with the Fleet Bank were delinquent, compared with the national average of 1.9 percent.

"Considering our clientele," Marks asserts, "nine out of ten would have to be considered a success."

The no-down-payment policy has sparked so sharp a division within the CRA industry that the National Community Reinvestment Coalition has expelled Bruce Marks and NACA from its ranks over it. The precipitating incident: when James Johnson, then CEO of Fannie Mae, made a speech to NCRC members on the importance of down payments to keep mortgage-backed securities easily salable, NACA troops, in keeping with the group's style of personalizing disputes, distributed pictures of Johnson, captioned: "I make $6 million a year, and I can afford a down payment. Why can't you?" Says Josh Silver, research director of NCRC: "There is no quicker way to undermine CRA than through bad loans." NCRC represents hundreds of smallish community groups, many of which do insist on down payments—and many of which make loans in the same neighborhoods as NACA and understand the risk its philosophy poses. Still, whenever NACA opens a new branch office, it will be difficult for the nonprofits already operating in that area to avoid matching its come-one, come-all terms.

Even without a no-down-payment policy, the pressure on banks to make CRA-related loans may be leading to foreclosures. Though bankers generally cheerlead for CRA out of fear of being branded racists if they do not, the CEO of one midsize bank grumbles that 20 percent of his institution's CRA-related mortgages, which required only $500 down payments, were delinquent in their very first year, and probably 7 percent will end in foreclosure. "The problem with CRA," says an executive with a major national financial-services firm, "is that banks will simply throw money at things because they want that CRA rating." From the banks' point of view, CRA lending is simply a price of doing business—even if some of the mortgages must be written off.

The growth in very large banks—ones most likely to sign major CRA agreements—also means that those advancing the funds for CRA loans are less likely to have to worry about the effects of those loans going bad: such loans will be a small portion of their lending portfolios.

Looking into the future gives further cause for concern: "The bulk of these loans," notes a Federal Reserve economist, "have been made during a period in which we have not experienced an economic downturn."

The Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America's own success stories make you wonder how much CRA-related carnage will result when the economy cools. The group likes to promote, for instance, the story of Renea Swain-Price, grateful for NACA's negotiating on her behalf with Fleet Bank to prevent foreclosure when she fell behind on a $1,400 monthly mortgage payment on her three-family house in Dorchester. Yet NACA had no qualms about arranging the $137,500 mortgage in the first place, notwithstanding the fact that Swain-Price's husband was in prison, that she'd had previous credit problems, and that the monthly mortgage payment constituted more than half her monthly salary. The fact that NACA has arranged an agreement to forestall foreclosure does not inspire confidence that she will have the resources required to maintain her aging frame house: her new monthly payment, in recognition of previously missed payments, is $1,879.

Even if all the CRA-related loans marketed by nonprofits were to turn out fine, the CRA system is still troubling. Like affirmative action, it robs the creditworthy of the certain knowledge that they have qualified by dint of their own effort for a first home mortgage, a milestone in any family's life. At the same time, it sends the message that this most important milestone has been provided through the beneficence of government, devaluing individual accomplishment. Perhaps the Clinton White House sees this as a costless way to use the banking system to create a new crop of passionate Democratic loyalists, convinced that CRA has delivered them from an uncaring Mammon—when, in all likelihood, banks would have been eager to have most of them as customers, regulation or not.

CRA also serves to enforce misguided views about how cities should develop, or redevelop. Consider the "investment" criterion—the loans to commercial borrowers rather than individual home buyers—that constitutes 25 percent of the record on which banks are judged in their compliance review. The Comptroller of the Currency's office makes clear that it is not interested in just any sort of investment in so-called underserved neighborhoods. Investment in a new apartment building or shopping center might not count, if it would help change a poor neighborhood into a more prosperous one, or if it is not directly aimed at serving those of low income. Regulators want banks to invest in housing developments built through nonprofit community development corporations. Banks not only receive CRA credit for such
"investment"—which they can make anywhere in the country, not just in their backyard—but they also receive corporate tax credits for it, through the Low Income Housing Tax Credit. Banks have little incentive to make sure such projects are well managed, since they get their tax credits and CRA credits up front.

This investment policy misunderstands what is good for cities and for the poor. Cities that are alive are cities in flux, with neighborhoods rising and falling, as tastes and economies change. This ceaseless flux is a process, as Jane Jacobs brilliantly described it in The Economy of Cities, that fuels investment, creates jobs, and sparks innovative adaptation of older buildings to new purposes. Those of modest means benefit both from the new jobs and from being able to rent or purchase homes in once-expensive neighborhoods that take on new roles. The idea that it is necessary to flash-freeze certain neighborhoods and set them aside for the poor threatens to disrupt urban vitality and the renewal that comes from the individual plans and efforts of a city's people.

But keeping these neighborhoods forever poor is the CRA vision. CRA will help virtually any lower-income family that can come close to affording a mortgage payment to purchase a home, often in a non-poor neighborhood. Thanks to CRA-driven bank investment, poor neighborhoods would then fill up with subsidized rental complexes, presumably for those poor families who can't earn enough even to get a subsidized, easy credit mortgage. The effects of all this could be to undermine lower-middle-class neighborhoods by introducing families not prepared for home ownership into them and to leave behind poor neighborhoods in which low-income apartments, filled with the worst-off and least competent, stand alone—hardly a recipe for renewal.

It will take a Republican president to change or abolish CRA, so firmly wedded to it is the Clinton administration and so powerfully does it serve Democratic Party interests. When Senator Gramm attacked the CRA for its role in funding advocacy groups and for the burden it imposes on banks, the Clinton administration fought back furiously, willing to let the crucial Financial Services Modernization Act, to which Gramm had attached his CRA changes, die, unless Gramm dropped demands that, for instance, CRA reviews become less frequent. In the end, Gramm, despite his key position as the chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs (even the committee's name reflects a CRA consciousness) and his willingness to hold repeal of the Glass-Steagal Act hostage to CRA reform, could only manage to require community groups to make public their agreements with banks, disclosing the size of their loan commitments and fees.

A new president should push for outright abolition of the CRA. Failing that, he could simply instruct the Treasury to roll back the compliance criteria to their more relaxed, pre-Clintonian level. But to make the case for repeal—and ensure that some future Democratic president couldn't simply reimpose Clinton's rules—he might test the basic premise of the Community Reinvestment Act: that the banking industry serves the rich, not the poor. He could carry out a controlled experiment requiring no CRA lending in six Federal Reserve districts, while CRA remains in force in six others. A comparison of lending records would show whether there is any real case for CRA. In addition, CRA regulators should require nonprofit groups with large
CRA-related loan commitments to track and report foreclosure and delinquency rates. For it is these that will reflect the true threat that CRA poses, a threat to the health of cities.

On November 4 2008, one of the arsonist's, who actively lit and stoked the fires that burnt under the fabric of American society,Barack Hussein Obama shows up with a fire hose and a carpet bag full of United Nations socialist solutions to put out the fire he and his financiers and supporters started, the American voters fell for it, just as Australian voters did on November 24 2007 in exchange for our very own Messiah of "change" our very own champion of " working families" I just hope that for America's sake that your Messiah, Oprah's "The One" Islams boy,does not do to America what Australia's "Messiah of change" "I have never been a Socialist" Australian Labor Party (Socialist left) PM Kevin Rudd and his Union financed political party are doing to Australia.

The Obama "K Street Project"

UNPRECEDENTED AND SECRETIVE (The Obama team's secretive K Street Project.)

The American Prowler
FreeRepublic.com
11/07/08

Lost amid all of the jubilation of the Obama victory was the announcement by the Obama transition team that it had set up a separate transition program beyond the one that is paid for by the American taxpayer.

Called the "Obama/Biden Transition Project," it is a 501(c)4 tax-exempt organization, with no limits on the contributions it can receive and no requirements to divulge the names of individuals or organizations that give it money.

Traditionally, the victorious campaign has set up inaugural funds, as well as funds to deal with legal costs and other expenses to close down the campaign.

Others have set up quasi-corporate offices to deal with transition issues, such as in 2000, when, with the election in doubt, the Bush-Cheney team set up a private transition office in McLean, Virginia, covering the costs from campaign contributions and other fundraising. Ultimately, the federal government, headed by the Government Services Administration, covers the cost of the transition staff, providing it with office space and all equipment.

No one is certain that any political organization has ever set up a tax-exempt entity that would be shrouded in such secrecy, particularly when Obama claimed he would be more transparent about the way things were done.

"To my knowledge, it's never been done, and people should be asking why the Obama people chose to do it this way," says a longtime Washington Republican, who has been involved in transitions for the Reagan and Bush campaign teams.

According to an Obama campaign staffer who is being retained for the transition and inauguration planning, the "project" is intended not only to identify personnel for the Obama Administration, but to then send those project employees who know all of the senior staff in the various Cabinet departments and federal agencies out into the corporate and lobbying community to leverage those contacts.

"It's taking the old 'K Street Project' that Republicans had and doing it twice as fast and on steroids," explains the aide.

"So, if you have a Project aide working on Commerce Department transition, that Project aide will be more likely to get a senior lobbying job because of all those connections at Commerce. That former Project aide will also be able raise more money for Democrats in this town and help others with jobs and such."

As well, the nonprofit may also serve as a haven for Obama supporters and campaign loyalists who for one reason or another can't be employed by the Administration or in the federal government.

"There are some people who have been with us from the beginning who are clearly political liabilities or who won't be able to qualify for a job, say, because they can't get a security clearance," says another aide, who was unaware of the unique Obama transition project's tax status.

President elect, Mr Barack Obam's "Civilian National Security Force" wannabee at work in the classroom

North Carolina Teacher Caught on Tape Teaching Pro-Obama Lessons.

Video shows North Carolina elementary school teacher harshly questioning a student in class for supporting John McCain

By Maxim Lott
FOXNews.com
Friday, November 07, 2008

The election may be over, but more allegations of political bias in public schools are surfacing.


A North Carolina superintendent said Friday that he was "shocked" after viewing video footage of an elementary school teacher harshly questioning a student in class for supporting John McCain.

William Harrison, superintendent of Cumberland County Schools in Fayetteville, has launched an investigation of the teacher, Diatha Harris, and has promised to bring disciplinary action.

In a video produced by a Swedish production company and posted on YouTube, Harris is seen asking her elementary school students whom they support for president. She tells them that they can support whomever they want, but when one student says John McCain, Harris responds derisively, "Oh my, John McCain." When another student said she supports McCain, Harris replies, "Oh Jesus, John McCain."



Harris also asks a female student to explain why she supports Obama, to which the student replies that Obama meant change -- such as ending the war in Iraq.

"So in other words, Barack is going to end that war in Iraq," Harris said before turning to a girl who had announced her support for McCain. "Now talk to me, because your dad is in the military. Talk."

The student doesn't say anything, but Harris goes on.

"It's a senseless war. And by the way, the person that you're picking for president said that our troops could stay in Iraq for another hundred years if they need to," Harris said. "So that means that your daddy could stay in the military for another hundred years."

Public school teachers are allowed to discuss politics in the classroom but are required by law to present issues from all political sides and not press agendas.

Harrison said he found the military aspect of the interaction especially worrying and promised to take action.

"Most disconcerting was the military slant that made its way into this discussion. We are a military community, serving over 15,000 military students and their families. We value the sacrifices, not only of the military parents but also those of their families," he wrote Friday in a statement on the Cumberland County Schools' Web site.

He continued: "Please be assured that the actions exhibited in this video are not consistent with the vision of the CCS. Moreover, the actions of one teacher do not represent the 7000 employees in our organization."

The video was part of "From Bill to Barack," a Swedish documentary that followed up with average Americans who had been thrown into the spotlight in the 1992 election. Harris was featured because her ex-husband, Roy Harris, had convinced former President Bush to come into his North Carolina living room and tell his children what he had done for them.

Harrison said that once the video was brought to his attention, he immediately launched an investigation. "Personnel laws prevent me from releasing information regarding individual employees and personnel action taken. I can assure you that upon completion of the investigation, I will take appropriate action," he said.

A receptionist at Mary McArthur Elementary School said that Harris did not want to comment on the case. Wanda McPhaul, Assistant Superintendent of Cumberland County Schools, said that she would not release the name of the student involved or pass a message on to the family.

This wasn't the first time the 2008 presidential election became fodder for an education controversy.

In October, an eighth-grade literature textbook used in public schools came under fire for including pages featuring Barack Obama's 1995 autobiography, "Dreams on My Father."

And a video came out in October titled "Obama Youth --Junior Fraternity Regiment," in which African American students marched into a classroom and repeated a mantra about how Obama had inspired them. The display was organized by a teacher at the Urban Community Leadership Academy, a public charter school.

In September, a school came under fire for suspending an 11-year-old boy because he wore an anti-Obama shirt to school.

If only the little girl who was the subject of this "teachers" vilification had of thought to leap to her feet and sing the "song to Obama" (Americas soon to be new national anthem ?) she perhaps would have been spared the attack from the caring,sharing and all wise Obama "Civilian National Security Force" wannabee member.
The Victim of the Obama Nazi's assault, looks decidedly uncomfortable as she endures the verbal assault / ridicule from her classroom Obama Nazi, "teacher" much to the apparent amusement of a fellow classmate... Home schooling looks better every day.
There has to be a million dollar + law suit against this disgraceful grub and her attack upon this little girl, this Obama gestapo groupie should be dragged from the classroom by the short and curlies and publicly flogged for her pathetic cowardly assault upon this young girl.
Children are sent to school to be educated not to be indoctrinated irrespective of how unpalatable that concept is to the Teachers Unions in the USA and around the world.

Teachers !!!!!! Leave our kids alone!!!! .....or be prepared to pay the price in and out of the court room .... Nazi Obama bastards F**K OFF!!!! the manifestations of your ideology are already in place in China, Iran,Cuba,North Korea and most of Africa, piss off to any of the fore mentioned where you will find Obama's grand vision of an equal and perfect political system and society, you will not be troubled by the burden's of conscience or free thought,imagination, personal aspirations values or belief's you will simply have to obey.

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