NO ONE PERFORMS LIKE BARACK OBAMA!
HE'S STILL DOING HIS STAGED PRODUCTION OF "CHANGE"!
ISN’T OBAMA REALLY JUST A WORSE VERSION BUSH THIRD TERM??
“Despite the bitter
recriminations and mudslinging between the parties, what dominates the 2012
elections is the inability of either party to offer any proposals to address
mass unemployment and mounting poverty. They have no differences on the need to
destroy the living standards of working people, wage aggressive war and gut
democratic rights in an attempt to halt the decline of American capitalism and
protect the wealth of the financial elite.”
OBAMA’S HISPANICAZATION of AMERICA
– THE NATION HE SEEMS TO HATE!
The American “left” and Obama’s
State of the Union address
By Janel Flechsig
7 February 2012
response of representatives of left-liberal and pseudo-socialist circles to
Barack Obama’s January 24 State of the Union address confirms their role as
adjuncts of the Democratic Party and supporters of Obama’s reelection campaign.
speech itself was as dishonest and cynical as it was reactionary. Billed as a
populist response to the economic crisis, it was nothing of the sort. Rather,
it was an exercise in jingoism, economic nationalism, and election year myth-making.
Its centerpiece was Obama’s blueprint for an “economy built to last,” with the
supposed success of the auto bailout as its model.
What Obama did not mention is
that the revival of US auto industry profits is based entirely on the abolition
of decent wages and benefits for auto workers and the establishment of
poverty-level wages as the benchmark for American manufacturing. His auto task
force imposed a 50 percent pay cut for all newly hired General Motors and
Chrysler workers, along with a no-strike clause and drastic cuts in benefits
for new workers as well as retirees.
REPEATEDLY REMOVED BORDER GUARDS ON THE NARCOMEX BORDER TO ASSURE HIS LA RAZA
PARTY BASE EASY MOVEMENT BACK AND FORTH OVER
OUR BORDERS. THE MEXICAN DRUG CARTELS ENDORSE OBAMA’S OPEN &
UNDEFENDED BORDERS AGENDA FOR THAT REASON. IT’S ALL ABOUT KEEPING WAGES
DEPRESSED FOR HIS WALL ST PAYMASTERS. )
economic plan was, moreover, presented within the context of a celebration of
American militarism. Obama praised the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan and
the murder of Muamar Gaddafi, as well as extra-judicial drone assassinations in
Africa and the Middle East. He threatened China with economic war, Syria with
diplomatic war and Iran with military attack. He concluded by invoking the Navy
SEAL hit squad that assassinated Osama bin Laden as the apotheosis of American
values and a model for US society as a whole.
Corn, former Washington editor of the Nation who now heads the
Washington bureau of Mother Jones magazine, published a full-throated
endorsement of Obama’s speech almost immediately after it was delivered.
Perhaps the most revealing aspect of Corn’s rave review was his enthusiastic
response to Obama’s appalling peroration.
did not cite this success [the murder of bin Laden] as a reply to GOP charges
that he's an appeasing wuss,” Corn wrote. “Instead, he used it like a
national-security version of an Amish barn-raising—defining the American story
as one of communal action: We’re not individual actors being bounced around by
market forces; we band together for the greater good. It’s worth a read.”
are the words of a man who, whatever connections he may have once had to
anti-war and anti-imperialist sentiments, has joined the camp of American
imperialism body and soul. His transition is not simply that of an individual.
He represents an entire milieu of middle-class ex-radicals and liberals who
have benefited personally and financially from decades of political reaction
and attacks on working class living standards. This affluent social layer has
grown alienated from and hostile to the working class.
is fundamentally what underlies Corn’s enthusiasm for Obama and his economic
blueprint. “The 2012 race,” he writes, “is shaping up as a titanic face-off
between a president who advocates using government to bolster the economy and
address inequities and Republicans who have one answer to everything: Smother
government and let the markets run free. In his speech, Obama called for ‘great
projects.’ Republicans call for no projects—that is, nothing outside the
private sector. This is a damn clear contrast.”
claim that there exist huge policy differences between the Democrats and the
Republicans is a rather obvious lie, and he knows it. Despite the bitter recriminations and mudslinging between the parties,
what dominates the 2012 elections is the inability of either party to offer any
proposals to address mass unemployment and mounting poverty. They have no
differences on the need to destroy the living standards of working people, wage
aggressive war and gut democratic rights in an attempt to halt the decline of
American capitalism and protect the wealth of the financial elite.
Corn continues, “is pitching a patriotic, quasi-populist progressivism (while
conceding the need for deficit reduction and government cost efficiencies).” A
“progressivism” based on austerity and chauvinism—such is the reactionary
program applauded by Corn.
editorial posted January 25 on the web site of the International Socialist
Organization (ISO) likewise tail-ends Obama, although in a less overt and crude
manner. Perhaps the most remarkable aspect of this multi-page excavation of the
speech is what it does not talk about. It mentions neither the wage-cutting
that underlies Obama’s economic plan for manufacturing nor the sinister
militarism of the speech.
basic outlook is summed up in the first lines of the statement: “Barack Obama
talked tough about Wall Street in his State of the Union speech. But look
behind the rhetoric, and his economic proposals fall short of what’s needed.”
timid and empty swipes at Wall Street—meant to obscure a policy that is
dictated by the banks and corporations—evidently impress the ISO. But his
proposals “fall short.” This formulation is significant. It is not a matter of
a brutal anti-working class offensive, but rather a positive program that just
doesn’t go far enough. This, of course, implies that Obama and the Democrats
can be pushed by applying more pressure from below to go further and carry out
genuinely progressive policies. Here, in a nutshell, is the ISO’s real
perspective of channeling popular opposition behind the Democrats and Obama’s
is spelled out more explicitly in the following passage:
some extent, the sharper edge in Obama’s speech is another result of the rise
of the Occupy movement and its impact on US politics. Even mainstream
Washington politicians have had to acknowledge the increasingly vocal
discontent about a society divided between the super-rich 1 percent at the top
and the rest of us. This shift has been a breath of fresh air…”
other words, the Occupy protests have shifted Obama and the Democrats to the
left, proving the efficacy of a perspective that rejects a break with the two
parties of big business and the development of an independent movement of the
working class fighting for socialism.
is frequently the case with this supposedly socialist tendency, the editorial
concludes with a formal injunction not to “place any hopes in the Democrats”
and an assertion of the need to “remain independent of both capitalist
parties.” This, however, is rhetorical window dressing for a political
orientation and practice aimed at promoting illusions in the Democrats and
their allied organizations, beginning with the trade unions.
United States is entering a new period of great class struggles. This is,
moreover, an international phenomenon. It is driven by a historic crisis of
American and world capitalism and the increasingly obvious failure of the
profit system. Millions are beginning to recognize that this system and all of
its political parties and representatives have nothing to offer except war,
depression and the destruction of democratic rights. They are looking for an
alternative and moving into struggle.
single-minded focus of left-liberals and fake-socialists such as the ISO is to
prevent the emergence of an independent movement of the working class fighting
for a socialist program. They are not opponents of the capitalist status quo,
but rather its left flank of defenders.
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We could cut unemployment in half simply by reclaiming the jobs
taken by illegal workers,” said Representative Lamar Smith of
Texas, co-chairman of the Reclaim American Jobs Caucus. “President Obama is on
the wrong side of the American people on immigration. The president should
support policies that help citizens and legal immigrants find the jobs they
need and deserve rather than fail to enforce immigration laws.”
rejection of any serious jobs program is part of a conscious class war policy.
Two years after the financial crisis and the multi-trillion dollar bailout of
the banks, the administration is spearheading a campaign by corporations to
sharply increase the exploitation of the working class, using the “new normal”
of mass unemployment to force workers to accept lower wages, longer hours, and
more brutal working conditions.” WSWS.ORG
“The principal beneficiaries of our current
immigration policy are affluent Americans who hire immigrants at substandard
wages for low-end work. Harvard economist George Borjas estimates that American
workers lose $190 billion annually in depressed wages caused by the constant flooding
of the labor market at the low-wage end.” Christian Science Monitor
The U.S. Department of Illegal Alien Labor
President Obama's Labor Secretary Hilda
Solis is supposed to represent American workers. What you need to know is that
this longtime open–borders sympathizer has always had a rather radical
definition of "American." At a Latino voter registration project
conference in Los Angeles many years ago, Solis asserted to thunderous
applause, "We are all Americans, whether you are legalized or not."
That's right. The woman in charge of enforcing our employment laws doesn't
give a hoot about our immigration laws –– or about the fundamental distinction
between those who followed the rules in pursuit of the American dream and those
While in Congress, she opposed strengthening the border fence, supported
expansion of illegal alien benefits (including driver's licenses and in–state
tuition discounts), embraced sanctuary cities that refused to cooperate with
federal homeland security officials to enforce immigration laws, and
aggressively championed a mass amnesty. Solis was steeped in the pro–illegal
alien worker organizing movement in Southern California and was buoyed by
amnesty–supporting Big Labor groups led by the Service Employees International
Union. She has now caused a Capitol Hill firestorm over her new taxpayer–funded
advertising and outreach campaign to illegal aliens regarding fair wages:
"I'm here to tell you that your president, your secretary of labor and this
department will not allow anyone to be denied his or her rightful pay ––
especially when so many in our nation are working long, hard and often
dangerous hours," Solis says in the video pitch. "We can help, and we
will help. If you work in this country, you are protected by our laws. And you
can count on the U.S. Department of Labor to see to it that those protections
work for you."
To be sure, no one should be scammed out of "fair wages." Employers
that hire and exploit illegal immigrant workers deserve full sanctions and
punishment. But it's the timing, tone–deafness and underlying blanket amnesty
agenda of Solis' illegal alien outreach that has so many American workers and
their representatives on Capitol Hill rightly upset.
With double–digit unemployment and a growing nationwide revolt over
Washington's border security failures, why has Solis chosen now to hire 250 new
government field investigators to bolster her illegal alien workers' rights
campaign? (Hint: Leftists unhappy with Obama's lack of progress on
"comprehensive immigration reform" need appeasing. This is a quick
bone to distract them.)
Unfortunately, the federal government is not alone in lavishing attention and
resources on workers who shouldn't be here in the first place. As of 2008, California,
Florida, Nevada, New York, Texas and Utah all expressly included illegal aliens
in their state workers' compensation plans –– and more than a dozen other
states implicitly cover them.
Solis' public service announcement comes
on the heels of little–noticed but far more troubling comments encouraging
illegal alien workers in the Gulf Coast. Earlier this month, in the aftermath
of the BP oil spill, according to Spanish language publication El Diario La
Prensa, Solis signaled that her department was going out of its way to shield
illegal immigrant laborers involved in cleanup efforts. "My purpose is to
assist the workers with respect to safety and protection," she said.
"We're protecting all workers regardless of migration status because
that's the federal law." She told reporters that her department was in
talks with local Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials who had
visited coastal worksites to try to verify that workers were legal.
No word yet on whether she gave ICE her "we are all Americans,
whether you are legalized or not" lecture. But it's a safe bet.
Administration's Phantom Immigration Enforcement Policy
to DHS’s own reports, very little of our nation’s borders (Southwestern or
otherwise) are secure, and gaining control is not even a goal of the
Published on 12/07/2009
setting was not quite the flight deck of the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln with a
“Mission Accomplished” banner as the backdrop, but it was the next best thing.
Speaking at the Center for American Progress (CAP) on Nov. 13, Homeland
Security Secretary Janet Napolitano declared victory over illegal immigration
and announced that the Obama administration is ready to move forward with a
mass amnesty for the millions of illegal aliens already living in the United
the Obama administration’s case for amnesty, Napolitano laid out what she
described as the “three-legged stool” for immigration reform. As the
administration views it, immigration reform must include “a commitment to
serious and effective enforcement, improved legal flows for families and
workers, and a firm but fair way to deal with those who are already here.”
that a lack of confidence in the government’s ability and commitment to
effectively enforce the immigration laws it passes proved to be the Waterloo of
previous efforts to gain amnesty for illegal aliens, Napolitano was quick to
reassure the American public that those concerns could be put to rest.
starters, the security of the Southwest border has been transformed from where
it was in 2007,” stated the secretary. Not only is the border locked up tight,
she continued, but the situation is well in-hand in the interior of the country
as well. “We’ve also shown that the government is serious and strategic in its
approach to enforcement by making changes in how we enforce the law in the
interior of the country and at worksites…Furthermore, we’ve transformed
worksite enforcement to truly address the demand side of illegal immigration.”
Rep. Joe Wilson had been in attendance to hear Secretary Napolitano’s CAP
speech he might well have had a few choice comments to offer. But since he
wasn’t, we will have to rely on the Department of Homeland Security’s own data
to assess the veracity of Napolitano’s claims.
to DHS’s own reports, very little of our nation’s borders (Southwestern or
otherwise) are secure, and gaining control is not even a goal of the
department. DHS claims to have “effective control” over just 894 miles of
border. That’s 894 out of 8,607 miles they are charged with protecting. As for
the other 7,713 miles? DHS’s stated border security goal for FY 2010 is the
same 894 miles.
administration’s strategic approach to interior and worksite enforcement is
just as chimerical as its strategy at the border, unless one considers
shuffling paper to be a strategy. DHS data, released November 18, show that
administrative arrests of immigration law violators fell by 68 percent between
2008 and 2009. The department also carried out 60 percent fewer arrests for
criminal violations of immigration laws, 58 percent fewer criminal indictments,
and won 63 percent fewer convictions.
the official unemployment rate has climbed from 7.6 percent when President
Obama took office in January to 10 percent today, the administration’s worksite
enforcement strategy has amounted to a bureaucratic game of musical chairs. The
administration has all but ended worksite enforcement actions and replaced them
with paperwork audits. When the audits determine that illegal aliens are on the
payroll, employers are given the opportunity to fire them with little or no
adverse consequence to the company, while no action is taken to remove the
illegal workers from the country. The illegal workers simply acquire a new set
of fraudulent documents and move on to the next employer seeking workers
willing to accept substandard wages.
Janet Napolitano’s alternative reality a mere 10 percent of our borders under
“effective control” and sharp declines in arrests and prosecutions of
immigration lawbreakers may be construed as confidence builders, but it is hard
to imagine that the American public is going to see it that way. If anything,
the administration’s record has left the public less confident that promises of
future immigration enforcement would be worth the government paper they’re
Americans scrutinize the administration’s plans to overhaul immigration policy,
they are likely to find little in the “three-legged stool” being offered that
they like or trust. The first leg – enforcement – the administration has all
but sawed off. The second – increased admissions of extended family members and
workers – makes little sense with some 25 million Americans either unemployed
or relegated to part-time work. And the third – amnesty for millions of illegal
aliens – is anathema to their sense of justice and fair play.
Americans well know, declaring “Mission Accomplished” and actually
accomplishing a mission are two completely different things. When it comes to
enforcing immigration laws, the only message the public is receiving from this
administration is “Mission Aborted.”
IS OBAMA REALLY THINKING OF “ECONOMIC IMPERATIVES”? OR THE
ILLEGALS’ VOTES? WHAT DOES IT SAY ABOUT A PRESIDENT THAT HISPANDERS FOR ILLEGAL
VOTES? THE ARE SIMPLY JOKES?
In a speech at the Chamizal National Memorial, Obama also
sought to link the challenge of illegal immigration with another major
political concern: economic anxiety. He said immigration reform "is an
economic imperative."… “ECONOMIC IMPERATIVE” FOR WHOM? LET’S LOOK AT THE
FACTS WE WILL NEVER HEAR FROM OBAMA: WE ARE MEXICO’S WELFARE, FREE BIRTHING,
FREE EMERGENCY ROOM HEALTHCARE, JOBS AND JAILS PROGRAMS. THIS IS AN ECONOMIC
IMPERATIVE FOR MEXICO, BECAUSE THAT NATION HAS MORE BILLIONAIRES THAN SAUDIS
ARABIA! THE RICHEST MAN IN THE WORLD IS NO LONGER BILL GATES, IT IS MEXICAN
ALSO DEMANDING OBAMA’S NON-ENFORCEMENT AND BIT BY BIT
AMNESTY IS THE U.S. CHAMBER of COMMERCE, THE FASCIST FRONT FOR BIG BUSINESS
THAT DEMANDS WAGES BE DEPRESSED. MOST OF THE FORTUNE 500 ARE GENEROUS DONORS TO
THE MEXICAN FASCIST PARTY of LA RAZA! IN FACT YOU ARE A DONOR TOO! OBAMA HANDS
OVER A FORTUNE TO THIS MEXICAN SUPREMACIST ORGANIZATION BENT ON OPEN BORDERS
AND PUSH 2 FOR ENGLISH!
"One way to strengthen the middle class in America is
to reform the immigration system so that there's no longer a massive underground
economy that exploits a cheap source of labor while depressing wages for
everybody else," he said……OBAMA COULD EASILY END THE EXPLOITATION OF
ILLEGALS, AND ALSO PUT JOBS BACK IN THE HANDS OF AMERICAN SIMPLY BY ENFORCING
THE LAWS! INSTEAD HE’S HABITUALLY SABOTAGED E-VERIFY AND RELEASE THOUSANDS
OF ILLEGALS RATHER THAN DEPORTING THEM.
HIS ADMINISTRATION IS INFESTED WITH LA RAZA PARTY MEMBERS!
But he said that illegal immigration requires a
"comprehensive" solution that would also provide a path to legal
status for the 11 million people living illegally in the United States. He also
made another pitch for the Dream Act, which failed in the lame-duck session of
Congress in December.
EVEN IF NO AMNESTY IS IN THE FUTURE, OBAMA WILL CONTINUE TO
KEEP BORDERS OPEN AND UNDEFENDED, AS MEXICO DEMANDS, AND CONTINUE TO CATCH AND
RELEASE ILLEGALS, CUT FUNDS FOR BORDER SECURITY, REFUSE TO ENFORCE LAWS, FILL
HIS ADMINISTRATION WITH LA RAZA SUPREMACIST LIKE THE OBAMA SEC. OF LABOR, HILDA
SOLIS, AND HISPANDER FOR THE ILLEGALS’ VOTES EVERY WHERE HE GOES. ARE YOU
GETTING THE PICTURE THAT OBAMA DOESN’T DO MUCH OF ANYTHING FOR THE AMERICAN
PEOPLE? IT’S ALL ABOUT HIS CRIMINAL BANKSTER DONORS, AND LA RAZA!!!
OH, AND FAR AS ECONOMIC IMPERATIVE, CALIFORNIA ALONE PUTS OUT $20
BILLION PER YEAR IN SOCIAL SERVICES TO ILLEGALS. LOS ANGELES COUNTY PUTS OUT
$600 MILLION TO ILLEGALS ON WELFARE… RIGHT OUT OF YOUR PROPERTY TAXES. DO THE
At southern border, Obama calls
immigration reform an 'economic imperative'
Peter Nicholas and Michael A. Memoli, Washington Bureau
PM PDT, May 10, 2011
from El Paso and Washington
Obama visited the southern border Tuesday to push for an overhaul of the
immigration system, part of a renewed effort to shore up his standing among
Latinos and paint Republicans as hostile to a minority group that is a growing
force in U.S. politics.
In a speech at the Chamizal National Memorial, Obama also sought to link the
challenge of illegal immigration with another major political concern: economic
anxiety. He said immigration reform "is an economic imperative."
"One way to strengthen the middle class in America is to reform the
immigration system so that there's no longer a massive underground economy that
exploits a cheap source of labor while depressing wages for everybody
else," he said.
The chances of passing an immigration bill are low, but the White House is
taking high-visibility steps to show it is not abandoning a goal that has its
roots in the 2008 campaign.
In his appearance, Obama said his administration has made great strides in
stopping immigrants from illegally crossing the southern border, even as
Republican critics say he can do more.
"We have strengthened border security beyond what many believed was
possible," he said.
But he said that illegal immigration requires a "comprehensive"
solution that would also provide a path to legal status for the 11 million
people living illegally in the United States. He also made another pitch for
the Dream Act, which failed in the lame-duck session of Congress in December.
The speech comes after a series of meetings between the president and various
stakeholders and reform activists in the past months. It was heavily promoted
by the White House on a range of social media platforms, and Obama made a
campaign-like pitch for the crowd to visit the White House website to sign up
in support of his call for reform.
With Obama actively running for reelection, Republicans have questioned the
sincerity and timing of his immigration push. House Speaker John A.
Boehner's office said it hasn't even heard from the White House on the issue,
evidence that immigration is not a serious legislative priority.
White House aides have not released a timetable for passing a bill, nor have
they put forward a draft that could be the basis for congressional action.
Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said in
a statement: "It seems President Obama has once again put on his
campaigner-in-chief hat. The president's push to legalize millions of illegal
immigrants is purely political. The president wasn't able to pass his version
of immigration reform when he had large Democratic majorities in the House and
Senate because of bipartisan opposition."
Following the speech, Obama was to travel to Austin for a pair of fundraisers
for his 2012 reelection campaign.