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The Inanity of Obamanomics

The Inanity of Obamanomics

Marc Sheppard
When Barack Obama repeated his call to nearly double the capital gains tax rate last month, most observers wrote it off to fiscal naivety.  But during last night’s debate, the Democrat frontrunner let slip that his motives were more socially than economically driven.  And that his reasoning was nothing short of ridiculous.

Charlie Gibson reminded Obama of a March 27th statement he made to Maria Bartiromo on CNBC’s Closing Bell that he’d return the rate to the 28 percent it was under Bill Clinton.  Said Gibson: [emphasis added throughout]

 

“It’s now 15 percent. That’s almost a doubling if you went to 28 percent. But actually Bill Clinton in 1997 signed legislation that dropped the capital gains tax to 20 percent …. And George Bush has taken it down to 15 percent.

“And in each instance, when the rate dropped, revenues from the tax increased. The government took in more money. And in the 1980s, when the tax was increased to 28 percent, the revenues went down. So why raise it at all, especially given the fact that 100 million people in this country own stock and would be affected? “

 

And Obama’s remarkable response:

 

“Well, Charlie, what I’ve said is that I would look at raising the capital gains tax for purposes of fairness. We saw an article today which showed that the top 50 hedge fund managers made $29 billion last year — $29 billion for 50 individuals. And part of what has happened is that those who are able to work the stock market and amass huge fortunes on capital gains are paying a lower tax rate than their secretaries. That’s not fair.”

 

Wow.  Democrats have typically ignored or outright denied the supply-side benefits of lower taxes — particularly capital gains.

 

But with that statement, Obama betrayed first his intellectual dishonesty, then his economic idiocy.  The candidate is well aware that his hypothetical hedge fund manager pays a much higher rate on wages than does his supposed secretary.  And that they both pay the same rate on capital gains – yes Senator, millions of Americans of varying income, including secretaries, own stock.

 

Accepting the low tax / higher revenue premise by virtue of his silence, he argued that his own Marxist measure of “fairness” somehow trumps fiscal efficacy.  Shocking, yes, but remember – he was, after all, declared 2007′s “Most Liberal Senator” by the National Journal.

 

But then he threw all reason to the wind when he said he wants to:

 

“make sure that our tax system is fair and that we are able to finance health care for Americans who currently don’t have it and that we’re able to invest in our infrastructure and invest in our schools.”

 

Of course, many would argue the “fairness” of using tax revenues to help Americans who can’t afford health insurance or throwing more money into our already over-funded yet failing public school systems.  

 

But while accepting that raising the rate would effectively lower the tax revenues necessary to provide such questionably fair public benefits, Obama favors doing so, nonetheless, as benefiting both the beneficiaries and the benefactors would be unfair.

 

And George H.W. Bush once called Reaganomics “Voodoo Economics?”

 

Bad enough his facts are out-of-touch — twice last night he referred to the payroll tax cap of $97,000, a figure nearer last year’s $97,500 than today’s $102,000 – but consider both the values and logic driving his plans for the economy.

 

And then imagine what we might look forward to when his foreign policies are finally fleshed out.

The Muslim Students Association and the Jihad Network

The Muslim Students Association and the Jihad Network

By FrontPage Magazine
FrontPageMagazine.com | 4/17/2008

The following essay, adapted from the Introduction to this booklet, shows how, as early as the 1980s, operatives from the Muslim Brotherhood, parent group for al Qaeda and Hamas, formulated a blueprint for a “jihadist process” that would ultimately sabotage the “miserable house” of the United States.  These Muslim Brotherhood operatives saw that the work of undermining the U.S. could be best accomplished by the use of front groups such as the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the Muslim Students Association.  But while CAIR was designed to work in the legal-cultural realm, posturing as another of the minority rights groups functioning in the public square, the MSA’s role was to be restricted to college campuses, where it would advance the cause of radical Islam and lead the effort to stigmatize Israel. 

Over the next several days, Front Page will publish profiles of individual chapters of the MSA on a variety of campuses around the country, showing how specifically they achieve the broad goals of the organization.  – The Editors

 

As revealed in documents seized by the FBI and entered as evidence in a Texas court, the Muslim Students Association is a legacy project of the Muslim Brotherhood.[1] The Brotherhood is an organization formed by a Hitler-admiring Muslim named Hasan al-Bannain Egypt in 1928.[2] It was designed to function as the spearpoint of the Islamo-fascist movement and its crusade against the West.

The Brotherhood spawned al-Qaeda and Hamas.[3] Its doctrines make up the core of the terrorist jihad conducted by organizations such as Islamic Jihad, Hezbollah, Hamas and the government of Iran.[4] Its agendas have been clear since its creation: infiltration, subversion and global terror with world conquest as the goal.

…To establish one Islamic state of united Islamic countries, one nation under one leadership whose mission will be to reinforce adherence to the law of Allah…and the strengthening of the Islamic presence in the world arena….The goal…is the establishment of a world Islamic state.[5]

The first target was the “near enemy” – the Arab states that al-Banna and his followers felt had betrayed Islam. The United States – the “far enemy” – would not become a specific focus of the Brotherhood until many years later.

The organization’s aspirations for world dominion seemed like a fantasy until the Iranian revolution of 1979. But that event showed the jihadists that they could conquer and govern a state and use it as a base for Islamic revolution elsewhere. There was no doubt who the enemy was. The Iranian leader Ayatollah Khomeni coined the phrase “Great Satan” and “Little Satan” to demonize the United States and Israel and mark them for destruction.

“Destroying Western Civilization From Within”

A formal plan for targeting America was devised three years after the Iranian revolution, in 1982.[6]. The plan was summarized in a 1991 memorandum written by Mohamed Akram, an operative of the Muslim Brotherhood. “The process of settlement” of Muslims in America, Akram explained, “is a ‘Civilization-Jihadist Process.’” This means that members of the Brotherhood “must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God’s religion is made victorious over all other religions.”[7]

This memo surfaced in a Texas courtroom in the fall of 2007 after prosecutors introduced it as evidence in the trial of the Holy Land Foundation, once the largest Islamic charity in the United States.[8] The HLF was charged with funneling charitable donations to the jihad terrorists of the Islamic Resistance Movement, or Hamas, a Brotherhood organization that now controls the Gaza Strip. But the implications of this document go far beyond the Holy Land Foundation.

It is actually a blueprint for the subversion of American society, and the eventual imposition of Islamic law in the United States. This would mean an institutionalized oppression of women, homosexuals, and religious minorities; the end of freedom of speech and the freedom of conscience; and the replacement of democracy by theocracy.

U.S. authorities had been keeping an eye on Brotherhood operatives even before the memo surfaced. In 2001, U.S. officials accused Youssef Nada, a member of the organization, of funding terrorism.[9] Two years later, American investigators described Soliman Biheiri, a businessman in Virginia, as the Brotherhood’s U.S. “financial toehold.”

Surveying the Islamic organizations that existed in the U.S. in 1991, Mohamed Akram declared in his memo: “The big challenge that is ahead of us is how to turn these seeds or ‘scattered’ elements into comprehensive, stable, ‘settled’ organizations that are connected with our Movement and which fly in our orbit and take orders from our guidance.”

At the end of the document, Akram provided “a list of our organizations and the organizations of our friends” – apparently, those whom he believed were likewise dedicated to this great project of sabotaging the “miserable house” of American society. Surveying all these groups filled him with enthusiasm: “Imagine if they all march according to one plan!!!”[10]

Akram contemplated a network of many overlapping groups, with personnel that move from one to the other and hold positions in different organizations simultaneously—an arrangement that resembles the Communist Party’s creation of interlocking front groups during the Cold War and complicates the task of understanding and tracking the pattern of their activities.

The organizations Akram saw as advancing the Islamo-Fascist movement in America included, among many others, the Islamic Society of North America, the North American Islamic Trust, the Islamic Circle of North America, the International Institute for Islamic Thought, and the Islamic Association for Palestine – from which came the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) three years later. But perhaps the most important of these groups in terms of the long term infiltration and conquest the Brotherhood envisioned was The Muslim Students Association (MSA).

 

The Stealth Jihad of the MSA

Established in January 1963 at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, the Muslim Students Association of the United States and Canada, or MSA (also known as MSA National) currently has chapters on nearly 600 college campuses across North America.)[11] The relationship between MSA National and the individual university chapters is not a fixed hierarchy, but rather a loose connection. Thus the policies and views of the national organization may differ from those of some of the local chapters.) Stating that its mission is “to serve the best interest of Islam and Muslims in the United States and Canada so as to enable them to practice Islam as a complete way of life,”MSA is by far the most influential Islamic student organization in North America.[12]

Founded by members of the Muslim Brotherhood, MSA was named in Mohammed Akram’s 1991 memorandum as one of the Brotherhood’s likeminded “organizations of our friends” who shared the common goal of destroying America and turning it into a Muslim nation. These “friends” were described by the Brotherhood as groups that could help teach Muslims “that their work in America is a kind of grand jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands … so that … God’s religion Islam is made victorious over all other religions.”[13]

From its inception, MSA had close links with the extremist Muslim World League, whose chapters’ websites have featured not only Osama bin Laden’s propaganda, but also publicity-recruiting campaigns for Wahhabi involvement with the Chechen insurgents in Russia. According to author and Islam expert Stephen Schwartz, MSA is a key lobbying organization for the Wahhabi sect of Islam.[14]

MSA solicited donations for the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development, whose assets the U.S. government seized in December 2001 because that organization was giving financial support to the terrorist group Hamas. MSA also has strong ties to the World Assembly of Muslim Youth.[15]

Charging that U.S. foreign policy is driven by militaristic imperialism, MSA steadfastly opposes the American military incursions into both Afghanistan and Iraq.[16] The organization also follows the Arab propaganda line in the Middle East conflict and has condemned the anti-terrorist security fence that Israel has built in the West Bank as an illegal “apartheid wall” that violates the civil and human rights of Palestinians.

An influential member of the International ANSWER steering committee, MSA maintains a large presence at ANSWER-sponsored anti-war demonstrations.[17] The pro-North Korea, pro-Saddam Hussein ANSWER is a front organization of the Marxist-Leninist Workers World Party.[18]

Local chapters of MSA signed a February 20, 2002 document, composed by the radical group Refuse & Resist (a creation of the Revolutionary Communist Party’s) condemning military tribunals and the detention of immigrants apprehended in connection with post-9/11 terrorism investigations.[19] The document read, in part: “They the U.S. government are coming for the Arab, Muslim and South Asian immigrants. … The recent ‘disappearances,’ indefinite detention, the round-ups, the secret military tribunals, the denial of legal representation, evidence kept a secret from the accused, the denial of any due process for Arab, Muslim, South Asians and others, have chilling similarities to a police state.”[20]

MSA has strongly opposed the Patriot Act, which it describes as an “infamous” piece of legislation. The organization’s chapters across the United States have similarly denounced virtually every other national security initiative implemented by the U.S. government since the 9/11 attacks.

MSA chose not to endorse or participate in the May 14, 2005 “Free Muslims March Against Terror,” an event whose stated purpose was to “send a message to the terrorists and extremists that their days are numbered … and to send a message to the people of the Middle East, the Muslim world and all people who seek freedom, democracy and peaceful coexistence that we support them.”[21]

But while it is possible to understand its political orientation from some of the positions it has taken on large national issues, the Muslim Students Association comes into sharper focus in the actions of the individual chapters that do its work every day on campuses across America. The following analysis of 18 separate campus chapters of MSA will make this clear.

 

To read “The MSA at UCLA,” click here.

To read “The MSA at Berkeley,” click here.

To read “The Muslim Student Union at UC Irvine,” click here.

To read “The MSA at Brown,” click here.

To read “The MSA at Columbia,” click here.

To read “The MSA at Michigan State,” click here.

To read “The MSA at Ohio State,” click here.

To read “The MSA at Penn State,” click here.

To read “The MSA at Queensborough Community College,” click here.

To read “The MSA at Temple,” click here.

To read “The MSA at UC Santa Barbara,” click here.

To read “The MSA at Michigan,” click here.

NOTES:

 

1 http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/groupProfile.asp?grpid=6386

2 http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/individualprofile.asp?indid=1368

3 http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/groupProfile.asp?grpid=6204

4 http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/groupProfile.asp?grpid=6957

http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/groupProfile.asp?grpid=6256

5 http://www.jcpa.org/JCPA/Templates/ShowPage.asp?DBID=1&TMI

D=111&LNGID=1&FID=379&PID=0&IID=1920

6 http://www.frontpagemag.com/articles/

Readaspx?GUID=%7b61829F93-7A81-4654-A2E8-

F0A5E6DD3DC4%7d

7 http://www.investigativeproject.org/documents/misc/20.pdf

8 http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/groupProfile.asp?grpid=6181

9 http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/specials/chi-

0409190261sep19,1,6654807,full.story?ctrack=1&cset=true

10 http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/groupProfile.asp?grpid=6178

http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/groupProfile.asp?grpid=6380

http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/groupProfile.asp?grpid=6180

http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/groupProfile.asp?grpid=6215

http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/groupProfile.asp?grpid=6176

11 http://www.investigativeproject.org/documents/misc/31.pdf

12 http://www3.ipl.org/div/aon/browse/hum80.10.50/

13 http://www.investigativeproject.org/documents/misc/20.pdf

14 http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/groupProfile.asp?grpid=7347

http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/individual Profile.asp?indid=690   

http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/Read.aspx?

GUID=A4883334-B150-4E33-8602-942B118C6DD5

15 http://www.nationalreview.com/comment/commentschwartz031003.asp

http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/groupProfile.asp?grpid=6425

16 http://www.meforum.org/article/603

17 http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/groupProfile.asp?grpid=6147

18 http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/groupProfile.asp?grpid=6603

19 http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/groupProfile.asp?grpid=6165

http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/groupProfile.asp?grpid=6197

20 http://www.refuseandresist.org/imm/012502ndsami.html

21 http://old.thedeadhand.com/blogs/jscroft/archive /2005/04/18/1356.aspx



It’s unanimous: McCain the Winner in Democratic Debate

It’s unanimous: McCain the Winner in Democratic Debate

Rick Moran
In a rare show of unanimity, the left, right, and punditland all agree that John McCain emerged the winner of the Democratic debate last night in Philadelphia.

There is also univeral agreement that the biggest loser was by far and away Barack Obama who faltered visibly in trying to answer questions about everything from his wearing a flag pin to why he wants to raise capital gains taxes.

Even Obama’s staunchest supporters reluctantly had to admit their candidate gave a miserable performance:

It was a lifeless, exhausted, drained and dreary Obama we saw tonight. I’ve seen it before when he is tired, but this was his worst performance yet on national television. He seemed crushed and unable to react. This is big-time politics and he’s up against the Clinton wood-chipper. But there is no disguising the fact that he wilted, painfully. Clinton has exposed herself in this campaign as one of the worst shells of a cynical pol in American politics. She doesn’t just return us to the Morris-Rove era, she represents a new height for it. If she somehow wins, it will be a triumph of the old politics in an age when that is exactly what this country cannot afford. But Obama has also shown a failure to be resilient in this grueling process. In some ways, I’m glad. No normal reasonable person subjected to the series of attacks on his integrity, faith, patriotism, decency and honesty would not wilt. And we need a normal reasonable person in the White House again. But this is still the arena we have. It is what it is. ABC News is what it is. The MSM knows no other way. Obama has to survive and even thrive under this assault if he is to win. He failed tonight in a big way

The left is in full throated howl of outrage this morning at what they consider a betrayal by ABC news moderators Charlie Gibson and George Stephanopolous for concentrating on “trivial” issue like Obama hanging out for 20 years with a bigoted, hate filled preacher and Hillary’s lying about her trip to Bosnia.

In the world inhabited by liberals, lying doesn’t matter nor does being on a first name basis with unrepentant domestic terrorists like William Ayers. Don’t all presidents hang around with people who are proud that they tried to blow up the Pentagon? At any rate, the left is livid at the press:

With your performance tonight — your focus on issues that were at best trivial wastes of valuable airtime and at worst restatements of right-wing falsehoods, punctuated by inane “issue” questions that in no way resembled the real world concerns of American voters — you disgraced my profession of journalism, and, by association, me and a lot of hard-working colleagues who do still try to ferret out the truth, rather than worry about who can give us the best deal on our capital gains taxes. But it’s even worse than that. By so badly botching arguably the most critical debate of such an important election, in a time of both war and economic misery, you disgraced the American voters, and in fact even disgraced democracy itself. Indeed, if I were a citizen of one of those nations where America is seeking to “export democracy,” and I had watched the debate, I probably would have said, “no thank you.” Because that was no way to promote democracy.

This is the media created by the left. It has been used countless times over the years in their service to savage Republicans personally on issues that have nothing to do with governing the country. The list of their victims is endless and pretty much includes every major conservative figure for the last half a century.

And now they complain when the media they created turns on their candidates?

Barack Obama was revealed as someone not in charge of the facts nor his emotions. He stumbled. He fumbled. He stuttered. He stammered. He looked lost.

Only his most rabid supporters could view that performance and not ask deep questions about whether this man is qualified to be a senator much less president of the United States.

I don’t know if this will effect what happens in Pennsylvania next Tuesday. But I believe finally, the Obama bubble has burst and he has been exposed as the empty suit that many of us already knew he was.

 

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