SEIU and the “persuasion of power;” Update: St. Louis thuggery on tape

Michelle Malkin 

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SEIU and the “persuasion of power;” Update: St. Louis thuggery on tape

By Michelle Malkin  •  August 6, 2009 11:44 PM

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In May, I told you how the Service Employees International Union’s $61 million investment in Barack Obama paid off with cabinet appointments, executive orders, key personnel slots, and legislative goodies.

Now, the SEIU thugs are looking out for The Boss. In Tampa, Florida and St. Louis today, the Purple People turned out to give cover to members of Congress targeted by Tea Party activists and town hall protesters. For the first time, the town hall protests were marked by physical aggression. More on the St. Louis arrests of confrontational Obamacare activists here. (Just like Obama wanted: “In your face.”) This is no coincidence.

I’m excerpting a portion of my Culture of Corruption chapter on the SEIU. This is what you are up against.


EXCERPTED FROM Chapter 7, “SEIU: Look for the union label,” Culture of Corruption

“The persuasion of power”

Asked about his organizing philosophy, Andy Stern summed it up this way: “[W]e prefer to use the power of persuasion, but if that doesn’t work we use the persuasion of power.”

Stern and his shock troops have bullied companies from private equity firms to Burger King to food management company Aramark, who have resisted SEIU’s attempts to organizer their workers. The Purple People have organized aggressive protests and a “War on Greed” campaign to pound the employers into submission. One of the besieged targets, security provider Wackenhut Services, battled SEIU’s attempts to gain exclusive representation for its employees. The company already ten other unions representing its workers. Initially unbowed by a massive, malicious negative publicity campaign against them, Wackenhut blew the whistle:

The SEIU seeks membership growth through aggressive “corporate campaigns” that have a blunt message to employers, “Let us unionize your workforce or we will destroy your reputation.” This tactic has been used against a number of organizations to include Wal-Mart, Kaiser Permanente, Advocate Health Care, Catholic Healthcare West, and Sutter Health.

SEIU is attempting to coerce The Wackenhut Corporation and WSI to recognize it as the “exclusive” collective bargaining representative throughout Wackenhut. Wackenhut declined to enter into such an agreement. The SEIU responded with a corporate campaign that is intended to damage WSI’s reputation and relationships with our clients. Their campaign tactics include distributing misinformation, distortion and omission of fact through the media, conducting demonstrations in proximity of work sites in an effort to disrupt normal client operations, and aggressively attempting to intimidate or influence clients.

But after filing a racketeering lawsuit against the SEIU, a weary and drained Wackenhut entered into an agreement allowing its employees in nine cities to choose SEIU as its bargaining representative. Behold the “persuasion of power.”

Showing an appalling lack of concern for the well-being of its members, the SEIU upped the ante in a representation battle with the University of Miami in 2006. The union fought tooth and nail against a true, democratic unionizing election for campus janitors using a secure, federally monitored secret ballot. Stern personally escalated the dispute, joined the fasters, and demonized then-university president Donna Shalala (yes, that Donna Shalala of Clinton yore). She lashed back:

We are devastated that the union is risking the health and well-being of our students and the Unicco employees by sanctioning an activity as drastic as a hunger strike. Hunger strikes have never been used in this country to oppose an election. We have urged both parties to continue daily discussions until this issue is resolved. A free election for or against unionization is a federal statutory right.

In the end, the SEIU relented to a federally monitored election. But at what price? Five SEIU members were hospitalized, one with a minor stroke. Wackenhut Corporation chief operating officer Paul Donahue, expressing sympathy for the University of Miami’s plight, saw the big picture:

The bullying, protesting, harassment, contrived events and demands will continue indefinitely because the union has millions of dollars in dues money from hard working janitors and other service workers which can be spent on ruining the reputation of businesses instead of bettering the lives of those workers that contributed.

Indeed, no one has felt the blunt force – and physical danger — of Stern’s “persuasion of power” more than workers themselves.

In Oakland, Stern and his Washington crew imposed a trusteeship on a 150,000-member local that had publicly opposed SEIU strong-arm tactics. The D.C.headquarters (knee deep in ethical mud) accused the local – known as SEIU United Healthcare Workers West (UHW West) – of financial malpractice and misconduct. The local fought back, charging the Beltway union leaders with manufacturing the allegations to retaliate and to distract from Washington mismanagement. The UHW West president, Sal Rosselli, quit the SEIU Executive Board, and formed a new union in February 2009, which declared: “We’re tired of SEIU’s hostile tactics, threatening phone calls, their collusion with employers and governors like Blagojovich, and the corruption of Stern’s appointees like Local 6434 head Tyrone Freeman in Los Angeles, disgraced SEIU Executive Vice President Annelle Grajada, and the appointees who have just taken over what had been our local. We don’t trust them with our contracts, we don’t trust them with our dues—we just don’t trust them.”

In Philadelphia, Stern engineered the hostile takeover of a 150,000-member union representing garment and hospitality workers. Workers United had broken off from the national UNITE HERE union of 450,000 workers. Progressive New York Daily News columnist Juan Gonzalez, citing SEIU’s agreement with Workers United, called Stern “hellbent on using classic corporate raider tactics to bring a huge portion of the U.S. labor movement under his absolute control.” The pact included discounted member dues and legal and financial assistance to aid the breakaway group’s efforts to take control of the Amalgamated Bank, the nation’s only union-owned bank. One union official called the power grab “a breathtaking form of imperialism…”

Know your enemy.


Gateway Pundit has SEIU thuggery at a town hall meeting on tape. One SEIU member arrested in attack on Tea Party activist.

Who’s behind the Internet Snitch Brigade

Michelle Malkin 

Who’s behind the Internet Snitch Brigade

By Michelle Malkin  •  August 7, 2009 10:03 AM

White House spokesman Bobby Gibbs says not to worry. The health care czar isn’t going to do anything nefarious with the info gathered by the Internet Snitch Brigade. Uh-huh. The Obama bully boys are just going to use it for a scrapbooking project. No biggie.

My column today gives you more reasons to worry.


Who’s behind the Internet Snitch Brigade
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2009

Czardom has its privileges. This week, President Obama’s health care overlord launched a taxpayer-funded initiative to recruit an Internet Snitch Brigade that will combat “disinformation about health insurance reform.” As the White House explained in a special online bulletin:

“These rumors often travel just below the surface via chain emails or through casual conversation. Since we can’t keep track of all of them here at the White House, we’re asking for your help. If you get an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to”

What will health care czar Nancy DeParle do with this information? Where will it be stored? Who has oversight of the czar’s powers, budget, and personnel? Concerned citizens, alas, will have a hard time tracking down the “Office of Health Care Reform” created by executive order in April. There is no central website for the office, no direct channel for transparency, and no congressional accountability.

At least one member of Congress has started asking questions. Texas GOP Sen. John Cornyn sent a letter to President Obama demanding that he disband the Internet Snitch Brigade immediately: “By requesting citizens send ‘fishy’ emails to the White House, it is inevitable that the names, email, addresses, IP addresses and private speech of U.S. citizens will be reported to the White House,” Sen. Cornyn wrote. “You should not be surprised that these actions taken by your White House staff raise the specter of a data collection program.”

Taxpayers have the right to know what government agencies and third parties the health care czar may share that data with – and why. Take note: The White House Office of Health Care Reform is working in close quarters with an entirely separate Office of Health Reform created under the Department of Health and Human Services. That office is staffed with several Obama campaign operatives and former employees of the Center for American Progress, including special HHS assistant Michael Halle and HHS director Jeanne Lambrew, a former senior fellow at the Center for American Progress who worked on health policy in the Clinton Administration.

CAP is a lead organization in the Health Care Action Now coalition, the Astroturfed “grass-roots” lobbying group for Obama’s health care takeover legislation run out of 1825 K Street in Washington, D.C. with a $40 million budget. CAP is also the parent group of Think Progress, the far Left website leading the smear campaign against fiscal conservative activists protesting at congressional town halls.

Lawmakers must also dig far beyond the health care czar’s flagging operation. Last month, a Washington, D.C. citizen watchdog group filed suit to force the White House to disclose which health care lobbyists and executives it had met with this year to discuss the government health care takeover legislation. White House counsel Greg Craig refused to disclose which administration officials attended the meetings. But at least two of the industry visitors have ties to health care czar DeParle. William C. Weldon is chairman of Johnson & Johnson, which paid DeParle $7,500 for a recent speech. Wayne Smith is chief executive of Community Health Systems, which merged with Triad Hospitals – where DeParle served on the board of directors. DeParle’s options were converted to cash payments worth $1.05 million.

Despite Obama’s lip service to transparency, the public is in the dark about which assets DeParle has divested; how many times, if any, DeParle has recused herself from policy matters and meetings; and the exact nature of her conversations with health care executives. While White House press secretary Robert Gibbs lambastes the corporate health care ties of Republican opponents, he has shrugged off the corporate ties of the woman leading the Obamacare charge.

Alert the Internet Snitch Brigade: The fishiest odor is emanating from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Mitt Romney’s Big-Government Health Care Plan


Mitt Romney’s Big-Government Health Care Plan

Peter Robinson08.07.09, 12:01 AM EDT

The governor’s program is hardly a model for the nation–it’s a mess.

Mitt Romney appears to have changed his mind once again about the statewide health care program he enacted as governor of Massachusetts. Obviously running for president in the next election, Romney is a brilliant man and an impressive candidate. But he has some explaining to do.

At first Romney boasted about the program. Signing the legislation in 2006, he claimed he had been able to “steal” the health care issue from the Democrats. This was understandable. Polls showed that Massachusetts health care reform proved popular among Massachusetts voters.Article Controls


Then Romney clammed up, seldom mentioning the program during his bid last year for the GOP presidential nomination. This too was understandable. Romney was attempting to grasp the free-market mantle of Ronald Reagan. Touting a government-run health care program would scarcely have helped.

Now Romney has gone back to gushing about the program. “This Republican,” he wrote last week in USA Today, “is proud to be the first governor to insure all his state’s citizens.”

This isn’t understandable; it’s baffling. After the present exercise in Washington, Republican primary voters in 2012 will prove even more dubious about government-run health care programs than they were last year, not less. More to the point, these days the Massachusetts program hardly looks like a model for the nation–or even for any other state. What it looks like is a mess.

A few questions that I suspect his fellow Republicans will sooner or later press Romney to address:

Item: Romney’s program appears to have done very little about the central problem–actually, the only real problem–with health care: spiraling costs. In seven of the last eight years, as economist Irwin Stelzer has noted, per-capita spending on health care in Massachusetts has increased faster than in the nation as a whole, and health insurance costs in the Bay State now run about a third higher than the national average.

What’s the point of a complicated health care program of subsidies and government controls if it fails to rein in expenses?

Item: The program has weighed down the state budget. In the last two years alone, spending on free and subsidized insurance plans for low-income citizens of the Bay State has doubled from $630 million in 2007 to an estimated $1.3 billion this year. “In tough times,” as State Treasurer Timothy Cahill recently said, “[the program] just doesn’t seem doable. We’re all still waiting for the savings.”

“The president must insist on a program that doesn’t add to our spending burden,” Romney argued last week. How does Romney explain the burden he himself added in Massachusetts?

Item: “No other state has made as much progress in covering their uninsured as Massachusetts,” Romney claimed in USA Today. The percentage of uninsured residents in the Bay State has indeed dropped to 2.6%, the lowest in the nation. Yet a survey last year by the Boston Globe found that 13% of residents failed to obtain basic medical care. “Some are postponing treatments, and others are not filling prescriptions,” the newspaper reported.

Why? “Because of high costs or an inability to pay bills from earlier procedures.” “Many of the policies out there,” Dr. David Himmelstein of Harvard explained, “have such huge copayments and deductibles that people can’t afford care.”

Threaten people with tax penalties and, yes, you can force most of them into insurance plans. But if they still can’t afford care, what good does it do?

Item: Lots of people have already figured out how to game the system.

Consider one example: the community health plan Harvard-Pilgrim, which has experienced a surge in short-term customers. These new customers purchase coverage for several months, run up big medical bills and then drop theirinsurance policies once their treatment has ended. Between April 2008 and March 2009, as the Wall Street Journal recently reported, some 40% of Harvard-Pilgrim’s new customers remained with the plan for fewer than five months–incurring, on average, medical bills of $2,400 a month.

You can denounce these customers as bad actors, unfairly taking advantage of the system. What you cannot do is call them irrational. When they face high medical bills, they buy insurance. When they don’t, they pay the tax penalty of about $900 instead.

“At the core of our health cost problem,” Romney wrote last week, “is an incentive problem.” What does Romney have to say about the perverse incentives his own program has produced?

Romney will no doubt have answers. But then there will be more questions–and, as problems in Massachusetts continue to proliferate, more questions after that. Soon Romney will have to make a decision. He may continue to champion the health care program he enacted in Massachusetts–and find that he is permitted to talk about almost nothing else. Or he may admit that he has learned the importance of reducing, not enlarging, the government role in health care–and move on to other issues, including tax cuts, entitlement reform, economic growth and the defense of the Republic.

Romney may defend one misbegotten program, in other words, or he may run for president of the United States.

Peter Robinson, a research fellow at the Hoover Institution atStanford University, writes a weekly column for Forbes.

The Real Climate Agenda Stealing your Freedom

The Real Climate Agenda

By Robert Ferguson

So, if the orthodox climate science is wrong, what’s the real motivation for action – the real agenda?

First, allow me to present a brief metaphorical context for framing the answer.


On a dark December night 36 years ago, a Lockheed 1011 jumbo jet crashed into the Florida Everglades, killing over 100 people.


During the final approach to Miami, the crew noticed that one green light had failed to illuminate — a light that indicates whether or not the nose landing gear has extended successfully. The pilots discontinued the approach, set the aircraft into a circling holding pattern over the pitch-black Everglades, and turned their attention toward investigating the problem.


They became so preoccupied with their search that they failed to realize the plane was gradually descending closer and closer toward the dark swamp below. By the time someone noticed what was happening, it was too late to avoid the disaster.


Put in our current context, the unlit bulb created a diversionary scare, a false warning of certain disaster and death, while the real threat was the plane’s downward spiral into a dark swamp of no return. 


Environmentalism generally and catastrophic man-made global warming specifically is a falsified diversionary scare distracting us from the fall of our Republic into the dark, stinking swamp of statism. 


The Earth’s climate system, like the Lockheed 1011’s landing system, is functioning normally — as it has always functioned.  But our deadly green deception is no accident. It is here by design, with purpose: it is here to cause us to discontinue America’s approach — our children and generations of children’s approach — to the destination of American exceptionalism and the liberty purchased with the blood of patriots.


Americanism, our birthright, the only true hope of this planet’s peoples, is being deliberately attacked from without and from within by determined, often wealthy, statists.


We no longer have representative government, but are ruled by an alien ideology.  Understand that the federal government is not us, it is them.  And we can count on them always being them.  That is, to be the embodiment of Lord Acton’s axiom that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.


And where will this corruption of power lead if unchecked? 


More and more today, under the guise of fabricated “planetary population and environmental crises,” men give sanction to the state’s bursting the limits of its proper function — with the clear and present danger of its becoming a planet-embracing Leviathan, driven by a malevolent culture of Malthusian-based eugenics.  This mind-set propounds at every point of policy wealth destruction and redistribution for “social justice,” and population control and reduction for “environmental sustainability.”


Too dark to be believable?


Consider that President Obama’s top science adviser, climate Czar, John Holdren, is a long-time globalist who has endorsed and advocated for “surrender of sovereignty” to “a comprehensive Planetary Regime” that would control the entire world’s resources, direct global redistribution of wealth, oversee the “de-development” of the West, control a World Army and taxation regime, and enforce world population limits. He has castigated the United States as “the meanest of wealthy countries,” written a justification for compulsory abortion and sterilization of American women, advocated drastically lowering the U.S. standard of living, and left the door open to trying global warming “deniers” for crimes against humanity.


This is the business the UN’s IPCC is about.  This is the eventual end-game of cap-and-trade policy.  If it passes the Senate this coming September, and is signed into law, we will have passed the event horizon:  the America we inherited will implode.


For the first time since America’s incarnation, it will then be the official, codified policy of the federal government that the present generation must have its liberty and prosperity diminished without limits; and for the next generation, the American Dream will become criminalized.  All in the name of a non-existent climate crisis.


War is upon us whether we will it or not.  It is time to become angry.  It is time to engage.  As President Reagan said of winning the Cold War:  “If not now, when?  If not us, who?” 


Robert Ferguson is President of the Science and Public Policy Institute.

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Doing the Obama Hustle

Doing the Obama Hustle

By J. Robert Smith

It’s becoming clearer day by day.  The President and Democrat leaders have been doing the Hustle. Not only hustling voters from the get-go, but hustling all year to push their statist legislative agenda through Congress.  And, most often, they’re attempting to do so in the still of the night.   

Why?  Because undemocratic Democrats understand better than they’re given credit that a solid majority of Americans occupy the center-right.  Democrats, especially party liberals, well appreciate that last November’s election wasn’t a resounding mandate, but, rather, a small window through which to squeeze massive leftwing measures. 


Wasn’t it the lighthearted Rahm Emanuel who said: “Never let a big crisis go to waste?”  And, he might have added, if the crisis isn’t big enough, gin it up.  


As we are witnessing, the window is now closing on Democrats’ fingers more rapidly than they could have suspected.  Their blithe leader, Barak Obama, with a glance, a smile and a lot of helium-inflated rhetoric, was suppose to dazzle Americans — dazzle them long enough to complete the stealthy process of transforming the nation into a reasonable replica of a European socialist state.  Whether modern France or Russia (circa, 1950) is your call.     


Now to finish the nation’s transformation from red, white and blue to institutional gray, they may have to use a crowbar to pry open the window.  The crowbar is also known as “reconciliation.” ()    


The Disco Democrats’ mad rush to the finish line has produced some startling results.  Co-opting the nation’s financial and automotive sectors is no mean feat.  Mussolini must be smiling from somewhere.


The absurdly named economic stimulus would be better coined “The Democrats’ Pig Trough.”) Didn’t pig troughs get a bad rap when Republicans ran the show?     


Cap and trade, which sounds more like sports lingo, now only enjoys a half-life.  If it’s stymied in the Senate, it’s one stillbirth that won’t be lamented. 


Democrats want to cap industrial emissions, drive up the cost of energy, and with higher costs, cap energy consumption.  The “trade” part falls squarely on the shoulders of most every American not considered elite. 


Americans are expected to trade prosperity and their standards of living for the satisfaction of helping 1) restore the Garden of Eden; or 2) return to the Dark Ages, or some approximation thereof.  Democrats aren’t very choosy, but they are quite nostalgic.        


And like Disco era President Jimmy Carter, Mr. Obama has those obedient lads at Treasury (Tim Geithner) and the Federal Reserve (Ben Bernanke) printing money with abandon.  The Misery Index is coming back to your neighborhood soon.    


The modestly named “Healthcare Reform” that salivating Democrats are pursuing is, of course, the Big Kahuna.  Wrapping their tentacles around one-sixth of the nation’s economy is the ultimate prize in the power grab game.  Coming with it, quite literally, is the power over life and death. 


Content not just with permitting the termination of life at its beginning, healthcare rationing allows the “system” to weed out all those old people with expensive medical conditions.   


Democrats, always fair and compassionate, don’t want the elderly to be burdens on you and me.  But, take note, nor do they want us to be burdens one day, either.


Occasionally, one wonders how far off Democrats are from reviving the notion of eugenics.


The President and Democrat leaders are slyly avoiding sober deliberation and substantive debate about their mammoth society-changing proposals.  Thought and consideration would spell their doom. 


Affable Americans, who actually believe in the democratic process, mightily resent efforts to hoodwink and sandbag them.  Whatever sophistication they may lack in the fine art of politics, they make up for with good gut instincts.  In increasing numbers, they’re catching on to a scam. 


This bodes ill not just for the Democrats short-term legislative prospects, but for their longer term political prospects. 


Thankfully, conservatives and average Americans are taking destiny in their own hands; they’ve begun to slam shut the Democrats’ window.  That’s what deer-in-headlights Democrats are witnessing at town halls across the nation.  At least at those town halls they haven’t cancelled. 


Today, a dwindling number of liberal diehards — Nancy Pelosi and her ilk — may consider themselves gods, but tomorrow, thanks to voter wrath, may well wear the goat’s mantle. 


One has the sense — call it a gut instinct — that Democrats, rather than routing the Indians with their cavalry, are, like Custer, setting themselves up for a Last Stand. There will be no marching bands and laurels for the victors, as they suppose.  Only funeral dirges and flower-draped biers. 


The star-crossed George Armstrong Custer thought he could lick the Sioux and their allies with a small force, divided.  Though he had lost the element of surprise, and was told so by scouts, he charged on anyway.  Conceit trumped good sense.  Custer and five companies of soldiers paid with their lives. 


Democrats needn’t expect so ghastly an end, though for them, politics are their lives.  Their conceit is creating a fierce, whirling hubris.  Once caught up in that whirlwind, no amount of hustle will save them. 

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Soros Care === Take time to aread this It Is An Eye Opener

Soros Care
By: Ben Johnson
Friday, August 07, 2009


Guess who’s behind the “grassroots” movement for health care reform?

A rising chorus of discontent – more a citizens uprising – shows Middle America’s deep suspicion of President Obama’s health care reform proposal. Average citizens have voiced their disapproval at townhall meetings hosted by Sen. Arlen Specter and HHS Director Kathleen Sebelius, Rep. Lloyd Doggett, Rep. Tim Bishop, and staffers of Sen. Claire McCaskill. In a burst of passion-envy, Chris Matthews asked on Monday night’s Hardball, “Where the Hell are the people who want health care, the poor people out there…the union people? Where are they? I haven’t seen one placard, let alone one protest demonstration, for health care.”


In fact, tens of thousands of people have rallied in the nation’s capital supporting the president’s health care reform plan, including the controversial public option. However, national momentum is not with them, because they are, to use Nancy Pelosi’s phrase, “Astroturf.” These demonstrations were organized by Health Care for America Now! (HCAN), a new “national grassroots campaign of more than 1,000 organizations in 46 states representing 30 million people dedicated to winning quality, affordable health care.” Most of its component organizations have two things in common: they have no experience or expertise in health care, and virtually all received large, tax-exempt grants from far-Left billionaires like George Soros and Teresa Heinz Kerry. Like the “grassroots” movement for campaign finance reform a decade ago, the public demonstrations for health care reform are largely a Soros-financed operation.


Former Governor Howard Dean announced HCAN’s mission on the first night of the annual “America’s Future Now!” conference (formerly the “Take Back America” conference), hosted by the Campaign for America’s Future in June. Dean pledged to spend up to $82 million to advance socialized medicine. HCAN rallied 15,000 people in D.C. in April, 10,000 more in June, and with state affiliates like the Maine People’s Alliance, hundreds more in state capitals in July. A searchable database of upcoming spontaneous demonstrations can be found here. 


However, a closer look at its members shows it is less a “grassroots” organization than a series of interconnected left-wing pressure groups united by a collectivist ideology and, for most, a common donor.


Among the 21 members of its steering committee are ACORN,, and the Center for American Progress. CAP, headed by former Clinton chief of staff John Podesta, was created with Soros’ money as a counterweight to the Heritage Foundation. In 2007 alone, Soros’ charity, the Open Society Institute (OSI), gave CAP $1.75 million in 2007 and approved additional grants totaling $1.25 million. Soros personally gave millions to before the 2004 elections, and he has funded ACORN, the most notorious practitioner of election fraud in the nation.


Dean announced HCAN’s mobilization before the Campaign for America’s Future, another institution that has received funding from George Soros and the Rockefeller Family Fund. CAF, an HCAN steering committee member, pushes for national health care as one means to transform the United States into a European social welfare state. Co-founder Robert Borosage previously served as director of the overtly Marxist Institute for Policy Studies, while co-founder Roger Hickey also co-founded the Economic Policy Institute. Other CAF co-founders include socialist columnist Harold Meyerson, Sixties radical Tom Hayden, socialist feminist Barbara Ehrenreich, Service Employees International Union president Andrew Stern, AFL-CIO president John J. Sweeney, Jesse Jackson, and Julian Bond. CAF is best known for hosting its annual “Take Back America” conferences, a gathering of D.C. “progressives” and far-Left community organizers. Code Pink activists famously booed Hillary Clinton after a tour-de-force leftist speech in 2006. An up-and-comer named Barack Obama also spoke at the ’06 event. 


Advancing the welfare state by ruse is old hat to the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF). The CDF Action Council is a member of the HCAN steering committee. CDF founder Marian Wright Edelman once admitted she got nowhere pushing a left-wing message until “I got the idea that children might be a very effective way to broaden the base for change.” Hiding behind “the children,” her undisguised Sixties radicalism still shines through. In her 1987 book Families in Peril, she wrote, “We must curb the fanatical military weasel.” At the time, the CDF was chaired by one Hillary Rodham Clinton. In addition to Hillary’s patronage, the CDF received a grant of more than $700,000 from the Carnegie Corporation of New York while Teresa Heinz Kerry sat on its board of trustees, and Edelman received the Heinz Award for the “Human Condition” in 1995.


Labor unions are heavily represented on the HCAN steering committee. Members include the SEIU, AFL-CIO, AFSCME, Change to Win (James Hoffa’s breakaway group of seven powerful unions, which includes the SEIU’s Andrew Stern), UAW, the National Education Association, the American Federation of Teachers, Communication Workers of America, and the United Food and Commercial Workers union. Even with the power of compulsory union dues, SEIU received $75,000 from the Open Society Institute in 2007, and AFT was approved for a $150,000 OSI grant.


Other members, such as USAction, are more overtly radical. Its profile on notes, “The President of USAction is longtime radical activist William McNary, who has written for and supported the official newspaper of the Communist Party USA (CPUSA), the People’s Weekly World.” McNary spoke at the June 25th HCAN rally. USAction receives also funding from Soros’ Open Society Institute.


The radicalism and overlapping nature of the “coalition” is perhaps best illustrated by the Center for Community Change (CCC), an organization founded in 1968 to advance Saul Alinsky-style confrontational politics. The CCC board includes a founder of Students for a Democratic Society; former Congressman and current mayor of Oakland, California, Ron Dellums, an admirer of Fidel Castro; Marian Wright Edelman’s husband, Peter Edelman; La Raza Vice President Cecelia Munoz; and Heather Booth, who founded the Midwest Academy, where the SEIU’s Andrew Stern learned about union organizing. The CCC is financed in part by George Soros’ Open Society Institute, with OSI awarding the group $2.9 million in grants in 2007 alone. Other funding sources include the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Fannie Mae Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation.


Other members of the HCAN “grassroots” include:

* <!–[endif]–>Democracy for America, the organization Howard Dean founded to drive the Democratic Party to the Left following his 2004 primary loss to John Kerry. Dean was heavily favored by;

* Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR). In 2007 alone, OSI approved 11 grants to LCCR totaling nearly $1.8 million;

* <!–[if !supportLists]–>Progressive States Network was awarded $800,000 in OSI grants in 2007;

* <!–[if !supportLists]–>The Gamaliel Foundation pocketed $150,000 from OSI in 2007;

* <!–[if !supportLists]–>National Congress of American Indians, received $125,000 from OSI in 2007;

* <!–[if !supportLists]–>True Majority, a far-Left organization founded by Ben Cohen of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream fame;

* <!–[if !supportLists]–>USPIRG, the group of former “Nader’s Raiders” funded by OSI, Ben & Jerry’s Foundation, and the Carnegie Corporation of New York under Teresa Heinz’s board tenure. Its new study asserts health care reform “could allow the creation of 2.5 million jobs over a five year period.”


Aside from socialist radicals, HCAN’s membership includes two odd constituencies: clergy and abortionists.


Soros-funded clergy have been in the forefront of the universal health care mobilization, often in consultation with Senate Democrats. Mark D. Tooley reported a group of religious leftists met with Senator Ted Kennedy’s chief advisor on health care reform in April, which culminated in the June 24 “Interfaith Service of Witness and Prayer for Health Care Reform.” Among the event’s organizers is Jim Wallis’ Sojourners, which George Soros gave $100,000 in 2007. Concurrently, People Improving Communities Through Organizing (PICO) (which is funded by Citigroup Foundation and William Randolph Hearst Foundation among others) is rallying the Religious Left for ObamaCare alongside Sojourners and the National Council of Churches (NCC). The NCC, seeing mainline church membership dwindle over the last 40 years, is increasingly funded by an array of leftist “charities,” including the Open Society Institute, ACORN,, TrueMajority, People For the American Way,  the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Tides Foundation, and the Ford Foundation. Soros is nothing if not ecumenical; his Open Society Institute blessed Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, an HCAN member, with a $300,000 in 2007. The Catholics are joined by a Protestant counterpart, Clergy Strategic Allegiances, LLC, and the National Council of Jewish Women.


These religious figures march alongside HCAN’s abortion advocates. Chief among these are the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the National Abortion Federation, Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health, and the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice. Planned Parenthood already gets one-third of its billion dollar annual budget from the government, and the Capps Amendment in the current health care bill opens the spigots of federal funding for abortion through fungible payments and accounting transfers. The Alan Guttmacher Institute concluded public funding of abortion increases the number of abortions – and thus, pads Planned Parenthood’s bottom line.


Soros-funded feminists are a constituency in the new “grassroots” coalition. The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) pushes for enhanced welfare state funding and abortion on demand. DTN notes NWLC’s “major benefactors” include AFSCME, the NEA; the Fannie Mae Foundation; the Ford Foundation; the Rockefeller Family Fund; and the Open Society Institute, which approved $400,000 in grants for NWLC in 2007. HCAN also includes the more overtly political Women’s Voices, Women’s Vote. WVWV was awarded $400,000 in grants from OSI in 2007 and has long been supported by Teresa Heinz Kerry, who steered a $50,000 grant through the Teresa & John H. Heinz III Fund of Heinz Family Foundation. The WVWV website insists its constituents, which consist almost entirely of unmarried women, “take a more progressive viewpoint than their male counterparts and see a larger role for government in helping to solve the challenges they face.” Similarly, Nine to Five, National Association of Working Women is funded by the Ben and Jerry’s Foundation and the Rockefeller and Ford Foundations.


Minority groups also have a seat at this table. The NAACP and the National Council of La Raza, which supports giving drivers licenses, voting rights, and in-state tuition to illegal immigrants, are HCAN members. OSI also doled out more than half-a-million dollars to La Raza in 2007. Illegal aliens make up one of the largest blocks of uninsured, nearly one-sixth of all uninsured by some estimates – and no reform legislation can change their status.


Some endorsers are less obviously connected to the issue of health care yet chose to take to the streets. Brave New Films, a “progressive” movie organization run by Robert Greenwald, is often in the vanguard of leftist groups. BNF’s current productions include MoveOn: The Movie and Rethinking Afghanistan, which assures Americans that Afghanistan “is not a military problem and cannot be resolved by military means.” The International Federation of Black Prides, Inc., a black homosexual organization, is an HCAN member. The National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance seems particularly at odds with the president’s focus on “preventative” medicine.


Any organizations that show promise, however, can expect George Soros to use his money to do what the Left does best: create a permanent infrastructure for radical activism. ACORN, CAP, and are living testaments to this proclivity. It appears Soros has found another promising start-up:the Roosevelt Institution, which names the Open Society Institute as a benefactor. Part of Soros’s grant, $47, 100 according to documents filed in 2007, facilitated “the transition from a student organization to a professional and sustain [sic.] corp.” This institutionalization of radicalism is perhaps best embodied by League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), which Ford Foundation grants transformed from a local, moderate advocacy organization for Hispanics to a full-throated supporter of balkanization. George Soros turned from a moribund website dedicated to averting the Clinton impeachment into the driving force of the 2004 Democratic elections. MoveOn, in turn, elevated little-known Vermont Governor Howard Dean to frontrunner status. Dean consolidated his campaign by forming Democracy for America and ultimately chairing the Democratic National Committee. And he is now leading the charge for socialized medicine with a band of fellow Soros-funded leftists.


Despite its financial heft, HCAN has tried to amplify its numbers by double-counting many of its organizations. For instance, the historically left-wing Americans for Democratic Action sits on its board alongside Working Families Win, “a project of Americans for Democratic Action and the ADA Education Fund.”  So, too, does USAction with True Majority, “a project of USAction.” HCAN’s membership list includes both the AFL-CIO and Working America, which describes itself as a “community affiliate of the AFL-CIO.” CAP and its campus affiliate, Campus Progress Action, are both listed. Other organizations’ membership is largely interchangeable, e.g., MoveOn and Democracy for America. One can see how double- or triple-counting its overlapping memberships can quickly add up to “more than 30 million people.”


It is right, though, that the whole organization be considered one entity, given the constituent members’ long-standing history of coordinating their actions. In 2004, the Democratic Party admitted it was working with CAF,, People for the American Way, and “dozens” of other groups “to organize a massive public mobilization” against the ’04 Bush tax cuts. (One left-wing poster on Democratic Underground asked if the 527 arrangement was “Our Dirty Little Secret?”) The Campaign for America’s Future partnered with, Rock the Vote, ACORN, La Raza, the Women’s Voices Women Vote Action Fund, and the AFL-CIO in a voter drive effort in 2008 to help elect Barack Obama. Just this April, SEIU,, the CCC, True Majority, USAction, WVWV, Brave New Films, and the Working Families Party conducted a mass protest against the Bank of America.


If these coalition members are largely interchangeable, they overlap with the Obama White House and the Democratic Party with increasing frequency, as well. The HCAN Steering Committee includes Americans United for Change. DTN notes, “In 2009, AUFC President Brad Woodhouse became the communications director for the Democratic National Committee under President Obama.” This summer, Obama nominated SEIU general counsel Craig Becker for a seat on the five-member National Labor Relations Board, the highest court of appeals in labor disputes. Becker’s appointment is but one measure of Andy Stern’s tremendous influence with Obama. Another HCAN member, Clergy Strategic Allegiances, LLC, records on its website that its “Services have been provided to…Democratic National Committee…North Carolina Democratic Party, Sojourners and Call to Renewal, Maryland Democratic Party.”


Promoting his new book, former DNC chair Howard Dean has told audiences, “America has had ‘socialized’ medicine since 1964. It’s called Medicare; it covers every American over 65, and they are very happy with the program.” However, as common men and women are proving at Congressional townhall meetings, on radio talk shows, and in diners across the country, those not on George Soros’s payroll are distinctly unhappy with this proposal.

Ben Johnson is Managing Editor of FrontPage Magazine and co-author, with David Horowitz, of the book Party of Defeat. He is also the author of the books Teresa Heinz Kerry’s Radical Gifts (2009) and 57 Varieties of Radical Causes: Teresa Heinz Kerry’s Charitable Giving (2004).

Obama: ‘Don’t Want the Folks Who Created the Mess to Do a Lot of Talking’



  Obama AKA Adolph

“But I don’t want the folks who created the mess to do a lot of talking. I want them to get out of the way so we can clean up the mess. I don’t mind cleaning up after them, but don’t do a lot of talking.”

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