Max Baucus on Obamacare’s hidden agenda – redistribution of wealth

Thursday, March 25, 2010
Posted by: Hugh Hewitt at 5:08 PM

Max Baucus is the Chair of the Senate Finance Committee, and the Democrat most responsible fo Obamacare’s final shape other than Nancy Pelosi.

In an unusual speech on the Senate floor moments ago, Max Baucus declares that the “healthcare bill” to be  “an income shift, it is a shift, a leveling to help lower income middle income Americans.”  Baucus continued, “[t]oo often, much of late, the last couple three years the mal-distribution of income in America is gone up way too much, the wealthy are getting way, way too wealthy, and the middle income class is left behind.  Wages have not kept up with increased income of the highest income in America.  This legislation will have the effect of addressing that mal-distribution of income in America.”

Max Baucus on Obamacare’s hidden agenda – redistribution of wealth
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rY4Qbv7gPbo&feature=player_embedded

Baucus’ candor is appreciated, though the fact that he waited until the bill passed to announce the real agenda behind the massive tax hikes isn’t a profile in courage.  And the seniors on fixed income who are about to lose Medicare Advantage would laugh at Baucus’ pseudo-populism.

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Socialism in America

Socialism in America

Socialism in America is alive, well, and growing. Aided by such influential Congressmen as John Conyers, Ranking Member of the House Judicial Committee, David Bonior, the pit-bull-dog who successfully whipped Newt, Maxine Waters, the President’s outspoken defender in the impeachment debates, and nearly 60 other Representatives, socialism is advancing in America behind the “Progressive” label. Here are a few excerpts taken directly from the web page of the Democratic Socialists of America. (Italicized emphasis provided) “The Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) is the largest socialist organization in the United States, and the principal U.S. affiliate of the Socialist International. DSA’s members are building progressive movements for social change while establishing an openly socialist presence in American communities and politics. “At the root of our socialism is a profound commitment to democracy, as means and end. We are activists committed not only to extending political democracy but to demanding democratic empowerment in the economy, in gender relations, and in culture. Democracy is not simply one of our political values but our means of restructuring society. Our vision is of a society in which people have a real voice in the choices and relationships that affect the entirety of our lives. We call this vision democratic socialism – a vision of a more free, democratic and humane society. We are socialists because we reject an international economic order sustained by private profit, alienated labor, race and gender discrimination, environmental destruction, and brutality and violence in defense of the status quo. We are socialists because we share a vision of a humane international social order based both on democratic planning and market mechanisms to achieve equitable distribution of resources, meaningful work, a healthy environment, sustainable growth, gender and racial equality, and non-oppressive relationships.” Here is what “Liberty” looks like to a socialist: “A democratic commitment to a vibrant pluralist life assumes the need for a democratic, responsive, and representative government to regulate the market, protect the environment, and ensure a basic level of equality and equity for each citizen. In the 21st century, such regulation will increasingly occur through international, multilateral action. But while a democratic state can protect individuals from domination by inordinately powerful, undemocratic transnational corporations, people develop the social bonds that render life meaningful only through cooperative, voluntary relationships. Promoting such bonds is the responsibility of socialists and the government alike. “The social welfare programs of government have been for the most part positive, if partial, responses to the genuine social needs of the great majority of Americans. The dismantling of such programs by conservative and corporate elites in the absence of any alternatives will be disastrous. Abandoning schools, health care, and housing, for example, to the control of an unregulated free market magnifies the existing harsh realities of inequality and injustice.” The action agenda posted on the socialists’ web site very closely parallels Agenda 21, and the recommendations of the President’s Council on Sustainable Development. The web site boasts the creation of the “Progressive Caucus” in Congress, as well as the coalition that is working to promote the socialist agenda in Congress. Congressional Members of the
Progressive Caucus
Rep Earl Hilliard (AL-07)
Rep Eni Faleomavaega (AS-AL)
Rep Ed Pastor (AZ-02)
Rep Lynn C Woolsey (CA-06)
Rep George Miller (CA-07)
Rep Nancy Pelosi (CA-08)

Rep Fortney “Pete” Stark (CA-13)
Rep Henry A. Waxman (CA-29)
Rep Xavier Becerra (CA-30)
Rep Julian C. Dixon (CA-32)
Rep Esteban Edward Torres (CA-34)
Rep Maxine Waters (CA-35)
Rep George E. Brown (CA-42)
Rep Bob Filner (CA-50)
Rep Diane DeGette (CO-01)
Rep Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC-AL)
Rep Corrine Brown (FL-03)
Rep Carrie P. Meek (FL-17)
Rep Alcee L. Hastings (FL-23)
Rep Cynthia A. McKinney (GA-04)
Rep John Lewis (GA-05)
Rep Neil Abercrombie (HI-01)
Rep Patsy Mink (HI-02)
Rep Jesse Jackson (IL-02)
Rep Luis Gutierrez (IL-04)
Rep Danny Davis (IL-07)
Rep Lane Evans (IL-17)
Rep Julia Carson (IN-10)
Rep John Olver (MA-01)
Rep Jim McGovern (MA-03)
Rep Barney Frank (MA-04)
Rep John Tierney (MA-06)
Rep David Bonior (MI-10)
Rep Lynn N. Rivers (MI-13)
Rep John Conyers (MI-14)
Rep Bennie G. Thompson (MS-02)
Rep Melvin L. Watt (NC-12)
Rep Donald Payne (NJ-10)
Rep Jerrold Nadler (NY-08)
Rep Major Owens (NY-11)
Rep Nydia M. Velazquez (NY-12)
Rep Charles Rangel (NY-15)
Rep Maurice Hinchey (NY-26)
Rep John LaFalce (NY-29)
Rep Marcy Kaptur (OH-09)
Rep Dennis Kucinich (OH-10)
Rep Louis Stokes (OH-11)
Rep Sherrod Brown (OH-13)
Rep Elizabeth Furse (OR-01)
Rep Peter A. DeFazio (OR-04)
Rep Chaka Fattah (PA-02)
Rep William Coyne (PA-14)
Rep Carlos A. Romero-Barcelo (PR-AL)
Rep Robert C. Scott (VA-03)
Rep Bernard Sanders (VT-AL)
Rep James A. McDermott (WA-07)

Progressive Coalition supporting socialist agenda

Americans for Democratic Action Campaign for America’s Future Campaign for New Priorities Center for the Advancement of Public Policy Center of Concern Coalition on Human Needs Demilitarization for Democracy Development GAP 50 Years is Enough Network Friends of the Earth Fund for New Priorities in America Institute for Policy Studies Institute for Women’s Policy Research International Labor Rights Fund National Jobs for All Coalition National Organization for Women National Priorities Project NETWORK: A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby Peace Action Preamble Center for Public Policy Public Citizen, email: Public Citizen Stakeholders Alliance United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America United for a Fair Economy Washington Chapter Alliance for Democracy Working Assets Women, Law and Development National Council of La Raza The Campaign for Health Security Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Friends Committee on National Legislation Center for Defense Information Council for a Livable World Citizens for Tax Justice U.S. Campaign to Ban Landmines Amnesty International Human Rights Watch Americans for a Sustainable Economy National Education Association USA Network for Habitat II Catholic Charities National Council of Negro Women Center for Law and Social Policy Witness for Peace Children’s Defense Fund Child Welfare League National Black Child Development Institute Urban League Economic Policy Institute Brookings Institute Center on Budget and Policy Priorities National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare Defenders of Wildlife Veterans for Peace National Rainbow Coalition AFL-CIO U.S. Commission on Civil Rights UNITE Unitarian Universalist Service Committee National Association of Public Hospitals National Council of Senior Citizens Long-Term Care Campaign Consumer’s Union Center for Responsive Politics Latin American Working Group Public Campaign

This particular coalition consists of social organizations that work hand-in-hand with other coalitions such as BIONET, CITNET, ECONET, PEACENET, the Climate Action Network (CAN), and others. All are connected through IGC-APC (Institute for Global Communications, and the Association of Progressive Communications). Virtually all of these organizations, including the Democratic Socialists of America, have web sites hosted by IGC-APC. The policy gains that have been made in recent years on both the international and domestic fronts are largely the result of the communications capability of these organizations. Freedom.org was conceived more than five years ago to provide similar communications capability to organizations that are not socialists. The Property Rights Congress will be pioneering that new capability. Non-socialist organizations are far behind, and have much catching-up to do.  

Hawaii’s “Progressive” Surrender Candidate read this very carefully ====Scary

Hawaii’s “Progressive” Surrender Candidate
By Andrew Walden
FrontPageMagazine.com | October 19, 2006

Like far-Left Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich, D-OH, Hawaii Democratic Congressional candidate Mazie Hirono calls for replacing the U.S. Defense Department with a “Department of Peace, to educate us into peaceful ways of resolving our conflict.” Hirono has promised to join Kucinich and fellow Hawaiian Rep. Neil Abercrombie in the far-Left Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC). Her record and rhetoric show she would be a perfect match for this extreme, quasi-socialist organization.

As is the case with so many left-wingers, Hirono finds hefty support on the hate-filled pages of The Daily Kos, the largest so-called “liberal” blog.  Kos’ Maui-based diarist “Raatz” enthuses about Hirono in a July 13 post:

Yesterday, Mazie told a crowd at Maui Booksellers in Wailuku that, if elected, she will join the Congressional Progressive Caucus. She also expressed her support for expanding gay rights (as evidenced in part by her courageous opposition to the mean-spirited constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage in 1998).

Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) is a former co-chair of the CPC, and Hirono’s misnamed Department of Peace campaign is led by Kucinich and new-age mystic Marianne Williamson, who has been called by some “
Hollywood’s answer to God.”

If elected, she will be in some heady, radical company. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-CA, is a CPC member. The current co-chairs of the CPC are Lynn Woolsey, D-CA, and Barbara Lee, D-CA. Lee was the only member of Congress to vote against the use of force in
Afghanistan after the 9/11 attacks, and Woolsey introduced a unilateral surrender plan a year before Rep. John Murtha, D-PA. The CPC co-chairs and membership generally support the Murtha plan to retreat from Iraq to Okinawa
.
The CPC was openly allied to the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) until 1999; all mention of the alliance was removed from the Progressive Caucus and DSA websites after press reports called attention to the link.

She does have bona fides on the social issues: While most of
Hawaii was still digging out the day after the recent

Big
Island earthquake, Hirono issued a statement reminding us she supports unrestricted taxpayer funded abortion on demand. (Although at the same time, she would leave Middle Eastern women to the tender mercies of Islamist terrorists.)
 

“Raatz” continues defending Mazie’s surrender credentials:

Two days ago, I personally heard Mazie say she would’ve voted against the Iraq resolution and that she’d work to bring the troops home safely with Kucinich and Abercrombie (two of the strongest peace advocates in Congress – and she mentioned both by name). In the talk I saw earlier this week, she also said that the main reason she joined the Democratic Party in 1972 was to support antiwar candidate George McGovern…Mazie has also been endorsed by
Maui peace activist Ave Diaz (Kucinich’s campaign chair here).

Ironically, 1972 was one of the few elections in which Hawaii voted Republican against the radical campaign of George McGovern.

Hirono echoes Raatz’s views, writing on her campaign website:

Our most pressing foreign policy problem is our reputation in the world as a result of our basically unilateral action in preemptively attacking
Iraq. Preemptive strike is not a policy which builds allies and strengthens our position at the global table. The President’s conduct in the war in Iraq influences our country’s ability to lead on a number of other important matters—human rights, environmental responsibility, and international health issues like avian influenza (bird flu), just to name a few.

Hirono does not even mention the War on Terror among the nation’s priorities. To hear her tell it, the real issues are America’s “reputation” abroad, bird flu, and “environmental responsibility.” Perhaps Hirono would like to explain how “environmentally responsible” it would be to surrender
Iraq,
Afghanistan, and
Pakistan to Islamist warlords and terrorists? How much “environmental” damage would be done by an Iranian nuclear weapon or by the decades of war which would result from U.S. withdrawal? 
Hirono continues: “We should get out of the quagmire that is
Iraq with a phased redeployment of
U.S. forces that begins before the end of 2006 and significant transition to full Iraqi sovereignty should also occur. The
U.S. should play a leading role in promoting peace in the region. As long as we are at war, we are severely compromised in our ability to do so.”
Hirono’s plan for immediate withdrawal from
Iraq, beginning even before she would be sworn in, would quickly lead to a collapse of the democratic governments of
Iraq and
Afghanistan. Hirono’s plan to get
America out of the region would quickly lead to the overthrow of Pakistani leader Pervez Musharraf, putting Pakistani nukes in the hands of Islamist radicals. Iranian nuke-builders would go unchallenged.

This is not a peace plan—it is a victory plan for the other side.

The result of implementing Hirono’s ideas would be a far larger war costing tens of thousands if not hundreds of thousands of American lives—and millions of lives in the Mideast and
South Asia. 

…Which would not be so upsetting, if she had not pledged in her campaign to micromanage foreign affairs, the Constitutional domain of the president. Hirono writes on her campaign website:

No one can link the Pentagon’s financial inputs to its policy outputs; in other words, Congress and the public cannot know whether a line item is actually linked to a desired policy outcome. This must change. We expect public schools to be accountable for meeting their goals; it is time to hold the Pentagon to the same standards.

In other words, our national defense should be run more like Hawaii’s failing Department of Education. Hirono would make every military move subject to the pet theories of hundreds of preening, self-important politicians. Hirono’s proposal, which has been echoed by Abercrombie, would result in a death by a thousand cuts to our armed forces.

 

It would certainly doom any advanced anti-missile defense, which protects
Hawaii from North Korean missile attacks. There are reports that
North Korea’s failed long-range missile test was aimed at Hawaiian waters. Those who believe American action is at the root of the world’s problems—including Hirono—will argue that

North Korea is belligerent because
America is a threat. From their point of view, spending on anti-missile defense would not logically link to a “desired policy outcome” and therefore should be cut from the budget.
 How many
Hawaii residents would like to base their protection on the belief that Kim Jong-il can be trusted to leave us alone if only we leave him alone?

 

How can spending on training, readiness, force protection, ammunition, personnel, tanks, ships or planes be measured in so-called “peace” outcomes in Iraq, North Korea—or even Darfur, for that matter?

Hirono’s pacifist orientation clashes with the founding of her party. The Hawaiian Democratic Party was put in power in 1954 by Nisei veterans returning from WWII. After fighting for their country in European battles, some of which cost more than 3,100 soldiers in a single day, they couldn’t see themselves going back to living under the thumb of the plantation system. Hirono isn’t part of that tradition. Hirono wants
America to run from a War on Terror which has cost
America about 3,100 soldiers in five years.

Hirono does not explain how peace comes from restoring
America’s Clinton-era cut-and-run “reputation,” which led to the series of terror attacks culminating on 9/11.
America needs to have a reputation for standing up to attackers. It is only when the
U.S. confronts terrorist warmongers that we are able to promote peace.
Any other reputation invites more attacks. 

Although it has been the defining moment of our lives, Hirono only once mentions 9/11 once: “We need to support the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission and we must fully fund the needs of our firefighters, police officers, and others who serve in the homeland security efforts.” 

This is probably good advice, because if Hirono gets her way in Congress, firefighters and police will again and again find themselves on the front line of the War on Terror—which will have shifted from Iraq and Afghanistan to the heart of American cities.