Equalizing Outcomes _ Obama Style _ Think Sustainable Living ala Agenda 21

The closest thing to work Barack Obama has ever done was when he was a “Community Organizer” in Chicago. If he is reelected, he plans to capitalize on that experience.

I came across a very scary National Review  article that was reblogged at John Malcolm’s place. And, I thank him. The NR article is by Stanley Kurtz and is an adaption from his book  Spreading the Wealth: How Obama is Robbing the Suburbs to Pay for the Cities.

Have you ever heard of the concept of “regionalism”? I vaguely recall reading that term in some research I did a while back on Agenda 21. Mr. Kurtz explains that Obama learned to embrace regionalism from his Chicago community organizing mentors at the Gamaliel Foundation. “Regionalism” is the idea that the suburbs should be folded into the cities, merging schools, housing, transportation, and above all taxation. Kurtz says that the relationship with his community organizing mentors continues to this day.

The alliance endures. One of Obama’s original trainers, Mike Kruglik, has hived off a new organization called Building One America, which continues Gamaliel’s anti-suburban crusade under another name. Kruglik and his close allies, David Rusk and Myron Orfield, intellectual leaders of the “anti-sprawl” movement, have been quietly working with the Obama administration for years on an ambitious program of social reform.

But, how could this possibly be pulled off?

One approach is to force suburban residents into densely packed cities by blocking development on the outskirts of metropolitan areas, and by discouraging driving with a blizzard of taxes, fees, and regulations. Step two is to move the poor out of cities by imposing low-income-housing quotas on development in middle-class suburbs. Step three is to export the controversial “regional tax-base sharing” scheme currently in place in the Minneapolis–St. Paul area to the rest of the country. Under this program, a portion of suburban tax money flows into a common regional pot, which is then effectively redistributed to urban, and a few less well-off “inner-ring” suburban, municipalities.

[…]

The centerpiece of the Obama administration’s anti-suburban plans is a little-known and seemingly modest program called the Sustainable Communities Initiative. The “regional planning grants” funded under this initiative — many of them in battleground states like Florida, Virginia, and Ohio — are set to recommend redistributive policies, as well as transportation and development plans, designed to undercut America’s suburbs. Few have noticed this because the program’s goals are muffled in the impenetrable jargon of “sustainability,” while its recommendations are to be unveiled only in a possible second Obama term.

Long time followers of Conservatives on Fire know that I am supporting Mitt Romney; but he was not was not the person I wanted to be our candidate for President. I do not agree, however, with my libertarian friends that Romney would be as bad or worse than Obama.Romney may not be a conservative but we know that he bends like a reed in the direction the wind is blowing. Our job is to make sure that wind is blowing  from the Tea Party members of the House and Senate. We need to elect more Tea Party candidates this election cycle and again in 2014 and 2016 and etc. If we can elect enough conservatives to the House and Senate, Romney will willingly move in their direction. Obama must be defeated!

On a side note, I was talking the other day with my sister, whom I love dearly. She is five years my senior, she is a widow, and she has a steady boyfriend who is in his eighties. She and her boyfriend both live on UAW pensions and Social Security. They are both life long Democrats but both totally disengaged from politics. Because I know my sister always votes straight Democratic ticket, I never talk politics with her. But, this time I decided to tease her a little bit and I asked her how she was going to vote this election? Her response was that she didn’t even know who was running but that she would vote Democrat as usual. So, I said: “You are going to vote for Obama again?” Her answer was very interesting. She said: “no, no, no we are not voting for Obama. He has lost our votes.”  What this means is that my sister and her boyfriend will vote for every Democrat on the ticket in Michigan but they will not vote for Obama. They won’t vote for Romney either. And, I’m thinking there may be a lot of Democrats like my sister and her boyfriend. I hope so!

Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?

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24 thoughts on “Equalizing Outcomes _ Obama Style _ Think Sustainable Living ala Agenda 21

  1. Romney may not be a conservative but we know that he bends like a reed in the direction the wind is blowing. Our job is to make sure that wind is blowing from the Tea Party members of the House and Senate. We need to elect more Tea Party candidates this election cycle and again in 2014 and 2016 and etc. If we can elect enough conservatives to the House and Senate, Romney will willingly move in their direction.

    Yes! That is the argument I make as well.

    And the community stuff doesn’t surprise me. It’s all about taking from the makers and giving it to the takers so they can harvest their votes.

    My language sounds harsh, but we are a very generous country, voluntarily giving around $300 billion to charity in 2011. Schemes like you describe just force productive people to further disengage from the rotten city centers because they also reinforce the pathologies that plague the poor instead of lifting them up.

  2. It was a step in the right direction with electing Cruz in the GOP primary. We have a fellow named Smith in PA that is cut from the same cloth and will be running against Senator Casey. He is running a stealth campaign, and with any good fortune coming our way, we may reach our target. This whole business must be stopped pronto.

  3. Nothing is sustainable. Like the Second Law of Thermodynamics says, if any system is left to itself, it will wear down. Somebody is always trying to get OPM (other people’s money) for their favorite projects.

    A recent initiative to build an Atlanta Belt Line consisting of a streetcar system through a number of inner city neighborhoods was defeated in a regional vote. If the City of Atlanta wants urban renewal projects, it is up to them to fund those projects, and not steal money from us suburbanites. The project was going to cost hundreds of millions of dollars, and the system was to be funded with capital and operating money from a regional one percent sales tax in the ten county Atlanta Metro Area.

    It sure sounds like the community organizers were busy on this one.

    On another note, I believe Mitt Romney is a manager, not an ideologue. Sure, he is conservative and will bend to the wind, but I think he understands his calling, now.

    OT – I downloaded the Mitt VP smart phone app yesterday. I will be the first to know who Mitt’s VP will be. I guess I need to keep my phone on me all the time so I won’t miss it. Paul Ryan, anybody?

    1. I am so proud of the people in your part of Georgia, Bob. They didn’t let themselves get snookered by the “takers”.

      I sure hope your read on Romney is the correct one and yes I would love to see Paul Ryan on the ticket with Romnney.

  4. I’m thinking that there are a lot of disenfranchised Dem’s like your Sis who will vote, but not for Hussein. Ditto’s to keep up our own Community Organizing in getting True Tea Party Candidates elected From FED to LOCAL Govt’s.

    BTW.. Ol’ Rushbo was speaking of your posts ideals just about an hour and a half ago out here in Floriday’s.

    PLU from SSF

  5. Good point about us having to keep Romney in check, he will go wherever the wind blows him and it will be up to the people to make sure that wind keeps blowing to the right.

    1. That’s the way I see it, Steve. I have no reason to think Romney is a bad person. He is a big government NeoCon at best. But he will go, as we agree, where the wind blows him and have to control the wind direction.

  6. Hannity had the author of a new book on today —- Stanley Kurtz. Rush talked about him too. And what they talked about was this guy’s assertion that Obama and his regime are going after suburban folks. Their goal is to make every one give up their cars and control the transportation of these people. I wrote about this over 3 years ago when LaHood said that he wanted to “coerce people out of their cars”. I will never forget that. Their goal is to control our very independence of travel and being able to move about freely.

  7. Agenda 21 is an extremely dangerous concept to our freedoms. Americans should be free to live where and how they choose.
    I’ve often contended that one of the biggest, hardest to break Democratic voting blocks are seniors who think their party is still the party of JFK. Not to offend, but they just aren’t paying attention to what has happened to their party and the harm it is doing our nation.

  8. Have been so slammed, I am just now catching this one, Jim. YES…on that Stanley Kurtz article. And yes…Rosannadanna on the Ray Lahood confession. He wasn’t kidding. The amount of transportation money diverted into anti-car projects is staggering and flowing into every town and county in the country.
    Anyway…keep up the fight guys!

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