Saturday, October 03, 2009
ACORN's 'Power Plan' Found in Oklahoma City
A five-year ACORN plan to "make Oklahoma a progressive state in the way it was 100 years ago" was found amid thousands of documents left behind last year in an abandoned office formerly used by the Oklahoma City branch of the controversial leftist community organizing outfit.
The tax-exempt non-profit is required by federal law to avoid partisan politics but the heart of the "Power Plan" makes clear the organization's goal of transforming the Sooner State from one of the nation's most consistently red states to the blue side of the spectrum, like California and New York:
"Therefore, the route to power is twofold: First, build powerful city organizations in Oklahoma City and Tulsa that can control these municipalities. Second, become an influential organization by shaping a handful of strategic legislative districts that, by themselves, can change who controls the state legislature. "(W)e will be seen as the force that is making Oklahoma a progressive state in the way that it was 100 years ago. "By using this power to win significant changes for working people, by the end of our 5 years, we will have legitimized the progressive takeover of the statehouse and head into 2012 with a real possibility of changing what Oklahomans look for and expect out of their Congressional delegation."
Also found among the documents, according to OklahomaWatchdog.org, was a suggested script for approaching volunteers in Houston to help ACORN recruit voters to support President Obama during the 2008 presidential election:
"Those internal documents include a sheet titled 'Canvass recruitment' a script directed towards ACORN activists in Houston which says: 'Hi, my name is ____. We are hiring Outreach Workers to remind people to get out and vote for Barack Obama in the upcoming election. One of our team members spoke to you today and you signed up for our intake tomorrow. You are interested in working with us on this important election, correct? "It continues: 'We're hiring for people to go door to door talking to registered voters in Houston to get out the vote for Barack.'"
The documents were left behind in an office in Oklahoma City's "Little Mexico" neighborhood, according to the Red Dirt Report's Andrew Griffin, who originally broke the story. Adam Carter, the ACORN organizer running the office, apparently left town without paying rent owed for the office space.
Worse off than their parents
Parents usually want their children to have a better life than they did. In the United States, the parents of today's under-30 crowd may be disappointed in that hope. Throughout last year, they were far more likely than other age groups to have reported unemployment in their households. Labor force participation for those ages 16-24 has decreased to its lowest levels since WWII as a Pew report on the graying work force notes that the recession has tilted the job market towards older workers and those with degrees.
The Pew report also says that nearly a third of the public has come to believe that a degree is necessary to get a good job, whereas 30 years ago, just under half believed that. As former President Clinton pointed out last week at a a press event, the cost of a degree has tripled in recent decades, entirely wiping out the benefits of every government assistance program for college costs.
Those college costs are usually financed instead by loans which are currently not eligible for bankruptcy protection. Loan repayment therefore eats up larger percentages of future earnings which have been plummeting for 8 years for those under 55. Bad timing for anyone who's taken out student loans in recent years in the hopes that the job market would catch up to their education expenditures, and worse luck if their parents' declining wages reduce the possibility for family assistance.
A third of adults under 27 also lack health coverage, with nearly half of those young adults earning less than $14,000 per year. Since wages for most people have been effectively stagnant, they have not kept pace with health coverage increases, and the lower you go down the economic ladder, the truer that is. Especially because there's been an ongoing decline in employer-based coverage that has disproportionately affected low-income workers and the small businesses that create the most jobs.
For another worrying indicator, an AARP poll earlier this year indicated that around a quarter of adults 18 and over are living with parents or in-laws. Another 15 percent were worried they might have to do so soon, while one in seven lived with a sibling.
I don't know about you, but the American Dream I was sold didn't include worse buying power and relative wealth than my blue-collar, high school-educated parents for myself, my peers and those who came after me.
The Leftist author above can see the problem but goes on to say that the solution is more factory jobs! She seems unable to see that ever more of America's wealth is being sucked up by a vast, continuously growing and useless bureaucracy that has been foisted on Americans by Democrats at Federal, State and local levels. America's vast army of paper-shufflers CONSUME wealth. They don't create it. And, to add insult to injury, they are on average paid far more than private-sector workers
Readers who liked my small gallery of pictures and cartoons from the first half of 2008 may be interested to know that I have now put up a gallery of pictures and cartoons from the second half of 2008. The updated index file to the galleries is here or here.
CA: Brown launches ACORN probe: "The attorney general of California has opened an investigation into ACORN and the circumstances under which its employees were secretly videotaped, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced on his Twitter page Thursday. Schwarzenegger wrote he had ‘just heard’ that the state’s attorney general, Edmund G. Brown Jr., is opening an investigation following the release of five hidden-camera videos that depicted ACORN employees offering advice to filmmakers James O’Keefe and Hannah Giles, who posed as a pimp and prostitute, on how to skirt tax laws and avoid detection by authorities. ‘Just heard from Atty Gen Jerry Brown that he is opening an investigation of ACORN in Calif,’ the governor wrote. But according to a Sept. 25 letter from James Humes, California’s chief deputy attorney general, an investigation had been launched last week.”
Social Security collectors up 19%: "The number of retired workers who began collecting Social Security benefits jumped by a record 19% in the 2009 fiscal year that ended Wednesday as aging Baby Boomers and the unemployed chose to retire early. More than 2.6 million retired workers entered the Social Security system, up from 2.2 million in fiscal 2008. That’s a much bigger increase than during past recessions.”
Saturn: Why one of Detroit’s brightest hopes failed: "General Motors’s Saturn brand — touted as ‘a different kind of car company’ — had high aspirations, borrowing the Japanese manufacturing model of team production, among other things. But the Saturn experiment fell to earth with a final thud Thursday as a ‘goal-line’ deal to keep the brand alive fell apart. Saturn’s latest slogan — ‘We’re still here’ — suddenly seemed like a cruel joke as 350 dealerships are likely to close and 13,000 people face potential layoffs. True, Saturn made money in only one of its 20 years of car production. But in the end, it was internal resistance to the funky start-up and its pioneer attitude that felled it. In other words, the very qualities that Cornell labor expert Harry Katz, in his book Shifting Gears, predicted could transform Detroit’s ingrained big-car culture, doomed one of its brightest prospects.”
Poll: Abortion opposition grows: "More than four in 10 Americans favor making an abortion more difficult to have, up 6 percentage points from 2007, according to a poll released today by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press and the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life. The poll found that 45% of Americans favor making abortion illegal in most or all cases, up 4 percentage points from last year. The Pew analysis of past polls found that abortion is less of a critical issue for both liberal Democrats and conservative Republicans than it was a few years ago; however, the drop-off in concern was more pronounced for liberal Democrats (26 percentage points) than conservative Republicans (9 percentage points).”
Government seeks ban on texting truckers, bus drivers: "The Obama administration said Thursday it will seek to ban text messaging by interstate bus drivers and truckers and push states to pass their own laws against driving cars while distracted. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said the administration also would move to put restrictions on cell phone use by rail operators, truck drivers and interstate bus drivers.” [This seems a reasonable safety measure]
The box Obama built: "Once the health care debate ends, President Obama faces another daunting challenge: curbing an unsustainable level of debt in the federal budget. This is more than next year’s problem because the two issues are also linked in a non-obvious way. Due to how Congress addresses deficit reduction, decisions on health care today will affect the White House’s fiscal policy options in the future. Few have mentioned this critical connection: health reform puts the president in a box, and the always politically risky tactic of raising taxes may be the only way out. The ghosts of the current reform effort will haunt Obama’s ability to reduce red ink for the remainder of his tenure.”
Perfect YouTube video stars Rep. Baron Hill: "During one of his recent town hall meetings, a student asked Hill why she couldn’t record the event. Hill explained that he refuses to allow videotaping because of the chance that excerpts could be put up on YouTube in a compromising position. Of course, it’s now on that Web site and I challenge anyone to find a more perfect YouTube video, at least in the political realm. He knew it was going to be difficult to control his message and tried to do it on his own terms by attempting to ban average citizens from recording the event. He even digs a deeper hole in the video excerpt when he says that it was his town hall meeting and constituents aren’t going to tell him how to run his office. So much for the humble public servant aspect of being a representative I guess. Rarely do we see so much truth packed into about 70 seconds.”
How Congress is cooking the books: "Last week, the Senate Finance Committee voted 12-11 not to wait for the Congressional Budget Office to ’score’ its health-care bill before the committee votes on it. Imagine that: Some senators actually wanted to know how much the bill costs before voting on it. Let them get away with something like that, and before you know it they’ll be demanding honest accounting practices — sending the whole legislative process to hell in a hand basket. When it comes to the health-care-reform debate, you see, honest budgeting is nowhere to be seen.”
Zero tolerance gets detention: "Horror stories related to zero-tolerance policies have grabbed headlines for as long as the rigid policies have existed. That could have been predicted by anybody with half a brain. If a policy draws unforgiving lines when it comes to ‘violence,’ ‘drugs’ and ‘weapons,’ then it’s inevitable that children will be expelled and even arrested and jailed for writing gory stories, toting penknives and sharing aspirin. As the outrage, ridicule and lawsuits in response to zero-tolerance, even the legislators and educators who’d implemented the policies to absolve themselves of the responsibility for difficult decisions began to back away from what they had wrought. Even the laziest school administrator must recoil at the response to nine- and ten-year olds hauled away in handcuffs for drawing violent pictures with crayons, if not at the reality of the incidents themselves. So, finally, we get legislation intended to alleviate the worst abuses of zero-tolerance policies.”
Britain: “Go” orders: Guilty without charge: "During the Labour party conference Home Secretary Alan Johnson revealed yet another reason to boot the party out at the next election. Renewing Labour’s pledge to ‘clampdown on crime’ (read: creating more punishments and bureaucracy under the pretence of ‘action’), he has unveiled plans to bar alleged wife beaters from their homes through the Domestic Violence Protection Order. ‘Go’ Orders can be placed on suspects, banning them from their homes for up to two weeks, while allowing victims of abuse time to consider legal action. Apparently, this has been dreamt up to close a ‘loophole’ in legislation whereby the Police can only ‘protect’ a victim of domestic violence if a suspect has been charged with a crime. This ‘loophole’ sounds horribly similar to the long-standing practice in the UK of no-one having their liberty infringed upon without sufficient evidence to suggest it is in the public interest to do so.”
Thomas Friedman’s selective history and left-wing paranoia: "The Friedmans of the world feigned no concern whatsoever about the atmosphere of hate engendered then possibly leading to violence when their ideological foe sat in the White House. They seemed to see nothing wrong with the demonization of Bush. The cries of ‘traitor,’ ‘war criminal,’ ‘liar’ and ‘loser’ apparently didn’t coarsen the dialog or create a ‘poisonous political environment’ like they do now. And the Southern Poverty Law Center had nothing to say about the virulent hate that was evident then. This demand for respect for the President of the United States we hear today wasn’t at all evident in the left’s gleeful celebration of shoes thrown at the President of the United States during a press conference, was it?”
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