Category Archives: 2010 elections

RACING IN THE STREETS: Catastrophic Spending: Change You Can Believe In.

Stumping on behalf of Barack Obama during the 2008 Presidential contest, rocker Bruce Springsteen’s oft-heard plea to voters just before belting out his campaign anthem “The Rising” was, “I want my country back”. Well, we don’t know if the Boss got his country back or not, that’s up to him. But, what we do now know as this “Reign of Change” barrels on down the highway towards the 2012 election is this,”The Rising” was eerily prophetic… Which, might help explain why so many fans of “The Boss” used their “Cash For Clunkers” refund as down payments on one of these street racers…

EDITOR NOTE: The following article mentions the Tea Party and other Patriot groups organizing on the grass roots level for the upcoming 2012 election cycle. As a single-issue voter for life in defense of unborn children, I’ve been troubled recently by reported actions of Tea Party members preventing the pro-life message at Tea Party rallies. This site does not support nor advocate on behalf of any political party or candidate unwilling to defend the right to life… 

Catastrophic Spending: Change You Can Believe In.

Vic Biorseth, Thursday, April 28, 2011
http://www.Thinking-Catholic-Strategic-Center.com

We have contended in the past that much if not most of the economic problems America and the world are encountering may be purposely caused, by plan, involving multiple fraudulent, manufactured crises, and we have laid out our evidences. However, the economic situation is now beginning to get so precipitous that we might better focus on pure numbers, and leave motivations out of it altogether.

Let’s just look at what has happened, since January 2009 until today:

Item: January 2009 Today % Chg
Avg Retail Gasoline / gallon $1.83 $3.44 84%
Gold / troy oz $853.25 $1,369.50 60.5%
Corn, Yellow $3.56 $6.33 78.1%
Soybeans, No 1 $9.66 $13.75 42.3%
Sugar cane, raw $13.37 $35.39 164.7%
Unemployment, non-farm, overall 7.6% 9.4% 23.7%
Unemployment, blacks 12.6% 15.8% 15.8%
Number of Unemployed 11,616,000 14,485,000 24.7%
Federal Employees 2,779.000 2,840,000 2.2%
Median Household Income $50,112 49.777 -0.7%
Food stamp recipients 31,938,716 43,200,878 35.1%
Unemployment recipients 7,526,598 9,193.838 22.2%
Long-term unemployed 2,600,000 6,400,000 146.2%
Americans in poverty 39,800,000 43,600,000 9.5%
Failed banks 140 164 17.1%
US Dollar supply (M1) in billions 1,575.1 1,865.7 18.4%
Us Dollar supply (M2) in billions 8,310.9 8,852.3 6.5%
National debt in trillions $10.627 $14.052 32.2%

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When you put everything aside other than the raw numbers, you see that something absolutely must be done. Just considering debt alone, we have accumulated debt since January 2009 at a rate 27 times faster than our entire national history. Look less at the actual debt, which is bad enough on its own, but concentrate for a moment on the rate at which it is accelerating. If you were cruising along at 65 mpg and you were passed by a car going 27 times faster, that car would be doing about 7,555 mph.

To say this cannot be sustained is a radical understatement of the case. Of all the serious crises we face of various type – borders, unemployment, social, political, international, military, geo-political – this economic crisis is the one that is most likely to do us in as a nation.

The spending has got to be stopped.


At the grass-roots level, Tea Party and Patriot Group activities continue in recruiting volunteer citizen lobbyists in the local area. They are looking for people, perhaps retired, who can devote the time required to become a non-paid (and therefore non-registered) lobbyist, at the local and state levels. These volunteer lobbyists need to not only promote fiscal conservatism, but to find or identify, and promote and support citizen candidates for office, at all levels. The most important level, believe it or not, is the lowest. The local political arena is the seedbed, or the greenhouse, in which higher representatives are developed for higher office.

Organizers are looking to get citizens who will commit to camping out at town halls and attending all meetings; to getting familiar with office holders and contenders, and to getting the voice of conservatism heard. Large and small city halls, and the state house are all in need of knowledgeable citizens who are motivated enough to commit to this as if it were a job.

Most lobbyists, we have learned, are highly paid registered professional lobbyists, and a significant number of them are lovely young women. (I wonder why.) They get the attention of the holders of power, and they jealously hold it. They camp out at congressmen’s doors. But, we have learned, if you are not paid, you don’t have to register, and you can do the same thing, in a more decent and respectable way.

If you choose to do this, you will learn that the holders of power will tend to respect you and to listen to you in spite of all obstacles, because there is one thing they fear.

They fear the voters who you represent. The one thing they fear is political defeat.

Think about it.

CCHD’s new moral theologian?

Star rise, star fall…

According to the USCCB”s recent review and renewal pledge to reform the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, new structures will help assist CCHD in applying prohibitions on funding groups which act in conflict with Catholic social and moral teachings… A new staff position on CCHD mission and identity will be added, including an ongoing consulting relationship with a moral theologian, and a CCHD Review Board to advise the bishops and the CCHD…

NOTE: Recent reports say Nancy Pelosi, Girl Theologian, may well be available following November 2nd. 

HAPPY HOLLOWEEN…

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Same as it ever was? — USCCB “Review and Renewal of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development” betrays utter lack of reform

I’ve downloaded and read the CCHD “Review and Renewal of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development as Accepted and Affirmed by the USCCB Administrative Committee,” – promulgated on September 15, 2010 – and can only cry in absolute frustration, that nothing has changed. The new, improved CCHD is still all about funding Alinskyian organizing (organizing based on the organizational theories of the late, great Saul Alinsky)….which is still all about progressive politics…which is still all about killing babies.

Yes, CCHD grants will go to progressive organizations that are also concerned with decriminalizing undocumented immigrants, socializing medicine, and nationalizing public education, as it always has, but those are issues good men and women can disagree about. Good organizations, on the other hand, don’t support politicians and policies that kill babies. Since CCHD continues to fund organizations that support pro-abortion politicians and policies, nothing has changed.

There has been no reform of CCHD.

There has been no renewal of CCHD.

CCHD has intractably set its course. It was founded to fund Alinskyian organizing and it will, if this document of “review and renewal” is any indication, go down funding Alinskyian organizing.

The document’s Introduction, for instance, after a whole lot of pious rhetoric, lists 4 examples of “CCHD’s remarkable work.” Two of those examples are Alinskyian organizations: Communities Organized for Public Service (COPS), an affiliate of Saul Alinsky’s Industrial Areas Foundation network, and the Federation of Congregations United to Serve (FOCUS), an affiliate of PICO, a network founded in the IAF-style by an IAF-trained organizer. This is “CCHD’s remarkable work.”

Pro-life groups around the US, under the banner of Reform CCHD Now, have demonstrated that dozens of CCHD grantees have been directly engaged in activities that violate Church teachings. According to “Review and Renewal,” CCHD has withdrawn funding from only five of them. If this is the best CCHD can manage, despite overwhelming evidence against the others, CCHD assurances that it will be putting into place “stronger policies and clearer mechanisms to screen and monitor grants and groups” is very un-reassuring.

And while it has verbally distanced itself from groups that are also indirectly engaged in activities that violate Church teachings, the money pours from Catholics, who think their donations are “for the poor,” straight into progressive coffers. So while CCHD states it “will not fund groups that are members of coalitions which have as part of their organizational purpose or coalition agenda, positions or actions that contradict fundamental Catholic moral and social teaching,” it continues to fund the Alinskyian organizing networks and their affiliates. The two “model” grantees give us a very nice picture of how this plays.

Democrat pro-choice politician Henry Cisneros of San Antonio owed his successful mayoral bid directly to the IAF. “IAF’s most successful projects have been based in Texas, where Communities Organized for Public Service (COPS) in San Antonio helped elect Henry Cisneros as the city’s first Hispanic mayor.” [David Walls, “Power to the People: Thirty-five Years of Community Organizing,” The Workbook, summer 1994. Cisneros served as mayor of San Antonio from 1981 to 1987.]

As for the Federation of Congregations United to Serve, it recently became a partner with Public Allies Central Florida. Public Allies, whose founding advisory board included President Obama and whose Chicago chapter was run by Michelle Obama from 1993-1996, was one of the original AmeriCorps programs. Its mission is to “advance new leadership” and, in that capacity frequently has “partnered” with Planned Parenthood (e.g. Milwaukee and Pittsburgh). In fact, Public Allies’ national head of finance and administration is Tim Hosch, previously the Controller at Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin. What an interesting partner for a CCHD-funded organization.

Guilt by association? You betcha. These associations marry Alinskyian community organizations to the progressive policies and persons of the Democrat Party – and Alinskyian community organizations are the groups that receive the bulk of CCHD grants.

With that in mind, consider CCHD’s new “commitments,” detailed in “Review and Renewal.” Many of them involve plastering statements of intention here and there (“Add introductory statement on CCHD mission foundations and identity on all forms, applications, materials,” “Revise CCHD Grant Agreement to more clearly state prohibited activities,” “…add more specific language to the CCHD Grant Agreement,” “…revise and refine the CCHD Grant Agreement for greater clarity”) that will mean absolutely NOTHING unless there is a fundamental restructuring of the collection.

Similarly, creating “a new position to focus on promoting, safeguarding and monitoring the Catholic identity of CCHD and compliance with CCHD requirements” will accomplish NOTHING if the person who fills that position thinks – as CCHD has argued for 40 years – that Alinskyian community organizing and its political shenanigans are perfectly compliant with CCHD requirements.

It’s all doublespeak unless there’s a change of direction – a metanoia – a conversion. Doing what CCHD has always done will produce what CCHD has always produced.

Stop trying to “Share the Good News of CCHD” (could “Review and Renewal” have crafted a more offensive statement?) and start sharing the good news of Jesus. Stop trying to “empower the poor” and help them, instead. Stop worrying about the bad PR (“CCHD will develop more timely, consistent and effective ways to monitor and respond to coverage of CCHD in both new and traditional media”) and worry instead about bad programs. For heaven’s sake, don’t try to persuade us that “enlarge[ing] the range of grant amounts ($25,000 – $75,000)” to organizations whose progressive fellowships – that’s “dead babies” when you come out of the bureaucratic and into the real world – is positive.

Way toward the end of “Review and Renewal,” there’s a little item that “CCHD will seek appropriate ways to integrate its activities to protect the life and dignity of those who are poor or suffering from economic injustice into the broader USCCB “life and dignity” priority…The connection between family (broken families, absent fathers, domestic violence, unwed pregnancies, etc.) and economic (joblessness, low wages, discrimination, globalization, etc.) aspects of poverty should be an area of continuing focus for CCHD.” It’s the best part of this sorry 15-page document.

However, one would like to know why, in the one spot in the US where this very connection was attempted – the Archdiocese of Chicago – the CCHD director was “let go.”

For 40 years, the Catholic bishops and the Catholic community in the United States have been duped. They have been unwitting partners in a serious and sustained commitment to manipulate low-income people and poor communities into supporting a progressive agenda that has included dead babies. That isn’t how we serve the poor – and it doesn’t make their lives better.

But it does insure that the reviewed and renewed CCHD is pretty much the same creature as it’s always been.

Stephanie Block is a member of the Catholic Media Coalition and the editor of the New Mexico-based Los Pequenos newspaper.

Info: http://www.usccb.org/cchd/

Obama’s Amnesia Express — ‘This election is not about what we’ve done.’

…And two years into it we know why.

As Americans wait on the president to finally decide on what his “pay grade” actually is as president, (Hint: providing the country with a workable job prescription for the ills of 10.2 unemployment might be a start), he warns his followers in Madison, Wisconsin, last week that the “other side” is counting on amnesia come November 2. All this while asking that we forget about what he’s done. Which is… well, you fill in the blank_____________.

Outside of the dreamy-eyed devo-ite organizers protrayed below, is anyone actually still buying into the “game of change” thing?

Welcome to the world of selective amnesia…

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CCHD Update — Hundreds of parishioners petition bishop to withdraw support for 2010 Catholic Campaign for Human Development

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Here’s your backdrop headline to the stories below:

ACORN Is Very Much Alive; Funding Ban Dies This Week

There’s a New Catholic Citizens Statement on the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.

According to the report:

It appears that there are still questionable grantees; and, in fact, there has been strong criticism of the participation of members of the staff of the CCHD at the national offices of the USCCB and their membership in various controversial organizations and coalitions that work in opposition to the teachings of the Catholic Church, promoting abortion and gay “marriage.” A full report [See the full report here] of the organizations receiving grants that are not in conformity with the teachings of the Church was sent to all of the bishops in the United States by REFORM CCHD NOW.

Bishops are scheduled to debate reform of the troubled program in November.

Catholic Citizens report:

All members of the USCCB have been asked to respond to a document – “The Review and Renewal of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.” Although it has gone through five successive drafts, there is still no agreement among the bishops. Supporters of the CCHD are fearful that the bishops may call for sweeping changes at their November meeting, and are asking their allies to contact the bishops and express their satisfaction with the document, thereby halting any attempt at reform.

Meanwhile, hundreds of parishioners from the Diocese of Arlington, Virginia, are already urging  Bishop Loverde to withdraw his support of CCHD through a prayerful petitioning effort. I received this tonight…

Dear Editor,

Most devote Catholics would never knowingly support pro-abortion groups.

Yet on November 21st, many Catholics throughout the Arlington Diocese will unwittingly donate to organizations that promote abortion, homosexual marriage, and contraception.

That is because, despite the extensive publicity regarding CCHD’s funding of questionable groups, Bishop Paul S. Loverde of the Diocese of Arlington plans to go forward with the collection next month for CCHD.

Most people already know that CCHD gave millions of dollars to ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) before news of ACORN’s scandalous activities made national headlines. However, many people are not aware that CCHD continues to fund dozens of similar groups that promote abortion, contraception, homosexual marriage and other activities that are in direct conflict with Church teachings.

Hundreds of parishioners have already urged Bishop Loverde to withdraw his support of CCHD by signing the Prayerful Petition found at http://www.NoMoreCCHD.com We remain hopeful that Bishop Loverde will join other American bishops who have already withdrawn their support for CCHD.

Sincerely,

Jeffrey E. Knight

466 Long Mountain Road
Washington, VA 22747
(540)675-1440

The petition simply states:

We the undersigned parishioners of the Catholic Diocese of Arlington, respectfully urge Bishop Paul S. Loverde to withdraw support for the 2010 National Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) and, in lieu thereof, sponsor a collection for the more worthy needs and programs of our diocese.
I personally find this portion of the petition statement attractive, much needed, and worthy of exploration by the Bishop’s conference next month: 
[…in lieu thereof, (CCHD Collection)…] sponsor a collection for the more worthy needs and programs of our diocese.
That’s the ticket.
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Labor Day Oregon: Obama’s “recovery summer” theatre ends with more spending for planned road projects

Okay. So now, American’s can grumble in their car about the road construction back-up on the way to the unemployment office instead of work….

Unemployment in Josephine County, Oregon, rose slightly last month, according to a Aug. 24 press release from the Oregon Employment Dept. (OED).

The county’s seasonally adjusted rate went from 13.8 percent in June to 14.3 percent in July, OED said. It was at 14.6 percent in July 2009.

And now this: 

WASHINGTON (AP) – Vowing to find new ways to stimulate the sputtering economy, President Barack Obama will call for long-term investments in the nation’s roads, railways and runways that would cost at least $50 billion.

The infrastructure investments are one part of a package of targeted proposals the White House is expected to announce in hopes of jump-starting the economy ahead of the November election. Obama will outline the infrastructure proposal Monday at a Labor Day event in Milwaukee.

While the proposal calls for investments over six years, the White House said spending would be front-loaded with an initial $50 billion to help create jobs in the near future.

The goals of the infrastructure plan include: rebuilding 150,000 miles of roads; constructing and maintaining 4,000 miles of railways, enough to go coast-to-coast; and rehabilitating or reconstructing 150 miles of airport runways, while also installing a new air navigation system designed to reduce travel times and delays.

Obama will also call for the creation of a permanent infrastructure bank that would focus on funding national and regional infrastructure projects.

Administration officials wouldn’t say what the total cost of the infrastructure investments would be, but did say the initial $50 billion represents a significant percentage. Officials said the White House would consider closing a number of special tax breaks for oil and gas companies to pay for the proposal.

Obama made infrastructure investments a central part of the $814 billion stimulus Congress passed last year, but with that spending winding down, the economy’s growth has slowed. Officials said this infrastructure package differs from the stimulus because it’s aimed at long-term growth, while still focusing on creating jobs in the short-term.

In a Labor Day interview on CBS'”Early Show,” Labor Secretary Hilda Solis said the plan Obama was to unveil Monday would “put construction workers, welders, electricians back to work … folks that have been unemployed for a long time.”

With the unemployment rate ticking up to 9.6 percent, and polls showing the midterm elections could be dismal for Democrats, the president has promised to unveil a series of new measures on the economy.

Their is a new meaning to the phrase “Recovery Summer”. The hope that as summer winds down American’s will recover their senses at election time… 

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