Posts Tagged ‘Obama Administration’

CNSNews brings us a story revealing that the White House is considering adopting a policy that would require bidders of Government contracts to meet certain wage and benefits requirements, favoring unions and crippling opportunities of small businesses.  It has already been shown that unions foster decreased productivity and stifle growth.

In Nod to Labor Unions, White House May Require ‘Living Wage’ in Government Contracts

Friday, February 26, 2010
By Sam Hananel, Associated Press

Washington (AP) – The White House is looking at a new policy that would give an advantage in bidding on government contracts to companies that offer generous benefits and good pay.

But business groups opposing the idea maintain it would shut out smaller businesses from competing for more than $500 billion a year in federal contracts and increase government procurement costs.

The policy is known as “high road” contracting, and it could draw the Obama administration into a larger debate over whether the government should use public purse strings to strengthen the middle class and promote higher labor standards.

Advocates of the plan include unions. They say too many jobs financed by government contracts come with low wages and limited benefits and support companies that violate employment laws.

The Economic Policy Institute, a liberal think tank, estimates that nearly 20 percent of the 2 million federal contract workers in the U.S. earn less than the poverty threshold wage of $9.91 per hour. As many as 22 million workers are employed by federal contractors.

Documents obtained by The Associated Press show the plan under consideration would examine the wages and benefits — such as health insurance, retirement benefits and paid leave — a company pays its employees as a factor in the contract award process.

Another factor would be whether a contract bidder is a repeat violator of labor and employment laws. Businesses with legal violations are already supposed to be restricted under current contracting rules, but the new policy would create a better system for tracking those companies.

A Labor Department compliance office would compile a score on contract bidders based on the new criteria.

The White House’s consideration of the new policy was first reported earlier this month on the political Web site Daily Caller.

Earlier this month, a group of four Republican senators led by Sen. Susan Collins of Maine wrote a letter to Budget Director Peter Orszag arguing that imposing such a policy could increase the cost of federal contracting and hurt small businesses.

“These small businesses could choose not to compete for federal contracts, undermining the diversity of the federal contracting base and lessening competitive pressure on larger federal contractors,” the lawmakers wrote.

The U.S Chamber of Commerce goes further, calling the policy a payback to labor unions. Unionized companies that already pay workers higher average wages and offer better health and retirement benefits would be in a better position to compete with nonunion contractors.

“This is an attempt by the unions to force their policy agenda on a wide swath of the economy by rigging the government procurement process,” said Glenn Spencer, executive director of the Chamber’s Workforce Freedom Initiative.

David Madland, director of the American Worker Project at the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank, said there is evidence that better-paid workers are more efficient and productive. Local governments with similar plans found raising standards increased competition because more companies are willing to bid on government contracts, he said.

Madland said raising labor standards and wages also saves taxpayers from hidden costs when employers pay so little that their workers rely on publicly funded health insurance and other safety net programs.

In 2007, Maryland became the first state to adopt a living wage law that requires state contractors to pay a minimum salary to workers. More than 100 other cities and counties have adopted similar mandates. By contrast, the federal “high road” policy would not require the government to prefer companies with higher wages — it would be one factor among other criteria.

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WorldNetDaily has a report on the mainstream media finally acknowledging the downfall of the U.S. dollar under the Obama Administration.

Media recognize Obama’s failure to support dollar

Report concludes: ‘Demise may be only a matter of time’

Posted: May 15, 2009
12:41 pm Eastern

© 2009 WorldNetDaily

Barack Obama

The nation’s media – finally – is recognizing and acknowledging what is happening to the U.S. dollar under the direction of President Barack Obama, Jerome Corsi’s Red Alert reports.

In a clear sign the dollar collapse is so imminent that the mainstream media can no longer cover up the inept way the Obama administration has managed international economics, the New York Times finally published on Thursday an editorial declaring the end of the U.S. dollar is at hand.

“[The United States] is running huge budget and trade deficits, and is relying on the kindness of restless foreign creditors who are starting to feel uneasy about accumulating even more dollar assets,” New York University economics professor Nouriel Roubini, commonly known on Wall Street as “Dr. Doom,” wrote in the New York Times editorial published on Tuesday, May 13. “The resulting demise of the dollar may be only a matter of time.”

Even more emphatically, the Telegraph in Great Britain picked up the story written by James Quinn, a Wall Street Journal correspondent.

Almost as if on cue, President Obama, in his town hall meeting in Rio Rancho, N.M., outside Albuquerque, on Thursday, May 14, 2009, declared that the current level of federal deficit spending was “unsustainable” and warned of skyrocketing interest rates if the U.S. government, of which he is the chief executive, continues to finance government by borrowing from other countries, according to a report published by Bloomberg.

“We can’t keep on just borrowing from China,” Obama told the Rio Rancho audience. “We have to pay interest on that debt, and that means we are mortgaging our children’s future with more and more debt.”

The only surprise here was that the Rio Rancho town hall meeting may have been the first time these realizations occurred to President Obama.

More likely, judging from the New York Times decision to publish the Roubini op-ed piece, the news was that the Obama administration was already at the point where the truth had to be confessed to the U.S. public, even though WND has been predicting these dire economic consequences for years and Red Alert has been sounding the warning since its inception last year.

As far back as 2006, WND asked the question whether the U.S. dollar was facing collapse.

WND has reported the true deficit of the federal government as measured by the U.S. Treasury according to generally accepted accounting principles, or GAAP methods, was $5.1 trillion in 2008, not the $455 billion previously reported by the Bush administration on a cash basis, and the GAAP negative net worth of the U.S. exceeds $65.5 trillion, an amount that exceeds the gross domestic product of the world.

WND has also reported the U.S. Treasury is planning to raise $2.5 trillion in debt in 2009 and an additional $4 trillion in 2010 to provide financing for the projected Obama administration deficits.

The massive amount of U.S. Treasury debt financing is projected to increase the $10 trillion national debt at the end of the Bush administration by 65 percent in just the first two years of the Obama administration.

In his New York Times editorial, Roubini admitted China’s currency, the renminbi, is “far from ready to achieve reserve currency status.” Still, he suggested correctly, “If China and other countries were to diversify their reserve holdings away from the dollar – and they eventually will – the United States would suffer.”

In 2007, WND first reported China had made a major policy decision to hold a smaller percentage of their then-$1 trillion in foreign exchange reserves in U.S. dollar assets.

Roubini suggested the possibility China could begin borrowing and lending internationally in its own currency.

“The renminbi, rather than the dollar, could eventually become a means of payment in trade and a unit of account in pricing imports and exports, as well as a store of value for wealth by international investors,” he wrote. “Americans would pay the price. We would have to shell out more for imported goods, and interest rates on both private and public debt would rise. The higher private cost of borrowing could lead to weaker consumption and investment, and slower growth.”

Yet, WND has been warning that globalist economists have an alternative for the dollar ready to implement.

Red Alert’s author, whose books “The Obama Nation” and “Unfit for Command” have topped the New York Times best-sellers list, noted that while bureaucrats in the Obama administration are convinced the politically correct vehicles for Detroit to manufacture are small, energy-efficient electric hybrids, the American car buyer might shrug shoulders in disdain when the 2010 Obamamobiles begin showing up on car lots for sale.

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WorldNetDaily is calling attention to a disturbing activity sanctioned by the Obama Administration.  The 2010 census takers are recording the latitude and longitude of every front door in America as they go around taking the census.  Read below for more.

Census GPS-tagging your home’s front door

Coordinates being taken for every residence in nation

Posted: May 05, 2009
8:32 pm Eastern
By Bob Unruh
© 2009 WorldNetDaily

GPS satellite

According to an online Yahoo program, the Global Position System coordinates for the White House, probably one of the best-known publicly-owned buildings in the world, are 38.898590 Latitude and -77.035971 Longitude. And since you know that, it’s no big deal for the White House to know the coordinates for your front door, is it?

Some people think it is, and are upset over an army of some 140,000 workers hired in part with a $700 million taxpayer-funded contract to collect those GPS readings for every front door in the nation.

The data collection, presented as being in preparation for the 2010 Census, is pinpointing with computer accuracy the locations and has raised considerable concern from privacy advocates who have questioned why the information is needed. They also are more than a little worried over what could be done with that information.

Enhancing those concerns is the recent decision in the Obama administration to have White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel in an oversight role over the census, which will control a reapportionment of congressional seats and could be used to solidify to a stranglehold a single political party’s control over the nation, its budget, military and future.

Commerce Secretary Gary Locke recently told the Washington Post: “The census director reports to me, and, of course, I serve at the pleasure of the president.” He added the White House told him “it has no interest in politicizing [the census].”

But at American Daily Review, blogger Douglas Gibbs had more than a few doubts.

“GPS coordinates of your front door will make it easier for the government to monitor you,” he said. “The U.S. Census Bureau is simply an excuse – a harmless looking means of obtaining the front door coordinates. The creation of GPS coordinates for front doors has nothing to do with the census, in all honesty, no matter how much the United States government tries to convince you that it does.”

He recalled wondering why, just weeks ago, the Obama administration announced its oversight of the census, “literally taking control of the census away from the Commerce Department.”

He put that together with Obama’s longtime push for national service.

“The Obamites, thirsty to serve their new messianic figure, have lost enough of their objectivity to be willingly recruited into such an insidious program like gaining these coordinates for the U.S. government. … I ask again, what would be the purpose of shooting the GPS coordinates of American doorways?” he wrote.

The answer he provided was alarming.

“Imagine, if you will, that there are a number of people in a neighborhood that could not find the addresses they are tasked with finding. They are not locals, maybe are unable to read a map, or perhaps do not have the time to pull out a map, and they need to find you with specific GPS coordinates. Their devices would lead them to your front door with these coordinates. Imagine a crisis is afoot, and martial law is put into place. U.S. troops need to round up particular folks,” he wrote.

“Let’s take this a step further. After all, with Barack Obama desiring to decrease the number of folks in the military, and with forces committed worldwide, we may not have sufficient military forces at home to deal with a rising national emergency. If the government decided to rely on foreign troops, perhaps United Nations personnel, most of which may not understand the street signs, much less know the lay of the land, they could use GPS devices to direct them to your front door,” he wrote.

According to the Census Bureau’s website, the GPS technology “allows us to reduce the amount of time spent by census workers in locating addresses … Most importantly, by adding a GPS coordinate to each housing unit, the Census Bureau is able to ensure that residents are counted in the right location.”

At Canada Free Press, commentator J.B. Williams said, “I can’t resist the urge to question the authority and purpose behind such a BIG BROTHER initiative, when the official census itself is not due to be taken until 2010…

“No imagination is required to think up a whole laundry list of evil that could be done with a nationwide GPS grid of coordinate’s markers painted on every private home across the country. But I was having trouble thinking up one good reason for it, even one legitimate use that would justify what must be a very expensive undertaking,” he said.

“Why does the Obama administration need or want the latitude and longitude coordinates for every home in America? Why the rush to GPS paint every home in the next 90 days? Why must the marker be within 40 feet of every front door? For what possible purpose does the Fed need GPS coordinates for every home, and under what authority do they have the right? Census workers, whom I asked, had the same holy-crap look on their faces that I had by then,” he wrote.

Then he cited the cooperative effort that the U.S. Census Bureau has reached with ACORN, the organization of community activists with which Obama worked.

“Obama’s interest in an ACORN-controlled 2010 Census, for the purpose of redistricting to the advantage of Democrats before the 2010 mid-term elections, comes as NO shock from a regime known for their heavy handed Rules for Radicals political strategies. But what does this have to do with GPS marking every home in the country?” he questioned.

Ask those who have served military duty, he said. They are very familiar with the most common use of GPS target painting, and the rest might want to read books such as “The Precision Revolution: GPS and the Future of Aerial Warfare.”

Online sources noted that Google Maps already probably has listed most homes in the nation.

“But the front door? Sounds like a jackboot convenience to me,” said RightSoup.com.

Added Williams, “What I do know is this … Coincidences of this number and magnitude don’t happen. … I also know that people had better start asking the right people the right questions and demanding answers fast. Begin with asking the mainstream press why there has been no public notification of the federal governments GPS marking your front door?”

A number of concerned citizens have contacted WND about the program, and repeatedly have cited warnings delivered by the GPS squad members that their failure to allow the readings would result in fines and possibly imprisonment under Title 13, which allows the census to be taken.

But repeatedly they’ve gotten no answers when asked what a GPS reading has to do with the number of people living at the home – which isn’t supposed to be subject to questions until 2010 anyway.

One WND reader raised these questions to a local census office.

“What authority does the U.S. Census Bureau have for sending anyone to my front door in April of 2009 to mark it with GPS coordinates? This is unacceptable. The census is not due until 2010, and the usurpation of the census by the White House is unconstitutional. … This citizen will not answer census questions until the year they are due, and demands that my GPS coordinates be removed from all government records.”

The census response?

“Address canvassing should conclude by mid-July. The operation will use new hand-held computers equipped with GPS to increase geographic accuracy. The ability to capture GPS coordinates for most of the nation’s housing units will greatly reduce the number of geographic coding errors caused by using paper maps in previous counts. … During the address canvassing operation, census workers may ask to verify a housing structure’s address and whether there are additional living quarters on the property. All census workers carry official government badges marked with just their name. You also may ask them for a picture ID from another source to confirm their identity. In addition, some census workers might carry a ‘U. S. Census Workers’ bag.”

Another WND reader, from Washington state, reported he is having his attorney look into the legality of the GPS data collection and hopes to have enough support for a legal challenge.

The reader, whose name was withheld because of his concerns over repercussions, said a government home data collector ignored his no trespassing sign, and he was threatened by the collector for wanting to refuse to provide “census” information.

He said GPS mapping nowhere is authorized for census workers.

Census spokesman Stephen Buckner told WND the activity is, in fact, proper, and even necessary. There are homes being built and torn down constantly, and the census needs such information. Local building records and other government databases such as tax records would not suffice, he said.

“There are 140,000 workers walking every street of America,” he told WND, in order to document 145 million addresses with GPS coordinates.

He assured WND that all such personal information is confidential, because employees of contractors doing the work are subject to a $250,000 fine or imprisonment for five years for revealing personal information. He also confirmed that the last case that was prosecuted under the law was nearly 50 years ago.

“We have to verify every single address,” he said.

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CNSNews has a commentary about the CO2/”global warming”/”climate change” farce that keeps gaining traction here in the U.S. even in the face of mounting scientific evidence against it.  More and more scientists are discounting “global warming” .  Check the related posts below for more info.

Telling CO2 Lies to Destroy America

Monday, March 30, 2009

My friend, the internationally famed climatologist Dr. S. Fred Singer, calls them “the CO2 wars.” It is the last ditch attempt by the Greens, under the aegis of the Obama administration, to declare carbon dioxide a pollutant and thus open the door to its regulation.

Singer says such regulation “would be the equivalent of an atomic bomb directed at the U.S. economy—all without any scientific justification.”

I am increasingly of the opinion that the main goal of the Obama administration through CO2 regulation, exploding deficits, punishing taxation, and any other means at their disposal is the destruction of the economy and the complete control of impoverished Americans.

This is an administration that exists to impose an Orwellian socialist utopia after the smokescreen clears.

When it comes to CO2, Obama, his so-called science advisors, and the Environmental Protection Agency are all lying. It is governmental gangsterism.

As reported in The Wall Street Journal, “The Environmental Protection Agency has sent the White House a proposed finding that carbon dioxide is a danger to public health, a step that could trigger a clampdown on emissions of so-called greenhouse gases across a wide swath of the economy.”

Here are a few things you need to keep in mind about carbon dioxide:

— CO2 is not a “pollutant.” It is a trace gas necessary for all life of Earth because it is essential to the growth of all vegetation.

— Without CO2 all vegetation—grasses, forests, jungles, crops such as wheat, corn and rice—dies. Then herbivores die. Then you die.

— The CO2 produced by human industry or activity is a miniscule fraction of a percentage of greenhouse gases. It constitutes a mere 0.038% of the atmosphere.

— The oceans emit 96.5% of all greenhouse gases, holding and releasing CO2 as it has down through the millennia of Earth’s existence.

— In past millennia, CO2 levels were often much higher than the present.

— CO2 levels rise hundreds of years after temperature rise on planet Earth.

— The Sun is the primary source of warmth on Earth. Rising CO2 is an effect of global warming, not a cause.

— Both global warming and cooling are natural phenomenon over which humans have no control.

— The Earth is not currently warming. It has been cooling for a decade and likely to continue for at least another twenty years or longer. If a new Ice Age is triggered, it will last at least 10,000 years.

— Polar ice is now at record levels and still growing.

If you had a choice, would you prefer a warmer or colder Earth?

And consider this, if only the United States was to significantly cut its CO2 emissions, how much effect, if any, would that have in a world where most other nations, including China and India, have no intention of doing so? Both are exempt from the UN Kyoto Protocol. The answer is zero!

The EPA proposal is not about science. It is about power and it is about money. As the Wall Street Journal noted, “The administration has proposed a cap-and-trade system that could raise $646 billion by 2019 through government auctions of emission allowances.”

The federal government, though the aegis of the EPA, would have control over the destinies of an estimated 13,000 facilities if this regulatory obscenity were to become law.

“Coal-fired power plants, oil refineries and domestic industries, such as energy-intensive paper, cement, fertilizer, steel and glass manufacturers, worry that increased cost burdens imposed by climate-change laws will put them at a severe competitive disadvantage to their international peers that aren’t bound by similar environmental rules.”

Such industries would flee the United States as the most toxic place on Earth in which to do business.

This would be the fulfillment of the Obama administration’s goal and explains in part why this new assault on science, industry, and common sense has been put forth by the EPA.

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Americans for Prosperity has a letter from several national conservative leaders on the Democrats’ and Obama’s “bailout budget”.

National Conservative Leaders Speak Out on Obama’s “Bailout Budget”

A message from the following conservative leaders, representing the broader conservative movement:

Edwin Meese, former Attorney General
Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform
David Keene, chairman of the American Conservative Union
Tim Phillips, president of Americans for Prosperity
David McIntosh, former U.S. Representative from Indiana
Wendy Wright, president of Concerned Women for America
Alfred S. Regnery, publisher of The American Spectator

Obama’s Bailout Budget will Bankrupt Americans as it bails out government and special interests, adding $10,000 per family per year to the national debt for the next ten years.

The unprecedented massive spending in the budget proposed by President Barack Obama is simply a bailout for government and special interests. The National Energy Tax and other tax hikes take resources out of the hands of struggling working Americans to finance this bailout. In order to pay for this spending spree, the government will cause irresponsible increases in the deficit, bankrupt the country, and place crushing financial burdens on future generations.

• The president claims that Republicans with “short memories” caused the current debt problems, but in reality he plans to quadruple George W. Bush’s single largest deficit — the record-breaking 2008 deficit — in his first year. The proposed budget will add nearly $1,000,000,000,000 to the national debt every year for the next 10 years, or about $10,000 per family per year.

• The president’s spending measures are too much even for the freewheeling Senate Democrats, 12 of whom declared in a letter to the Budget Committee that “the deficits projected by CBO are simply not acceptable.”

• The Administration raises revenue for this orgy of spending through a series of new taxes, including a National Energy Tax which will impose a “light switch” tax of $3,128 a year on every American household – the same Americans whose taxes Obama promised to cut in the 2008 presidential campaign.

The Obama Administration is happy to present the middle class with the bill for a massive spending program designed to cover the government’s past irresponsibility and benefit key Democratic constituencies. While the President always focuses his rhetoric on the “failed” ideas of the Bush Administration, he doubles down on the exact kind of fiscal irresponsibility that led to the current downturn.

George Bush set records with a onerous deficit that surpassed $400,000,000,000, but Obama easily outdoes him in bankrupting the country with an initial planned deficit of $1,850,000,000,000 — roughly $6100 per man, woman, and child in the nation. Every budget through the next decade calls for deficits double Bush’s biggest deficit. This massive bout of overspending will finance Obama’s wildly expensive pet projects, but at tremendous costs to future generations.

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Americans for Prosperity has an article describing how it looks like America will be “cartelized” by the Obama Administration.

Instead of a full frontal attack on the economy and health care, the Administration will slowly piecemeal the legislation into being and couple it with big business.  This way they can avoid a head on confrontation by Republicans and “concerned citizens” by making it more palletable and getting the more liberal-leaning Republicans on their side.  It will be a Government+big business solution that will effectively eliminate the smaller entities and eventually force everyone into the Government-controlled system with the appearance of a private entity.

None Dare Call It Healthcare Fascism

by Lawrence A. Hunter, Ph.D.
AFP Senior Fellow

A WSJ article by American Enterprise Institute scholar Peter Wallison today illustrates how America is being cartelized by big government — none dare call it Fascism –so call it Corporatism. Wallison describes how in the process of creating a new “Systemic Risk Regulator” to prevent future financial-system meltdowns the federal government will create a whole host of new, implicitly government-backed financial institutions (similar to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac), namely those designated “systemically significant,” i.e., too big to fail. Wallison sums up the consequences:

“Financial institutions that are not large enough to be designated as systemically significant will gradually lose out in the marketplace to the larger companies that are perceived to have government backing, just as Fannie and Freddie were able to drive banks and others from the secondary market for prime middle-class mortgages. A small group of government-backed financial institutions will thus come to dominate all sectors of finance in the U.S. And when that happens they shall be called by a special name: winners.”

While Barney Frank and Co. are busy cartelizing the financial services sector, Senator Kennedy and President Obama are working quietly behind the scenes to also cartelize the healthcare sector with it’s healthcare reform scheme. Americans convincingly snubbed a single-payer, government-operated national healthcare system more than a decade ago when it rejected Hillarycare. Obama and Company have learned from that experience and are planning to co-opt Republicans and conservatives opposed to a single-payer system by cartelizing the private health insurance industry. They will call it a “public-private partnership;” it will really be healthcare run by agents of the state — it really is called fascism.

Not only will the new healthcare system likely impose a “play-or-pay” mandate on individuals (join the nationalized healthcare or pay a tax/fine), it also will impose government play-by-our-rules controls on any insurance plan that participates. The effect of these controls will be to drive all but the largest health insurance companies from the field. When it’s all said and done, Obamacare will leave Americans imprisoned in a system that has all the appearance of a private system with choices but in practice will be a nationalized system out-sourced to a few select healthcare giants. None dare call it healthcare fascism but that’s what it will be.

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Americans for Prosperity has put together some sobering charts comparing the current administration’s budget to past administration budgets.  To those who voted for Obama, is this what you really wanted?

You can view the charts better on their site than here.

Quick Charts on the 2010 Budget

These are the big tax hike chunks of the budget, though there are other provisions in there and all of these are designed to grow bigger. The cap-and-trade energy tax in particular is enormously aggressive, requiring 32 percent bigger emissions cuts than last year’s Lieberman-Warner version, and requiring all emissions permits to be auctioned, making it the exact functional equivalent of a tax with added uncertainty to inhibit planning and trading regimes to create a whole new arena for Wall Street Wizards to work their magic.

This chart shows spending as a percentage of the economy reaching the historic level of 27.7 percent this year, with only a small drop-off anticipated in 2010, that is unlikely to happen given the seemingly unlimited appetite of Congress for more spending.

This chart shows a deficit as a percent of the economy unseen at any time in our nation’s history outside of the four peek years of World War II. The biggest difference is that war effort was funded primarily from domestic savings, whereas the current deficit is mostly borrowing from foreign governments. It is now an open question how long this level of borrowing will be sustainable, and the Federal Reserve stands ready to step in and buy Treasuries directly, monetizing this record debt and triggering inflation. This chart is from the Obama budget so these deficit levels already assume his tax increases, which are dwarfed by spending increases.

This chart goes with the one above, and shows the cumulative federal debt held by the public. Held by the public means excluding government accounts, which means Social Security and Medicare obligations are not included. We have not seen these debt levels since the year in the 1950s when we were still paying for World War 2.

Finally this last chart shows the overall trajectory of federal spending and revenues through 2019 under the Obama budget plan. Note that even if they succeed in cutting spending from 2009 levels in 2010, it will be just a temporary bump down on the road to a $5 trillion budget.

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