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Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Planned Impoverishment?

We have all heard about planned obsolescence. The auto industry does it with annual model changes. Intel does it with computer chips; Microsoft does it with every change in Windows. Hell, even razor blade manufacturer so it.

But planned impoverishment? To what end?

OK, how about this? Total dependence on Government.

The US stock market has dropped 20% since the beginning of the year, and it’s only the beginning of March. This is on top of the 40% drop last year. People are watching their savings and investments evaporate before their eyes. Plans for retirement, education, a home are being abandoned. The wolf is creeping closer to the door.

And what is our “Hope and Change” leadership doing about it? Having announced that Tim Geitner is in charge of the economy, they act as if that fixed the problem. And having proposed spending over three trillion dollars on pork this year, Team Obama has decided it’s priorities are nationalizing health care, making the world one, ending all war, freezing the earth’s climate and making Arabs and Jews love each other.

If I were a suspicious man, I would suspect that Team Obama is not unhappy that people are losing their financial independence. It’s much easier to control people when they don’t have “go to hell” money.

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Cosmo said...

Enfeeblement of various constituencies has been a feature of progressive policies for decades. Because it's always been about control.

Let others argue about the origins of our present crisis, or the degree to which it was deliberately contrived.

But one thing has become clear: This fiasco is being used like a Reichstag Fire by our parasitical political class to amass power.

Anonymous said...

It'll be interesting to see how Obama is able to control tens of millions of Americans when they're angry, fed up...and armed.

Brett_McS said...

Destruction of the family, the ultimate independent entity: Another piece in the puzzle.

Joan of Argghh! said...

You know the old adage that you should never mess with another's man woman or wallet?

How long before the true believers start to resent the theft? The MSM can't shield the populace from their own financial statements.

Publius Sed said...

From Obama's community organizing playbook:

"Outlining his strategy in organizing Alinksy writes:

"There's another reason for working inside the system. Dostoevski said that taking a new step is what people fear most. Any revolutionary change must be preceded by a passive, affirmative, non-challenging attitude toward change among the mass of our people. They must feel so frustrated, so defeated, so lost, so futureless in the prevailing system that they are willing to let go of the past and change the future. This acceptance is the reformation essential to any revolution. To bring on this reformation requires that the organizer work inside the system, among not only the middle class but the 40 per cent of American families - more than seventy million people - whose income range from $5,000 to $10,000 a year [in 1971]. They cannot be dismissed by labeling them blue collar or hard hat. They will not continue to be relatively passive and slightly challenging. If we fail to communicate with them, if we don't encourage them to form alliances with us, they will move to the right. Maybe they will anyway, but let's not let it happen by default."[2]

Alinsky codified and wrote a clear set of rules[3] for community organizing. His rules for radicals are now used as key tactics to learn in the training of new community organizers." ~

Anonymous said...

Destruction of access to energy. Plot human history against availability of energy and you will see a direct correlation to human progress and prosperity.

Yet Obama has vowed to "destroy" - his word - any company that tries to build a coal fired power plant. Obama wants gas prices much higher.

There are lame excuses offered for reducing access to energy but, the result is to impoverish Americans.

NotClauswitz said...

Leninism holds that capitalism can only be overthrown by revolutionary means; that any attempts to reform capitalism from within, such as Fabianism and non-revolutionary forms of democratic socialism, are doomed to fail.
They start with a manufactured crisis, then got for the jugular.

Augustine said...

An added benefit is a reduction in campaign contributions and increased influence by Unions spending dues collected from members now coerced into membership.

ChocolateGodzilla said...

It's over, people, it's over. Our fellow citizens want, nay demand, lifelong Obama-care. That it can't last is not their problem.

Don't freeze or frustrate, join the revolution. Stay low and move fast. Head for someplace where hard work is rewarded.

We will be fine. The people who take our trillion dollars will be back every year, just like the mob protection racket they are. But there will be less of us to intimidate. Vote the only way that currently counts in the USSA, vote with your feet. Live free or die

Aloysius said...

Yes you are getting it. The left's objective is control their tool is impoverishment.

Anonymous said...

As I've said before, the idea that socialism doesn't work is not true at all--it works very, very well for the people at the top, much more so than any other system. It just sucks for everybody else.

And I don't know about the notion that power necessarily corrupts, but it does seem to me that the corrupt are attracted to power.

DADvocate said...

The more financial institutions, health care agencies, businesses in general that fail, the more Obama can socialize them. He wants massive failures, plain and simple.

Anonymous said...

And where, ChocolateGodzilla, would that fine place be, where hard work is rewarded?

Now that America is over.

Anonymous said...

Don't freeze or frustrate, join the revolution. Stay low and move fast. Head for someplace where hard work is rewarded.

FTS. (You figure it out).

Leave? All my ancestors were here before the Revolution. I sure as hell ain't leaving without a fight.

I agree that this is being used like the burning of the Reichstag. But those politicians taking advantage should remember what happened to all those folks. This is socialism on steroids, not 1950s Britain. The bill will come due very, very soon.

My guess is that the anti-American Obama (look at his ma and pa's politics) is trying to drive down asset prices and drive up deficit spending so that foreign countries can buy us on the cheap.

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