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Cost of Doing Business with Saul Alinsky

March 29, 2010

As I mentioned in a previous post, I wondered if the Democrats were using Saul Alinsky’s rules for radicals as their political playbook. Another rule Alinsky has is:

Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. It’s hard to counterattack ridicule, and it infuriates the opposition, which then reacts to your advantage.”

Now that the healthcare bill is now law, several major companies have publicly spoken about the effect this law is going to have on their bottom line. Remember, the Democrats have repeatedly said this is going to control– if not bring down–costs. So, this law is supposed to be a good thing.

According to a WSJ article, this is what the new healthcare is going to cost the following companies:

  • AT&T- $1 billion dollars (No, that’s not a typo.)
  • John Deere- $150 million
  • Catepillar- $100 million
  • 3M- $90 million;
  • AK Steel, $31 million;
  • Valero Energy- up to $20 million

So, that would be a total of $1.391 billion dollars for just these six companies. Six, only six companies and it’s already that much. (I do think AT&T may be slightly exaggerated, but I’m not one of their corporate accountants. That means I’ll have to take them at their word.) Other companies will probably come out with a wide range of numbers in the not so distant future.

The Democrats, in typical Alinsky fashion, have some issues with these companies. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke took to the White House blog to write, “…for them to come out, I think is premature and irresponsible.”

Premature and irresponsible? Seriously?

Premature, in simplest terms, means to be done too early. It would have been premature for these companies to state the costs of these healthcare changes when the bill had not been passed, much less finalized. Common sense should tell anyone that these companies were calculating costs for the past year. Waiting for the bill to be passed before announcing the costs is common sense– much less good business sense.

Irresponsible, again in simplest terms, is a careless action or a lack of personal ownership. (Never mind that I find it hilarious that a Washington politician is lecturing anyone about irresponsibility.) Any publicly company traded has a responsibility to its shareholders to identify any change that will affect the business either positively or negatively. The company also has a responsibility to determine the benefit or severity of that change. So, it would seem to me, these companies have acted responsibly by telling their shareholders what the cost and impact of the new healthcare law will be.

Since these companies had the audacity to do this, Henry Waxman is going to have these companies testify in Congress on April 21, because their judgement “appears to conflict with independent analyses, which show that the new law will expand coverage and bring down costs.”

One second…need to stop laughing before I continue. OK,  that’s better.

“Bring down costs”— On what planet??? Common sense logic should tell you that insuring additional people will costs money. That’s how it works! Using my own healthcare costs ($2400/year) as an example, it would costs approximately $77 billion a year to insure 32 million people. That is basic and simple math. It is NOT a partisan viewpoint.

“Independent analyses”— Pray tell, whose? The CBO’s??? The Congressional Budget Office has so many limitations and constraints they have to work within that their accounting practices bear no semblance of reality. However, in the real world where companies like AT&T are, they have to keep accurate books so they can make a profit. Failure to do so, e.g. Enron, tend to have corporate executives spending a lot of quality time in prison.

However, the Democrats intend to have a hearing where they will humiliate the companies for speaking out against the healthcare bill and the mainstream media will be there to act as cheerleader. The companies are being responsible stewards and they are going to be burned at the stake for it.

Alinsky would be proud.

Alinsky’s Rule #10

March 26, 2010

First off, let me say that violence against anyone for their opinion is wrong. No flowing rhetoric, no long-winded diatribe. It’s just wrong. So, if the recent rash of violence or threats of violence against Congressmen is even remotely true; then the people who are committing these acts should be punished to the fullest extent of the law.

However, with my current distrust of the media, this got me thinking about the entire situation. There’s an old joke– How do you know when a politician is lying? His lips are moving– which spurred me to find out more about the incidents of violence and see if there is more to the story.

According to an Associated Press article (on MSNBC.com), at least 10 Democrats and a few Republicans, Eric Cantor being the highest ranking among them. Why such a disparity? Then I remembered something I read during the campaign. Saul Alinksy, one of Obama’s “heroes”, wrote a number of rules for community activists to adhere to if they want to be successful in implementing the change they want.

The one in question is rule #10 which says: “If you push a negative hard enough, it will push through and become a positive.” Violence from the other side can win the public to your side because the public sympathizes with the underdog. (Unions used this tactic. Peaceful [albeit loud] demonstrations during the heyday of unions in the early to mid-20th Century incurred management’s wrath, often in the form of violence that eventually brought public sympathy to their side.)

I had to wonder if the Democrats were making a conscientious effort to implement this rule in an attempt to win public opinion. So I decided to dig further.

Threats against Congressmen:
In response to Cantor, DNC spokesman Brad Woodhouse said, “Let’s be clear: Calling on Republican leaders who have contributed in part to this anger by wildly mischaracterizing the substance and motives of health reform to condemn these acts is entirely appropriate.”

Cantor had said the Democrats were using the incidents as political weapons to “fan the flames.”

So, let’s keep going.

“…anyone would make threats against me or my family,” said Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper, D-Pa.

Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) said his office received a letter with white powder (possibly anthrax) in it.

Rep. John Boccieri (D-OH) said he had received threats. Just like Weiner, he posted it on his congressional website.

E-mails sent to Rep. Suzanne Kosmas, D-Fla., another member who switched her vote, urged her to commit suicide and said she and her family should rot in hell.”

Rep. Louise Slaughter, a New York Democrat and chairwoman of an influential House committee, said someone had left her a voicemail that used the word “snipers.” In a written statement, she said GOP leaders have been “fanning the flames with coded rhetoric.” (She mentions Sarah Palin by name.)

Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI), who had opposed the healthcare bill until he caved to party leadership, received threatening phone and fax messages. Here are examples released by the congressman:

* “I hope you bleed … (get) cancer and die,” one caller told the congressman between curses.
* A fax carried a picture of a gallows with “Bart (SS) Stupak” on it and a noose. It was captioned, “All Baby Killers come to unseemly ends Either by the hand of man or by the hand of God.”
* “Stupak, you are a lowlife, baby-murdering scumbag, pile of steaming crap. You’re a cowardly punk, Stupak, that’s what you are. You and your family are scum,” an unidentified caller said. “That’s what you are, Stupak. You are a piece of crap.”
* “Go to hell, you piece of [expletive deleted]” another called said.

Someone cut a propane line leading to a grill at the home of Rep. Tom Perriello’s brother after the address was posted online. Perriello also said a threatening letter was sent to his brother’s house.

House Democratic Majority Whip James Clyburn, who is African-American, said he has received a fax in his office with a picture of a noose drawn on it and had threatening telephone calls at his home. The CNN article portrays this one as appearing to be racially based.

Now, there may be hope if it had stopped here, but there is more. Prior to the healthcare vote, Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO), Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA), Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and others brazenly walked through a crowd of protestors. Immediately afterwards, the Democrats stated that the protestors hurled various epithets, and one protestor spat on Rep. Cleaver.

However, the Capitol Police said Cleaver could not identify the individual. There are numerous YouTube videos of the encounter where no one is seen or heard using an epithet. In the case of Frank, several protestors have stated that Frank initiated the cursing. The mainstream media is now continuing the story without attempting to verify any of the circumstances.

Wait, there’s more…

As I mentioned in a previous post, the Democrats characterized Tea Party protestors as being “Nazis”, “Un-American”, and “sabotaging democracy.” This is among a whole hosts of other unsavory names. The mainstream media carried on the fight for the Democrats as a willing accomplice. Don’t believe me– Watch MSNBC news. Chris Matthews has stated that it’s his job “to make this presidency work.”

So, while violence against a person is reprehensible, one has to question the authenticity of some of these events. How many were real? How many were concocted to gain public sympathy? Or to ostracize opponents of the progressive agenda of the Democrats? The reason I say this is because it seems that Democrats have an established pattern of negatively characterizing anyone who opposes their agenda.

One has to question this especially since Saul Alinsky is someone President Obama admires…