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Government funded front groups

By Dr. Robert Owens
web posted May 17, 2010

How many Progressive groups are in reality government supported entities masquerading as public interest lobbies?   How many government agencies act as Progressive lobbies?  Marx said “The last capitalist we hang shall be the one who sold us the rope.” Is our hard-earned tax money being used to fulfill the words of the Progressive’s secular messiah?  Another old saying goes, “The acorn doesn’t fall too far from the tree.”  If the tree is the Progressive clique that’s captured America the acorn is the government money used by various Progressive fronts, both public and private to advocate for more money from the treasury to buy more power.   Or is that more rope?

The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) says it’s collapsing without government funding .  Perhaps it never was a broad-based grassroots social action organization.  Instead it’s an off-the-books government funded agency dedicated to electing Democrats and pushing an agenda of Progressive economics through covert action. 

Fannie and Freddie two reckless mortgage monsters and the fuse that lit the subprime bomb spent more than 170 million dollars influencing the Best Congress Money Can Buy during the decade preceding the crash.  They both made the list of the top 20 lobbying organizations buying their way to success.  Incidentally, during the same period they were also government backed and packed with hacks including President Obama’s chief of staff, Rahm Emmanuel.  The leadership of both reads like a country club for retirees from Congress who  looted the enterprises along the way.  Before the crash, McCain and other Republicans including President Bush tried to warn Congress that the policies of these reckless lenders were dangerous.  The Leviathans of Lending were defended by the same perpetually re-elected aristocrats that received the most money from them and who are the same arrogant Lords of the Legislature and their Glorious Leader who today lead the charge to clean up the mess they caused. 

Planned Parenthood, one of America’s leading abortion providers is also the recipient of hundreds of millions of taxpayer donations every year.  Planned Parenthood also vigorously supports Democrats including the current occupant of the Oval Office.  A source of money and votes so potent the Illuminati of the Government Party feel it necessary to pay homage during every election cycle saluting the abortion flag and taking the pledge of loyalty. 

The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is the government Union whose president boasts “We spent a fortune to elect Barack Obama – $60.7 million to be exact – and we’re proud of it.”  Apparently they’ve reaped windfall profits from their investment.  They’re the nation’s fastest growing union which isn’t surprising since under the Progressives the government is the only sector of the economy that’s growing.  In fact, the number of government union members is now larger than private sector union members.  In our corporatist government model unions are part of the power elite.  They put money in and get jobs and union dues out.

Richard Posner, judge for the 7th Circuit US Court of Appeals pointed out the purpose of unions “The goal of unions is to redistribute wealth from the owners and managers of firms and from workers willing to work for very low wages, to the unionized workers and the union’s officers. … Unions, in other words, are worker cartels. … There is also a long history of union corruption. And some union activity is extortionate: the union and the employer tacitly agree that as long as the employer gives the workers a wage increase slightly above the union dues, the union will leave the employer alone.”

However, in President Obama’s fundamentally transformed America, the government union bosses don’t use wealth from private firms they redistribute taxpayer money.   What do these servants of the working man do with the money they get from American taxpayers?  Do they use it to fund the pensions of their members?  No, that pension fund is upside down while the pension fund for SEIU officials is funded at more than 100%.   Besides feathering their own nests what could be more important than taking care of the people who actually do the work?  Apparently, it’s lobbying for larger government needing more workers thus growing SEIU.  Who said perpetual motion was impossible?      

If the incestuous relationship between the government and its in-house union isn’t bad enough the Progressive apparatus captured several government agencies which act as conduits for their lobbying activities.

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) uses federal money to fund not only chocolate covered obscenities they also fund art designed to promote the agenda of President Obama an activity which in other countries we call propaganda.  National Public Radio (NPR) using government funds and well chosen words to frame debates and shape opinion has long espoused the Progressive line from abortion to the man-made global warming hoax and the import-a-voter approach to immigration.

Where are those who believe in limited government?  Why do they allow Progressives to create these government funded interest groups?  The government has become an interest group and they’re working for their interest not ours. ESR

Dr. Robert Owens teaches History, Political Science, and Religion for Southside Virginia Community College and History for the American Public University System. © 2010 Robert R. Owens dr.owens@comcast.net






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