Monthly Archives: August 2009

Obama On Welfare Reform

Carleton College Skinner Memorial Chapel February 5, 1999, the Convocation Speaker for Black History Month – Barack Obama. When asked a question regarding Welfare Reform.

“My Grandfather, a white GI Veteran living in Kansas was able to get his first job out of the Army or prior to going to the Army in the Conservation Corp., the CCC, the WPA. If these programs are good enough for my my Grandfather then it’s not clear why they’re not good enough for inner-city youth.” 

First, nearly every time I’ve heard Obama speak about his Grandfather it is prefaced with – he was a white man. I was blessed with three Grandfathers in my life and never once did I describe them by the color of their skin – they were a dairy farmer, a truck driver and beloved. Second, to compare where we are as a Country today to where we were when Obama’s Grandfather was a young man – there is no comparison. It seems that Obama has not gotten over the fact that he feels his Grandfather was given some kind of preferrential treatment more than 60 years ago?

Obama goes on further to say.

“The one optomistic thing that comes out of welfare reform, I think – for me at least – is that potentialy it desegregates one set of poor; ie: the urban poor, the welfare poor, the undeserving poor – quote end quote. It desegregates those people who previously had been segregated from the working poor, often times rural, often times white, often times considered deserving. Well, now since everybody has to work, you just have one group. They’re working and they’re poor. And politically at least that offers an opportunity because if you look at lets say the demographics of Illinois, it turns out that half the people in Illinois – families of four – are making less than $40,000 a year. And when we start crafting programs around that working poor population now you’re looking at a political majority.”

 Note: I am linking the audio in it’s entirety – without edit.

So, according to our President, we Americans are so selfish that the only way we would address the poor/welfare in this Country was if the poor are white.

Mr. President – poor is not a color.

Just in case you think this ia a fluke, the video below includes video of Obama in 1996 making almost identical statements. 


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Obama On Affirmative Action – 1999 to Present

How has Obama answered the question on Affirmative Action over the years, you might be surprised. I certainly was.

Associated Press interview, July 2009.

“I’ve always believed that Affirmative Action was less of an issue or should have been less of an issue than it’s been made out to be in news reports.”

Conference on Unity, July 2008.

“I am a strong supporter of Affirmative Action when property structured. So that it is not just a quota, but it is acknowledging and taking into account some of the hardships and difficulties that communities of color may have experienced, continue to experience and it also speaks to the value of diversity in all walks of American life. We are becoming a more diverse culture and it’s something that has to be acknowledged. I’ve also said that Affirmative Action is not going to be the long term solution to the problems of race in America because frankly if you’ve got 50% of African American or Latino kids dropping out of high school, it doesn’t really matter what you do in terms of Affirmative Action, those kids are not getting into college. And you know, there have been times where I think Affirmative Action’s been viewed as a short-cut to solving some of these broader, long term structural problems. I also think that we have to think about Affirmative Action and craft it in such a way where some of our children who are advantaged aren’t getting more favorable treatment than a poor white kid who’s struggled more. That has to be taken into account.”

Carleton College Skinner Memorial Chapel February 5, 1999, the Convocation Speaker for Black History Month – Barack Obama.

“If you walk into the average corporation whether it’s in Minneapolis or in Chicago – now Chicago, the metropolitan area is about 30-40% black and if you go into any major office building you will not see more than 5% black people in there and most them are secretaries and delivery people. So, one thing to understand is that Affirmative Action works fairly narrowly – relatively small margin of the population. Once you take that as a fact then potentially there’s some areas of compromise.”

“EEOC does a miserable job because it’s been starved for funding by Congress so that it is almost impossible for you to win a lawsuit.”

“I have had individuals who have been called n**** by the CEO of a Fortune 500 company in front of the entire office and had their cases thrown out. Because the standards are so high and there’s so little government enforcement of anti-discrimination principles.”

Note: I have put the above items in quotes, however have not included the deragotory term actually utilized by Obama.

“There are some legitimate greivances from the majority community in any sort of Affirmative Action Program – by definition, alright, I would emphasize that it tends to be a marginal harm – but maybe marginally harmed by the operation of Affirmative Action.”

Note: I am linking the audio in it’s entirety –  without edit.

It appears that Obama has adjusted his attitudes/opinions over the years as he has become more political and depending on the audience.

The most jarring comment made by Obama in 1999 wherein he speaks of cases being thrown out; The statement gives the impression that Obama is speaking of persons that he represented, however according to the Chicago Sun-Times

“He wrote lots of substantial memos, but he didn’t try any cases,” said Judson Miner, a partner in the firm who was Obama’s boss.

A search of all the cases in Cook County Circuit Court in which Obama made an appearance since he graduated from Harvard in 1991 shows: Zero.

His practice was confined mainly to federal court in Chicago, where he made formal appearances in only five district court cases and another five in cases before the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals — a total of 10 cases in his legal career. He was on the winning side of just about all those cases. Miner said there were 30 cases to which Obama contributed in some way.

As with most incendiary comments such as this that have been made by Obama, no specifics are provided.

I must admit, I never thought I would see the day that an American President would have used the ‘N’ word in any context.

Once again after putting pieces of Obama together I am left wondering – how does he really feel about this issue? Does he believe that America should be a fair Country? Does he recognize the “content of their character”?

I’m afraid based on Obama’s own words over the years, I am left believing that Obama does not feel that minorities have the ability to succeed on their own merits on a level playing field. How sad that we’ve elected a man so elitest that he feels he is above his own race and that they could not possibly achieve what he has achieved, without government intervention/assistance.

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Free Speech Is Dead In Reston Virginia

This would be the same school district that is allowing a new “Terror” High School in the district.

Exit question for Fairfax County, Virgina – Sharia Law is acceptable and free speech is not?

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Content Of Her Character – Rep. Diane Watson

Diane Watson made it clear – if you do not support Obama and more specifically his health care agenda, you are a racist.

Note: There is no video of this event as Watson is one of the Congress members that have chose to have Town Hall events by telephone.

Watson obviously has a great deal of respect for Fidel Castro which immediately reminded me of – Mark Lloyd – our FCC Chief Diversity Officer (Czar).

It seems communism has a few fans in the White House.

This is not the first time that Watson has made her views clear. At the Summit on Latino and African-American Race Relations on June 3, 2006, Watson compared the Minutemen to KKK.

“Do not fall into the trap. Let me tell you what the trap is. Those people out there, Minutemen, who have their sports shirts had their hoods on a few decades ago.”

These comments were justifiably offensive to Marvin Stewart, one of the original members of the Minutemen and a black man.

Councilman Mervyn Dymally went on to equated illegal immigrants to the Pilgrims who took the Indians land away.

Ms. Watson – we do not have to identify 12 million people and declare them felons – they are felons based on the laws you took an oath to uphold.

In addition to being a racist, Watson is also a 9-11 truther.

“I think there’s more to 9-11 than has ever come out.”

This woman belongs in Hollywood – just not in Congress.

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Hurricane Katrina Was Caused By Global Warming

Well, yes according to – Let’s not forget that while we’re all going crazy over health care – they’re still working on their ENTIRE agenda………………. email

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Crazy Code Pink Lady At McCain Town Hall

This is what the crazy lady that was removed from McCain’s Town Hall did after she was escorted out – caution – shrill warning.

I’m not sure what the cane if for – she doesn’t appear to be blind. If you watch she’s glancing over at traffic…………….


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Welfare Whether You Want It Or Not

Much is being reported today about a section of the proposed health care bill that would essentially allow the government open access to our IRS records. As reported by CBS News:

Section 431(a) of the bill says that the IRS must divulge taxpayer identity information, including the filing status, the modified adjusted gross income, the number of dependents, and “other information as is prescribed by” regulation. That information will be provided to the new Health Choices Commissioner and state health programs and used to determine who qualifies for “affordability credits.”

Now I’m not saying that this doesn’t sound ominous, however the reality is if they want this information now they will find a way to access it.

As Hot Air’s Ed Morrissey reports:

The latter is perhaps the most disturbing.  In sections 431 and 245, the breach of privacy begins with an applicant requesting the “affordability credits,” or in more accurate language, subsidies (or perhaps even more honest, welfare).  In 1801, the government simply grabs everyone’s records and starts perusing them, looking for welfare-qualified Americans who may not yet know it.

I agree with Ed Morrissey, this is disturbing. Section 1801 states:


This gives them access to all of our records to determine both eligibility and ineligibility. They’ve covered all bases with this wording. The plus side is that we have a chance of our Congress members tax returns being ‘accidentally’ released. ;o)

In all seriousness though there is a good reason that is Section 1801 worded in this manner – because of Section 1203: 


(iii) CERTIFICATION OF INCOME AND RESOURCES.—For purposes of applying this section—

(I) an individual shall be permitted to apply on the basis of self-certification of income and resources; and

(II) matters attested to in the application shall be subject to appropriate methods of verification without the need of the individual to provide additional documentation, except in extraordinary situations as determined by the Commissioner.

Section 1203 goes on to refer back to Section 1801.

For provision authorizing disclosure of return information to facilitate identification of individuals likely to be ineligible for low-income subsidies under Medicare prescription drug program, see section 1801.

Yes, you will not be required to provide any documentation or PROVE that you qualify for the Medicare Prescription Plan. They are utilizing the language in Section 1801 to justify not verifying eligibility as they will already have the information to determine if you are eligible. See, they’re just trying to make the process easier on applicants (sarc).

It gets better. Once you have been approved to receive an affordability credit (Section 245) for your insurance coverage, there is no mechanism in the bill to verify continued qualification of your income. The individual that receives the affordability credit is responsible to advise the Commissioner that there has been a change in their financial condition.

If the Commissioner receives new information from an individual regarding the family income of the individual, the Commissioner shall provide for a redetermination of the individual’s eligibility to be an affordable credit eligible individual.

To recap – you won’t have to prove you are eligible to receive prescription coverage and once you qualify for low-income health insurance coverage you will be covered until you let the government know you shouldn’t be.

I’m sure everyone will be honest enough to let the government know when they no longer qualify – right? The section goes on to state that if you are caught – you will be required to pay back the money and may have to pay a fine. Scary…………not.

Our government just doesn’t get it. This would absolutely be unconscionable to many Americans. There are many people in this Country that qualify for State or Federal assistance and under no circumstances would they accept the aid. They consider it charity, embarrassing and believe it is their job to take care of their family. How on earth can the government decide that you must take their hand-out – whether you want it or not? There is no conceivable way that it can be Constitutional to force people to accept aid.


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