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Thursday, April 01, 2010

Obamacare on the Move

Passage of the healthcare reform act adds further to the takeover of America by those who want us to become a European-style socialist state. The government now owns 67% of the American auto industry and, through various means of control, virtual ownership of the banking industry. The same will soon be the case of our healthcare industry. With the government taking over the student loan program, their takeover of higher education soon will be complete as well. What's next isn't pretty either.


Unionism is one of Obama's major tools for "transforming" the nation to collectivism. The unions were an early victim in the socialist/communist movement in America and by their actions have driven U.S. manufacturers to right-to-work States followed by foreign countries when unions started making inroads in such States. They fought company management at every turn to gain ever more costly benefits and wages. They refused to work with management to achieve productivity and profit goals that would have paid for their demands. Is it any wonder why companies moved operations out of the country?

In exchange for their help to get him elected, Obama gave the United Auto Workers (UAW) part ownership in GM and Chrysler, and through bailouts, gave government a majority piece of the rest. That kept GM and Chrysler out of bankruptcy which would have given management an opportunity to rid the companies of union influence and the outlandish legacy costs demanded by the UAW. No doubt the UAW's next move will be to gain Congressional approval of "card check" to grease the skids for a total takeover of any businesses with 50 or more employees.


Other groups also helped Obama reach the White House. Among them were Hispanics, both legitimate as well as illigitimate citizens. Illegal Hispanic immigrants in this country number somewhere between 12 million and 15 million. There are also many Asian illegals here. There is little doubt that Obama wants to grant the illegals amnesty and allow them to become citizens which, in his mind, adds up to more votes supporting his socialist/collectivist agenda.

My father came to this country as a boy of 4 years in 1896 with his mother from Vaasa, Finland. At the time, Finland was under the control of Russia and Czar Nicholas. No Finn could own private property. As a consequence, My grandparents and family were no more than tenant farmers (or "lodgers" as they were called in Finland). They came here seeking freedom from the harshness of Czarist rule and to enjoy all that our freedom allows. They came here under a strict quota system and, thanks to the Homestead Act, were able to build a home and dairy farm on a section of land in Lawrence County, South Dakota. It's worth noting that in that period of our nation's growth, development of the West was encouraged which was the purpose of the Homestead Act.

My father, his two brothers and his parents all went through the naturalization process to become valid American citizens. When we entered WWI in 1917, my father volunteered for service in the U.S. Army even though he could have avoided service due to his marriage and a growing family. He believed it was his duty and a privilege to fight for his adopted country. He was severely wounded near Belleau Wood in July 1918. He passed his patriotism to his four sons, me included, as we volunteered for service in WWII.

The point of all of the above commentary on immigration and patriotism is to underscore the difference in attitude between legal immigrants then v. illegal immigrants today. We must stop illegal immigration NOW!!!


The government takeover of the student loan program smells to high heaven of one more move aimed at controlling our lives. The takeover opens the door to favoritism in determining who gets educated in America and who doesn't. Marxism and socialism infiltrated higher education in this country back in the early 1930s and gradually turned students away from Americanism as defined by the Constitution of the United States toward socialism. As a consequence, 90% of the faculty in most colleges and universities in our country today are bonafide socialists. They are against private enterprise, against capitalism and have succeeded in filling the heads of their students with like thinking. They have tried to re-write history to further support their venomous thinking, passing it all on to their students all the way down to middle school children.


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