It is called a diversion or sleight of hand, in magic.
In Gunsmoke, the bad guys would have set fire to the livery stable and while Doc, Festus and Marshall Dillon were putting out the fire, the guys in the black hats robbed the bank, or the Longbranch – or both.
In Washington, they just robbed the taxpayers.
But, even though we just passed the largest spending bill in history, I am disturbed that something much bigger is in the making, such as our liberty and our individual freedoms being pilfered.
The whole AIG fiasco is one unsettling example of the misdirection communicated to the American public. While the ACORN buses antagonized the AIG executives at their homes for their bonuses Congress had just approved in a bill that no one read, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac executives walked away with up to $90 million each in bonuses.
Where was the outrage?
There was none because Fannie and Freddie are GSE’s, or government-sponsored entities, and are “in-bed” with the politicians from whom they derive their existence.
No one wants to see anyone rewarded for failure; but while all attention and finger-pointing was turned to AIG executives, Congress and the Obama administration was turning America into a European style of government.
A recent cover of Newsweek magazine read, “We are all Socialists now.” The dictionary defines socialism as “a political and economic theory of social organization that advocates the means of production, distribution and exchange should be owned and regulated by the community as a whole.” Sound familiar?
The president of GM was just fired by the president of the United States.
The secret ballot used to allow employees to vote regarding unions is being eradicated with the new card check.
The new power grid being proposed will allow the federal government to monitor your power usage to tax you and limit your usage.
Property rights are under attack in some areas where the government is using eminent domain to take your property because it will be bring in more tax revenue as commercial property.
The federal government is funneling money to state legislatures from the stimulus bill that was refused by state governors.
The cap-and-trade part of the budget, which taxes the coal and nuclear industry, is a wealth redistribution system estimated to raise the average household utility bill by $3,000 per year.
In the recent farm bill, the government can actually tell farmers and homeowners what they can or cannot grow.
We have nationalized banks and financial institutions. Many banks took TARP money under threat of a federal audit. Some tried to pay it back, but the government refused because it wanted to make sure they were financially stable.
This federal “power grab” is about control. As White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel said, “We can’t let a good crisis go to waste.”
Secretary of Treasury, Tim Geithner, has asked Congress to give him even more power to take over any company that “poses a threat to the stability of our financial system.”
We just printed two trillion new dollars because no country will now buy our debt. China, Russia and India just proposed that the U.S. take part in a global currency.
Our treasury secretary said, we are “open to the idea.”
The $3.5 trillion budget that just passed included a down payment on socialized health care. Doctors and patients will lose control over health care decisions to bureaucrats in Washington.
Obama and Congress have spent more since he has been in office than all of the prior presidents – combined. The new budget will burden each household of three with $116,000 of new debt.
All of this is being done as quickly as possible, so there is no debate. No one has time to read the new laws or budgets, but it has to be done during Obama’s honeymoon period because if we were allowed to debate them, they would never be passed, e.g. HillaryCare.
Milton Friedman once said, “A society that puts equality ahead of freedom…will end up with neither equality nor freedom.”
If we don’t speak up for ourselves at this point in time, we will lose our ability to speak at all.
We also need to pray like desperate sinners for our country because, one day, we will wake up and not recognize America.
Dennis Powers is a conservative columnist and his columns are found @ BackyardPolitics.org and
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