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Commie Car Czar Praises Mao – Yet Another Reason Not to Enlist

July 11, 2011

Obama’s Car Czar Praises Mao, Violence to Achieve Goals

 

 
Written by Raven Clabough
Monday, 11 July 2011 10:15
Ron Bloom (left), President Obama’s former car czar, has been finding himself in hot water as of late. First, he has been called on by the House Oversight Committee to answer for actions he took and statements he made in the midst of the controversial auto bailout in 2009. Then, the same committee demanded that the czar explain his remarks of praise for Chinese dictator Mao Zedong and his clear affinity for violence in order to achieve particular goals, all of which were captured on video and aired on Fox News’ Glenn Beck Program.Conservative pundit Glenn Beck was one of the first major media outlets to expose car czar Ron Bloom for statements he made in praise of Mao Zedong’s violent tactics. Beck aired a video clip of Bloom issuing the statements in 2009. The same video clip also exposes Bloom as a staunch opponent of the free market system. The clip features Bloom making the following assertions:Generally speaking, we get the joke. We know that the free market is nonsense. We know that the whole point is to game the system. To beat the market or at least find someone who will pay a lot of money cause they’re convinced that there is a free lunch. We know this is largely about power, that it’s an adults-only no limit game. We kind of agree with Mao that political power comes largely from the barrel of a gun and we get it that if you want a friend you should get a dog.The Blaze explains:When the video surfaced of this top White House official praising the Chinese communist, Beck used the clip to help build the growing narrative of Obama officials’ admiration of aggressive and oppressive governments. Of course it can often seem that these reveling details are lost in the fast moving news cycles and giant machinery of the bureaucratic system.As noted by The Blaze, the video failed to garner the necessary media attention to tarnish Bloom’s reputation, at least until now. During a June 22 hearing of the House Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs, Stimulus Oversight and Government Spending on the leading implications of the General Motors Bailout, Congressman Connie Mack questioned Bloom on a number of items, including his statements pertaining to the free market and Mao. The Blazecontinues,Until recently when Congressman Connie Mack (R-Fla., 14) brought a little poetic justice to our political process during a late June hearing for Stimulus Oversight and Government Spending by asking Mr. Bloom a tough series of questions about the remarks he made in the video. Mack played the clips for Bloom as he awkwardly tries to explain them away.The question/answer session between Bloom and Mack went as follows:Mack: Do you believe that the free market is nonsense?
Bloom: No I don’t.
Mack: Alright then, let me ask, if I could, for the first clip to be played.
(The first part of the video clip aired on the Glenn Beck program was played, wherein Bloom calls the free market “nonsense”.)
Mack: That is you, isn’t it, Mr. Bloom?
Bloom: Yes it is.
Mack: Ok, so do you believe that it is appropriate for somebody who has been a union leader, and someone who doesn’t believe in the free market, to then be picked by the President and placed in charge of restructuring a private company in our American free market.
Bloom: Well, first thing, I think a comment I made in jest at a speech does not represent my view on this matter. Second thing, I would leave to others whether or not the choice of my work, the choice for me to work on this is appropriate or not, and I was part of a large team. There were about a dozen people at the staff and Treasury Department-
Mack:Alright, well let me just get back to this. But that was you making that comment.Mack then went on to question a statement Bloom had made during a speech in 2006 before the International Association of Restructuring Insolvency and Bankruptcy Professionals Arizona, where Bloom referenced a “dentist chair bargaining technique.” During the interrogation, Mack asked Bloom to explain the reference. Bloom replied:In a lighthearted speech, I indicated I thought it was important that all parties to the bargaining table had some skin in the game in order to produce the best result. [The dentist chair bargaining technique] is a reference to how a person might go into the dentist office and make sure that the dentist doesn’t hurt them. They would do that by making clear that they also had leverage on the dentist by grabbing him where it might hurt.Visibly disgruntled, Mack went on to attempt to confirm and summarize Bloom’s philosophies and background:So you think the free market is nonsense…you worked either for or on behalf of unions. You believe that there is a way to bargain by making sure that the dentist feels the pain. There are some people who might disagree with your approach.He then played the rest of the video clip wherein Bloom praises Mao and criticizes the free market, and asked Bloom whether his statements are representative of leadership in the unions. Bloom replied, “I think it’s representative of trying to make a point through exaggeration.”According to Mack, exaggeration was not the most appropriate approach at a time when Americans were hurting the most.Ultimately, Mack concludes that it was a poor choice to place Bloom in any position of power, particularly one that involves the restructuring of a private enterprise within the American free market. He attempted to learn how Bloom acquired the position in the first place, and whether Obama played a key role in the decision, but was given an elusive answer.During that same hearing, Bloom was also called upon to answer for a statement he made in 2009 in the midst of the automobile bailout. On June 22, Representative Dan Burton asked Bloom:Did you say this at a dinner? There was a dinner, and it was reported by David Sheppardson, Washington correspondent for the Detroit News, at a farewell dinner of the auto task force held in the restaurant Rosa Mexicano in late July 2009 that you allegedly said, “I did this all for the unions.”Though Bloom adamantly denied making such a statement, The Blaze notes that those who levied the claims that he in fact did make the statement were credible sources:The problem is, Bloom’s denial contradicts two otherwise credible sources, including a book written by his car czar predecessor, Steve Rattner, and a published account in the Detroit News. Both claim that Bloom did in fact make the comment in question, though both accounts also agreed that it was made in jest.

What is so problematic about Bloom’s statement, “I did this all for the unions,” is that the House Oversight Committee is in the process of investigating actions that took place during the auto bailout, most notably that the unions benefited greatly while salaried employees faced extreme benefit cuts. As the committee is particularly interested in learning why the unions seemed to have been given special consideration during the bailout, Bloom’s confession that he “did this all for the unions” is of particular interest.

Though Bloom is no longer the car czar, he continues to serve in the Obama administration as Senior Advisor to the Secretary of the Treasury,  director of the President’s Task Force on the Automotive Industry, and the Administration’s Senior Counselor for Manufacturing Policy.

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Yet Another Reason Not to Enlist

by Becky Akers

Recently by Becky Akers: The Tenth and the TSA

“Dear Fellow American,” the junk-mail that has sullied my home begins. “Will you please take one minute – right now – to help bring some cooling relief to an American Service Member serving in Iraq and Afghanistan next month?”

Yes, some morons are so benighted they actually worry about killers’ comfort.

“Most of us cannot imagine the oppressive heat our Troops must endure,” this particular moron continues. “A ‘cooler day’ in Iraq reaches about 100 degrees.”

Yuck. Throw in 70 or 80% humidity, and you’d have July and August in New York City. I loathe summer: the sweat I work up merely reading, the way-too-revealing fashions (toes ought to hide inside shoes, not hang out of sandals for all the world to ogle. They’re just not that attractive. Ditto for umbilici and any type of cleavage: keep ‘em outa sight unless you’re hoping to entice customers), the lethargy, the flies and mosquitoes. So the possibility that some idiot at the Pentagon could shuttle me off to an incinerator like Iraq is enough to keep me from rushing the recruiter – let alone the atrocities said idiot would then expect me both to commit and to suffer.

This is common sense, not genius. But apparently it isn’t common after all since a frightening number of our “Fellow Americans” lack it: between “active” and “reserve personnel,” the Amerikan Empire’s “armed forces” now number almost 3 million.

And our moron feels their pain: “Worst of all, our Troops must wear all their heavy battle gear along with their uniforms… THAT’S BRUTAL.”

Naw. That’s simply a foretaste of what awaits in the next life for hired murderers mindlessly obeying politicians in this one. Nor can these mercenaries claim the devil – or Leviathan: same difference – made them do it: no draft has kidnapped Americans since the 1970’s. Hard as it may be to believe, anyone currently killing villagers does so entirely by choice. Pretty terrifying when you think about Judgment Day and the account every man must render to his Creator.

Of course, Leviathan preys on poverty and desperation (it’s no accident that when politicians destroy the economy, their bullies enjoy a surge of recruits), greed (“One nice thing about [the] military is it’s relatively secure, has good benefits, and a pretty solid career choice,” a recruit mused), ignorance, and gullibility. And if none of those work, there’s always the indoctrination of government’s schools and the corporate media, which equate killing and plundering with patriotism, not pathology.

So kids finally free of education’s gulag, struggling mightily to find their first job after 70 years of Keynesian malfeasance, and stuffed with poppycock about “serving their country” [sic for “serving politicians and such special interests as Halliburton”] are easy pickings for Leviathan. But what about their parents? Their older siblings, cousins, aunts and uncles? Or the Sunday School teacher and pastor, for pity’s sake: couldn’t they take a break from praying God’s blessing on killers to set their erring little brother or sister straight?

Instead, these folks almost always moan the same nonsense our moron does. “…our brave men and women continuing to serve [sic for ‘kill and plunder’] in Iraq and Afghanistan … [face] constant dangers” – and inflict ‘em, too, but there’s nary a drop of concern for that. “[You can] help our Troops feel more comfortable in the intense heat and help improve their quality of life at a time when they need support so badly.”

Yo, Moron: I already did, however unwillingly. It’s called taxes. And a “whopping” $20.2 billion per year of the loot the IRS steals from us evaporates on “keeping troops in Iraq and Afghanistan cool.” Oh, goody: we wouldn’t want thugs to perspire while destroying lives and homes, now, would we?

Those chilling breezes blowback here. “Al Qaeda operatives in Yemen recently discussed surgically implanting an explosive device under the skin of a suicide bomber to get past airport detectors and blow up a U.S.-bound passenger plane, a U.S. official said…” As usual, “there is no indication of an immediate plot,” and the “official … spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the information [sic for ‘because that way we can’t hold him accountable for falsehoods and exaggerations, plus rumors are scarier when we neither know nor can judge their source’], but no matter: the sociopaths in office will exploit the excuse to molest us further. “…the government has … stepped up security at U.S. airports … Nicholas Kimball, a Transportation Security Administration [TSA} spokesman … said[,] ‘Measures may include interaction with passengers [sic for ‘grossly unconstitutional detainment and interrogation’] in addition to the use of other screening methods such as pat-downs [sic for ‘sexual assault’] and the use of enhanced tools and technologies [sic for ‘carcinogenic porno-scanners’].’” Why do I sense the words “cavity searches” and “VIPR teams at the mall and supermarket” lurking between the lies here?

But there’s good news, too: taxpayers are wising up. They’re tired of Our Rulers’ constant, absurd, and hysterical scaremongering – and they’re especially tired of the TSA’s capitalizing on that scaremongering to abuse us. “Homeland Security made up this situation to justify the TSA,” comments one astute reader. “Everyone is getting sick of their grandparents and children being molested by these monsters” – yes! – “so this little ‘belly bomb’ scenario is a perfect excuse for them to keep putting their hands all over you. Quit being so naïve.” Yeehaw!

Another cries, “THIS IS TOO MUCH EVERYONE! WE NEED TO DO SOMETHING!!!! WE ARE SUPPOSED TO BE INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY NOT VICE VERSA! I WOULD RATHER BE BLOWN UP THAN HAVE MY RIGHTS TAKEN FROM ME!” And here you feared you alone loved liberty this much!

“DON’T BELIEVE THIS!” advises a third. “…The TSA thrives off scared Americans. Keep in mind, there is absolutely NO evidence to support this. Read the article again… ‘…groups are BELIEVED to be experimenting with explosives that COULD be implanted…’ Who believes? Why do they believe this? Is it realistically possible? Without answering these questions and backing up those answers with facts, this is pure garbage.” He adds in a later post, “The TSA is the worst of all government organizations. … [it] is evil!”

Yep, as evil as the army that murders folks overseas. But this one’s here at home, warring on us.

July 9, 2011

Becky Akers [send her mail] writes primarily about the American Revolution.

Copyright © 2011 by LewRockwell.com. Permission to reprint in whole or in part is gladly granted, provided full credit is given.

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