Obama says “let them eat cake”

President Obama wants the federal government to do some belt-tightening during tough economic times. On Tuesday he signed an executive order directing agencies to cut back on everything from travel to cellphones, printing, and even promotional or commemorative items such as T-shirts, plaques and mugs.

Each executive-branch agency has a month and a half to identify areas to slash expenditures by 20 percent below fiscal 2010 levels, which will produce what the White House estimates will be $4 billion in annual cost savings.

“At a time when families have had to cut back, have had to make some tough decisions about getting rid of things that they don’t need in order to make the investments that they do, we thought that it was entirely appropriate for our governments and our agencies to try to root out waste, large and small, in a systematic way,” he said

But don’t expect the Oval Office to start cutting back on the official White House M&Ms on Air Force One or curtailing pricey presidential travel.

Mr. Obama is traveling to Hawaii on Friday to host the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit, which aims to advance trade and other U.S. economic ties to the region, and then will move on to Australia to promote the two countries’ longstanding alliance. He will end his travel in Bali at another summit, this one aimed at boosting security and anti-terrorism initiatives with Pacific Rim nations.

Air Force One will be flying an estimated 50 hours in 10 days, from Washington to San Diego to Honolulu to Canberra, Australia, to Darwin, Australia, to Bali, Indonesia, and then back to Washington. The 50 hours of flight time, multiplied by the $181,000 per hour to operate Air Force One, amounts to more than $9 million, not including the cost of staff time for those traveling with him.

After the announcement, during a briefing with reporters about Mr. Obama’s trip, White House spokesman Jay Carney was asked whether the president planned to trim some fat from his travel schedule because he has asked others to do so. Mr. Carney shot down any such notion.

“The president makes trips as part of his capacity as commander in chief and president of the United States. There are no plans to [change his travel],” Mr. Carney said.

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The ‘Occupiers’ do not represent Americans or their beliefs

Sneer though many of them did, liberals envied the success of the Tea Party in 2009 and 2010. Desperate to embrace an authentic populist movement of their own, they have been buoyed by the results of a Time magazine poll this week, purporting to demonstrate that the nascent Occupy Wall Street demonstrators, at 54 percent approval, are more popular than the Tea Party.

As The Examiner’s Phil Klein pointed out earlier this week, however, the numbers produced by the Time survey are quite misleading because of the magazine’s unusually vague but artful wording of questions. For example, Time’s survey described these anti-capitalist protests to respondents as being against the “government’s bank bailout and the influence of money in our political system.” The same description could be said of the Tea Party. In fact, other polls from reputable firms that used more objective questions have pegged OWS support in the low thirties — and with slightly negative net approval ratings.

We bring this up because Democratic officeholders considering encouraging or otherwise embracing the OWS demonstrators ought to think very carefully before doing so. For starters, they should take a thorough look at who the protesters are and what they stand for. According to a New York Magazine survey of OWS participants, a mere 3 percent described themselves as “liberal but fairly mainstream.” By contrast, 34 percent of them agreed with the statement that “the U.S. government is no better than, say, al Qaeda.” Do Democrats really want to march alongside of advocates of the 9/11 Truther version of recent American history?

More than half of the occupiers are under 29, and two-thirds of them are male. Compare this group of naifs to their counterparts in the Tea Party. Gallup found in April 2010 that the latter matched the national population almost precisely in age and income distribution, employment status, and educational attainment. In most respects, they looked like America.

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Nazis and Communists Throw Their Support Behind Occupy Wall Street(fleabagger) Movements

The American Nazi Party likes what it sees.
Today the American Nazi Party released a statement in support of Occupy Wall Street movement.

The foremost authority on National Socialism in America has this to say about “Occupy” [ANP leader Rocky Suhayda -ed.] :

What is really MISSING – is the “MOVEMENT” from these popular protests – its time to pull WN heads out of their collective ass’s, and JOIN IN the attack on Judeo-Capitalism. What do you suggest? That WN Working Class White people DEFEND the Judeo-Capitalists? IF the “movement” wasn’t so PATHETIC it would be OUT THERE – LEADING these protests! The fact that its these “lefties” as you call them, who are picking up the ball and running with it – only shows how much more in tune THEY are with the fed up masses of White Workers, than the fossilized, reactionary “right-wing”. WHO holds the WEALTH and POWER in this country – the JUDEO-CAPITALISTS. WHO is therefore the #1 ENEMY who makes all this filth happen – the JUDEO-CAPITALISTS. WHO therefore do WN need to FIGHT? My heart is right there with these people, perhaps someday the “movement” will SHOW the same COURAGE and DEDICATION that these people OUT THERE FIGHTING are SHOWING!

Sincerely, ROCKY SUHAYDA Hail Victory! 88!

Then there’s this…

The Communist Party USA also supports the Obama-endorsed Occupy Wall Street Protests.

From the CPUSA website:

This is an exciting time! Thousands of mainly young people have been occupying Wall Street for three weeks already, and the “Occupy Movement” has spread to more than 200 other cities. On Oct. 6 the actions spread to our nation’s capital.

The Communist Party USA (CPUSA) will hold a national teleconference to discuss it:

Arturo Cambron
The Communist Party and the Occupy L.A. Movement
Tuesday, October 11, 8 pm Eastern
Teleconference number: 605-475-4850 (please note this is the corrected number. ignore previous.)
Access code: 1053538#

Southern California Party leader Arturo Cambron will share how the CPUSA and Young Communist League (YCL) are working in “Occupy Los Angeles.”

This movement, also known as the “99% movement,” is being hailed across the country. Movements and organizations are reaching out in solidarity. The AFL-CIO is opening union halls and offering other material assistance. Ordinary people are donating food, money and materials.

In many areas, the “Occupy Movement” is linking up with the National American Wants to Work Week of Actions, Oct. 10-16.

No doubt the “Arab Spring” demonstrations and those that exploded in Wisconsin, Ohio and elsewhere have inspired it. But underlying it all is the economic crisis, the massive unemployment and growing realization that nothing is getting better, and in fact we may be slipping into a “double dip” crisis. The crushing student debt and the feeling of being locked out of society with no future compound this.

The movement is the newest wrinkle in the all-people’s upsurge against the banks and corporations and reflects a new level of class-consciousness.


So the question is; are fleabaggers Nazi’s and Communists?

You Might Be A FleaBagger If….

You might be a fleabagger if:

#YouMightBeAFleabagger if setting up your tent this week was the most work you’ve done all year.

The_NeoKong NeoKong
If you do not know who provided the muffin you ate this morning , #YouMightBeAFleabagger

Dehaag Dan Haag
If you’re simultaneously an anarchist and wish the government to tax everyone at a higher rate, #YouMightBeAFleabagger

DSolberg Deb Solberg
RT “@iowahawkblog: If you think the best way to get money out of politics is to make government bigger, #YouMightBeAFleabagger”

Taylor_mtg Taylor P
RT iowahawkblog: If u think immigrant who owns the convenience store should pay for your interpretive dance studies, #YouMightBeAFleabagger”

DreadfulPenny81 Melissa E.
If you think attacking Wall Street will solve world problems when Wall St. follows LAWS and REGS like all of us, #YouMightBeAFleaBagger

DocattheAutopsy Doc at the Autopsy
#YouMightBeAFleabagger if you spent $200k of your parent’s money at an Ivy league school to grow dreads, smoke pot, & drop out

tomfletcherbc Tom Fletcher
RT @iowahawkblog If you think immigrant who owns convenience store should pay for your interpretive dance studies, #YouMightBeAFleabagger

speednjoe Joe Tripp
#youmightbeafleabagger if you throw yourself under a barely-moving, horn-honking NYPD SCOOTER to fake brutality by #theman

joethepatriotic Joe the Patriotic
If you attack “legal person” status of corporations & spit on its essential benefits for freedom & free enterprise #YouMightBeAFleaBagger

B2Journal BD Pisani
If you despise cops, the wealthy, and conservatives but think that Pol Pot, Che, and Mao are heroes #YouMightBeAFleabagger

Kim_AE Kim Edwards
If your “grassroots protest” can only get started with a check from Soros & some union goons. #YouMightBeAFleabagger #ows

The_NeoKong NeoKong
If you washed up this morning in a McDonald’s restroom #YouMightBeAFleabagger

John Reid
GrahamPink John Reid
If you ever wondered why Communists and Marxist hold you in high esteem, #YouMightBeAFleabagger

Rick Anderson RickAnderson
If you don’t see any humor/humour in this #YouMightBeAFleabagger

‘Marxist Revolution’: Beck Shows O’Reilly How Organized Effort Guides World-Wide ‘Occupy’(fleabagger) Protests

College Professor Offers Students Extra Credit for Attending Occupy Protest

A sociology professor at Northern Michigan University has purportedly offered her students extra credit for taking part in a local Occupy protest.

Professor Jeanne M. Lorentzen (Media credit: Northern Michigan University website)

According to an email obtained by The Blaze, Professor Jeanne Lorentzen is offering students in her introductory sociology course 20 extra credit points if they attend an Occupy the Upper Peninsula demonstration with her on Saturday. Students who do not wish to attend the protest have the option of writing a 20-page term paper about a social movement to receive the same extra credit. Neither assignment is compulsory.

The email says students who choose to attend must make a protest sign that can say anything as long as it’s not “offensive, rude or divisive.” To qualify for the extra credit, students must sign an attendance sheet twice, at the beginning and end of the march.

Lorentzen did not return multiple phone call and email requests for comment to confirm the extra credit offer, but a Facebook profile for “Jeanne M. Lorentzen, prof @ NMU” is filled with pro-Occupy Wall Street articles, photos and postings. She “likes” both the pages for “Occupy the UP” and “Occupy the UP: NMU Students and Faculty.”

On Thursday, she posted a MoveOn.org petition asking New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg not to evict the Occupy Wall Street protesters with the comment, “Please sign the petition!“ An earlier post notes ”Occupy Marquette is happening this Saturday.”

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Did you see what was going on in London over the weekend? There were demonstrations and quite a few riots in the streets. The people who participated in these riots were, for the most part, young, and they called themselves “anarchists.” A few of them — a very few of them — actually had an idea of what they were protesting. For the most part, this was simply a bunch of young people rioting in demonstrating because somebody gave them an excuse to do so. Many of these kids are just a few years away from being totally dependent on their mommies for their food, their shelter their clothing, and whatever other nurturing they managed to get. Many of them now look at the government as a substitute for their mommies, and their upset that the government is telling them that, for the most part the gravy train is pretty much over.

It’s also interesting to note, if you happen to see some pictures or videos of the demonstrations, the preponderance of communist and socialist flags and slogans in the crowd. Not surprising. It goes with the territory.

So these kids have their excuse to demonstrate, to put on their hoodies and their masks so they can break windows and start fires. But just what was that excuse? Well, it seems that the government of Great Britain has been spending more than it is taking in and they are now in debt to the tune of $1.4 trillion. That, of course, pales to the $14 trillion that the United States owes. Nonetheless, they’re laying off government workers in Great Britain and they’re cutting spending.

Wis. Police Defy Orders: Is It Anarchy?

An occupation of the Wisconsin Capitol by protesters fighting efforts to strip public workers of union bargaining rights carried on Sunday after police decided not to forcibly remove demonstrators and end a nearly two-week-long sit-in.

The state agency that oversees the Capitol asked the throngs of demonstrators who have camped out inside the building since Feb. 15 to leave by 4 p.m., saying the building was in dire need of a cleaning.

But in the hours before the deadline came and after it passed, it was clear most protesters did not intend to leave voluntarily and police had no immediate intention of forcing them to go.

Late Sunday night, Wisconsin Capitol Police Chief Charles Tubbs said no demonstrators would be arrested as long as they continue to obey the law.

“People here have acted lawfully and responsibly,” Tubbs said. “There’s no reason to consider arrests.”

Tubbs said demonstrators who have occupied all three floors of the Capitol will have to relocate to the ground floor. He added that anyone who leaves the building will not be allowed back in, although police will allow union officials to bring food into the building for the protesters.

Demonstrators began camping out inside the normally immaculate Capitol two weeks ago in an effort to fight legislation proposed by Wisconsin’s new Republican governor, Scott Walker, that would strip most of the state’s public employees of the right to collectively bargain.

Labor leaders and Democratic lawmakers say the bill is intended to undermine the unions and weaken a key base of Democratic Party voters.

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