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Glen Meakem


Threat from America's Left

by Glen Meakem
 

This Week
An Evening with Glen Meakem
If you are worried about the state of our economy, out-of-control government spending, our national debt, and the future of programs like Social Security and Medicare, then please come to "An Evening with Glen Meakem" this coming Tuesday, October 11th. I will be sharing information and leading a discussion on these and other issues at the Pittsburgh Marriott North in Cranberry, Pennsylvania.
For complete information and to register, go to glenmeakem.com, or call (412) 749-9045. The cost for this event is only $45 per person. All major credit cards are accepted.
America faces serious threats, but we also have significant strengths to draw upon. Yes, there is hope and I will discuss real solutions to our problems, as well as things you can do to help. Please come join me at this informative and uplifting event.
A cash bar and complimentary coffee, tea and soft drinks are available starting at 7:00 pm. The program starts at 7:30 pm. There will be one break and the program will end at 9:45 pm. Coffee and tea will follow for those who want to stay and talk more. Every attendee will receive a signed program booklet containing all of the charts and information which I present.
Oct. 8-9: The Threat is on the Left
On my radio program last weekend I discussed the threat to our economy, freedom and nation from the American Left. Click here to listen.
Left-wing Democrats have now controlled the White House for almost three years. They controlled both Houses of Congress for 4 years from before the recession in 2007 through 2010. The legislative and regulatory results of this left-wing control have been dramatic. Back in 2009 the Left passed an $830 Billion stimulus law which dramatically increased federal government spending, paid off public sector unions, funded politically motivated "investments" like the loans to Solyndra, and ended the bi-partisan welfare reforms of the mid 1990s. President Obama promised America that this stimulus, which started in 2009, would jump-start our economy and put people back to work. He promised that with this stimulus in place, our unemployment rate would not rise above 8.0%. But, once the government borrowing and spending started, the private sector continued to stagnate. And while thousands of government "Recovery Act" signs were posted on roads across the country, new "shovel ready" jobs were few and far between. The unemployment rate soared above 10% and two years later remains stubbornly above 9%. In summary, Obama's stimulus proved to be the wrong medicine for our economy.
During their period of total control in Washington, the Left also passed Obamacare and the Dodd-Frank financial reform ("deform") law, creating costly new entitlements and giving the federal government dramatically more power over the health care and banking industries. Although neither law has yet been fully implemented (the government bureaucracy is still fighting through thousands of poorly written, confusing and contradictory pages of new law), both laws have already proven to be economy and job killers. If this were not bad enough, despite Congressional opposition from Republicans and some moderate Democrats, the Left-wing bureaucrats at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are implementing new rules which will close 25% of all coal burning power plants, taking over 10% of our total electric generation capacity off-line and sending electricity costs to consumers and businesses soaring.
The results of these and many other actions under President Obama and his Democrat Party have been dramatic. Our economy has remained very weak for Obama's entire Presidency with very high unemployment and stagnant wages. In addition, Americans are less optimistic about the future than they have been in a generation. Predictably, the Democrat Party suffered tremendous electoral defeats in the 2010 congressional and gubernatorial elections.
The "shellacking" that the Left took at the polls 11 months ago should have been a lesson for President Obama and his team. They should have analyzed the situation, looked at the factual results of their actions and realized that their left-wing ideology does not work in the real world. They should have changed course to successfully govern our nation. Unfortunately, they have shown us that learning from their mistakes, and leading our country WELL based on facts and real feedback is not their priority - it may not even be in their vocabulary! Instead, the President is demanding that Congress enact another half a trillion dollar stimulus plan - what he calls "something big." But, the President's plan, including enormous new tax hikes on business owners and other successful people in our society, is such a bad idea economically that he cannot even persuade his own party to support it. No Democrats have co-sponsored the bill in the House (that's right, zero, none), and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) can't even pass the bill in the Democrat controlled Senate.
And it gets worse. Last week, In order to keep Senate minority leader, Mitch McConnell (R-KY), from bringing President Obama's bill to the floor for a vote (isn't that exactly what the President has been demanding), and having it fail with bi-partisan opposition, Reid used an arcane legislative maneuver to change the rules of the Senate, eliminating the minority party's ability to offer amendments to legislation under consideration. The Hill called this move SHOCKING. Back in 2005, Democrats railed against Republicans who considered changing Senate rules in order to confirm President Bush's judicial nominees by simple majority votes. At the time, Democrats called the Republicans' very limited move to enable simple majority votes only to confirm Federal judges in the Senate "THE NUCLEAR OPTION!" At that time, then Senator Joe Biden (D-DE) stated on the Senate Floor, "The NUCLEAR OPTION abandons America's sense of fair play. It's the one thing this country stands for -- not tilting the playing field on the side of those who control and own the field. I say to my friends on the Republican side, you may own the field right now, but you won't own it forever. And I pray God when the Democrats take back control, we don't make the kind of naked power grab that you are doing."
You will recall that back in 2005; Republicans relented and did not push their limited NUCLEAR OPTION through. However, last week in the Senate, Harry Reid and his fellow Democrats went all the way through with a much larger NUCLEAR OPTION which will effect all future legislation in the Senate. Yes, in order to protect President Obama from a "no" vote on his silly, immature, politically motivated "jobs bill," Harry Reid and his fellow Left-wing Democrats NUKED 220 years of minority rights in the U.S. Senate. For the Left, the issue is not protecting the rule of law, the issue is their power. I wonder what Vice President Biden is praying for now?
President Obama stated during his press conference last week that he will run against "a do nothing Congress" if they don't pass his "jobs" bill. The current President would have Americans believe that his new half trillion dollar stimulus bill, disguised as a "jobs bill," is the only legislation on the table. On the contrary, Republicans in the house have offered numerous real job creating bills for consideration, including the "Regulatory Time Out Act of 2011," The EPA Regulatory relief Act (H.R. 2250)," the "Cement Regulatory Act (H.R. 2681)," and "the Honest Budget Act" to name a few. Unfortunately, these and other rational, pro-growth efforts are being thwarted by Barack Obama, Harry Reid, and other left-wing leaders. The irony in all this is that if Barrack Hussein Obama were to study a little history and economics, he would learn that it would be far better for the American economy and his own Presidency if the government just did nothing versus following his misguided, left-wing ideas on how the economy works. Our current President truly is a "tragic" figure in the tradition of Shakespeare or Ancient Greek Theater, meaning he is bringing on his own demise.
If the legislative record is not enough to convince you that the politics of the American Left are the real danger to our economy, our nation, and our future, consider that President Obama, other leading Democrats like Nancy Pelosi, and prominent unions like the AFL-CIO are voicing support for the "Occupy" protest movement. This support from the top leadership of the American Left becomes especially disturbing when you consider exactly what these protestors say they stand for. Protestors are calling for the end of Capitalism, the redistribution of wealth, and the confiscation of private property. Yes, they are anti-free markets, anti-capitalist, anti-private property, anti-wealth, anti-Wall Street, and anti-banker. And, in at least some cases, we can add to this list anti-Semitic. At least one protestor has been recorded expressing rage in the form of anti-Semitic remarks to a passerby. And Actress and Comedian Roseanne Barr this week called for the return of re-education camps and the Guillotine to punish those who make more than $100 million. Best-selling author Ann Coulter said, many of these demands "could have been said before the French Revolution, or the Russian Revolution, or with only slight modification when the Nazi's were coming to power."
Dr. Paul Kengor also joined me on my radio program this past weekend with some thoughts on the "Occupy" protests, Roseanne's comments, and the history of class envy and political hatred. What is really disturbing is that with his constant words blaming "millionaires and billionaires" for our economic problems, President Obama is egging the protestors on. Yes, the threat to individual liberty, including freedom of speech and private property is from the Left. By his words and actions, it seems that President Obama would use the power of the mob to preserve his own power. In November 2012, it will be time for this tragic figure, Barrack Hussein Obama, as well as thousands of his political minions, to leave the national stage. If we are lucky, he and his friends will go home to Indonesia.
Have a great week and I hope to see you tomorrow evening in Cranberry, Pennsylvania!
Glen
Glen Meakem is a successful technology entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and conservative talk radio show host, who offers information and insights on how individuals and our nation can be more successful. Glen's unique perspective has been shaped by his experiences as founder, chairman and CEO of the B2B internet success Freemarkets Inc - which he founded in 1995, took public in 1999, and sold to Ariba in 2004. In 2005, Glen co-founded Meakem Becker Venture Capital, a firm that invests in early stage start up companies. Concerned about the liberal political agenda that has gripped the United States and his home state of Pennsylvania, Glen launched "Glen Meakem on the Weekend" in 2008. Glen served as an officer in the United States Army Reserve and is a veteran of the First Gulf War. He also earned his undergraduate degree from Harvard and his MBA from Harvard Business School. For more information about Glen and his radio program, or to read his blog, please visit http://glenmeakem.com.
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