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Obama’s crony capitalism, but no money for school kids

Wikipedia defines Crony capitalism as an economy in which success in business depends on close relationships between business people and government officials. It may be exhibited by favoritism in the distribution of legal permits, government grants, special tax breaks, and so forth.

The Washington Post reported that, “$3.9 billion in federal grants and financing went to 21 companies backed by firms with connections to five Obama administration staffers and advisers.”

The White House claims, of course, that awards were based on merit and not political connections, and that no staffers or advisers with such ties made any funding decisions related to these companies and “pigs have started to fly.”

Excerpt:

E-mails released in a congressional probe of Obama’s clean-tech program show that staff and advisers of Obama with links to venture firms informally advocated for some of those companies.

Easily recognizable are Ener1 and Solyndra, for example. Both are now bankrupt, and White House aides face possible House subpoenas over Solyndra, which has wasted $500M taxpayer dollars, so far.

While speaking about a lot of “green” spent on failing green technology, a new University of Tennessee report reveals Obama’s electric cars could cause more environmental harm than gas powered cars. Why, you may ask?

Because more dirty coal must be burned to generate the required electricity to charge the vehicles. You have to plug the cars into a socket somewhere. The study was conducted in China, where there are more than 100 million electrically powered scooters and cars.

Some 75 percent of electricity in China is generated by coal, while half of the electrical power in the United States is generated in coal-burning power plants.

Obama’s Government Motors Chevy Volt with a $7,500 taxpayer subsidy wasn’t enough to make rich consumers buy them. Now he’s proposing to raise the subsidy to $10,000.

Why doesn’t Obama simply dictate that Americans must buy electric and hybrid cars, while he reigns, just as he did when he tried to abolish religious freedom or force private insurance companies to provide drugs and services for free as a compromise.

Despite wasting billions on unsuccessiful green energy projects, Obama is unable to find a paltry $13 million needed to fund the extremely successful and popular Washington, DC, educational vouchers program out of his $3.8 trillion budget.

Obviously, our president is so beholding to the NEA that he doesn’t want to throw a lifeline to minority parents, who want their children to have a better educational opportunity than the one currently available within DC’s miserable public schools!

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  1. I could maybe forgive Obama for the Washington, DC voucher thing if he sent his kids to public school like Jimmy Carter did. (As I recall, Carter sent Amy to a public school in Washington, DC, but also provided a tutor because the public schools were so awful.)

    But Obama sends Sasha and Malia to Sidwell Friends School, not far from where I went to college. This is a terrific school because they charge about $32,000/year per kid. I’m glad Obama’s kids are getting a fine education… but what about the other children in Washington, DC?

    So, Ted, here’s today’s fun story. Obama was in San Francisco this week (I got caught in the traffic jam as he went to the airport this morning). He did the usual shtick with the $38,500-a-plate fundraisers (I wonder if you get to keep the plate), but then said this, presumably with a straight face: “If you’re born into tough circumstances, we’re going to give you a ladder to climb into that middle class.”

    One very clever fellow read this comment and replied, “The way this country is heading, the left can give them [the poor] an escalator and it wouldn’t make any difference.” And that pretty well sums it up.

    Love your blog.

  2. Ted the reason for that is simple, the teachers and adminstratotrs at these schools were not large campaign contributors like those at these green energy companies.

  3. JRM_CommonSense

    “The right has been fooled into accepting the “crony capitalist” language. That’s because so many on the right, in knee-jerk fashion, assume that corporations are inherently capitalistic. They aren’t. Corporations simply act in their own self-interest. They are no more capitalistic than the citizens who vote themselves welfare dollars. When Gordon Gekko says, “greed is good,” that’s not the essence of capitalism — it’s the essence of the corporate mission, which says that shareholders must gain value, whether through taxpayer dollars or market competition.”

  4. bannernews

    Nice ignoramus rant Teddy boy. What are you running for, Tea bagger in Chief? I could understand this sort of war on religious freedom from some moron from FOX but I have read enough your articles to know that you are smart enough not to believe the wacko right wing crap you have in here.

    Are you clinging to your bible and guns? Funny stuff.

  5. Carol Foster

    Didn’t you favor getting rid of the Department of Education and here you are complaining about no vouchers?
    Have you changed your mind and now want to keep the department and spend more funding education by the Federal Government? Making them dependent upon a government check and picking your pocket to fund it.?
    Can’t have it both ways and remain believable.
    As for Crony Capitalism I guess we are all supposed to forget the former Vice President’s past employer getting all those no bid contracts for Irac?
    It’s this kind of column that has Americans wondering about the candidates Concervatives have fielded with so little of importance to say about the real problems we ALL are facing.
    The Volt being charged is so old even the FDA you want to get rid of would suggest it’s time to remove it from storage because using it is dangerous to Republicans political health.

  6. Ted: Obama “tried to abolish religious freedom”? Do you really believe that?

    Most Americans, including most Catholics, aren’t buying that nonsense.

    • Ted Biondo

      Pat, then why did Obama come up with a compromise so fast if no one, that could affect his election, cared? Also, he showed us how Obamacare will work (with control) and how his dictator mind works. He, Obama, can just dictate to private insurance companies, that they have to provide services for free.

      Who the hell does he think he is – Dictator in Chief? Where was the legislation that gives him the power to do that? Why do we have three branches of government? Hopefully, the judicial branch will stop this power hungry politician in his tracks by ruling against the control of every aspect of our lives through Obamacare!

      And you said nothing about his taking money away from most minority children in D.C. in the voucher program who were escaping from those terrible schools, did you? Of course not!

  7. Hey Ted, Gov Walker is calling. He needs you to help count the recall votes.

    • Ted Biondo

      Steverino, the count will not be complete, there are not enough votes challenged to stop the recall election, so we will see if the voters of Wisconsin realize the money that will be saved is important or should the inefficient public unions continue to do their thing. Millions of dollars have been saved just in the short time Walker’s measures have been enforced – we’ll see what kind of country we will become or we will lose!

  8. Speaking of the Chevy Volt………

    Chevy Volt Costing Taxpayers Up to $250K Per Vehicle

    Analyst: ‘This might be the most government-supported car since the Trabant’

    Each Chevy Volt sold thus far may have as much as $250,000 in state and federal dollars in incentives behind it – a total of $3 billion altogether, according to an analysis by James Hohman, assistant director of fiscal policy at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.

    Read the rest at: http://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/16192

    BTW, why doesn’t anyone mention the fact that in winter weather, electric cars lose more than half of their range, and may not even function if cooled to sub-zero temperatures?

    • Ted Biondo

      SNuss – it just like wind turbines not being utilized fuul time, they work better at night when energy use is lower and you can’t store the energy so it’s lost and line losses forces the to be located near the power grid. Alternative energy sources are not a panecea for our energy crisis and the government needs to come up with an energy plan that make efficient use of all technologies including nuclear plants, and stop trying to save us from ourselves all the time – unless of course, Al Gore’s and Obama’s supporters and friends have investments in the energy companies.

  9. Listened/watched John Kasich (Gov. Ohio) this morning on C-Span2. That guy has it going on. He is working directly with a businessman investing $500M to make the oil fracking totally safe, and he spends money in his state to make businesses come there. And then the colleges offer classes to fill the jobs in those companies with his own residents. Sounds easy, but Illinois could never think of that.

    • Ted Biondo

      Juice, Illinois politicians do not think, including many of the Republicans!

  10. When I read the comments of liberals in this blog, I feel sort of like a cat looking down scornfully on chihuahuas who won’t stop barking.

    Obama is absolutely causing an unnecessary conflict between government regulation and freedom of religion. And yes, Pat, establishing the prepotency of government over religious freedom for no good reason meets my definition of “abolishing religious freedom.” It also meets my definition of “unconstitutional.”

    Some types of conflicts are inevitable. The government forced the Mormons to abolish plural marriage 122 years ago. The government can also force people to pay taxes and can prohibit them from using hallucinogenic drugs or doing animal sacrifices, even if it contradicts someone’s religions beliefs. But these are few and far between, and should be a last resort when no other way is possible.

    No human rights are violated when an employer, on the grounds of moral conviction, freely chooses not to pay for employees’ contraceptives. It’s not like the employer is depriving the employees of oxygen or water, even though the goofball left believes this nonsense with religious fervor. The Obama administration picked this fight simply because Obama’s constituents really like to get free things, and if Obama gives them free things then they will like Obama more and will tend to vote for him in the November.

    And I dare say that many liberals are subconsciously cheering Obama on because they dislike religion and enjoy seeing the Catholic Church harmed. They can dislike whatever they want, but it’s irrational to support something just because it harms people you hate.

    The liberals’ argument, as usual, can be easily blown to pieces by putting the shoe on the other foot. What do you think Democrats would have done if George W. Bush had required all insurance companies to provide, free of charge, reorientation therapy? (Reorientation therapy is done to convert homosexuals to heterosexuals.) You’d hear the screams all the way to Mars.

    Educating liberals is hard work. I will toil on, but it’s like trying to toilet-train a horse.

  11. Ted – Wisconsin saving some money is one thing but losing jobs for six straight months is another. Austerity doesn’t create employment and doesn’t stimulate the economy it just creates a larger divide between rich and poor.

  12. Seteve,

    I’ll take gov’t austerity as compared to gov’t raising taxes and then creating a rich and poor environment where its the gov’t employees that are rich and the taxpayers are poor.

    Would you trade Wisoncin’s financial situation and unemployment rate with that of the Land of Quinn?

  13. What planet are you living on, Steverino?

    Wisconsin’s unemployment rate is 7.1%, 2oth in the country.
    Illinois’ is 9.8%, 44th in the country.
    California’s is 11.1%, 50th in the country.

    The data can be found here:

    http://www.bls.gov/web/laus/laumstrk.htm

    The debt and spending spree Illinois and California are on doesn’t seem to be creating very many jobs. Gov. Walker’s austerity has done far better.
    It will take a lot of financial illiteracy for a Wisconsin voter to look at Illinois and California and say “gimme some of that.”
    Of course, the public employee unions that control Illinois and California could care less about the suffering they impose on others. They just care about getting as much loot as they can.
    As far as the gap between rich and poor, Illinois has raised income and property taxes on many of it’s poorest citizens to pay ever increasing benefits for some if it’s most affluent. If the voters in Wisconsin are smart, they won’t follow Illinois over that cliff.

    • Ted Biondo

      BLS is the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Steverino, not exactly a right wing group. It’s better to do austerity cuts like Wisconsin in small steps, rather than like Greece, where those whose pay is cut and laid off by the thousands because there is no money left are burning the county down because they no longer can have what they think they are entitled to after decades of socialism.

      So you think it’s better if the whole country goes down the tubes for people who need to improve their skills rather than live off others – let’s fix the problems, not make them worse, go back to school and learn how to do something that is valued by society rather than run a group who lives off of other’s labors. There will always be rich and poor. Not everyone is as skilled as everyone else or try as hard as the others. In America, we are offered equal opportunity, not equal outcomes.

      The unions in Wisconsin were forcing the schools to buy inflated insurance from the WEA. I’d rather see a few of the union headquarter’s staff, living off the fat of the taxpayers get axed, then the taxpayers having to work harder for those who need to get a real job!

  14. Carol Foster

    DanF
    What would Democrats have done if that was offered by Bush? Most likely laughed that anyone today felt the seats in that class would be used.

    We are talking about something that women use in mass in this nation.

    Conservatives don’t seem to ever get it with women’s issues. Always late to the table and some of you even bring a sad old joke with a bottle of asirin with you.

  15. Carol, no women are being denied the ability to purchase contraceptive aids. They can buy them, with their own money.

    But the Church should not be forced, by government mandate, to subsidise acts that violate their beliefs. Would you order Islamic and Jewish organizations to give their employees subsidies for ham sandwiches?

  16. BTW, there IS money for school kids, to forcibly serve them food that is mostly wasted, because they refuse to eat it.

    The Eustis Elementary School lunch line is brimming with cups of broccoli, fresh strawberries, oranges and green applesauce topped with candy sprinkles.

    Hungry kindergartners shuffle through, loading their foam plates with baked chicken, mashed potatoes and the produce while a lunch staffer warns them of the school district’s new policy: You don’t have to like the fruits or veggies, but you must take one.

    At the lunch table, most students gnaw the chicken to the bone, but many veggies and festive applesauce cups end up untouched and destined for the garbage can.

    This year, Lake County schoolchildren will throw away about $75,000 worth of uneaten fruits and vegetables, the result of a local rule intended to help them eat more healthful foods.

    Read the rest at: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/education/os-school-food-waste-20120215,0,683076.story

    Not to mention the “food police”, searching the “brown-bag” lunches brought from home:

    Federal Guidelines: The nanny state that tells us what cars we should drive, what energy we must use and what health insurance we must have is now telling mothers what they can put in their children’s school lunches.

    We are all familiar with the Transportation Security Administration going through our stuff at the airport on the assumption all of us are potential terrorists. When a similar level of scrutiny is applied to our kids’ school lunches on the assumption we are too stupid to feed them properly, we wonder if there’s any place the nanny state will not reach to curtail our freedoms in the name of what’s good for us.

    On Jan. 30, a preschooler at West Hoke Elementary School in Raeford, N.C., had three chicken nuggets for lunch because a state employee told her the lunch her mother packed was not nutritious. The girl’s turkey and cheese sandwich, banana, potato chips and apple juice did not meet U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines. After consuming the approved nuggets, she was sent home with her mom-packed lunch and a bill from the school for $1.25.

    Since when is it the government’s business to traumatize four-year-olds by telling them their mothers are trying to feed them unhealthy foods that make them fat? Who says the government knows better what’s good for them, especially when too many kids graduate unable to read the nutrition labels the government also requires?

    Read the rest at Investors.com

    • Ted Biondo

      Wilson, Obama is really asking, “what have the veterans done for us?” The preamble to the Constitution speaks to America’s common defense:

      “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

      I think Obama emphasizes the “Welfare” part more than the “common defense” portion of the Constitution’s preamble.

  17. Ted,
    I thought this was telling; “Note that this story is ONLY online–CNN, MSBC, the Times (any variety, Post and Chronicle–yes even Fox–are not reporting this story.”

    I wonder why?
    Also can we look at the brightside? The officers will be unemployed, so they’ll be creating jobs once they start receiving unemployment benefits.

  18. Carol Foster

    SNuss
    you are joking about the food in school lunches?
    Since the money will be spent anyway, I guess you don’t get having fruit rather than potato chips is a good idea?
    Where you can’t force any child to eat stawberries, and they might decide to throw them away, it beats givng them the chips. Sort of like trying to show better choices rather than just allowing them to end up over-weight with early on set of diabetes that will cost you far more money in the end. Sorry you don’t get it.
    Like so many, you hold up one poor example of an over-zelous happening with a school lunch and tout that as what is happening everywhere.
    Next you’ll be telling us all about those unhealthy kids on welfare etc. you shouldin’t have to pay for because they eat potato chips etc..
    Tell, me, when do you accept any rsponsibility for what is served to children too young to make healthy choices for themselves?
    Guess never would be the answer be the answer?

    • Ted Biondo

      Carol – you are missing the point. It’s not up to you, or the government school or teacher, to determine what someone else’s child eats for lunch when that parent provided it! It’s about control in a free society and making taxpayers pay for what you think is right!

  19. Carol, it isn’t a joke when the nanny-state mentality invades our schools, with government-mandated choices, and forced participation.

  20. Carol Foster

    As usual, you take one bad incident, and make it the poster child for continuing bad nutrition for the nation’s school lunches at taxpayer’s expense.
    Did you demand seat belts be removed from cars when someone was killed wearing one?
    Introducing different food to children isn’t an easy task. They will eat the familiar because that makes them feel safe. that’s why schools trying to make healthier eating happen, need to introduce items as samples in the classroom first before they end up on the cafeteria menus.
    Ted & SNuss, just how many children are you willing to harm with eating breaded thin meats of all kinds, fried crap, and over-sugared junk, for the sake of politics?
    As my late mother used to tell us: “we are judged in society by how we treat the very young and the very old.” She would give the two of you a failing grade here.

    • Ted Biondo

      Carol – it’s not up to you or the government to decide what parents give their children to eat for lunch at school. If the school is providing a “free” lunch, then THEY can decide – if the parents aborgate their responsibility to the schools. FORCE – what part of that word don’t you and the government understand?

  21. Trying to turn this nation’s children into “Obama Youth” isn’t the answer, either. You inform the parents of the nutrition guidelines, and allow THEM to choose what their children will eat, not the government. If physical education classes were expanded, the children would burn off the extra calories.

    • Ted Biondo

      SNuss, maybe we can get the little tykes some brown shirts for the “Obama Youth” movement. Next, we can have them turn their parents in to school authorities if they aren’t served the proper food at home too!

  22. Carol Foster

    SNuss
    the stats are showing they expect 50% of Americans to become diabetics by 1220. At means higher medical costs for 50% of the population along with a shortened working life.

    You’ve forgotten the government does set the guidelines for school lunches and that educating children about good nutrition used to be a part of the curiculum in past decades. Health was a class you had to take along with American History, math, and english.

    If you were really so afraid of government interference and not making political hooey out of this topic of nutrition, you’d wouldn’t be saying the government needed to expand physical education classes as that would be infringing upon the right of students to be couch potatos.

    Try accepting schools are responsible for students while in their care. That includes lunch from their cafeterias.

  23. Carol, does that include the “food police” searching their brown-bag lunches? Will they censor students’ comic books next?

    BTW, Liberals like Carol and race-baiting Pat would probably welcome the following actions at local schools:

    Boy, 7, branded a racist for asking schoolmate: ‘Are you brown because you come from Africa?’

    In a statement, Griffin Primary head teacher Janet Adamson said the school had acted ‘in accordance with the council’s guidance for schools on the reporting of racist incidents’.

    Vanessa Harvey-Samuel, head of localities and learning at Hull City Council, said: ‘There is a statutory duty to report any incident that is perceived to be racist by the victim or any other person.’

    Last year, it was revealed that teachers are branding thousands of children racist or homophobic following playground squabbles.

    More than 20,000 pupils aged 11 or younger were put on record for so-called hate crimes such as using the word ‘gaylord’.

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2103175/Boy-7-branded-racist-asking-schoolmate-Are-brown-come-Africa.html#ixzz1n2irKWgI

  24. The Food Nazis are at it again, in California:

    CA says mobile food vending trucks a ‘threat’ to kids

    The California legislature continues to act as the hard left’s petri dish for testing totalitarian policies. AB 1678, introduced last Tuesday, would ban mobile food and beverage trucks within 1,500 feet of elementary and secondary schools.

    The food truck nation is fretting over AB 1678, a bill introduced into the California State Legislature on Tuesday a.k.a. Valentine’s Day. But this was no love letter for fans of mobile food. The bill seeks to ban mobile food and beverage vending within 1,500 feet of elementary and secondary schools from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. when schools are in session. The bill was introduced by Bill Monning (D-Carmel), and already given support by the California Food Policy Advocates, which focuses on low income familes’ access to affordable and nutritious foods.

    A statement from Monning’s office reads in part: “Mobile food vending poses a threat to student safety as well as student nutrition. Mobile vending near school campuses incentivizes students to leave school grounds, which increases students’ exposure to off-campus hazards such as heavily trafficked streets.”

    So, here’s the part that has food truck operators and fans worried. Banning mobile food trucks from operating within 1,500 feet of schools would basically put food trucks out of business by severely limiting where they could operate.This map shows the effect AB 1678 would have in Sacramento if passed.

    Take a second to click on the map link. The “no vend” zones would look effectively prohibit mobile food trucks from almost all of California’s urban and suburban cities.

    The bill is designed to force school age kids to purchase state and federally subsidized on campus food, that is prepared by unionized food handlers. So, what’s really going on here? Well, the unions get more dues for purchasing more politicians, the politicians control of another slice of you and your children’s lives and liberties while adding another level of bureaucracy, the working taxpayers get shafted again, and a raft of entrepreneurial, non-unionized small businessman gets legislated out of business. And all of this is justified in the name of protecting the children. Call it another hard left win-win-win, if and when the bill is passed.

    Who are the California Food Policy Advocates, who pushed to introduce this wonderful plateful of bloody Democratic tartatre? Let’s follow the money. A few of the CFPA’s “Key Funders” include George Soros’s Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, the California Community Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. All three organizations are active hard left progressive groups, while under the guise of helping the less fortunate, whose blunt actions aim to fundamentally transform America into a nation where individual freedom, liberty, and private property have been sacrificed on the alter of safety, security and authoritarian governmental control.

    Read the rest, see the map link at: http://commonsensewonder.blogspot.com/2012/02/how-does-ward-of-state-sound-to-you.html

  25. BTW, Carol, I have never had any “fried crap”. What does it taste like, and will you share your recipe? Did you learn to make it in your Home Economics class?

  26. Carol Foster

    Oh, no, Geo Sorros is after you again, SNuss?
    Let me repeat again. 50% of Americans will be diabetics in the near future. That’s 50% of the workforce who will most likely not be able to be in the workplace for the length of time you are planning to collect their retirement or get Medicare. That means 50% more people on welfare and Medicaid. That ought to scare you enough to value teaching and feeding children at school has great value to your pocketbook if nothing else. Your comments have already shown you don’t care about much else concerning this topic.
    Trying to show any relationship to Nazi’s and good nutrition speaks for itself.
    So we’ll just put you down in the column of wanting an unhealthy future workforce so more visas can be issued for workers to fill American jobs. For higher costs in medical which will mean higher taxes. For being so incredibley short-sighted that you can’t see the huge savings in teaching and feeding children at schools can have as an impact of this nation. So cheap compared to your plan which is nothing at all. Oh, that is the Conservative Plan for the future, do nothing about everything that needs addressing and hope it all works out for the best. Looks like it won’t be working out well for the workforce.

  27. Carol Foster

    P.S. SNuss
    Here’s the recipe you requested: Deep fry this writer’s columns using lard.

  28. I find it amusing how you of the Left continue to want to control every aspect of our lives (except for unrestricted sexual activity) for “our own good”. You ARE the fascists, but you are too blinded by your arrogance to see the truth. You are what you profess to oppose.

  29. Carol Foster

    Tell you what, SNuss, why don’t you explain this this supposed “fascist” why if you are responsible for the children’s safety etc while they are in school, and you serve them meals in the cafeteria, your responsibility stops on their lunch plate?
    They are after all children by legal defination.
    That does suggest they haven’t the matury required to do a great many things all on their own. And I’ll remind you once again it’s taxpayers money being spent for those lunches.
    It’s not arrogance to see to it children are feed properly when they are in your charge.

  30. Carol,
    So are we going to supervise the children to make sure they eat everything provided in their school lunch? We can have a food coach for each child to ensure they get the healthy food that they will consume.

    How else can we make sure? How else can we “Try accepting schools are responsible for students while in their care.”

  31. Sorry, Carol, I forgot that you like YOUR crap fresh, from the back end of the Obama propaganda machine.

    Speaking of “Obama Youth”, the Leftist educators are at it again:

    Kindergarteners at a Texas elementary school were sent home with lyrics to a pro-President Barack Obama song that included such lines as “Barack Obama is the man” and “He’s our man, yes we can!”

    http://www.theblaze.com/stories/hes-our-man-yes-we-can-shocking-obama-song-taught-to-kindergarteners-at-tx-school/

  32. “To conquer a nation without the use of military force, you must first control the minds of their young…” — Karl Marx

  33. Wilson is on to something. We can take the billions Carol is creating (or saving) to buy big screen TV’s for each cafeteria and Michele, my belle, can help guide the healthy food right into the kid’s mouths live each day! (she probably doesn’t need even hubby’s teleprompter for this one)

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