Friday 6 January 2012

The Obama Manifesto?

In 1848, Karl Marx, with the help of Friedrich Engels and the Communist League, published The Communist Manifesto.  In this pamphlet, Marx outlined the 10 principles of Communism.

Today, in 2012, the Obama administration, aided and abetted by the Congress, seems to be aiming our country more towards those principles while trampling all over the standards laid out by the US Constitution.

1.) ABOLITION OF PRIVATE PROPERTY  More and more homes are being lost to foreclosure every day.  Property taxes are skyrocketing, while property values decrease.  If you think you actually own your home or place of business, try going for a year without paying your taxes.  The government simply lets you use the building, and charges you rent via the taxes.

2.) PROGRESSIVE TAX Progressive tax increases an individual's taxation level as their income increases, then distributes these funds to the less fortunate.   Under the current administration, entitlement spending has been the fastest growing sector of government spending.

3.)  ABOLITION OF RIGHTS OF INHERITANCE Obama supported an increase in federal estate tax rates to 45%. After lengthy squabbling it was settled at 25%. However, in 2013, if the tax is not repealed, it could rise immediately to as high as 55%.  Some states also have their own estate tax.

4.)  CONFISCATION OF THE PROPERTIES OF EMIGRANTS AND REBELS It remains to be seen what will happen to the property of those detained under the NDAA, but I know where I'd put my money if I was a betting person.

5.)  A CENTRAL BANK Can you say "Federal Reserve"?  Further, with the bailouts, the "too big to fail" banks are all funded by the US government anyway.

6.)  GOVERNMENT OWNERSHIP OF COMMUNICATION AND TRANSPORTATION The NDAA considers the internet an "operation domain".    This allows the Department of Defense "upon direction by the President may conduct offensive operations in cyberspace." We can't forget PCNAA (Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act) which is also called the "Internet Kill Switch" bill.   If SOPA passes, even more restrictions will occur.  As for transportation, if you travel by air, prepare to be molested by thugs.  Coming soon?  TSA in your local train and bus stations.

7.)  GOVERNMENT OWNERSHIP OF FACTORIES AND AGRICULTURE Corn subsidies, automotive bailouts, and rigorous manufacturing and FDA restrictions are the way that the government is currently controlling the goods produced in the United States.

8.)  GOVERNMENT CONTROL OF LABOR The working class cannot profit from their labor if the government taxes them excessively.  As more and more American jobs are shipped overseas, the government exercises more control over the jobs that are available.  The high debtloads encouraged for most American families through overlending means that there aren't as many options to retire early, work part time, or be self-employed.

9.)  CORPORATE FARMS AND REGIONAL PLANNING "Food Modernization" bills mean less freedom for farmers to provide options like organic goods.  The pressure to use GMO seeds to receive the government subsidies could also mean a staggering famine in the near future, which plays into the revolving scenario of more dependency on the government.

10.)  GOVERNMENT CONTROL OF EDUCATION When the government supplies the funding for education, they also make the rules.  The current administration is taking steps to waive student loans and to grant billions more in educational dollars via Pell grants to allow more young people to attend college.  This comes with another price tag:  a student's course of study must meet the administrations rigorous restrictions.

Somehow things in the United States have gone horribly awry.  It would be difficult for the country to get much further away from our own founding document, the Constitution.


  1. That is a pretty good summary of where we are at.

  2. I know, Rowdy! Once I began researching this I was shocked to find that there was evidence in all 10 criteria!