Weekly Featured Profile – 11/7/10

By: Trevor Loudon

Miles Rapoport

Miles Rapoport is the leftist president and CEO of the New York-based “think tank” Demos.

While studying at Harvard in the late 1960’s, he was active in the radical Students for a Democratic Society. During the 1970’s he worked for Massachusetts Fair Share, an “in-your-face consumer group.” From 1979 thru 1984, he was director of Connecticut Citizen Action. This organization was an outgrowth of Fair Share. In 1979, Rapoport spoke alongside Nancy Shier and Jonathan Rowe at the Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee-initiated Democratic Agenda Conference. DSOC would go on to merge with the New American Movement, forming DSA in 1982.

From 1985 thru 1994, Rapaport served in the Connecticut General Assembly. One of Rapoport’s first acts on becoming Connecticut Secretary of State in 1995 was to hire Merrillee Milstein as his Deputy Secretary. A prominent radical activist herself, Milstein had been honored by the CPUSA‘s People’s World Newspaper and was married to prominent CPUSA member Brian Steinberg.

In 1996, Rapoport was arrested alongside DSAer John Sweeney and prominent CPUSA members, Joelle Fishman and Blair Bertaccini. Also that year, Rapoport was one of the original 130 founders of Campaign for America’s Future. In 2008, he spoke alongside Karen Kornbluh at CAF‘s National Conference, Take Back America.

Rapoport is deeply connected to the radical Washington, D.C.-based “think tank” Institute for Policy Studies, with the organization recruiting him to lead their National Conference on Alternative State and Local Public Policies. His organization Demos, is also listed as a partner organization of IPS. Rapoport is a strong supporter of Barack Obama. Following the 2008 election he stated, “After eight (or more) years of being outsiders, we finally have a president who agrees with us and wants to implement a progressive agenda.”




By: AJ

From: Blogs Lucianne Loves

Many politicians want the American people to think that spending cuts will hurt us. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Take a look at the cuts delineated in this letter to Congressman Boehner. $1.2 Trillion in government waste and abuse of taxpayer dollars – while Americans are hurting and the US is on the verge of economic collapse – can be eliminated by Congress immediately.

Congress has control of the purse strings; if they do not appropriate the funding, it can’t be spent. Congress also has the power to defund programs. Americans must compel Congress to cut spending and I hope that everyone who reads this letter will send it to Congressman Boehner and all members of Congress.

Dear Congressman Boehner:

Congratulations. As you know, Americans have been paying attention like never before and we’re here to help. Cutting/defunding just 6 spending categories will eliminate $1.2 Trillion in the blink of an eye and the fast-approaching $14.3 Trillion debt ceiling will not need to be raised.

Over the past 21 months, the President and Democrat-controlled Congress added $3.1 Trillion to our national debt. The out-of-control spending is unsustainable and we must start cutting now. Here’s how…


TARP – $658 billion
STIMULUS – $236.1billion
USAID – $54.3 billion
OBAMACARE – $72.066 billion
NLC – $23.58 billion
YOUCUT – $155 billion



TARP: Return the $228 billion that Timothy Geitner reported in “Five Myths About TARP” on October 8, 2010. Myth #5 excerpt:

“Obama adopted a strategy designed to get the government out of the private sector as quickly as possible. To date, we have recovered more than $200 billion in TARP funds, as well as made $28 billion in profits. Our remaining investments in banks are a small fraction of what we inherited. And, in the end, 90 percent of that once-feared $700 billion TARP price tag either will not have been spent or will be returned to the taxpayers.

We will exit the AIG and automotive industry investments much faster than anyone predicted. General Motors is planning an initial public offering for later this year, and AIG has announced a restructuring plan that will accelerate the timeline for repaying the government.”

Return the remaining $430 billion, as discussed above (90% of $700 billion minus $200 billion already recovered, plus 28 billion in profits), by January 2011.

STIMULUS of 2009: Return the unspent $236.1 billion that the Obama administration claims will not be spent until 2011. Reference the June 2010 article, “Obama Administration Says Most of $787 Billion Stimulus Funds ‘Spoken For,’ But only 50% Spent So Far To ‘Jolt’ Economy.”

“$236.1 billion, or 30 percent – apparently will be paid some time next fall and into next year.”

For politicians who may not have taken a macro-economics course, please provide them with this excerpt from the article which succinctly describes why the Stimulus failed.

“Of the many problems with Keynesian stimulus bills, one of them is that money is never spent on time and usually it’s not spent until after the recession has ended,” Riedl told CNSNews.com. “I think this is another classic case of the government mis-timing stimulus bills, which has a history going back decades.”

Riedl said that even if cash could be infused into the economy at a more rapid rate, where the money comes from makes it impossible for it to have a positive impact.

“Government spending never works because every dollar Congress injects into the economy must first be taxed or borrowed out of the economy,” Riedl said. “It’s not new spending.”

“Before Congress can give $100 billion in food stamps, they have to borrow $100 billion from somebody else,” Riedl said. “You’re not increasing the amount of money spent in the economy, you’re just redistributing it. You’re borrowing it from Person A and giving it to Person B.”

“That doesn’t make the economy bigger,” Riedl said.

USAID: Return $54.3 billion of USAID that’s planned for FY 2011.

President Obama already sent $173.5 billion for international/foreign assistance ($90.6 billion in 2010 – a 60% increase compared to FY2008*; $82.9 billion in 2009 – a 47% increase compared to FY2008*).

A reduction, rather than an increase, represents sound fiscal decision-making versus irresponsibility that ignores the challenges of taxpayers and small businesses who foot the bill for this extravagance. Our liberal progressive friends here at home believe we are too involved in other countries; they’re right and we need to be less involved.

OBAMACARE – HHS: Return the $51 billion increase planned for HHS for FY2011, plus $21.066 billion for the FY2011 Recovery Act Budget Authorization as shown in the HHS document on pages 3 and 4.

Appropriate no funds whatsoever for anything related to Obamacare and defund whatever has already been appropriated.

NLC: Return $23.58 billion from the “President’s 2011 Budget that includes NLC priorities”:

  • $10.00 billion – EPA – they’ve failed for decades to do the 1 task assigned… US Energy Independence.
  • $1.18 billion – Workforce Development (i.e. special interest slush fund).
  • $3.50 billion – Education increase in discretionary funding (i.e. slush fund).
  • $4.00 billion – Community Development Block Grant (i.e. slush fund).
  • $4.90 billion – HUD budget increase for 2011 (i.e. growth of an incompetent government organization).

YOUCUT: Vote to pass the $155 billion in cuts of wasteful government spending that Americans selected.

After these YouCut legislative bills are passed, resurrect all remaining YouCut items (previously offered to the American people to vote on) and vote to pass all of them. This will save American taxpayers and small businesses hundreds of billions more.


In one day, I was able to find $1.2 Trillion in wasteful government spending that can be cut in a heartbeat without any negative impact to Americans whatsoever.

Together, we can find far more.

For example, Obamacare (which must be stopped and is funded via multiple pieces of legislation), United Nations (UN) and overseas spending, money to special interest “community organizers” (i.e. “community agitators”), immigration, global warming/green jobs and HR1388 which spends billions to try to recruit our kids into a National Civilian Force through our school system. These areas are just for starters and my next letter to you will address them in more depth.

The historic election results show that the American people expect you to act in the best interest of the people by upholding your oath of office. We’ll be holding you to that every step of the way and we’re here to help in the process.


* Note that FY2008 USAID was $36.186 billion (requested) and FY2006 was $31.389 billion (actual) as shown on page 1 of the government’s FY2008 Budget Request.

Also see: Fiscal Year 2010 Congressional Budget Justification for Foreign Operations.

USAID 2008


C.L. Bryant Goes to Washington

By: Trevor Loudon
New Zeal

Conservative activist C.L Bryant is about to release a documentary on politics and black America – “Runaway Slave.”

At the recent One Nation rally in Washington DC, C.L. didn’t get a lot of love from some of the black “leaders” present.

C.J. welcomes and richly deserves your support.


Miracle of the Toothpaste Tube

By: T F Stern
T F Stern’s Rantings

Most of us are familiar with the miracle of the loaves and fishes recorded in the New Testament according to Mark. Skeptics point out the improbability of such a feat and chalk it off as one more reason to discount the scriptures; however, faith separates believer from skeptic.

“And when he had taken the five loaves and the two fishes, he looked up to heaven, and blessed, and brake the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before them; and the two fishes divided he among them all.”

Now fast forward to present day and I give you the miracle of the toothpaste tube. For the skeptics, I’ll give you a few moments to regain a semblance of composure, get rid of that smirk; that’s close enough. The faithful already know what I’m about to propose.

You get home from the grocery store with a brand new box containing a tube of toothpaste, its cap secured and the tube’s surface pristine and inviting. Order in the world has been restored; you can brush your teeth for quite awhile knowing your supply is in abundance. After a week or so, the tube becomes compressed, its patterns indicate someone presses from the bottom while others squeeze from the top. The image provided no longer matches the picture in the advertisement. You brush your teeth, just not as thrilled when you squeeze a glob onto the toothbrush.

Here’s a mystery scientists are unable to explain. How does that last bit of toothpaste, the miniscule portion trapped just below the cap in a seemingly empty tube; how does it continue to provide sufficient amounts of the treasured formula, enough to extend far past reasonable expectations?

Tevia, from Fiddler on the Roof, would have said, “I’ll tell you…,” his booming voice filled with confidence followed by a pause, “…I don’t know,” sheepishly admitting his limited knowledge of the infinite. He would have pulled his shoulders together, smiled weakly and cast his eyes toward heaven in quiet gratitude for the blessings we share.

Scientists claim the universe was the result of a Big Bang. They cover chalk boards with intricate scribbles, mind boggling nomenclature so accurate as to account for laws of physics known only to a few of the most capable. At a certain point; however, the remainder is determined by theory and conjecture; the laws of physics, at least those we are familiar with, cannot explain what has been observed.

Scientists and mathematicians are at a loss when it comes to explaining the moment just prior to and just after the Big Bang. Nothing in their formulas explain how something came from nothing or how something so immense came from something so small, it defies explanation.

The answer to the Big Bang mystery; just as with the “near empty” tube of toothpaste, it’s a miracle. Scoff if you will; but these observations provide a chance to build faith for those who exhibit gratitude to the Lord. I almost forgot; don’t forget to floss.

This article has been cross-posted to The Moral Liberal, a publication whose banner reads, “Defending The Judeo-Christian Ethic, Limited Government & The American Constitution.”


Financial News Update – 11/7/10

The Tea Party Is Wrong About Earmarks (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

ObamaCare, a Catastrophic ‘Success’ (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

Microsoft CEO Ballmer to sell off 75 million shares (Avoiding Cap Gains tax hike) (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

Build America Bonds Issuances Surpass $150 Billion (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

Caught In A Lie: Bernanke Promised Congress The Federal Reserve Would Not Monetize The Debt But Now That Is Exactly What Is Happening (Hat Tip: Brian B.)

Ben Bernanke Explains That QE Is Not Inflation, Just An Asset Swap (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

The Biofuels Scam (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

Green layoffs (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

Rick Rule on Scarce Commodities, the High Price of Gold and the Sale of Global Resources

HHS touts new high-risk pool choices as enrollment lags (gee, wonder why…) (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

Volcker: Fed Plan an Illusion, Won’t Boost Economy (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

Microsoft CEO sells $1.3B of shares (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

G20 tensions rise over the future of the global economy (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

Computer glitch hits Wells Fargo customers (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

Computer Issues Plague Several Valley Banks (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

Obama Calls India Creator, Not Poacher, of US Jobs

We Get What We’re Forced to Pay For: Federal Contractor Tells Workers to Vote for Murkowski

Arabtec Net Drops 96%, Missing Estimates, as Construction Orders Canceled

Papandreou Braces for Austerity Backlash as Greece Holds Local Elections

‘Not since the Pharaohs or the Roman Emperors has a head of state traveled in such pomp’

While Warning About Fat, U.S. Pushes Cheese Sales


Dollar at Risk of Crashing, Triggering Inflation

David Stockman Says The Fed is Injecting High Grade Monetary Heroin into the Financial System

Citi: Central Banks Are Going to Start Dumping Dollars in the Coming Weeks

Doubts grow over wisdom of Ben Bernanke ‘super-put’. The last line in the article is chilling: “If they start to act on this suspicion, they could push rates higher instead of lower, and overwhelm the Bernanke stimulus. That would precipitate an ugly chain of events for the US.” JWR Adds: Be sure to watch the US Dollar Index closely in the next few months. Anywhere below 72, all bets are off.

Does The Federal Reserve Know What It Is Doing?

The Silver Alpha

When the Price of Silver Doubles in a Month

Quantitative Easing is Just Devaluation

Gold Bottomed, Dollar Index Headed to 56

Hiring Spurt in October Eases Jobs Crisis a Bit

Stocks Post Meager Gains Despite Strong Jobs News

Pending Home Sales Drop 1.8% in September

Fannie Mae Asks for $2.5 Billion in New US Aid

Consumer Borrowing Posts Rare Gain in September

Homeland Security To “Regionalize” Emergency Supplies Over Next 90 Days