Stimulus plan smacks of Stalinism

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This stimulus package is another example of well-meaning progressives appealing to broad-based constituencies and interest groups by use of national authority to disperse morally just and economically egalitarian principles to whom they perceive to be less enlightened, and thus under- or over-privileged Americans.

As a whole, the policies and principles included not only in this stimulus package, but also in the progressive or "American liberal" ideology are largely inconsistent with the rights and responsibilities delegated to our national government by the Constitution of the United States.

I am not charging that there are no real issues to be addressed by our leaders and our generation. There are some serious problems. Unfortunately, manipulating a largely uneducated population to buy into a unitary form of inverse justice and regressive leadership is not going to fix anything. It poses huge problems for the axioms on which progressivism was founded: the promulgation of innovative ideas and the constant pursuit of the highest degree of well-being for all.

Contradiction and hypocrisy rampantly pervade American politics. The exorbitant spending approved in this bill shows how confusion continues to dominate the political reality of the American majority. This stimulus is remarkably similar to Joseph Stalin's Five Year Plan for the Soviet Union. It was tremendously successful in recouping the losses Russia had experienced in the industrial race while under czarist rule, while cementing the relatively new communist government's position at the top of the Russian governing hierarchy.

The similarities between President Obama's stimulus package and Stalin's Five Year Plan are uncanny. Not to say that Obama is a reconstitution of Stalin, but 80 percent of American voters have been trending to the authoritarian left since the early parts of the 20th century. We can even find the same sort o f rhetoric used to advance these common agendas in both situations. Try researching this idea and see how well it sits with that juxtaposition of your heart and mind that has an innate and insatiable appetite for liberty.

Andrew Jensen

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HotFoot
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HotFoot 02/27/09 - 07:09 am
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The authoritarian LEFT? We've

The authoritarian LEFT? We've had the authoritarian RIGHT for 8 years. Gag rules. The suspension of habeas corpus. No-bid contracts. An unprecedented expansion of executive power. Chicken Little--er, I mean, Mr. Jensen--why don't you give the president a little time before you go off the deep end.

mch29304
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mch29304 02/27/09 - 07:38 am
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AJ.you sir are right on

AJ.you sir are right on target! Sooner or later, the folks standing around waiting for a handout promised by PBHO, will see the light. I just pray this country will be able to recover when that time comes. The people that voted for this America destroyer are blinded by his smooth delivery. Only now are we getting a taste of his true destuctive beliefs. Wake up America!!!!!!

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TechLover 02/27/09 - 08:02 am
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Such flowery language. I

Such flowery language. I guess that's what you should expect when you heap as much fertilizer on a topic as Mr Jensen.

dashiel
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dashiel 02/27/09 - 08:48 am
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Stalin had more people

Stalin had more people murdered than Hitler. After that, of course, the parallels become less clear.

Bizarro
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Bizarro 02/27/09 - 09:04 am
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But isn't Obama also shunning

But isn't Obama also shunning the Constitution. No one is justifying Bush is a screw up, but it isn't an argument related to Obama's actions. Bush assumed a recession from the Clinton regime but no one spent eight years blaming Clinton. The responsibility falls on the standing Prez. Now it is Obama's ball. His actions follow marxist strategies in many ways:initiating class warfare, the dismantling the upper class by taxation and redistribution of taxed wealth (no one will put up with that crap for long so the upper 5% will work and make less or move), semantic revisionism by playing word games, hidden agendas under the guise of transparency, shunning the constitution (two prez in a row-pitiful), other socialist trends.

teharper428
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teharper428 02/27/09 - 09:12 am
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I googled the five yr.plan

I googled the five yr.plan for Soviet Union under Stalin. The only similarity I am guessing the writer can be referring to is the industrialization of that nation. However, under Stalin the government took over all of the heavy industry. Another major plan by Stalin was collective farming and all the land was taken over by the government. Did I miss that part in the Recovery & Reinvestment Act? Stating that the U.S. R&I Act is uncannily like Stalin's 5 yr. plan is misleading. Could it be that the writer is counting on the fact that readers won't bother to look and just give a knee jerk reaction and yell socialism.

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 02/27/09 - 09:19 am
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A most entertaining LTE!!

A most entertaining LTE!! Mr. Jensen worries about liberal manipulation of a "largely uneducated population" in a letter which must remind readers that surely "a little learning is a dangerous thing"! Jensen writes like a person trying hard, too hard, to sound intelligent. Unfortunately, Jensen's long, meandering, syntacticly challenged writing borders on farce. His pseudo-intellectual use, and inevitable misuse, of "big" words is hysterical. In a few instances, reading Jensen's sentences three or four times doesn't really help. If I received a letter such as this in my work, I would have a good laugh and conclude the writer is, well, largely uneducated. His historical analogy is amusing also. Stalin is to the Czar as, I guess, Obama is to Bush? Czar Bush II! Has a nice ring to it. Remember the poo bird?

johnsmith
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johnsmith 02/27/09 - 09:38 am
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"The authoritarian LEFT?

"The authoritarian LEFT? We've had the authoritarian RIGHT for 8 years. Gag rules. The suspension of habeas corpus. No-bid contracts. An unprecedented expansion of executive power." Gag rules? You mean, like speech codes on college campuses and in corporations all over the country, demanded and received by the "indignant left"? You mean, like the mobilization of the perennially outraged, demanding the firing/boycott/censure of anyone who states a fact that they don't like to hear (as a follow-up to that, how about Larry Summers' rehabilitation, eh? Almost like a Chinese re-education camp; once he served his years in exile for daring to say that men tend to get higher math/science grades than women do, he's now the flavor of the month for the idiot liberal left...amazing...). "The suspension of habeas corpus"? Well, since that is a Constitutional protection afforded to those U.S. citizens living under the jurisdiction of the U.S., perhaps you can come up with some tortured logic to explain why you think that it applies to terrorists captured in a war zone? "Unprecedented exec power"? No, no, hardly unprecedented. Bush got congressional votes on every dime spent on the war.

johnsmith
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johnsmith 02/27/09 - 09:39 am
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"Unprecedented" executive

"Unprecedented" executive power was seized by Woodrow Wilson, a liberal democrat with a brilliant mind, a background as an academic, and a compelling speaker. Where Bush looked to Congress to vote to fund every military action, and where Bush got Congressional approval for every natl security operation (including the "warrantless wiretaps" that involved listening in on phone calls FROM foreign terrorists' cell phones TO U.S. phone numbers...you know, the kind of phone calls used to coordinate, say, the activities of 19 people scheduled to do the same thing on the same date...), Wilson simply created a national network of 100,000 domestic spies whose job it was to report on any American who spoke ill of Wilson's War. You know, the one he was "too proud to fight." The reason that liberals feel the need to ignore and distort history is that it shows, so very consistently, what actually happens when liberals have the opportunity to control the citizenry.

johnsmith
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johnsmith 02/27/09 - 09:44 am
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Also, can I just note that I

Also, can I just note that I am a little tired of the left's response to any criticism of President Obama? I mean, I don't think I ever questioned Cain's, or dashiel's, or shivas' "right" to criticize Bush, question his motives, etc. I certainly criticized their illogical arguments, and the fact that they focused on the wrong issues--Bush left us so very, very MANY openings to criticize him on things he actually did wrong, that there was no reason to fabricate the whole "Bush lied" nonsense. But when we criticize Obama, we get one of two answers: A) "You guys had your chance and blew it, so shut up." or B) "Bush ran up huge deficits (insert current issue) and you never complained then" Well, A) we did not have "our chance." The Dems offered Gore (puke) and Kerry (puke, puke); whonahell were we supposed to vote FOR? I didn't vote for Bush, but I sure as hell didn't vote for the socialists...so, no, conservatism has not "had its chance." re: B) Obama campaigned on the idea that he would do BETTER than Bush, remember? How do you spend $800Bn on Mon., $500Bn on Tues, have a "fiscal responsibility summit" on Wed., and then propose a $3.6Tr budget with a $1.8Tr deficit, on Thurs.?

johnsmith
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johnsmith 02/27/09 - 09:49 am
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Some of you liberals are

Some of you liberals are smart people. You cannot possibly be stupid enough not to see the contradiction, there. You cannot possibly be stupid enough to think that shutting down the D.C. vouchers program constitutes fiscal "stimulus." 2 students at Sidwell Friends (you know, the school the Obamas' children attend, because D.C. public schools suck in spite of spending $15,000 per pupil, per year), 2 students at that school are there because of vouchers, because their public school is a crack house and their grades were good enough to get them out of the crack house and into Sidwell Friends. Next year, those students will go back to the crack house school, because Obama's "stimulus" shut down the D.C. vouchers pilot program. You all cannot be stupid enough to think that that provision is "stimulative." THAT is why we conservatives frequently think that liberals are disingenuous. If we thought you were stupid, we'd feel sorry for you for believing this crap, but we don't. Ignorance is one thing--you could, if you chose, go READ about Woodrow Wilson, go research Clinton's firing of every single U.S. attorney, or read the stimulus bill. But you already HAVE some info, and ignore it...

mad_max
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mad_max 02/27/09 - 09:55 am
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Similar to Stalin's plan? Not

Similar to Stalin's plan? Not so surprising since Obama is communist. That is his mentality since he has never had a private sector job. He has never had to show up for work at 7:00 every morning. He has always been "employed" by agencies funded mostly by government grants until he got elected to office and was also paid by the governemtn. He thinks the government had enough money to pay for everything. He is a communist at heart. It was obvious during his campaign and the American public was stupid enough to elect him anyway. Now when their taxes go up, electric bill go up, home mortgage deductions go away, and their investments shrink in value to nothing, they have no one to blame but their own stupid selves. In a little over 30 days Obama and the Dems have managed to double (or more) the deficit, are well on their way to steeply raising taxes, and have driven the stock market to it's knees. They have done this all on their own....nothing to do with Bush. They have bungled every proposal and have been totally inept at everything they have touched. In 4 years Bush will look like a genius compared to these communist we have put in charge.

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I4PUTT 02/27/09 - 09:56 am
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John Smith may not be right

John Smith may not be right but he will wear you down with sheer volume. I'm not saying I disagree with him. I'm just saying I'm 57. I may not have time to read his rantings and still get in some work in this life time.

LaTwon
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LaTwon 02/27/09 - 09:59 am
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eel it is the elite ivey

eel it is the elite ivey league automatons that piloted citi bank, BoA, Bear, MS, and on and on into the ground. the highly educated CIA never even realized the soviet union was imploding. the so called academics that have never accomplished anything in the real world, who live in a world of theories, and will cling to these failed theories til the head lemming changes direction, are pompous asses just like you.
stael from those that do and give to those that dont so you can theoretically feel better about yourself. hahahhahahhaaaaa u r the joke.

karmakills123
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karmakills123 02/27/09 - 10:02 am
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Hey folks ..just WHEN is this

Hey folks ..just WHEN is this going to become barrys problem?...the dims and king barry himself keep referring to President Bush....folks it's over he is gone...so pull up those big girl panties and own up to the worst decisions in History being made by a empty suited puppet with an extra large rear for pelosi's hand to fit up into.

LaTwon
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LaTwon 02/27/09 - 10:05 am
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john smith they do not

john smith they do not care. it is payback time for the "rich". those evil ones that pay 90% of the taxes. 250 000 is called rich.
once the wealth flees like it did in cuba, the likes of eel will become the target. then on down and down til your dog wont be safe walking down the street.

mommie2
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mommie2 02/27/09 - 10:08 am
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Dude made use of his

Dude made use of his thesaurus today didn't he?

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 02/27/09 - 10:10 am
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johnsmith: impressive

johnsmith: impressive multiple responses. At least you are a conservative who, unlike the letter-writer Jensen, has informed opinions and can express them articulately. Like l4PUTT, I don't have time to respond to your litany of arguments, but I will to one. It was the Boumediene case which the Supreme Court used to hold that the right of habeas corpus, OR A MEANINGFUL ALTERNATIVE, applies to terrorists held by the United States, regardless of how the Bush administration labeled them to avoid doing so. I have read the decision. I'm sure you do not agree with the decision, but I think you would be hard put to call its legal logic "tortured." Your reaction is, I'm afraid, essentially political, which is not quite the same as logical. And remember, the Boumediene decision was made by a "conservative" court on which 7 of the 9 sitting justices were put there by Republican Presidents! You obviously will say those Republicans blew it, but once again, "you had your chance"!

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 02/27/09 - 10:16 am
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LaTwon: I guess in your

LaTwon: I guess in your ideal populist nation, intelligence, education, and an ability to write in a clear and articulate manner would be liabilities to leadership. Based on your letter, you and Jensen would make a fine team. Why don't the two of you get into politics? Let me guess: your current absolute fave for President is Sarah Palin. She has just the right combination of ignorance and inarticulateness to get your vote, I bet.

teharper428
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teharper428 02/27/09 - 10:17 am
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Good Lord, don't we all hope

Good Lord, don't we all hope the Recovery & Reinvestment Act works? I know I had hoped bush's TARP program was going to work even though I didn't agree with it. Most of you are going to benefit in some way by the R&I Act, either it be extended unemployment, infrastructure jobs, tax credit for tuition, or tax cuts on your payroll check to name a few.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 02/27/09 - 10:49 am
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teharper, that's great. Our

teharper, that's great. Our kids will be excited to hear they have helped us out. eel, please don't flame me!

WClark40
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WClark40 02/27/09 - 10:52 am
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I repeat!!!Ifind it

I repeat!!!Ifind it fascinating that 8%of the country Get's ungodly tax cuts and accumulate's wealth on a scale not seen before and there's a collective yawn.But the idea that the working stiff might actually be getting a break and a leg up calls for a revolution.This is stunning!!!

southernguy08
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southernguy08 02/27/09 - 10:54 am
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O is already claiming that
Unpublished

O is already claiming that this $780 billion porkulus, I mean, stimilus bill won't be enough, and we'll need another. Does this remind anyone of a drug addict needing another hit when the first one wears off? And if I'm not mistaken, this never helps the addict, but only prolongs his addiction. Eventually, you have to withdraw the drug to make him wake up and get help. Such will be the case with United Whiners of America.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 02/27/09 - 11:01 am
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clark, most people I talk to

clark, most people I talk to are not concerned as much about tax breaks or increases. It is the unneccessary spending. Don't you agree that we need to spend only on actions that will spur the economy and not on liberal/conservative pork projects?

KSL
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KSL 02/27/09 - 11:05 am
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Yeah, right, $13 per week,

Yeah, right, $13 per week, teharper. Big deal. It's the hidden stuff in that stupid package that is going to cost all of us more than any possible benefit.

americafirst
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americafirst 02/27/09 - 11:12 am
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wclark, are you insane? Bush

wclark, are you insane? Bush cut taxes for everyone regardless of income. Under Bush more working people paid NO taxes than ever before. Under Bush, tax revenues reached the highest level in our history. But because he cut taxes on high income people as well, the Dems claim he only cut taxes for his wealthy buddies. The Dems also claim the tax cuts on the wealthy caused this recession and all of our current economic problems. Now Obama is going to only raise taxes on people making over $250,000 but keep the remainder of Bush tax cuts. What a crock. God help us all.

LaTwon
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LaTwon 02/27/09 - 11:26 am
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eel u can be articulate but

eel u can be articulate but when your message is one of death and ridicule what good are you? your treatment of the christians on this board is little different than what you would call a klan mentality. your perceived superiority of your thought process
and expression of such negates anything you may say of value.
not that i have seen any value in your comments to anyone other than your ego...........

WClark40
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WClark40 02/27/09 - 11:30 am
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Justthefacts,I am with you on

Justthefacts,I am with you on that account.The problem is that the government uses so much hocus pocus when they do there accounting that they could still hide anything virtually anywhere they wanted to.I agree the numbers on the surface seem monopoly like but they have to be kept in contexts of the total Gdp.until we have honest accounting we will never know what is a fair share of taxes that we all need to pay.Right now I don't see this country going the "Swedish Way" it wont go anywhere close to that ,I just hope people will take a breath an listen carefully.What we need is a government that will be financially honest about what it is doing.Money can and has reshaped cultures before.By the way americafirst he's is due to let them expire not keep them!!!

willistontownsc
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willistontownsc 02/27/09 - 11:34 am
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There is NO such thing as an

There is NO such thing as an authoritarian LEFT WINGER. Lefties support the Constitution so much, it enrages the AUTHORITARIAN RIGHT a lot, just like it did in 2003 when Joe C. Wilson questioned the Iraq war. Then on July 14, the AUTHORITARIAN RIGHT leaked his wife's name. The AUTHORITARIAN RIGHT took away our rights from January 22, 2001 to January 19, 2009. Global Gag rules, stripping women of their rights, arresting people opposed to the Iraq war, torturing prisoners, arresting people for protesting against Bush, illegal wiretapping, illegal data mining. That is the right wing for ya. And it proves that they are the AUTHORITARIANS.

willistontownsc
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willistontownsc 02/27/09 - 11:36 am
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NEWSFLASH: Bush cut taxes for

NEWSFLASH: Bush cut taxes for only the richest 3,030,000 people, americafirst.

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