Ann Swidler — Introduction to Sociology –University of California, Berkeley — Videos

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Sociology 1 – Lecture 1

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Lecture 5

Milgram Obedience Study

The Milgram Experiment 1962 Full Documentary

Milgram Experiment (Derren Brown)

Sociology 1 – Lecture 6

Sociology 1 – Lecture 7

Sociology 1 – Lecture 8

Sociology 1 – Lecture 9

Sociology 1 – Lecture 10

Sociology 1 – Lecture 11

Sociology 1 – Lecture 12

Sociology 1 – Lecture 13

Review Lecture

Midterm Exam

Sociology 1 – Lecture 14

Sociology 1 – Lecture 15

Sociology 1 – Lecture 16

Sociology 1 – Lecture 17

Sociology 1 – Lecture 18

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Ann Swidler

Ann Swidler

Professor
Research Interests:
Culture, religion, theory, institutionalization, African responses to HIV/AIDS
Office:
444 Barrows
Curriculum Vitae:
Profile:

Ann Swidler (PhD UC Berkeley; BA Harvard) studies the interplay of culture and institutions. She asks how culture works–both how people use it and how it shapes social life. She is best known for her books Talk of Love, and the co-authored works Habits of the Heart and The Good Society, as well as her classic article, “Culture in Action: Symbols and Strategies” (American Sociological Review, 1986).  Her most recent book, Talk of Love: How Culture Matters (Chicago, 2001), examines how actors select among elements of their cultural repertoires and how culture gets organized “from the outside in” by Codes, Contexts, and Institutions. In the co-authored Habits of the Heart and The Good Society, she and her collaborators analyzed the consequences of American individualism for individual selfhood, community, and political and economic institutions. With colleagues from the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, she has been engaged in an ambitious project to understand the societal determinants of human health and well being.

Swidler’s current research is on cultural and institutional responses to the AIDS epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa. Swidler’s research on AIDS Africa has led both to work on NGOs and the international response to the epidemic and to work on transactional sex, cultural barriers to condom use, and factors that have made the responses to the epidemic more successful in some African countries than in others. She is interested in how the massive international AIDS effort in sub-Saharan Africa–the infusion of money, organizations, programs and projects–interacts with existing cultural and institutional patterns to create new dilemmas and new possibilities. She is exploring these issues from two directions:

From the international side, she examines how the international AIDS effort is structured (who provides money to whom, how collaborative networks are structured, how programs get organized on the ground); why some interventions are favored over others; and what organizational forms international funders opt for.  From the African side, she is exploring why the NGO sector is more robust in some countries than others; when international AIDS efforts stimulate vs. impede or derail local efforts; and what organizational syncretisms sometimes emerge.

Swidler’s most recent work examines African religion and the institutions of African chieftaincy in order to understand the cultural and religious sources of collective capacities for social action.

Professor Swidler teaches sociology of culture, sociology of religion, and sociological theory. Her interests increasingly touch on political sociology, development, and sociology of science and medicine as well.

Representative Publications:

Books

  • 2001 Talk of Love: How Culture Matters (University of Chicago Press).
  • 2001 (eds.), Meaning and Modernity: Religion, Polity, Self (University of California Press). (with Madsen, Sullivan, Tipton)
  • 1996 Inequality by Design: Cracking the Bell Curve Myth (Princeton University Press). (with Fischer, Hout, Jankowski, Lucas, and Voss)
  • 1991 The Good Society (Alfred A. Knopf). (with Bellah, Madsen, Sullivan, and Tipton)
  • 1985 Habits of the Heart: Individualism and Commitment in American Life (University of California Press). (with Bellah, Madsen, Sullivan, and Tipton)
  • 1979 Organization Without Authority: Dilemmas of Social Control in Free Schools (Harvard University Press).

Selected Articles and Chapters

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Glenn Beck’s Documentary On The Collectivists: Marxists, Socialists, Progressives, Communists, Fascists, National Socialists–Progressive Radical Socialists of The Democratic and Republican Parties!

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     “A lie told often enough becomes truth”

~Vladmir Lenin

“Death is the solution to all problems. No man – no problem.”

~Joseph Stalin

Glenn Beck Show – Documentary on Progressivism – January 22, 2010 –

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Glenn Beck Show – Documentary on Progressivism – January 22, 2010 –

Part  2 of 7

Glenn Beck Show – Documentary on Progressivism – January 22, 2010 –

Part  3 of 7  

Glenn Beck Show – Documentary on Progressivism – January 22, 2010 –

Part  4 of 7

Glenn Beck Show – Documentary on Progressivism – January 22, 2010 –

 Part  5 of 7

 

Glenn Beck Show – Documentary on Progressivism – January 22, 2010

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Glenn Beck Show – Documentary on Progressivism – January 22, 2010 –

Part  7 of 7

 

 

Obama’s Brown-shirts Are Coming – Gestapo – SS – Civilian National Security Force

 

Questions for Obama: “Civilian National Security Force” “Big as the Military” Who is the Enemy?

Mark Levin – Obama’s Civilian Army

Obama: Socialist, Marxist, Fascist… but “shhh!” Don’t tell anyone!

Michael Savage – Obama and Mao, National Civilian Security Force – Gestapo Similarities

 

Larry Grathwohl interview about William Ayers,Obama’s Mentor

“The very first essential for success is a perpetually constant and regular employment of violence.”

~Adolf Hitler

“Every Communist must grasp the truth: “Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun”

~Mao Tse Tung

 

 

The first causalty of the collectivists is truth.  

The collectivists are notorious and habitual liars.  

President Barack Obama–an admitted progressive radical socialist and leader of the Democratic Party–is an habitual liar.  

The American people no longer believe nor trust President Obama.  

The American people look forward to voting out of office all the progressive radical socialists of the Democratic and Republican parties. 

 

The American People Rising In Revolt Against The Progressive Radical Socialists–Democrats and Republicans!

Mark Levin–Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto–Videos

Background Articles and Videos

 

Ed Griffin Collectivism

G. Edward Griffin – Individualism vs Collectivism! (Part 1/3)

 

G. Edward Griffin – Individualism vs Collectivism! (Part 2/3)

 

G. Edward Griffin – Individualism vs Collectivism! (Part 3/3)

 

Leninism vs Fabianism: Two Branches of Collectivism [Part 1]

Leninism vs Fabianism: Two Branches of Collectivism [Part 2]

Leninism vs Fabianism: Two Branches of Collectivism [Part 3]

“The Grand Design – 1968” pt-1

“The Grand Design – 1968” pt-2

Michael Savage – Obama is a Naked Marxist

Neal on Obama being a marxist communist

 

OBAMA MARXISM Now Attacking America’s FREEDOM OF THE PRESS

Glenn Beck: 2009 Year In Review

The Bloody History of Communism–Videos

 

Communism: The Promise and The Reality – Red Flag [pt 1/6]

Communism: The Promise and The Reality – Red Flag [pt 2/6]

Communism: The Promise and The Reality – Red Flag [pt 3/6]

Communism: The Promise and The Reality – Red Flag [pt 4/6]

Communism: The Promise and The Reality – Red Flag [pt 5/6]

Communism: The Promise and The Reality – Red Flag [pt 6/6]

Stalin the Myth [pt 1/5]

Stalin the Myth [pt 2/5]

Stalin the Myth [pt 3/5]

Stalin the Myth [pt 4/5]

Stalin the Myth [pt 5/5]

Holomodor Part 1

Holomodor Part 2

The Soviet Story The Holodomo death by starvation in Ukrainian

The Great Leap Forward

Chinese economic planning under Mao part 1 of2

Chinese economic planning under Mao part 2 of2

Democide 

“…Democide is a term coined by political scientist R. J. Rummel for “the murder of any person or people by a government, including genocide, politicide, and mass murder.” Rummel created the term as an extended concept to include forms of government murder that are not covered by the legal definition of genocide, and it has found currency among other scholars.[1][2][3]  

According to Rummel, genocide has three different meanings. The ordinary meaning is murder by government of people due to their national, ethnic, racial, or religious group membership. The legal meaning of genocide refers to the international treaty, the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. This also includes nonlethal acts that in the end eliminate the group, such as preventing births or forcibly transferring children out of the group to another group. A generalized meaning of genocide is similar to the ordinary meaning but also includes government killings of political opponents or otherwise intentional murder. In order to avoid confusion over which meaning is intended, Rummel created the term democide for the third meaning.[4]  

Rummel defines democide as “The murder of any person or people by a government, including genocide, politicide, and mass murder“. For example, government-sponsored killings for political reasons would be considered democide. Democide can also include deaths arising from “intentionally or knowingly reckless and depraved disregard for life”; this brings into account many deaths arising through various neglects and abuses, such as forced mass starvation. Rummel explicitly excludes battle deaths in his definition. Capital punishment, actions taken against armed civilians during mob action or riot, and the deaths of noncombatants killed during attacks on military targets so long as the primary target is military, are not considered democide.[5]  

He has further stated: “I use the civil definition of murder, where someone can be guilty of murder if they are responsible in a reckless and wanton way for the loss of life, as in incarcerating people in camps where they may soon die of malnutrition, unattended disease, and forced labor, or deporting them into wastelands where they may die rapidly from exposure and disease.”  

Some examples of democide cited by Rummel include the Great Purges carried out by Joseph Stalin in the Soviet Union (despite those people were executed), the deaths from the colonial policy in the Congo Free State, and Mao Zedong‘s Great Leap Forward resulting in a famine which killed millions of people. According to Rummel, these were not cases of genocide, because those who were killed were not selected on the basis of their race, but were killed in large numbers as a result of government policies. Famine is classified by Rummel as democide if it fits the definition above.  

For instance, Rummel only recently classified Mao Zedong‘s Great Leap Forward as democide. He believed that Mao’s policies were largely responsible for the famine, but he was misled about it, and finally when he found out, he stopped it and changed his policies. Thus, according to Rummel, is not an intentional famine and thus not a democide. However, contradictory claims from Jung Chang and John Halliday‘s controversial Mao: the Unknown Story allege that Mao knew about the famine from the beginning but didn’t care, and eventually Mao had to be stopped by a meeting of 7,000 top Communist Party members. Based on the book’s claims, Rummel now views the famine as intentional and a democide.[citation needed]  

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20th century democides causing more than one million deaths.

20th century democides causing more than one million deaths. From Death by Government, Rummel, 1987. Several estimates have been revised after this date:[citation needed].
Location  ↓ Dates  ↓ Est. Deaths  ↓
Cambodia 1975–1979 2,035,000
China (KMT) 1928–1949 10,075,000
China (PRC) 1949–1987 77,277,000
China (Mao Soviets) 1923–1949 3,465,000
Colonialism 1900–Independence 50,000,000
Congo Free State 1885–1908 est C20th 3,480,000total of 10,000,000
Germany 1933–1945 20,946,000
Japan 1936–1945 5,964,000
Pakistan 1958–1987 1,503,000
Poland 1945–1948 1,585,000
Mexico 1900–1920 1,417,000
North Korea 1948–1987 1,563,000
Russia 1900–1917 1,066,000
Turkey 1909–1918 1,883,000
Vietnam 1945–1987 1,670,000
Yugoslavia (Tito) 1944–1987 1,072,000
U.S.S.R. 1917–1987 61,911,000

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Democide  

Barack Obama, the Quintessential Liberal Fascist

By Kyle-Anne Shiver

“…They fear that the development and building of People’s (community) Organizations is the building of a vast power group which may fall prey to a fascistic demagogue who will seize leadership and control and turn an organization into a Frankenstein’s monster against democracy.”
 – Saul Alinsky responding to his critics, Reveille for Radicals; p. 199

When Saul Alinsky began building his community-organization movement in 1930s Chicago, observers were watching Alinsky with one eye, while with the other eye observing the building of communist and fascist movements in Europe.  It wasn’t hard then to see in Alinsky’s programs at home, elements of the people’s revolution from Russia, as well as some of the same “in your face” tactics being employed by Hitler’s Brownshirts.

What Alinsky’s critics saw was the burgeoning of a national movement, the carefully manipulated construction of people’s organizations, which all had two elements in common:  (1) a collectivist creed, which denied the existence of personal responsibility; and (2) an amoral dogma, in which all means were justified by an imaginary utopian end.

While most modern Americans remember well Hitler’s Holocaust and the Cold War waged by a solid U.S.S.R., many of these same Americans have swallowed some false history regarding the movements that spawned such widespread, horrendous results.  In what may be regarded as the most triumphant propaganda victory of our time, fascism has been scrubbed of all its Marxist roots, while communism has been scrubbed of  its millions of callous murders. 

This post-WWII propaganda coup undeniably set the stage for the early Alinsky critics’ most feared eventuality, that the massive organizations could be shrewdly adopted by a fascist demagogue, someone who could “seize leadership and control” and turn them into a “Frankenstein’s monster against democracy.” …”

“…In the end, however slow the process, however seemingly benign the growth of the state may seem, liberal fascism has the same result of all tyrannies before it:  hell on earth for most and a self-indulgent feast for the Statists in power.
 

As Barack Obama speaks, thinking Americans ought to hear the echoes of past fascist demagogues and remember.  Remember.
 
When Barack Obama promises “collective redemption” through his profligate spending programs and vast overtures to a new world order built on love for our fellow man, we ought to shudder not swoon.  
 
We ought to remember that healthy global relationships are built upon respect, not all-encompassing love, and that redemption for one’s soul is a commodity the state is not empowered to offer. 
 
As Pope Benedict XVI has so presciently warned:
 
Wherever politics tries to be redemptive, it is promising too much.  Where it wishes to do the work of God, it becomes, not divine, but demonic.
 
Be not fooled, America.  The movement, which appears most benign is instead the most malignant growth ever seen on our soil.  It’s a cancer that will kill, and however slowly it grows or however nice it may look on the surface, doesn’t change a thing.” …”

http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html

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The Bloody History of Communism–Videos

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Communism

“…Communism (from Latin: communis = “common”) is a family of economic and political ideas and social movements related to the establishment of an egalitarian, classless, or stateless society based on common ownership and control of the means of production and property in general, as well as the name given to such a society.[1][2][3] The term “Communism”, usually spelled with the capital letter C, is however often used to refer to a form of government in which the state operates under a one-party system and declares allegiance to Marxism-Leninism or a derivative thereof, even if the party does not actually claim that the society has already reached communism.

Forerunners of communist ideas existed in antiquity and particularly in the 18th and early 19th century France, with thinkers such as Jean-Jacques Rousseau and the more radical Gracchus Babeuf. Radical egalitarianism then emerged as a significant political power in the first half of 19th century in Western Europe. In the world shaped by the Industrial Revolution and the French Revolution, the newly established political left included many various political and intellectual movements, which are the direct ancestors of today’s communism and socialism – these two then newly minted words were almost interchangeable at the time – and of anarchism or anarcho-communism. The two most influential theoreticians of communism of the 19th century were Germans Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, authors of Manifesto of the Communist Party (1848), who also helped to form the first openly communist political organisations and firmly tied communism with the idea of working class revolution conducted by the exploited proletariat (or the working class). Marx posited that communism would be the final stage in human society, which would be achieved after an intermediate stage called socialism, and through the temporary and revolutionary dictatorship of the proletariat. Communism in the Marxist sense refers to a classless, stateless, and oppression-free society where decisions on what to produce and what policies to pursue are made directly and democratically, allowing every member of society to participate in the decision-making process in both the political and economic spheres of life. Some “revisionist” Marxists of the following generations, henceforth known as reformists or social democrats, have slowly drifted away from the revolutionary views of Marx, instead arguing for a gradual parliamentary road to socialism; other communists, such as Rosa Luxemburg or Vladimir Lenin, continued to agitate and argue for world revolution.

The Bolsheviks, led by Vladimir Lenin, were brought to power by the Russia Revolution of 1917, where the Tsarist regime disrupted by World War I was smashed by the world’s first workers revolution. After years of civil war (1917–1921), international isolation, erosion of the soviets (workers and peasants’ councils) and internal struggle within the Bolshevik leadership, the Soviet Union was founded (1922). Lenin died after a second stroke in 1924, and despite of his warnings was succeeded by Joseph Stalin. Once in power, Stalin carried out multiple purges of dissidents and left communists/opposition, particularly of those around Leon Trotsky, and established the character of Communism as the totalitarian ideology it is most commonly known as and referred to today. The Soviet Union emerged as a new global superpower on the victorious side of World War II. In the five years after the World War, Communist regimes were established in many states of Central and Eastern Europe and in China. Communism began to spread its influence in the Third World while continuing to be a significant political force in many Western countries. International relations between the Soviet Bloc and the West, led by USA, quickly worsened after the end of the war and the Cold War began, a continuing state of conflict, tension and competition between the United States and the Soviet Union and those countries’ respective allies. The “Iron curtain” between West and East then divided Europe and world from the mid-1940s to the early 1990s. Despite many Communist successes like the victorious Vietnam War (1959-1975) or the first human spaceflight (1961), the Communist regimes were ultimately unable to keep up with their Western rivals. People under Communist regimes showed their discontent in events like the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, Prague Spring of 1968 or Polish Solidarity movement in early 1980s, most of which were ironically led by or included masses of workers. After 1985, the last Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev tried to implement market and democratic reforms under policies like perestroika (“restructuring”) and glasnost (“transparency”). His reforms sharpened internal conflicts in the Communist regimes and quickly led to the Revolutions of 1989 and a total collapse of European Communist regimes outside of the Soviet Union, which itself dissolved two years later (1991). Some Communist regimes outside of Europe have survived to this day, the most important of them being the People’s Republic of China, whose Socialism with Chinese characteristics attempts to introduce market reforms without western style democratisation and with the introduction of new capitalist and middle classes. …”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Communism

Socialism

“…Socialism refers to various theories of economic organization advocating state, public or common worker (e.g. through cooperatives) ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods, and a society characterized by equal access to resources for all individuals with an egalitarian method of compensation.[1][2][3] Modern socialism originated in the late 18th-century intellectual and working class political movement that criticized the effects of industrialization and private ownership on society, however, socialism itself is not a political system; it is instead an economic system distinct from capitalism. Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels used the terms “socialism” and “communism” interchangeably, and posited that it would be achieved via class struggle and a proletarian revolution.[4] Vladimir Lenin, perhaps influenced by Marx’s ideas of “lower” and “upper” stages of socialism[5], later used the word “socialism” as a transitional stage between capitalism and communism. 

The utopian socialists, including Robert Owen (1771–1858), tried to found self-sustaining communes by secession from a capitalist society. Henri de Saint Simon (1760–1825), the first individual to coin the term socialism, was the original thinker who advocated technocracy and industrial planning. The first socialists predicted a world improved by harnessing technology and combining it with better social organization, and many contemporary socialists share this belief. Early socialist thinkers tended to favor an authentic meritocracy combined with rational social planning, while many modern socialists have a more egalitarian approach.

Socialists mainly share the belief that capitalism unfairly concentrates power and wealth among a small segment of society that controls capital, creates an unequal society, does not provide equal opportunities for everyone to maximize their potentialities and does not utilize technology and resources to their maximum potential nor in the interests of the public. Therefore socialists advocate the creation of a society that allows for the widespread application of modern technology to rationalize the economy by eliminating the anarchy in production of capitalism[6], allowing for wealth and power to be distributed more evenly based on the amount of work expended in production, although there is considerable disagreement among socialists over how and to what extent this could be achieved.

Socialism is not a concrete philosophy of fixed doctrine and program; its branches advocate a degree of social interventionism and economic rationalization, usually in the form of economic planning, sometimes opposing each other. Another dividing feature of the socialist movement is the split between reformists and the revolutionaries on how a socialist economy should be established. Some socialists advocate complete nationalization of the means of production, distribution, and exchange; others advocate state control of capital within the framework of a market economy. Socialists inspired by the Soviet model of economic development have advocated the creation of centrally planned economies directed by a state that owns all the means of production. Others, including Yugoslavian, Hungarian, German and Chinese Communists in the 1970s and 1980s, instituted various forms of market socialism, combining co-operative and state ownership models with the free market exchange and free price system (but not free prices for the means of production).[7]

Social democrats propose selective nationalization of key national industries in mixed economies, while maintaining private ownership of capital and private business enterprise. Social democrats also promote tax-funded welfare programs and regulation of markets. Many social democrats, particularly in European welfare states, refer to themselves as “socialists”, introducing a degree of ambiguity to the understanding of what the term means.

Libertarian socialism (including social anarchism and libertarian Marxism) rejects state control and ownership of the economy altogether and advocates direct collective ownership of the means of production via co-operative workers’ councils and workplace democracy.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Socialism

 

The Bloody History of Communism

 “…Communism was the bloodiest ideology that caused more than 120 million innocent deaths in the 20th century. It was a nightmare which promised equality and justice, but which brought only bloodshed, death, torture and fear. This three-volume documentary displays the terrible savagery of communism and its underlying philosophy. From Marx to Lenin, Stalin, Mao or Pol Pot, discover how the materialist philosophy transforms humans into theorists of violence and masters of cruelty. …”

http://us1.harunyahya.com/Detail/T/EDCRFV/productId/1239/THE_BLOODY_HISTORY_OF_COMMUNISM_1

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Marx, Lenin, Stalin, Mao, Castro, Chavez, Ayers–Obama, Biden–Socialist Thieves All!

Posted on October 14, 2008. Filed under: Blogroll, Climate, Economics, Immigration, Investments, Life, Links, People, Politics, Quotations, Rants, Raves, Regulations, Taxes, Video | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

“These socialists writers look upon people in the same manner that the gardener views his trees. Just as the gardener capriciously shapes the trees into pyramids, parasols, cubes, vases, fans, and other forms, just so does the socialist writer whimsically shape human beings into groups, series, centers, sub-centers, honeycombs, and other variations. And just as the gardener needs axes, pruning hooks, saws, and shears to shape his trees, just so does the socialist writer need the force that he can find only in law to shape human beings. For this purpose, he devises tariff laws, tax laws, relief laws, and school laws.” 

“The State is the great fiction by which everyone seeks to live at the expense of everyone else.”

~Frédéric Bastiat 

 

 

 

New Data: Top 1% Pay Greater Dollar Amount in Income Taxes to Federal Government than Bottom 90%

“…Washington, DC, October 4, 2007 – New data released by the IRS today offers interesting insights into the distributional spread of the federal income tax burden, new analysis by the Tax Foundation shows.

Summary of Federal Individual Income Tax Data, 2005 (updated October 2007)

 

Number of Returns

AGI

($ millions)

Income Taxes Paid

($ millions)

Group’s Share of Total AGI

Group’s Share of Income Taxes

Income Split Point

All Taxpayers

132,611,637

$7,507,958

$934,703

100.00%

100.00%

Top 1%

1,326,116

$1,591,711

$368,132

21.20%

39.38%

above $364,657

Top 5%

6,630,582

$2,683,934

$557,759

35.75%

59.67%

above $145,283

Top 10%

13,261,164

$3,487,010

$657,085

46.44%

70.30%

above $103,912

Top 25%

33,152,909

$5,069,455

$803,772

67.52%

85.99%

above $62,068

Top 50%

66,305,819

$6,544,824

$906,028

87.17%

96.93%

above $30,881

Bottom 50%

66,305,818

963,134

28,675

12.83%

3.07%

below $30,881

Source: IRS …”

http://www.taxfoundation.org/press/show/22652.html

 

 

Once  you get Obama and Biden away from their script and teleprompter, they reveal what they are all about:

 

Obama the Socialist wants to spread YOUR money around

 

Joe Biden: Wealthy Paying Higher Taxes Patriotic Thing To Do

 

Obama – Taxes, Capital Gains

 

Obama Tax Plan

 

Tax Cutter

 

O’ Hail the Messiah Lord Obama

 

OBAMA ANTHEM LYRICS

messiah Obama, 

All hail the
Obama The path to the new socialist motherland
Our savior, our savior Obama,
Obama The leader more famous than Lindsay Lohan
Bow down and praise the one Give him your money and your guns
Give us a country That makes your wife proud
 Lord Barry heal the bitter ones White and Clinging to faith and to guns
 Hope for the change of the hope of the change!

 

 

Obama Flag

 

 

Obama Salute 

 

Hail Messiah Obama

Obama, Obama, Obama

 

  The proposed tax increases of Senator Barack Obama would put the economy into a severe recession and result in high unemployment rates as small businesses cut jobs to pay higher income and social security taxes.

Barack Obama does not know how to create wealth nor how to create jobs. All he knows how to do is increase your taxes and reduce your income.

This enables Barack Obama to payoff his deadbeat friends and supporters with government handouts and funding.

When it comes to economics, creating wealth, jobs, prosperity, and running a business, Barack Obama is an economic illiterate.

Obama would wreck the US economy.

If you value your business and your job, whatever you do, do not vote for Barack Obama.

Only you can prevent socialism in America.  

 

SBA on Small Business Job Creation

“The SBA recently updated their small business statistics recently. The update again highligths the importance of small business employment to the US economy. Small businesses (less than 500 employees) employ 50.9% of nations private non-farm workforce in 2004. Net new job creation is even more slanted towards small business. From 2003 to 2004 companies with less than 20 employees created roughly 1.6 million net new jobs. Companies with 20 to 499 employees created around 275,000 net new jobs. Meanwhile, employment at companies with more than 500 employees shrank by 214,000. The SBA is also reporting that over the last 20 years small businesses have created roughly 3 out of 4 net new private non-farm US jobs.  …”

http://genylabs.typepad.com/small_biz_labs/2007/11/sba-on-small-bu.html

 

Cutting the U.S.’s Corporate Tax Rate

 

The Global Flat Tax Revolution

 

Senator Obama’s Social Security Tax Plan

 

Obamanomics: A Recipe for Disaster! 

 

Reagan; Taxes and Budget Deficit

 

The CHANGE MAKER – Obama and Socialism

“…The REAL Obama – and his REAL agenda.

Listen closely to Obama’s words and you will hear the Socialist agenda of his friends. His words of CHANGE are taken straight from the manifesto of the Weather Underground. His speeches and the speeches of Michelle Obama are identical to the ranting of William Ayers and Rev. Wright – and George Soros. …”

Outting Obama: Radical Racist Rabble Rouser Reader

 

LOL or COL

 

The Voice of The American People

Barack Obama is a DISASTER!!!!

 

Barack Obama is a freaking Socialist…

 

Democrats exposed……

 

We’ve been lied to AGAIN…

 

“We must face the fact that the preservation of individual freedom is incompatible with a full satisfaction of our views of distributive justice.

“We shall not grow wiser before we learn that much that we have done was very foolish.

~Friedrich August von Hayek  

 

Background Articles and Videos

 

Obama’s Tax Plan: Welcome to 1929

Obama proposes to sharply increase the marginal tax rates for almost every federal tax, just the opposite of President Reagan’s hugely successful supply-side economics that created the historic economic boom of the 1980s. It is the increase in these marginal tax rates that greatly harms the economy, because the incentives are turned against savings, investment, entrepreneurship, business expansion, job creation, work, and economic growth. — Obama proposes to increase the top individual income tax rate by 13% and the second individual income tax rate by 10%.

— Obama proposes to increase the tax rate on dividends by 33%. — Obama proposes to raise the top payroll tax rate by between 16%-32%. — Obama proposes a new payroll tax on employers to help pay for national health insurance. — Obama proposes to reinstate the death tax, which is being phased out under current law, with a new top marginal tax rate of 45%. — Obama proposes tax increases for corporations as well, such as the windfall profits tax on oil companies. — Obama’s protectionist trade policies even suggest higher tariff taxes. The Tax Policy Center estimates that Obama’s tax plan would raise taxes by $627 billion over 10 years. Herbert Hoover Obama With the credit crisis threatening our economy, there couldn’t be a worse time for these comprehensive marginal tax rate increases. Obama falsely says these tax increases would affect only higher income workers. The problem is that these higher marginal tax rates affect the incentives for savings, investment, entrepreneurship, business expansion, job creation, work, and economic growth and consequently add up to a devastating overall economic effect. …” 

 http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=28875

Obama’s Three Strikes

By J.R. Dunn

“…A terrorist bomber, what may be the largest vote-fraud operation in history, and a political party calling for a socialist revolution in the United States. Obama has certainly been a busy little bee — though not too busy, it seems, to cover his tracks in all three cases. As well he might — anybody with such a history has a few questions to answer. And Obama knows this full well, considering the effort he’s put into ducking those exact questions since his campaign began.  

But those questions must be asked and answered before November 4th. Which, needless to say, is a job for Superwoman. Sarah Palin’s relentless hammering brought the Ayers story back to the surface. She must now tie the three strands together: Ayers, ACORN, the New Party, and pound at it until it can no longer be ignored. (Of course, this will be an extremely upsetting experience for Kathleen Parker and David Brooks, but that can’t be helped.)

 

If the three can be bundled, and the resulting package adequately presented to the American people, Barack Obama is through. American voters have made it clear time and again that they have no use for the political extremes of either left or right. Obama plainly suffers, at best, from a weakness for crackpot left-wing politics, and at worst from a yearning to create a revolutionary situation in American society. The first reveals an immature personality, one easily led and given to romantic concepts of how the world works. The second is evidence of serious maliciousness.
 
We require neither in the oval office.”

http://www.americanthinker.com/2008/10/obamas_three_strikes_1.html

 

Spread the wealth, swallow the crap sandwiches

By Michelle Malkin 

“…I know you all are dying to weigh in.

Plumber to Obama: “Your new tax plan is going to tax me more. Isn’t it?” Obama: “It’s not that I want to punish your success, I just want to make sure that everybody that is behind you, that they have a chance for success too. I think that when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.” Crap Sandwiches: It’s what’s for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. …”

http://michellemalkin.com/2008/10/13/spread-the-wealth-swallow-the-crap-sandwiches/

 

It’s not an “Obama flag.” It’s Ohio’s state flag.

By Michelle Malkin 

 

“I received several e-mails today from readers complaining about Barack Obama’s backdrop in Toledo today. Apparently, some talk show hosts have also gone ballistic over what they think is an “Obama flag:

Relax, folks.

That’s not an “Obama flag.”

It’s the state flag of Ohio: …” 

http://michellemalkin.com/2008/10/13/its-not-an-obama-flag-its-ohios-state-flag/

 

Firm Size Data

Statistics of U.S. Businesses and Nonemployer Statistics

 

http://www.sba.gov/advo/research/data.html#us 

 

Employment dynamics: small and large firms over the business cycle: the use of the dynamic-sizing approach to measuring employment growth by size of firm provides information useful in the debate on small firm versus large firm job creation

Monthly Labor Review,  March, 2007  by Jessica Helfand,  Akbar Sadeghi,  David Talan

IN SUM, THE FOLLOWING FINDINGS result from analysis of BLS firm size class data:

* Small firms, those with 1 to 499 employees, create about 64 percent of new jobs.

* The share of growth of small firms is larger than their base share of employment. This growth, however, causes small firms to become large, increasing the employment share of large firms over time.

* Firms of different size classes behave differently throughout the phases of the business cycle. The contribution of large firms to the net job gains during the current economic recovery appears to have come from a fall in the level of gross job losses, rather than increased job creation, The share of gross job gains for this group has not yet reached its pre-recession levels.

* The bulk of net job losses in the 1991 recession occurred in small firms, while large firms have generated the majority of job losses during the economic slowdown of 2001.

http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1153/is_3_130/ai_n27335539/pg_8?tag=artBody;col1

 

Four Concerns About Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez

 

Ayers’ Weathermen planned “re-education”, genocide

 

Ayers

 

Ambition

 

Dangerous

 

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