Obama’s Favorite Visitor, Andy Stern, Bringing a “Showdown” to America

One of the scariest things I’ve seen since this administration assumed office. Andrew Marcus is following this over at Big Government:

From the cheap seats, it sure does look like the President of the United States is using the powers of the Executive to coordinate with Andy Stern to organize a series of protests entitled “Showdown In America.”

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Take no prisoner, take no names.
Kick ‘em in the ass when they play their games.

Also posted on Marcus’ site:

With the downfall of ACORN as a “respectable” brand, NPA and NTIC are stepping in to fill the void. They are “cleaning up” their look, having removed the red stars from their current logo.

Last year, together with Andy Stern and SEIU, NPA led an angry march against “greedy” bankers in Chicago.*

Angry, anti-capitalist demonstrations from people who think that an alternative (socialism? Communism?) would work better, except that it’s failed in every other country in which it’s ever been implemented. Ever. Russia. China. North Korea. Cuba. Venezuela.

Is this why Andy Stern left his post at SEIU? Because it would look bad, as Marcus hinted, if the head of a labor union, favorite guest and close friend of the President was leading angry marches (with other close friends of the President’s) comprised of people who are on record as having caused violence at demonstrations in the past?

Can you say astroturf?

Such “neighborhood activist groups” are nothing more than quasi Pizza Connections where Marxism is laundered through the front of neighborhood activism. This demonstration is liberal beltway astorturf helmed by a few people who directly contributed to the President’s rise to power.

CNN Joins Coffee Party on the Astroturf

As seen by this CNN piece, the state-run media is eager to prop up the “coffee party,” founded by Obama volunteer and former NYT writer Annabel Park. Love the “coincidence” of Park being a former NYT writer and the NYT doing a piece on the group barely a week after its inception! Government media invested their last shred of their relevancy in getting President Obama elected and if he fails, they fail also.

No one has any idea as to what the coffee party is actually for; they say they are the alternative to the Tea Party movement – which means that since the Tea Party stands for limited government, believes in upholding the Constitution, and believes in individual liberty, the coffee party, by its own admission, stands for bigger government, bucking the Constitution, and no individual liberty.

It’s nothing more than an astroturfed ploy by the left to lure independent voters away from the Tea Party. This is a stupid move because it presupposes that independents are too stupid to realize that there is no substance to this Democratic posturing and were lured by conservatives rather than run off by socialists “progressives” whose policies tripled the deficit and kicked unemployment to a record high 10%.

Hey Dems! Instead of pretending to be something you’re not, how about moving back to your base of classical liberalism instead of embracing neo-socialism and implementing policies which infringe upon individual rights? Making up a watered-down response to a true grassroots uprising is a #fail.

SEIU in Hot Water, Violates Lobby Regulations, Suspect in Voter Fraud

SEIU’s Andy Stern was all set to make yet another visit to the White House:

[Andy] Stern, who was planning to attend today’s “jobs summit” at the White House, has withdrawn and decided to send the SEIU’s treasurer, the so-called “Queen of Labor,” Anna Burger.

The only problem?  According to ATR and AWF, Burger isn’t registered as a lobbyist, either.  At 9 am ET today, they will file a complaint with the US Attorney, the Clerk of the House, and the Secretary of the Senate demanding an investigation of Burger and her alleged activities as an unregistered lobbyist.

From Big Government:

To the objective observer, it is clear that Andy Stern and Anna Burger are meeting with members of the White House to advance goals of the SEIU, they are lobbying. However, in 2008 both Stern and Burger de-registered as lobbyists providing the Obama administration cover to meet with them while avoiding cries of duplicity. Yet, neither Stern nor Burger changed positions or job responsibilities, they just stopped registering as lobbyists.

So who has to register?

The Lobbying Disclosure Act (LDA) defines a “lobbyist” as a person who spends over 20% of his time on “lobbying activities” and has two or more “lobbying contacts.” It is important to note that the calculation of the 20% of time spent on lobbying activities includes numerous activities beyond direct lobbying contacts, and is with respect to a calendar quarter of a year.

Lobbyists who fail to register or provide honest reports are subject to civil penalties of up to $200,000 and criminal penalties of up to 5 years in prison, not trivial penalties.

Validating the claim that the Obama administration is still meeting with lobbyists, now unlisted lobbyists, Mr. Stern visited and met with the President and/or White House staff on 22 occasions between January 20 and September 15.

Related video: Is SEIU Funneling Cash from Illegals Into US Elections?

First ACORN, now SEIU … when will the corruption stop?

Organizing for America Comes to St. Louis

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This is the same Organizing for America that called anyone who disagreed with the President a “domestic terrorist” on the anniversary of 9/11, the day they were using as phone bank day to rally fading support for HCR. Nice.

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I drove by to check out the grand opening, unable to stay since I was due on air in a bit, but I snapped a few photos, checked out the general mood of the assembly, and said hi to some folks. I saw Bill and Michelle inside. A nice group of protesters stood outside and welcomed the campaign apparatus of Barack Obama to our city. Bill’s description of the event is worthy of a read.

Jim’s photo in front of the big Mao-esque photo cracks me up.

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I didn’t see an American flag in sight – except the ones carried by our fellow protesters. Sad.

Organizing for America opened their office in an area that could benefit from those who have a servant’s heart – a desire to serve their community, not some cult of personality icon, not a bigger government, not materialism. The sad thing is, I think OFA opens their offices in such neighborhoods because they like to exploit the people within them. I’ve seen it before with ACORN. I wonder if members of the community were invited to nosh with OFA. I wonder if OFA made an effort to involve our community in any other way except opening up a big government franchise in an area that needs love, not exploitation. We’ll see.

Welcome to St. Louis!

Astroturf group hiring in multiple cities

I’ve taken multiple screenshots in the likely event that they take it down.

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HELP IMPLEMENT A PROGRESSIVE AGENDA!

Last fall, we took the first step towards moving this country in the right direction. Now we need to tackle the important issues facing Americans, from Ending Torture, to Restoring our Civil Liberties, and Protecting our Environment!

Direct one of 32 Canvass Offices Across the United States.

Job Description:

Recruitment: Build a team of 15-50 canvassers by recruiting from within the local community and developing your strongest staff into leadership positions within the office and in the field.

Canvassing: Get on the Frontlines of some of the most crucial campaigns of our time! Work on the ground bringing progressive change to America!

Hours: 80-100 hours/week

Locations:
Grassroots Campaigns is immediately hiring in St. Louis as well as the following locations: CA, CO, DC, IL, MA, MN, NY, OH, OR, PA, TX, WA.

Salary & Benefits:
The starting salary for this position is $24,000, commensurate with relevant professional experience and/or advanced degrees. Healthcare is available for all staff members. Opportunities for advancement are available.

Grassroots Campaigns past and current clients include: Democratic National Committee, MoveOn.org Political Action, League of Conservation Voters, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, American Civil Liberties Union, Common Cause,, Working America, Amnesty International, Center for American Progress, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, and Save the Children. (Save the Children is an independent organization and is not religiously or politically aligned. Save the Children has no direct affiliation with the organizations Grassroots Campaigns, Inc. partners with.)

“Grassroots” campaigning for the DNC? You mean astroturfing. Don’t sell me “grassroots” and <fingers>bipartisan support</fingers> in a graph with the DNC, MoveOn.org, and Planned Parenthood.

Astroturfing like what we see at the weekly K&N protests here in Missouri:

Coincidence that a bunch of pro-limited option health care reformers show up all on the same day, all with the same signs?

More screenshots:

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Picture 12Picture 13Grassroots Campaigns, Inc?

That’s these guys:

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I scrolled through their staff; the majority of which is comprised by former DNC and MoveOn.org workers.

From their “about” page:

GCI was founded in December of 2003, and by April of 2004 had opened offices in 40 cities throughout the country. By July 2004, we had over 2,000 staff knocking on doors and talking to voters on behalf of the Democratic National Committee. With continued work on behalf of MoveOn PAC in October, we added a volunteer force of 50,000 individuals canvassing their neighborhoods in 17 of the most hotly contested swing states of the 2004 Presidential Election. Since 2004, we’ve continued to partner with groups and campaigns to advance good issues, raise money for progressive causes, help take back Congress, and build activism at the grassroots level.

I was going to ask how they survive financially, but their website leads me to assume that since they work on behalf of the DNC and MoveOn.org that they’re likely funded by those organizations. I wonder how much of their funding is made up by tax dollars?

So explain to me how a group possibly funded by the DNC to fake ground support for a partisan agenda is “grassroots?” Do these people seriously not understand the definition and action of an actual grassroots movement? These are the same people that attacked people like myself, Bill Hennessy, and others, for buying out own posterboard, sending a few emails, paying for our own permits out of our own pockets, and protesting. Did this upset them so much because they knew then that support for limited-choice, accept-or-be-fined health care reform was slipping fast? Were they upset because while we funded our rag-tag protests ourselves (evident when the big Organizing for America “grassroots” bus blew through cities across America) they knew that theirs were supported by big political dollars and it showed?

If the polling showed that people supported their proposals then there would BE a grassroots effort IN SUPPORT of them. But there isn’t, as has been demonstrated in this space time and time again:

Poll shows Obama’s approval rating on health care below 50%

More Disapprove Than Approve of Obama on Healthcare

Support Slips for Health Plan – WSJ.com

Rasmussen: 54% would prefer no bill to current ObamaCare proposals

WSJ/NBC poll shows ObamaCare fading

CBS poll: Obama hits another new low on health care

50% Oppose Health Care Reform – Rasmussen Reports

Gallup: Opposition to big government growing rapidly

Gallup: 80% satisfied with health care, 61% with insurance

Pollster.com: More Oppose Health Care Plan
Mixed Views of Economic Policies and Health Care Reform Persist: Overview – Pew Research Center for the People & the Press

(Thanks to reader/listener Kurt for the tip.)

*John emails: If I read the first ad correctly, it indicated 80-100 hours per week with pay at $24k per year.
That works out to about $6 / hour.

Is that even legal?  Paying under minimum wage?

Is this to what the Dem operative was referring?

Bill wrote about an operative flown in from Chicago. Weird.

Coupled with these stories sent over by Jim at 24thstate:

The plan for a series of grass-roots demonstrations Tuesday to promote President Obama’s health care agenda calls for tightly scripted events and an “escalation” of efforts against “enemies” of reform.

Organizers insist there is no comparison to rowdy summer town hall meetings and recent “tea party” protests that have challenged White House policies.

But Health Care for America Now (HCAN), which is backed by a coalition of labor unions and liberal groups including ACORN and MoveOn.org, organized the protests to target insurance companies and drafted the plan, which describes the demonstrations as part of its “insurance enemies project.”

Er, how is this grassroots? Also:

We need bodies on the sidewalk. We need to demonstrate our passion about health care reform and the public option. Help get out the progressive message: take part in a demonstration Tuesday, Sept. 22 at noon across from Union Station, in front of the WellPoint offices.

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Don’t bother bringing a sign. HCAN is supplying them. They prefer a sea of large, easy to read signs and a consistent message.

So a large government outfit is supplying the signs and you still think it’s grassroots. Got it.

Dem operative in town who is “prepared for the tea partiers,” astroturf rallies, it makes some sense. Occam’s razor.