Authors claim to reveal Obama’s 2nd-term agenda

Book says President hiding Socialist goals

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    The book lays out what future that conservatives have been warning about.

  • The book lays out what future that conservatives have been warning about.
    The book lays out what future that conservatives have been warning about.

    In “Fool Me Twice,” jour­nal­ist Aaron Klein and co-au­thor Brenda J. El­li­ott give us what they be­lieve is Pres­i­dent Obama’s agenda for a sec­ond term, and ac­cord­ing to them, it’s go­ing to be a So­cial­ist’s dream.

    By show­ing links among pro­gres­sive groups such as Center for Amer­i­can Progress, ACORN, the In­sti­tute for Pol­icy Studies, and the Pres­i­dent and his ad­vis­ers, Mr. Klein tries to make the case that the Pres­i­dent hopes to im­ple­ment many goals of the pro­gres­sive move­ment.

    Those goals are said to in­clude us­ing the mil­i­tary to carry out a “green agenda,” such as by con­vert­ing mil­i­tary equip­ment, in­stal­la­tions, and pro­cesses to ex­per­i­ment with clean en­ergy.

    The goals, the au­thors say, would in­clude im­ple­ment­ing pol­i­cies that would dra­mat­i­cally boost the cost and role of the na­tional gov­ern­ment in sub­si­diz­ing low-in­come and work­ing-class peo­ple through man­dated paid fam­ily leave, a na­tional “liv­ing wage,” an end to de­port­ing il­le­gal im­mi­grants, a sin­gle-payer health sys­tem, a new Great De­pres­sion-era kind of Works Progress Ad­min­is­tra­tion with mil­lions of new fed­eral jobs, and even a plan to put the na­tion in the po­si­tion of fund­ing global ini­tia­tives to re­dress the wrongs done by in­dus­tri­al­iza­tion and co­lo­nial­iza­tion.

    It’s ex­actly the fu­ture that con­ser­va­tives and Re­pub­li­cans have been warn­ing against, and Mr. Klein’s and Ms. El­li­ott’s book — their third along these lines — plays to that au­di­ence. The book has been well-re­ceived enough to make the New York Times’ best-seller list.

    In the in­tro­duc­tion, Mr. Klein says that Pres­i­dent Obama is a “highly skilled po­lit­i­cal rad­i­cal who has spent a life­time pre­par­ing to reach the pin­na­cle of Amer­i­can power and is for the most part suc­ceed­ing in im­ple­ment­ing the pro­gres­sive So­cial­ist agenda.”

    Ac­cord­ing to Mr. Klein and Ms. El­li­ott, this is an agenda that is be­ing ad­vanced by stealth, but the veil was par­tially ripped away when Pres­i­dent Obama said to Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Dmitry Medve­dev that, in a mo­ment that was un­in­ten­tion­ally picked up by an open mi­cro­phone: “After my elec­tion, I have more flex­i­bil­ity.”

    How­ever, as Mr. Klein him­self writes in the in­tro­duc­tion, most of his in­for­ma­tion can be found in plain sight. In fact, most of the groups quoted in the book are ea­ger to pro­mote their po­si­tions, and they of­ten do so in 50-page doc­u­ments that can be found on­line. There’s no es­pi­o­nage to be found in this vol­ume.

    Mr. Klein and Ms. El­li­ott con­tend that Pres­i­dent Obama is not ac­knowl­edg­ing to the Amer­i­can pub­lic what he plans to do.

    “I don’t have an agenda be­yond doc­u­ment­ing for the Amer­i­can pub­lic what Barack Obama’s spe­cific plans are or at least the rec­om­men­da­tions that have been given to Obama that will most likely form the blue­print for a sec­ond term,” Mr. Klein said in an in­ter­view with The Blade. “I was sim­ply try­ing to do what the Pres­i­dent will not and that is spell out his ac­tual plans if he gets elected.”

    A key claim cen­ters on a pro­posed blue­print, “2012 Uni­fied Se­cu­rity Bud­get,” a joint prod­uct of the Center for Amer­i­can Progress and the In­sti­tute for Pol­icy Studies. Ac­cord­ing to the book, pre­vi­ous pro­pos­als of these two groups have been adopted by the Obama Ad­min­is­tra­tion. The cen­ter is run by John Pode­sta, a for­mer chief of staff to for­mer Pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton, and some­one who has been in­flu­en­tial with the Obama Ad­min­is­tra­tion.

    It calls CAP the “idea cen­ter” of the Obama White House.

    Ideas and peo­ple that have a rel­a­tively be­nign im­age in Amer­ica take on a sus­pi­cious hue in the book.

    For ex­am­ple, Mr. Klein tells us that De­fense Sec­re­tary Leon Pan­etta has a “strong af­fin­ity” for the left-lean­ing IPS left over from his ca­reer as a Cal­i­for­nia con­gress­man. Sup­pos­edly a “core doc­trine” of pro­gres­sive groups such as IPS is the con­cept of “re­spon­si­bil­ity to pro­tect,” which re­ori­ents the U.S. mil­i­tary from mak­ing war and de­fend­ing Amer­i­can in­ter­ests to de­fend­ing ci­vil­ian pop­u­la­tions against against re­pres­sive re­gimes.

    Joe McNamara, a Toledo law­yer and city coun­cil pres­i­dent who is ac­tive in the Obama re-elec­tion cam­paign, at­tacked the book as the work of a con­spir­acy the­o­rist and of a genre that makes money by play­ing on the fears of a lot of peo­ple.

    “Con­sid­er­ing this au­thor’s pre­vi­ous works, I have a hard time tak­ing him se­ri­ously. He’s a con­spir­acy the­o­rist who equates pro­gres­sives with So­cial­ists,” he said.  “There’s a large con­tin­gent in this coun­try who are en­thralled by con­spir­acy the­o­rists. The Pres­i­dent has had to de­fend his faith and his cit­i­zen­ship. This is part of that genre again. This is an at­tempt to try to re­ig­nite the idea that the Pres­i­dent is not an Amer­i­can who shares our val­ues.”

    He re­jected the book’s prem­ise that Pres­i­dent Obama is try­ing to im­ple­ment a stealth agenda, say­ing in­stead Mr. Obama reached across po­lit­i­cal lines to craft bi­par­ti­san solu­tions to re­build the econ­omy.

    “Un­for­tu­nately, Con­gress spent the last four years des­per­ately try­ing to re­turn to the same bad ideas that crashed the econ­omy in the first place,” Mr. McNamara said.

    Mr. McNamara said the book is part of the same genre oc­cu­pied by the doc­u­men­tary 2016: Obama's Amer­ica.

    That movie, by con­ser­va­tive au­thor Dinesh D’Souza, con­tends that Mr. Obama has adopted the anti-co­lo­nial out­look of his late father and is try­ing to weaken Amer­ica and dis­trib­ute its wealth to the less-de­vel­oped world. As with the book, the movie makes pro­voc­a­tive but ul­ti­mately specu­la­tive claims.

    On the other hand, Mr. McNamara didn’t try to take is­sue with any of the facts in the book. One might ask what harm is done by in­ves­ti­gat­ing and re­port­ing on the rec­om­men­da­tions and back­grounds of the peo­ple whom Mr. Obama is known to lis­ten to and ask­ing whether these ideas don’t have a bet­ter chance of be­ing im­ple­mented than those of, say, Karl Rove. The left made sim­i­lar claims against cor­po­ra­tions that had the ear of the George W. Bush Ad­min­is­tra­tion a de­cade ago.

    The tone of the book views this quiet agenda as a dan­ger­ous, anti-free­dom one, but per­sons of lib­eral and pro­gres­sive views might come away from it en­cour­aged to see their ideas be­ing put into prac­tice.

    Mr. Klein and Ms. El­li­ott also wrote The Man­chu­rian Pres­i­dent in 2010. The book doc­u­mented what it says are “Barack Obama's ties to com­mu­nists, So­cial­ists, and other anti-Amer­i­can ex­trem­ists,”" its jacket claims.

    One of its claims is that David Axel­rod, the Pres­i­dents chief po­lit­i­cal strat­e­gist, is “com­mu­nist-linked.” Mr. Klein says his re­port­ing show­ing that for­mer Obama “green czar” Van Jones once formed a com­mu­nist or­ga­ni­za­tion and signed a pe­ti­tion ac­cus­ing for­mer Pres­i­dent George W. Bush of pos­si­ble in­volve­ment in the Sept. 11, 2001, ter­ror­ist at­tacks. The reve­la­tions forced Mr. Jones to re­sign in Sep­tem­ber, 2009.

    Mr. Klein, 32, is the Jeru­sa­lem bu­reau chief of World Net Daily ( The book was pub­lished by WND Books.

    Mr. Klein told The Blade in an in­ter­view,. “I was sim­ply try­ing to do what Pres­i­dent Obama will not do, and that is spell out his ac­tual plans if he gets elected. I think for the Amer­i­can pub­lic, it’s the fair thing to do.”

    Con­ven­tional wis­dom is that Mr. Obama’s first term has been a dis­ap­point­ment to many of his back­ers be­cause of the fail­ure of im­mi­gra­tion re­form, the Em­ployee Free Choice Act (which would make it eas­ier for unions to or­ga­nize work­places), clos­ing the prison at Guan­tan­amo Bay, Cuba, re­peal­ing the Patriot Act, and so on.

    When Barack Obama and Joe Biden were run­ning for of­fice in 2008, Mr. Biden told pro­test­ers that there would be “no clean coal” in the Obama Ad­min­is­tra­tion. This year, the ad­min­is­tra­tion put $5 bil­lion to­ward clean coal re­search to try to win over coal min­ers in south­east Ohio who blame Obama Ad­min­is­tra­tion reg­u­la­tions for forc­ing the shut­down of coal mines.

    On the other hand, pro­gres­sives had a lot of suc­cesses — the stim­u­lus, the res­cue of the auto in­dus­try, the Pa­tient Pro­tec­tion and Af­ford­able Care Act, man­da­tory con­tra­cep­tion cov­er­age by em­ploy­ers, an end to the Iraq War, stop­page of the XL Key­stone Pipe­line, and pres­i­den­tial sup­port for same-sex mar­riage.

    “He did a lot in his first term. He did more than most pres­i­dents in their first term,” Mr. Klein said.

    Mr. Klein and Ms. El­li­ott don’t show a lot of proof that the rec­om­men­da­tions made by left-lean­ing think tanks have been con­verted into ac­tual pol­i­cies ad­vanced by the ad­min­is­tra­tion.

    One large sec­tion is de­voted to a bill that was in­tro­duced in the House to give vir­tual am­nesty to all im­mi­grants liv­ing here le­gally or il­le­gally. The law was in­deed in­tro­duced — in 2009 — but it is stalled and there’s no claim made that Mr. Obama has tried to move it for­ward.

    Another claim of the book is that the Obama White House wants to im­ple­ment a “na­tional pop­u­lar vote,” un­der which the Elec­toral Col­lege would be dis­banded and pres­i­den­tial elec­tions would be de­cided in the coun­try’s big­gest pop­u­la­tion cen­ters. Of course, that would mean the end of pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates cam­paign­ing in Toledo or Bowl­ing Green. The same chap­ter ex­plores the ex­pan­sion in U.S. elec­tions by a Spa­nish elec­tions soft­ware firm that al­leg­edly is vul­ner­a­ble to hack­ers. 

    In­ter­est­ing, but what this has to do with Pres­i­dent Obama isn't made clear. The as­sump­tion ap­pears to be that, be­cause some pro­gres­sives want a na­tional pop­u­lar vote, that Pres­i­dent Obama must want it too.

    In the end, the book does noth­ing more than urge that what­ever agenda is ad­vanced by this or any pres­i­dent is thor­oughly dis­closed.

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