Congressman Keith Ellison (D-Mich) isn’t happy with the ‘tax deal,’ and is looking for a good old-fashioned crisis to blame on Republicans in 2012. While he doesn’t like keeping the current tax extensions for all Americans, it seems he has chosen Social Security and the payroll tax relief portion as his crisis-of-choice, saying it compromises SS. He also accuses the wealthy of “buying congress-people.” Talk about the pot calling the kettle black. At about the 5:11 mark, Ellison says:
“I think that we need to create a real crisis here so that the Republicans will have to answer for denying Americans unemployment benefits on the eve of the Christmas holiday,” Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) said. “We let them off the hook, in my opinion.”
Note that Ellison objects to having to vote on this bill “on the eve of Christmas,” when Democrats have refused to bring the ‘tax extensions’ to the floor for…how many years now? Since 2007?
Ellison, who never met a spending bill he didn’t like, is concerned about spending. Rep. John Campbell (R-CA) has another viewpoint and says the ‘tax deal’ as it is now, adds $250 billion to the deficit. Ellison, at about 12:35 minutes-in, says he is willing to spend more than $250 billion. The interviewer fails to see the irony of calling the ‘tax deal’ “tax cuts.” Hear the audio at RealClearPolitics.
The Cloward-Piven Strategy of Manufactured Orchestrated Crisis is beloved by radical Democrats. Here is a snippet from Jim Simpson at American Thinker:
Before the 1994 Republican takeover, Democrats had sixty years of virtually unbroken power in Congress – with substantial majorities most of the time. Can a group of smart people, studying issue after issue for years on end, with virtually unlimited resources at their command, not come up with a single policy that works? Why are they chronically incapable?
The Strategy was first elucidated in the May 2, 1966 issue of The Nation magazine by a pair of radical socialist Columbia University professors, Richard Andrew Cloward and Frances Fox Piven. David Horowitz summarizes it as:
“The strategy of forcing political change through orchestrated crisis. The “Cloward-Piven Strategy” seeks to hasten the fall of capitalism by overloading the government bureaucracy with a flood of impossible demands, thus pushing society into crisis and economic collapse.”
Never underestimate the ability of Democrats to manufacture and orchestrate a crisis. Here are the instructions direct from the textbook, Rules for Radicals (once taught to ACORN members by Barack Obama):
“Make the enemy live up to their (sic) own book of rules,” Alinsky wrote in his 1989 book Rules for Radicals. When pressed to honor every word of every law and statute, every Judeo-Christian moral tenet, and every implicit promise of the liberal social contract, human agencies inevitable fall short. The system’s failure to “live up” to its rule book can then be used to discredit it altogether, and to replace the capitalist “rule book” with a socialist one.”
Spending is the crisis. Ellison knows it.