"Rusk is out to annex your suburb and pick your pocket. If annoying principles like individual liberty, voluntary association and self-government stand in his way, that's just too bad. The contradiction between hard-left redistributionism and traditional American values could hardly be drawn more sharply." Page 125
Most Americans have probably never heard of David Rusk. Nor have they heard of Mike Kruglik, Peter Dreier, Linda Hammond-Darling or Myron Orfield. Each of these individuals are close political allies of President Barack Obama and are advocates of a movement called "regionalism" a/k/a "metropolitanism" a/k/a "smart growth". These and a host of others in the Obama administration are working behind the scenes quietly laying the groundwork for policies that will unquestionably "fundamentally transform America" should President Obama secure a second term. For now they are laying low knowing full well that if their radical intentions become common knowledge prior to the election Barack Obama will probably be defeated. But author Stanley Kurtz in on to them. In his compelling new book "Spreading the Wealth: How Obama Is Robbing The Suburbs To Pay For The Cities" Kurtz lays it all out for the American people in a logical, straightforward and easy-to-understand presentation. If you are an affluent, college-educated suburban voter you especially have cause for concern. Likewise, if you reside in rural areas your life could change dramatically as well. The dirty little secret is that Obama's "regionalist" agenda is a direct attack on a large segment of his own middle-class supporters. Believe me when I tell you that this is a book that Obama and his minions definitely do not want you to read.
What President Obama, Dreier, Orfield, Rusk and all the rest have in common is a deep disdain for the so-called "American Dream". These folks despise the suburbs and the way of life that so many Americans have worked so hard to achieve. They aim to change that and if we don't pay closer attention they just might be able to pull it off. As Stanley Kurtz chronicles in "Spreading The Wealth" many of these folks have been working on these issues for two decades or more just waiting for the right moment to spring their elaborate "reforms" on an unsuspecting public. It was not until they had the great good fortune to have a "community organizer" in the White House that they had any real chance of implementing the majority of their radical initiatives. One has to wonder how many tens of thousands of people are going to work each day in various government entities, foundations, non-profits and think-tanks plotting the demise of America as we know it.
In "Spreading The Wealth" Stanley Kurtz outlines the "regionalist" agenda for all to see and shines the spotlight on the radical left-wing organization Building One America. Basically, there are three major components to this approach that you should be keenly aware of. First and foremost, you should know that redistribution is the heart and soul of "regionalism". The ultimate goal of these radicals is for the major cities to annex the surrounding suburbs. Pause and contemplate that one for a moment and you begin to understand just how destructive these policies would be. In this scenario suburban tax money would be transferred to the cities. Next, those who subscribe to the regionalist model would incrementally implement policies that would ultimately strip suburban cities and towns of their right to self-rule. And finally, these people would champion zoning and tax policies that would ultimately force suburban residents to move back to the cities. It may sound bizarre to you but these people are bound and determined to do all of this and if Obama is re-elected there very little will stand in their way.
In the conclusion of "Spreading the Wealth: How Obama Is Robbing The Suburbs To Pay For The Cities" Stanley Kurtz sums it all up by stating "Forewarned is forearmed. It isn't just the suburbs at stake but who we are as a nation." Amen! "Spreading The Wealth" just might be the most important book you will read this year. It is a real eye-opener! Very highly recommended!
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When Barack Obama told “Joe the Plumber” that he wanted to “spread the wealth around,” he wasn’t just using a figure of speech.
Since the 2008 campaign, Stanley Kurtz has established himself as one of Barack Obama’s most effective and well-informed critics. He was the first to expose the extent of Obama’s ties to radicals such as Bill Ayers and ACORN.
Now Kurtz reveals new evidence that the administration’s talk about helping the middle class is essentially a smoke screen. Behind the scenes, plans are under way for a serious push toward wealth redistribution, with the suburban middle class—not the so-called one percent—bearing the brunt of it.
Why haven’t we heard more about policies that will lead to redistribution? In part, of course, because controversies over Obamacare, unemployment, and the exploding budget deficit have taken the media spotlight. But the main reason, according to Kurtz, is that Obama doesn’t want to tip his hand about his second term. He knows that his plans will alienate the moderate swing voters who hold the key to his reelection.
Drawing on previously overlooked sources, Kurtz cuts through that smoke screen to reveal what’s really going on. Radicals from outside the administration—including key Obama allies from his early community organizing days—have been quietly influencing policy, in areas ranging from education to ...