During the campaign that catastrophically resulted in his election, Barack Hussein Obama said,
“Judge me by the people with whom I surround myself.”
Prominent among them has been Andy Stern, who as head of the ACORN-affiliated SEIU was responsible for pouring $60,000,000 and 100,000 volunteers into Obama’s campaign. He soon established himself as Obama’s #1 most frequent White House visitor.
Stern belongs on the long list of avowed communists in Obama’s background (Barack Hussein Obama Sr, Frank Marshall Davis, Bill Ayers, Van Jones, et al.). In today’s Wall Street Journal, he calls upon America to reject the economic freedom that allowed this country to be built in favor of Chinese-style communism, complete with five-year plans:
For me, the tension resulting from the chorus of American criticism [of Chinese currency manipulation] paled in significance compared to reading the emerging outline of China’s 12th five-year plan. The aims: a 7% annual economic growth rate; a $640 billion investment in renewable energy; construction of six million homes; and expanding next-generation IT, clean-energy vehicles, biotechnology, high-end manufacturing and environmental protection — all while promoting social equity and rural development.
Some Americans are drawing lessons from this. Last month, the China Daily quoted Orville Schell, who directs the Center on U.S.-China Relations at the Asia Society, as saying: “I think we have come to realize the ability to plan is exactly what is missing in America.” The article also noted that Robert Engle, who won a Nobel Prize in 2003 for economics, has said that while China is making five-year plans for the next generation, Americans are planning only for the next election.
The totalitarian communist regime that has been running China since 1949 has almost certainly killed more of its own subjects than any other in history. But just as progressives praised Mussolini for making the trains run on time, they demand we reject old-fashioned notions of liberty and stand in awe of the way China has exploited liberal bureaucrats and unions having made it infeasible to manufacture in America. Stern gloats:
The conservative-preferred, free-market fundamentalist, shareholder-only model — so successful in the 20th century — is being thrown onto the trash heap of history in the 21st century.
That it is — which is why we’re staggering toward economic collapse.
On tips from GoY and Kevin R.