Taking A Look At Poverty's Leadership


Palin's Grizzlies

WHAT DO THE TOP TEN cities with the highest poverty rate “all” have in common, and we're not talking about lots of broken glass, blind alleys, and racy graffiti?

Answer: Democrat leadership.

And let's not try to frame this situation as a variation of which came first, the chicken or the egg, which would be a false comparison since every single one of them Democrat party machines have had more than enough time, and thus chance, to pull themselves up by their bootstrap ideologies of tax and spend:

  • Detroit, MI (1st on the poverty rate list) hasn’t elected a Republican mayor since 1961;
  • Buffalo, NY (2nd) hasn’t elected one since 1954;
  • Cincinnati, OH (3rd)… since 1984;
  • Cleveland, OH, (4th)… since 1989;
  • Miami, FL (5th) has never had a Republican Mayor;
  • St. Louis, MO (6th)…. since 1949;
  • El Paso, TX (7th) Has never had a Republican Mayor;
  • Milwaukee, WI (8th)… since 1908;
  • Philadelphia, PA (9th)… since 1952;
  • Newark, NJ (10th)… since 1907.

The turmoil in the capital markets is bad news and is forcing each candidate to reassess their current pronouncements on the economy. So, let’s ask some questions. Of the two candidates for President, who got the most money from the two financial giants now in the news–Lehman Brothers and AIG?

  • John McCain received $117,500 from Lehman Bros.
  • Barack Obama received $370,524 from Lehman Bros.

How about AIG?

  • McCain got $36,875 from AIG
  • Obama raked in $75,899 from AIG

Numbers do more than stress their face value, they shine us on. Barack Obama, the politician, the uniter, the agent of change and new directions who supposedly is not beholden to special interests, took three times as much money from Lehman Brothers and more than twice as much from AIG. Gee, and who did the now Government financed mortgage broker Fannie Mae give its money to when it wanted to influence a politician? OpenSecrets lists the top three politicians in which FNMA “invested” from 1989 to 2008.

Top Recipients of Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac Campaign Contributions, 1989-2008:

  • Christopher Dodd $165,400
  • Barack Obama $126,349 ($6000 came from the PAC)
  • John Kerry $111,000

What about McCain? The folks at Fannie Mae didn’t show him a lot of love. According to Open Secrets:

  • John McCain $21,550 (all from individuals).

Oh yeah, and who tabbed the former head of Fannie Mae to head up his Vice Presidential search team? OBAMA, that’s who. Back in May Barack turned to Jim Johnson, former CEO of Fannie Mae. Who is Johnson?

Johnson served as Fannie Mae CEO from 1991 to 1998 and has a long history in both Washington politics and business. He served on the boards of numerous companies, including The Goldman Sachs Group, KB Home, and Target Corporation, and has been Vice Chairman of Perseus LLC. He also was a corporate finance managing director for Lehman Brothers. He was an executive assistant for Vice President Walter Mondale (1977-1981) and a U.S. Senate staff member. Johnson also helped screen running mates for Democratic presidential nominees Walter Mondale in 1984 and John Kerry in 2004.

When it came time for a tough decision who did Barack turn to? A former community organizer per chance? Hell no! He went with the inside the beltway uber lobbyist.

So Obama bots need to save their sanctimony for some other candidate. Obama's just not what you want him to be. When it comes to cozying up to big players and wealthy Wall Street types smack in the middle of the lastest scandals and crises, Barack Obama is in a league of his own, playing the game with flair and confidence. Will the media ask this candidate to explain? Probably not.

And to further drive home the point, here is John McCain back in 2006 railing against the power of lobbyists like Fannie Mae:

“The OFHEO report also states that Fannie Mae used its political power to lobby Congress in an effort to interfere with the regulator’s examination of the company’s accounting problems. This report comes some weeks after Freddie Mac paid a record $3.8 million fine in a settlement with the Federal Election Commission and restated lobbying disclosure reports from 2004 to 2005. These are entities that have demonstrated over and over again that they are deeply in need of reform.”

“For years I have been concerned about the regulatory structure that governs Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac–known as Government-sponsored entities or GSEs–and the sheer magnitude of these companies and the role they play in the housing market. OFHEO’s report this week does nothing to ease these concerns. In fact, the report does quite the contrary. OFHEO’s report solidifies my view that the GSEs need to be reformed without delay.”

“I join as a cosponsor of the Federal Housing Enterprise Regulatory Reform Act of 2005, S. 190, to underscore my support for quick passage of GSE regulatory reform legislation. If Congress does not act, American taxpayers will continue to be exposed to the enormous risk that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac pose to the housing market, the overall financial system, and the economy as a whole.”

McCain’s last comment should lead his next batch of Presidential ads. Where was Obama? He was pocketing Fannie Mae cash. Any questions? Breaking news! Prominent Clinton backer Lynn Forester de Rothschild is set to endorse McCain/Palin today. The Obama fallout continues.

Thanks to Larry Johnson of No Quarter.

Addendum: Rumors about de Rothschild coming out for McCain have been confirmed—she called Obama arrogant and not in touch. And here she is with Wolf Blitzer.

Posits another poster named Wolfman Jack: "I think this hits the nail on the head. The Dems ARE “elitist” in the sense of thinking themselves superior, intellectually, culturally, socially, than regular working people. Republicans seem to be more comfortable with working people. I don’t really know why this is. I think of Al Gore eating the corn husk tamale wrapper, or John Kerry not knowing how to eat a Philly cheesesteak. It gives the impression that they only eat in fancy restaurants.

It is one of the main reasons Democrats lose. They are looking down at half of their own voters, or at least seem very out of touch. Obama’s comment about the price of arugula reminded me of Mike Dukakis comment about Belgian endive (he suggested that wheat farmers in the Midwest switch to growing Belgian endive). Obama is not JFK. He is Mike Dukakis.

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