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Obama's Plan to Eliminate Suburbs
Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | August 2, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh

Posted on 08/02/2012 7:11:50 PM PDT by Kaslin

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RUSH: Stanley Kurtz has an article adapted from Spreading the Wealth: How Obama is Robbing the Suburbs to Pay for the Cities. And he's very blunt about this. I have the book as a powerful, influential member of the media. My book is right over there, Spreading the Wealth. I have a copy. "President Obama is not a fan of America’s suburbs. Indeed, he intends to abolish them." Now, Kurtz believes that this is an excellent way to campaign against Obama, that you don't need to be Republican or Democrat, liberal or conservative. You just need to tell people that live in the suburbs that no matter what they are, Obama's coming for 'em, that he has been raised to believe that it was flight from the cities that led to all of the horrible economic conditions, the rotten schools and all of this that plague America's cities.

It's all about people fleeing, wanting a better life, and leaving behind their poor neighbors about whom they cared nothing. How basically the suburbs are made up of a bunch of selfish, greedy people who don't care about their fellow man. That's how Obama was raised. And, indeed, it is what many leftists believe. And I have to tell you, folks, the constant push by Democrats to get us into mass transit is all about destroying the cities. Let's take a look. In California, Moonbeam Brown, the governor, is intent -- what are they, $16 billion in debt? $16 billion state deficit, right? Maybe even higher. And what are they focusing on? What is one of Governor Brown's primary objectives? This bullet train, a speed train from nowhere to nowhere.

Why? Mass transit. And the key word in mass transit is "mass." As far as liberals are concerned, leader liberals, central planners, we are the masses. I remember Reagan I think in that famous Goldwater speech in 1964 made a point of saying how much it offended him to be considered a member of the masses, that we don't have masses in America, that we are made up of beautifully, wonderfully free individuals, pursuing happiness and liberty. That we're not a nameless, faceless conglomerate. We're not "the masses" under state control. And yet this is the dream of the American left. That's what Kurtz is writing about. Mass transit. I mean all these light rail trains, every time I see one there's hardly anyone on 'em. Mass transit cannot support itself in most cities. There's no interest in it. America still has its love affair with the automobile.

But Kurtz writes here that "Obama is not a fan of America’s suburbs. Indeed, he intends to abolish them. With suburban voters set to be the swing constituency of the 2012 election, the administration’s plans for this segment of the electorate deserve scrutiny. Obama is a longtime supporter of 'regionalism,' the idea that the suburbs should be folded into the cities, merging schools, housing, transportation, and above all taxation. To this end, the president has already put programs in place designed to push the country toward a sweeping social transformation in a possible second term. The goal: income equalization via a massive redistribution of suburban tax money to the cities."

Now, you'll note in that paragraph, you don't read the word "Republican" or "Democrat" or "conservative" or "liberal." This is strictly geography.

"Obama’s plans to undercut the political and economic independence of America’s suburbs reach back decades. The community organizers who trained him in the mid-1980s blamed the plight of cities on taxpayer 'flight' to suburbia. Beginning in the mid-1990s, Obama’s mentors at the Gamaliel Foundation (a community-organizing network Obama helped found) formally dedicated their efforts to the budding fight against suburban 'sprawl.' From his positions on the boards of a couple of left-leaning Chicago foundations, Obama channeled substantial financial support to these efforts. On entering politics, he served as a dedicated ally of his mentors’ anti-suburban activism.

"The alliance endures. One of Obama’s original trainers, Mike Kruglik, has hived off a new organization called Building ONE America, which continues Gamaliel’s anti-suburban crusade under another name. Kruglik and his close allies, David Rusk and Myron Orfield, intellectual leaders of the 'anti-sprawl' movement, have been quietly working with the Obama administration for years on an ambitious program of social reform," that are designed to basically penalize people for where they live, in the suburbs.

"Since the failure of Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty and the collapse of federal urban policy, leftist theorists of community organizing have advocated a series of moves designed to quietly redistribute tax money to the cities. Health-care reform and federal infrastructure spending (as in the stimulus) are backed by organizers as the best ways to reconstitute an urban policy without directly calling it that." These people can't admit that this is what they're doing. They have to speak in code. So when Obama goes out and attacks white working families, or when he refers to the bitter clingers, when he talks about not caring about the votes of white working families, it's the suburbanites. This is how he was raised. This is what he was taught, is the problem. It's what he has been led to believe is the big problem facing America -- well, among many. Suburban sprawl.

"A campaign against suburban 'sprawl' under the guise of environmentalism is the next move. Open calls for suburban tax-base 'sharing' are the final and most controversial link in the chain of a reconstituted and redistributive urban policy. President Obama is following this plan. Middle-class suburban supporters of the president take note. It isn’t just the pocketbooks of the '1 percent' he’s after; it’s yours."

Now, Kurtz has written a whole book about this, if you care to delve into it further. Indeed, it's called Spreading the Wealth: How Obama is Robbing the Suburbs to Pay for the Cities. And if you look at their attacks on environmentalism, you'll find that most, it is very subtle, but most of the human activity that they blame for causing climate change or global warming, it doesn't happen in the cities, does it? All the SUVs and all the automobiles and all the cars being driven around and all the development and all the cutting of the natural environment, clearing forests to build housing, all of this stuff is happening in the suburbs. The suburbs is where the destruction of the planet is taking place. Essentially, growth, wherever there's progress, wherever there is growth, that's where the problem is.

Why doesn't Obama, why don't the Democrats close these disastrous inner-city schools? They don't want people leaving them. They don't want the parents of students in those schools to have any options. They want those schools open. They want those neighborhoods as is. They want to force people back into them. That's why they don't get rid of the teachers there. That's why they don't close down the schools. That's why Obama opposes vouchers. It's why he opposes school choice, or practically any other human free choice that people want to make. Because he has a plan, he and his leftist buddies.

Now, folks, for some people I know this is very hard, as is a lot of Obamaism, it's hard to get your arms around and understand. Why would anybody hate suburbia? What does it matter where people live? You have to understand who they are. You have to understand Central Planning, what it is, command-and-control economics, what it is. And it all descends from a central belief that the average man or woman is incompetent. They can't be trusted to do the right thing for society, for themselves, for the culture. Any expressions of individuality in this regard are a threat to command-and-control types. And the more they have you in mass transit, the more they have control over where you can and can't go.

I firmly believe that they have plans involving cell phones. I think cell phones, to them, represent a potential uprising. It's a way for people to communicate with themselves without the government being involved in the whole thing. It's where, for lack of a better word, revolution could be fomented, could be discussed. Now, we're nowhere near to that point, that I know of, but trying to explain the way these people think. Kurtz writes a book, I come here to tell you about the book. The central premise is, Obama wants to tax people out of the suburbs. "What does he care, Rush? You can't be serious that these people really don't like people just because they live in the suburbs." They don't. It's not a personal dislike for the individuals who live there, although when you listen to Obama talk about 'em when he's under the belief he's off record, bitter clingers and all this kind of thing, he does have contempt. All liberals do.

What is this constant push for mass transit? Why all these bullet trains that go nowhere, high-speed rail? They want you to depend on the government wherever you go, how you get there. And they want to be able to control where you go. I know. Hard to believe. It's hard to accept. It's hard to understand. Why in the world would a president be animated by an enmity for people that live in the suburbs? "Rush, come on." Just remember how you reacted when I told you they were gonna come for your SUV or any other outlandish prediction I made over the years that later turned out to be true. How are they gonna do it? Taxation. Kurtz spells it out. They're gonna make it expensive as they can to live in suburbia and they're gonna make it as impossible to build and develop in suburbia.

It's a long-term project. They're not gonna be able to do this in four years or two, but they're going to be able to make the effort, and once they get their hands on tax policy for this and once you give Obama a second term where there is no accountability, he doesn't have to face reelection again, doesn't matter how mad people get, then Katie, bar the door. See, suburbanites aren't paying their fair share. Suburbanites have taken from the cities. In suburbia, that's where the good schools are. That's where the clean malls are. That's where upscale living, by comparison, is. They can't have that. Remember, the rich are to blame for everything. The achievers, those who succeed on their own, they are the ones to blame for all of these problems. You fled the inner cities when they needed you most. You took your money and you took your life and you took everything to the suburbs, and you left those who couldn't afford to go with nothing. Well, it's time to get you or your money back. Interesting idea to campaign on this basis. Stanley Kurtz profoundly believes that it would be profoundly effective.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: suburbs

1 posted on 08/02/2012 7:11:59 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

He’s got plenty of “republican” help. Dick Snyder has always been for high speed rail, sustainable cities, and greenways.

http://www.mlive.com/news/index.ssf/2012/08/gov_rick_snyder_oks_38m_for_re.html#incart_river_default


2 posted on 08/02/2012 7:18:43 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Kaslin
"Sleftist theorists of community organizing have advocated a series of moves designed to quietly redistribute tax money to the cities. Health-care reform and federal infrastructure spending ...

Demaocrats control the largest cities and they'll always spend more on their base.

3 posted on 08/02/2012 7:22:40 PM PDT by alrea
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To: cripplecreek

Liberals hate the suburbs because urban sprawl and the dispersion of the people away from population centers makes it harder for these leftists, wanna-be overlords, to exercise control over us.


4 posted on 08/02/2012 7:26:46 PM PDT by 3Fingas (Sons and Daughters of Freedom, Committee of Correspondence)
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To: 3Fingas
I know they're sure squeezing the hell out of my little town. If they buy the 2000 acres on the south, we'll have state land on 3 sides of town right up to the backyards.

I don't see the point since its all rural anyway and it seems like the only thing they're doing is protecting it from us pesky private owners. I was just a mile outside town yesterday and look at the horrifying urban sprawl I encountered.

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5 posted on 08/02/2012 7:35:15 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Kaslin

That is called “sustainable development” in environmental lingo. It is all a documented facet of Agenda 21 and ICLEI assisted “smart growth” planning.

Rosa Koire Behind the Green Mask
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDtCb45Lqt0

Confronting Agenda 21 (Part 1); (Part 2); (Part 3); Tom Deweese
http://www.screencast.com/users/henryzeke/folders/videos-2012/media/f5120def-fd4a-41b3-9ea0-9008371fe41d

http://www.screencast.com/t/YKMrDPbOIiLS

http://www.screencast.com/users/henryzeke/folders/videos-2012/media/a15bdea3-4043-4d63-b36e-90d9ae80bc1c


6 posted on 08/02/2012 7:36:30 PM PDT by marsh2
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To: cripplecreek

I’ll trade your urban sprawl for mine any day of the week. I feel more relaxed after just seeing that picture.


7 posted on 08/02/2012 7:42:20 PM PDT by 3Fingas (Sons and Daughters of Freedom, Committee of Correspondence)
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To: Kaslin
At one time, I too eliminated the burbs! From my video collection.

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Rey, this is Walter!

Worst movie ever!!

8 posted on 08/02/2012 7:49:23 PM PDT by WhatNot
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To: Kaslin

Much easier to operate those FEMA camps if everyone is weaponless, hungry, bunched up and totally dependent upon the Feds for everything when the unexpected “big crisis” is announced. Feds are already stockpiling guns, ammo, riot control equipment, etc. in preparation of civilian riots when the unexpected “big crisis” arrives. Should be pretty easy to retrain the TSA people as camp guards since the transportation facilities will be closed down, at least until the “big crisis” is over.


9 posted on 08/02/2012 8:14:57 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (Skittle pooping unicorns are more common than progressives with honor & integrity.)
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To: Kaslin

The best film I ever saw that envisions what Obama and other socialists want for us is the Russian film Stalker! It is a fantastic film that depicts two men trying to escape the dystopian city in search of a secret room but find themselves in awe of an ethereal nature far removed from the confines of the city. A beautiful film, I highly recommend it!


10 posted on 08/02/2012 8:16:37 PM PDT by IslamE (epiphany)
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To: Kaslin
Profoundly.

;-\

11 posted on 08/02/2012 10:50:10 PM PDT by Gargantua ("Dedicated to the removal of the Islamic Regime in America")
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To: alrea

This was done for decades in NJ, until the suburbs and the state ran out of money; many of the thousands of cops, teachers, and firemen laid off in the past few years in NJ were laid off by our cities.

A side effect of the tech boom is that you longer need a “city”; people commute from one suburb to work in a commercial office park in another, and they shop in suburban malls.


12 posted on 08/03/2012 3:01:10 AM PDT by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: 3Fingas

“Liberals hate the suburbs because urban sprawl and the dispersion of the people away from population centers makes it harder for these leftists, wanna-be overlords, to exercise control over us.”

Control is secondary; they want to tax you.


13 posted on 08/03/2012 3:04:05 AM PDT by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: 3Fingas

Funny thing is that there’s a new gas well right there behind the trees on the left.

Which is actually another issue often overlooked when states grab the land. They get the mineral rights.


14 posted on 08/03/2012 3:30:12 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Kaslin

Democrats just want to do to the suburbs what they’ve done to the cities they control.


15 posted on 08/03/2012 3:55:09 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: 3Fingas

Liberals hate the suburbs because urban sprawl and the dispersion of the people away from population centers makes it harder for these leftists, wanna-be overlords, to exercise control over us.


When I think of cities anymore I also think of James Burke, he had an interesting name for cities: Technology Traps.

If the Food, water and Electricity fail to arrive as needed by those “Technology Traps” then the inhabitants are trapped and most will die after some time.

That my FRiends is the ultimate hold that the Government and the Leftists want over the citizenry. Do as we say, when we say it or you don’t get what you need to survive in this place we’ve forced you to live in.


16 posted on 08/03/2012 3:57:50 AM PDT by The Working Man
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To: Kaslin

This is perhaps the most insidious thing the Obama people have done in the last few years. (Or perhaps “co-insidious” with Obamacare.) I heard Hannity interviewing the author on his radio show — and it sounded to me like part of the history of the Soviet Union.


17 posted on 08/03/2012 4:28:12 AM PDT by NewJerseyJoe (Rat mantra: "Facts are meaningless! You can use facts to prove anything that's even remotely true!")
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To: cripplecreek
He’s got plenty of “republican” help.

Oh, yes, indeed. Texas Gov. Rick Perry's "Trans-Texas Corridor" scheme (which is still quietly going forward, in smaller, less-politicizable pieces, stealthily) is part of the NASCO/SPP superhighway corridor, a much larger bipartisan plan that has a bipartisan committee run by co-chairmen one from each party (one recent co-chairwoman being Eddie Bernice Johnson, a Dallas-area Democratic representative).

George H.W. "Poppy" Bush's administration also displayed an unhealthy interest in herding people back into the central cities so land speculators and developers could get filthy-rich on forced draught. The proof-of-concept demo is Portland, Oregon, which is beginning to resemble the Third Reich, and for very good reasons: the undergirding principles are the same.

18 posted on 08/03/2012 1:25:50 PM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: The Working Man
.....the ultimate hold that the Government and the Leftists want over the citizenry. Do as we say, when we say it or you don’t get what you need to survive in this place we’ve forced you to live in.

What-it's-all-about bump.

19 posted on 08/03/2012 1:28:28 PM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: lentulusgracchus

Conservatism is destined to lose because we only fight the convenient battles while the progressives fight every battle.

Every time a thread like this is posted its full of complaints about democrats and liberals because conservatives are afraid of harming the party. Its sad but its what it is and its a sure fire loser in the long run.


20 posted on 08/03/2012 1:33:50 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: cripplecreek
This is why I love living in Phoenix. Phoenix is American excess in city form.

Excess sun, excess heat, excess consumption, excess sprawl, etc.

As long as people inhabit this desert valley --they'll never be able to pull it off here. Every 15 years, the producers pick up and sprawl to newly built areas leaving the old stuff behind.

Now, ofcourse, I do know they'd love nothing more than to have policies that make this place uninhabitable --as it nearly was before air conditioning.

21 posted on 08/03/2012 1:37:18 PM PDT by riri (Plannedopolis-look it up. It's how the elites plan for US to live.)
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To: kearnyirish2

Taxation is a form of control. So are the social programs they finance with our taxes. Get us hooked on government money, then threaten us into compliance by saying they will take it away if we don’t vote for them.

We need leaders who want us to be self-sufficient not encourage more dependence.


22 posted on 08/03/2012 2:38:42 PM PDT by 3Fingas (Sons and Daughters of Freedom, Committee of Correspondence)
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To: cripplecreek
Eventually, conservatives will be accommodated. We are now the core of the GOP -- the Tea Party has shown there is no shortage of willingness to organize and mobilize in conservative ranks.

This being so, either the GOP accommodates (it does not want to), or else the conservative movement begins to migrate to a new pole of political activism, and the GOP fades like the Liberal Party did in Great Britain between the wars. In the event, the Liberal Party faded right out, and the Labour Party, Reds and all, took its place. The Liberal Party's remains are now interred somewhere within the British third party.

23 posted on 08/03/2012 9:38:47 PM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: The Working Man
When I think of cities anymore I also think of James Burke, he had an interesting name for cities: Technology Traps.

I tend to think of them instead as a sort of barn or dairy.

Cattle trapped in stalls, and milked to death, then knackered for their meat when they're old and their milk production begins to roll over.

Leftists want people to regiment into work crews, to pull giant statues of the Left's gods up long ramps onto high pedestals.

Economic royalists want them for milk and meat.

Either way, the relationship is abusive, predatory, and one-sided. The Second Amendment makes it two-sided.

24 posted on 08/03/2012 9:45:30 PM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: lentulusgracchus

You have a good visualization going there.

In any case though, just like anything else when it gets too big it also develops points of weakness.

Cities came about for several reasons. They provided centralized locations for the production of specialized items, education and of course governance and the armed forces those in power needed to control internally and protect against aggressors.

Now though? Well they do much the same and more, unfortunately for those trapped inside them they are also totally dependent on deliveries of commodities from outside. The biggest three of course are Electrical Power, Water and Food. Control those and you control the inhabitants within the city.


25 posted on 08/04/2012 4:52:57 AM PDT by The Working Man
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To: lentulusgracchus

One last thing to think about.

Let’s go on the assumption that the liberals do succeed in taxing us out of the Suburbs and the rural areas and back into the hell-hole cities. Will that change Conservatives into Democrats? No, I don’t think so. But it will Dilute the voting power of Democrats already in the cities. They will not like what they have created.


26 posted on 08/04/2012 5:05:49 AM PDT by The Working Man
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