ICG: Is Barack Obama Encouraging Protests?


In its newsletter received today, ICG’s Mark Armstrong has the following:

Although there have been more than a few hints that the protests overseas and now here have been promoted by unions and political foundations here in the United States, we wouldn’t have dared suggest that any of this was being fomented by our president’s core support groups.  But at least as it relates to the current anarchy besieging the Wisconsin capital, consider this quote from the Washington Post (not a conservative publication).  “The president’s political machine worked in close coordination Thursday with state and national union officials to get thousands of protesters to gather in Madison and to plan similar demonstrations in other state capitals.”  The article goes on to show that demonstrations are being planned for numerous other states that have spent themselves into unmanageable debt, and will have to resort to some painful cutbacks in order to remain solvent.  “By the end of the day, (Thursday) Democratic Party officials were organizing additional demonstrations in Ohio and Indiana where an effort is underway to trim benefits for public workers.  Some union activists predicted similar protests in Missouri, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.”   Other reports say to expect trouble in Michigan and Minnesota in the days ahead.

And as we all know, many other states and municipalities have run up fantastic debts and are continuing to spend.  What we’re seeing is only the beginning.

Here is something today from the Washington Post:

Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, February 19, 2011 President Obama did everything this week that a loyal member of the labor movement could hope for: He quickly leapt to the defense of Wisconsin public-employee unions in their battle for bargaining rights, while his political operation worked to instigate additional demonstrations against Republican governors in other states.

Of course, it is not only the Washington Post that is suggesting that the US President may be supporting protests:

Fox News – Chris Stirewalt – 18 February 2011

Union protesters and Democrat lawmakers will attempt to prevent for a second day a vote in the Wisconsin Senate that would increase public employees’ contributions to retirement and health benefits and strip unions of the power to bargain for higher salaries…President Obama…on Wednesday denounced the austerity legislation…

Saturday, February 19, 2011
By Glenn Thrush and Abby Phillip, Politico
Obama’s strongly-worded opposition to GOP plans to repeal the collective bargaining rights of Wisconsin public state employees, which he termed an “assault” on workers’ rights, has gone a long way towards repairing the relationship between the president and his union allies after two years of mutual disappointment and friction.  http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11050/1126524-473.stm#ixzz1EPw9Lpqh
Wisconsin protests: Obama goes too far by mobilizing opposition Atlanta Journal Constitution 19 February 2011

The US President, at least publicly, has seemed sympathetic to the side of the Wisconsin protesters.  Encouraging protesters could come back to haunt Barack Obama later down the road.

While I am not trying to say that protesters do not have any point, the reality is that producing more goods and services, from a carnal perspective, is economically what the USA needs.  Protests generally speaking, do not do that.

To solve its real problems, the USA needs national repentance. The USA needs it right now. The USA does not seem to realize that otherwise its days are numbered. US government policies and practices are part of sealing its doom.

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