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Olivastro: What did the President Know?

By Richard Olivastro

Last week, while demonstrators in Madison, Wisconsin chanted 'Freedom, Democracy , Unions!' their real employers, privately employed taxpayers, likely began thinking:

‘Yes, Yes, and, no more, to public employee unions!’

As events continued to unfold in Wisconsin and Washington DC, around the States – thinking minds began to change.

Here’s a recap.

It started on Wednesday, when President Obama put his federal oar into Wisconsin’s water stating:

“Some of what I’ve heard coming out of Wisconsin, where you’re just making it harder for public employees to collectively bargain, generally seems like more of an assault on unions.”

As if that was not enough, Mr. Obama continued:

“It was wrong to vilify these workers or to suggest that somehow all these budget problems are due to public employees.”

In addition to double-speak, when he did that, President Obama took sides – in a state matter!

Many astutely said the president was wrong to butt in to state affairs.

They are right.

Others agreed, wisely adding Mr. Obama went too far.

He did.

By Thursday, as criticism mounted, administration insiders knew they had a problem.

So, political defenders were activated to counter that President Obama was only responding to a question asked during a television interview on the NBC affiliate in Milwaukee, WTMJ.

Initially, that spin served to tamp a bit the public uneasiness caused by Mr. Obama’s comments.

But, there was more to the story.

Investigative research uncovered and reported online that… the Wednesday television interview was actually setup by the Obama White House.

Thus, at the least, administration operatives - eyeing the 2012 election campaign - were intent on securing the opportunity for Mr. Obama to trade support with a strong segment of his support base - public employee unions. That Wisconsin is a battleground state does make the effort politically tempting. Besides, who in the White House really cares that comments by a federal executive official can overstep constitutional limits protecting states?

While the impact – and the appropriateness – of what Mr. Obama chose to say about the Wisconsin situation can be debated – and even manipulated by willing constitutional revisionists - what was uncovered next clearly shows the administration’s apparent motivation in their adversarial planning, purpose, and actions.

Specifically, the Democrat National Committee and its Organizing for America arm (which originally was an integral part of Mr. Obama’s 2008 campaign) have been identified as actively orchestrating and busing in union members to demonstrate in Madison, Wisconsin.

Then, came this…

DNC/OFA plans are to do the same during the weeks ahead in other states.

Next, some detail:

In addition to Wisconsin - Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Jersey are also targeted.

The core question:

Why is the DNC/OFA actively interfering in state matters attempting to block the will of the people?

Perhaps, only President Obama and/or DNC chair Tim Kane know the truth?

Here’s part of the political calculus:

All five of the states are important 2012 battlegrounds; all have new GOP governors (elected to reduce state spending); and, all five states have high numbers of resident union members.

Interestingly, while the national average in the 2008 election exit polls was 21%, the percent of union members in the five targeted states are much higher: Wisconsin +5, Pennsylvania +6, Ohio +7, Michigan +13, and New Jersey +14.

Rather than speculate about other prescriptive motivations, let’s consider the implications.

When the American people decided on corrective change last November – that is, away from the transformative change Mr. Obama has been implementing – citizens selected candidates to represent them who committed to carry out their wishes at both the state and federal government levels.

That is as it should be in a constitutional republic.

However, the problem with what has been unfolding on the streets in Wisconsin is that what the DNC/OFA has been orchestrating there – whether with or without the awareness or participation of the president – amounts to organized opposition to block carrying out the people’s will.

Making the situation worse are the signs carried by the organized DNC/OFA demonstrators portraying the new Wisconsin governor as “Hitler”, other signs overlaying a target on the his picture; the willful distribution of fraudulent sick notes by alleged doctors to anyone asking for them; the willful abandonment of public classrooms by teachers; and, the dereliction of duty by 14 democrat state senators who hid out of state in Illinois.

Such manipulations - and collusions - suggest an apparent desire for chaos in the streets of the United States.

Such attitude is never good, emanating, perhaps, from a politics of ‘get our way at whatever the cost’ compounded by the petulance of administration progressives that the United States Constitution can ‘be damned’.

Such acting out is absolutely unacceptable.

During the last two years Americans have seen both executive hubris as well as aloofness exhibited by the previous congressional majority.

Now, in a sense, Mr. Obama is becoming his own - and his party’s – worse enemy.

Most Americans recall the last time a president viewed political adversaries as enemies.

Remember… back then… it started with lists - evolved into dirty tricks - followed by illegal acts.

This time… instead of faithfully demonstrating respect for the United States Constitution, our Republic form of government, and the freedom-loving citizens who believe in Democracy, President Obama and/or the chairman of the Democratic National Committee, or other operatives, have begun to engage in activity that appears clearly intended to obstruct the will of the American people.

Unless all such activities cease forthwith – and public apologies tendered - the long memory of the American people will start to ask the familiar question:

“What did the President know; and, when did he know it?”

That question should first be publicly directed to DNC chairman Tim Kaine.

All things considered, Kaine should know what the DNC/OFA was up to with the Wisconsin activity. Reportedly telephoned last week by the president about a 2012 US Senate run in Virginia, Kaine also knows what direction, if any, may have been given to him by the President.

Whether Obama gave Kaine specific directions to execute the Wisconsin machinations - OR - Kaine planned Wisconsin entirely on his own - OR - Kaine knew nothing of what was going on in his DNC operation… inevitably this is a ‘lose – lose - lose’ for Tim Kaine.

Respectively, Kaine will have to be the cutout - OR - the one person held to account - OR - look the fool unaware of what was going on in the DNC/OFA.

While it is now unlikely that Tim Kaine will be elected to anything in 2012, this is not about his future.

Rather, it is about the future of our constitutional republic.

Citizens can ensure our future during the present with the persistent question:

“What did the President know; and, when did he know it?”

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  1. onewildmanComment by onewildman
    February 22, 2011 @ 8:25 am

    Of course Obama sent them and he set up the interview and reviewed all questions before the interview so he could answer them with a predetermined answer. Obama is incapable of answering questions on the fly it requires thought before lip movement. When that happens the first response is a…..h then a rambling answer to make you forget what the question was. On top of those things he has the delusion that his power has no restrictions. He is king Obama! The DNC and liberals running it do not follow or play by the rules. If the rule doesn’t favor their position they ignore it or try to change it in the middle of the game. Fairness is not a trait ingrained liberalism, that would be counter productive to their quest for power. Obama knows that him and the rest of the DemocRATS must not let these Republican governors succeed in doing the things they promised to. Democrats will go out of their way to insure failure in these states because they know that if they don’t they will loose more ground in 2012. They do not care about the people of these states, all they care about is control and power.

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  2. friscogrrlComment by friscogrrl
    February 22, 2011 @ 12:00 pm

    Republicans were labelled the Party of NO,  I think the Dems should be now known as the Party of Were’d They Go.

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  4. JoeEnglishComment by enraged8hobbit
    February 22, 2011 @ 1:10 pm

    Altho I admit to being a conservative and a republican I do not just blindly agree to everything written in these pages. I feel that if the “reporters” of dire news or dire circumstances wish to be acknowledged then said “reporters” should be proactively  citing references and sources. To do otherwise makes the reader who comments to this (Olivastro) article nothing more than a sheeple.

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    • BillzillaComment by Billzilla
      February 22, 2011 @ 5:11 pm

      No where do I see Mr. Olivastro claim to be a reporter. These are commentary pages and are so labeled at the top of the page above the subject line and the commentators name. The subject matter of these articles are the commentators opinion and of course none of us should be expected to blindly agree with everything written in these articles. To call the readers who comment on these articles “nothing more than sheeple”, would to be to deny the reader who expresses his or her own opinion on the subject matter written in the article any validity.

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  5. godsgirlComment by godsgirl
    February 22, 2011 @ 5:21 pm

    And where are the Democrats hiding? In Illinois, the President’s home state! Coincidence?

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  6. bassmanComment by bassman
    February 22, 2011 @ 8:05 pm

    I think it is simply cowardly to abandon your post in the state congress, and the president should NOT comment on any of this. This governer is doing what he and the Republican congress were elected to do. This is NOT the only place they are making cuts!
    And don’t be fooled by the thousands of protesters flooding the capitol. They are in the minority. The majority are sitting at home, watching it on TV, disgusted at these union protesters, waiting for the democrats in congress (or at least one of them) to be hauled in by the state troopers to be there for the vote. They can vote for or against, or even “present” like Obama did half the time while he was a United States Senator, right? Or is the law different in state legislatures? Or maybe this one? Or all of them? I don’t know and am asking. But it is very cowardly to walk off your job, and the doctors writing work excuses should be reprimanded by some entity…….the AMA, or whatever association keeps an eye on the doctor’s integrity and standing in the medical field. If they were lawyers they would be brought before the bar(sp) and in this case, whatever authority does the same in controlling the unethical actions of the doctors writing these bogus notes. Unethical, to say the least! If you can stand in the cold and protest all day with a smile on your face, you can go to work. The children are suffering because of this, and the parents who must find childcare at the last minute! These teachers should be billed for the childcare the parents must find, and whatever other treatment due to them. Remember when Reagan fired the Air Traffic Controllers?
    Just an idea.

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