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Monday, October 27, 2008

400-408David Barton, founder-president of Wallbuilders (wallbuilders.com, christianvoterguide.com).
(:12) BO8-8, "Joe The Plumber:  "Your tax plan is going to tax me more, isn't it?"  Obama: "It's not that I want to punish your success, I just want to make sure that everybody who is behind you that they got a chance at success too. I think when you spread the wealth around, its good for everybody."
413-423David Barton
428-437Ben Shapiro, nationally-syndicated columnist (benjaminshapiro.com), on the audio below.
• YouTube (10/27/08) Obama Bombshell Redistribution of Wealth Audio Uncovered.  From 2001 on Chicago Public Radio 91.5FM, WBEZ.FM.
(4:12) BO8-0 whole audio.
Screen:  "2001 Obama, Chicago Public Radio Interview, WBEZ.FM."
Host:  "Good morning and welcome to Odyssey on WBEZ Chicago 91.5FM, and we're joined by Barack Obama who is Illinois State Senator from the 13th District, and the senior lecturer in the law school at the University of Chicago…"
Obama:  "You know, if you if you look look at, um, the the victories and failures of the Civil Rights Movement, um and it's litigation strategy in the Court, I think where it succeeded was to vest formal rights ah in previously dispossessed peoples.  So that ah I would now have the right to vote, I would now be able to ah sit at lunch counter and ah order and as long as I could pay for it I'd be okay.  Ah, but, the Supreme Court never ventured into the issues of redistribution of wealth uh and sort a more basic issues of political and and ah ah economic justice in the society.  And ah um to that extant, as radical as I think people try to characterize the Warren Court, ah it wasn't that radical, it it didn't break free from the essential constraints that were placed ugh ugh by the founding fathers in the Constitution, at least as it's been interpreted and more important interpreted in the same way that that generally the Constitution is a charter of negative liberties says what the states can't do to you, says what the federal government can't do to you, but it doesn't say what the federal government or the state government must do on your behalf.  Ugh and that hasn't shifted.  And one of the ugh I think ugh the tragedies of the civil rights movement, was um, because the civil rights movement became so Court-focused, ugh I think there was a tendency to lose track of the political and community organizing and activities on the ground that are able to put together the actual coalitions of power through which you bring about redistributive ugh change.  Ugh and a in some ways we still suffer from that.
Screen: "Yes, he just said it's a tragedy the Constitution wasn't radically reinterpreted to force redistribution of wealth for African Americans and it's still an issue today."
Host:  "Let's talk with Karen.  Good morning Karen, you're on Chicago Public Radio."
Karen:  "Hi, um, the gentleman made the point that the Warren Court wasn't terribly radical.  My question is with economic changes, is it too late for that kind of reparative work economically and is that the appropriate place for reparative economic work to take place?
Host:  "You mean the Court?"
Karen:  "The Courts or would it be legislation at this point?"
Obama:  "Ya know ah ah maybe I'm I'm showing my bias here as as a legislator as well as a law professor, but a ya ya you know, I'm not optimistic about bringing about ugh major ugh redistributive ugh ugh change ugh through the courts.  Um ugh You know the institution just isn't structured that way."
Screen:  "He doesn't think the courts can do it, but he does think it can be done legislatively.  It isn't too late." 
Obama:  "Um, you you just said look at very rare examples where in during the desegregation era the Court was willing to a, for example, order a a ya know changes that cost money to a local school district and the Court was very uncomfortable with it, it was hard to manage, it was hard to figure out, ah you start getting into all sorts of a separation of powers issues ugh you know in terms of the Court monitoring or or engaging in a process ugh that is essentially is administrative and and takes a lot of time."
Screen:  "He just said redistributing wealth is an administrative task!"
Obama:  "Ah, um, the court's just not very good at it.  And politically, it's just very difficult to legitimize opinions from ugh the court in that regard.  So I mean you know, so that although you can craft theoretical justifications for it legally, um, you know I think any three of us sitting here could come up with a rationale for bringing about economic change through the courts."
Screen:  "This is not a discussion about whether or not redistribution of wealth is right or wrong.  This is a discussion of how best to do it."
Video:  Joe The Plumber:  "Your tax plan is going to tax me more, isn't it?"  Obama: "It's not that I want to punish your success, I just want to make sure that everybody who is behind you that they got a chance at success too. I think when you spread the wealth around, its good for everybody."
(1:39) BO8-0, "You know, if you if you look look at, um, the the victories and failures of the Civil Rights Movement, um and it's litigation strategy in the Court, I think where it succeeded was to vest formal rights ah in previously dispossessed peoples.  So that ah I would now have the right to vote, I would now be able to ah sit at lunch counter and ah order and as long as I could pay for it I'd be okay.  Ah, but, the Supreme Court never ventured into the issues of redistribution of wealth uh and sort a more basic issues of political and and ah ah economic justice in the society.  And ah um to that extant, as radical as I think people try to characterize the Warren Court, ah it wasn't that radical, it it didn't break free from the essential constraints that were placed ugh ugh by the founding fathers in the Constitution, at least as it's been interpreted and more important interpreted in the same way that that generally the Constitution is a charter of negative liberties says what the states can't do to you, says what the federal government can't do to you, but it doesn't say what the federal government or the state government must do on your behalf.  Ugh and that hasn't shifted.  And one of the ugh I think ugh the tragedies of the civil rights movement, was um, because the civil rights movement became so Court-focused, ugh I think there was a tendency to lose track of the political and community organizing and activities on the ground that are able to put together the actual coalitions of power through which you bring about redistributive ugh change.  Ugh and a in some ways we still suffer from that."
(:11) BO8-1, "Ah, but, the Supreme Court never ventured into the issues of redistribution of wealth uh and sort a more basic issues of political and and ah ah economic justice in the society."
(:09) BO8-2, "ah it wasn't that radical, it it didn't break free from the essential constraints that were placed ugh ugh by the founding fathers in the Constitution"
(:06) BO8-3, "but it doesn't say what the federal government or the state government must do on your behalf.  Ugh and that hasn't shifted"
(:22) BO8-4, "because the civil rights movement became so Court-focused, ugh I think there was a tendency to lose track of the political and community organizing and activities on the ground that are able to put together the actual coalitions of power through which you bring about redistributive ugh change.  Ugh and a in some ways we still suffer from that."
(1:55) BO8-5, Whole II.
"Host:  "Let's talk with Karen.  Good morning Karen, you're on Chicago Public Radio."
Karen:  "Hi, um, the gentleman made the point that the Warren Court wasn't terribly radical.  My question is with economic changes, is it too late for that kind of reparative work economically and is that the appropriate place for reparative economic work to take place?
Host:  "You mean the Court?"
Karen:  "The Courts or would it be legislation at this point?"
Obama:  "Ya know ah ah maybe I'm I'm showing my bias here as as a legislator as well as a law professor, but a ya ya you know, I'm not optimistic about bringing about ugh major ugh redistributive ugh ugh change ugh through the courts.  Um ugh You know the institution just isn't structured that way."
Screen:  "He doesn't think the courts can do it, but he does think it can be done legislatively.  It isn't too late." 
Obama:  "Um, you you just said look at very rare examples where in during the desegregation era the Court was willing to a, for example, order a a ya know changes that cost money to a local school district and the Court was very uncomfortable with it, it was hard to manage, it was hard to figure out, ah you start getting into all sorts of a separation of powers issues ugh you know in terms of the Court monitoring or or engaging in a process ugh that is essentially is administrative and and takes a lot of time."
Screen:  "He just said redistributing wealth is an administrative task!"
Obama:  "Ah, um, the court's just not very good at it.  And politically, it's just very difficult to legitimize opinions from ugh the court in that regard.  So I mean you know, so that although you can craft theoretical justifications for it legally, um, you know I think any three of us sitting here could come up with a rationale for bringing about economic change through the courts."
(:19) BO8-6, "Ya know ah ah maybe I'm I'm showing my bias here as as a legislator as well as a law professor, but a ya ya you know, I'm not optimistic about bringing about ugh major ugh redistributive ugh ugh change ugh through the courts.  Um ugh You know the institution just isn't structured that way."
(:33) BO8-7, "Um, you you just said look at very rare examples where in during the desegregation era the Court was willing to a, for example, order a a ya know changes that cost money to a local school district and the Court was very uncomfortable with it, it was hard to manage, it was hard to figure out, ah you start getting into all sorts of a separation of powers issues ugh you know in terms of the Court monitoring or or engaging in a process ugh that is essentially is administrative and and takes a lot of time."
(:12) BO8-8, "Joe The Plumber:  "Your tax plan is going to tax me more, isn't it?"  Obama: "It's not that I want to punish your success, I just want to make sure that everybody who is behind you that they got a chance at success too. I think when you spread the wealth around, its good for everybody."
443-452Ben Shapiro,
458-508Dinesh D'Souza (dineshdsouza.com), best-selling author and lecturer, whose best-seller What's So Great About Christianity continues to enrich the lives of many, reacts to the audio below.
(:56) JB2-3, Marxist? "Is this a joke?"
(:16) JB2-4, Socialist?
512-523Craig Huey runs electionforum.org and judgevoterguide.com.
2008 California State Propositions – It's unanimous!  The organizations whose judgment I trust all agree on the 2008 California propositions.  Here's the links below and their recommendations.
1 NO – Safe, Reliable High-Speed Passenger Train
2 NO  – Standards for Confining Farm Animals
3 NO – Children's Hospital Bond Act. Grant Program
4 YES – Waiting Period and Parental Notification Before Termination of Minor's Pregnancy
5 NO – Nonviolent Drug Offenses, Sentencing, Parole and Rehabilitation
6 YES – Police and Law Enforcement Funding. Criminal Penalties and Laws
7 NO – Renewable Energy Generation
8 YES – Eliminates Right of Same-Sex Couples to Marry
9 YES – Criminal Justice System. Victims' Rights. Parole
10 NO – Alternative Fuel Vehicles and Renewable Energy. Bonds
11 YES – Redistricting
12 YES – Veteran's Bond Act of 2008
528-539Halloween Cartoon.
Popular Email Making The Rounds:  In a local restaurant my server had on a "Obama 08" tie, again I laughed as he had given away his political preference--just imagine the coincidence.  When the bill came I decided not to tip the server and explained to him that I was exploring the Obama redistribution of wealth concept. He stood there in disbelief while I told him that I was going to redistribute his tip to someone who I deemed more in need--the homeless guy outside. The server angrily stormed from my sight.   I went outside, gave the homeless guy $10 and told him to thank the server inside as I've decided he could use the money more. The homeless guy was grateful.  At the end of my rather unscientific redistribution experiment I realized the homeless guy was grateful for the money he did not earn, but the waiter was pretty angry that I gave away the money he did earn even though the actual recipient deserved money more.  I guess redistribution of wealth is an easier thing to swallow in concept than in practical application.
(1:09) JB2-1, Biden on with WFTV-Channel 9's Barbara West on Thursday, October 23, re ACORN.
(1:03) JB2-2, Joe the Plumber
(:56) JB2-3, Marxist? "Is this a joke?"
(:16) JB2-4, Socialist?
(1:08) JB2-5, Test Obama?
Reprise Obama audio from Chicago Public Radio in 2001.
558-608Gary Wickert, partner in law firm, taught Con Law, elected official as a town supervisor in Cedarburg.  He blogs here.
• Gary Wickert (10/23/08), Ten Easy Rules for the American Voter.
McCain wants to reduce the federal corporate tax rate from 35% to 25%.
Obama would raise the top marginal tax rate for individuals to 39.6% and corporations to 35%.
Obama wants to raise the S Corporation tax rate from 35% to 39%.
Obama wants to raise the partnership and sole proprietor tax rates from 37.9% to 50%.
Obama wants to double the capital gains tax rate.
In Obama's America, the top 1% will pay more in taxes than the bottom 80%.
612-623Gary Wickert
628-639Calls
644-655Calls
• Michael Barone (10/25/08) Obama's Wish List Reality check.