11.30.2009 0

Too Hot Not To Note: Obama Officials, Dems Support Global Socialism

  • On: 12/30/2009 09:26:02
  • In: Hard Left

  • ALG Editor’s Note: In the following featured column from Accuracy in Media, Cliff Kincaid points out how it seems that many Democrats on Washington support Global Socialism.

    Obama Officials, Dems Support Global Socialism

    BY CLIFF KINCAID

    Former Democratic Party chairman Howard Dean said on December 8 that “cooperation” between European socialists and the Democratic Party has “intensified significantly” over the last several years and involves “regular contact” at “Congress, Senate, party and foundation levels.” He added that “efforts have been remarkable from both sides.”

    But at a “Global Progress Conference” in October, President Barack Obama’s pollster, Joel Benenson, acknowledged that socialized medicine in the U.S. faces a serious obstacle. He said that while Europeans are receptive to the expansion of government in their lives, in America there is an anti-government culture which prevents people from “expecting the State to solve their problems.”
    “This explains why Obama will find it difficult to implement the social coverage plans such as a broader health service,” Benenson reportedly said.

    The conference was held in Madrid, Spain under the patronage of Spain’s socialist Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, whose pro-homosexual and pro-abortion policies have led to street protests by thousands of supporters of traditional values. Zapatero is also under fire for a jobless rate of nearly 18 percent.

    Dean’s comments came in a video address in which he joked that his failure to personally attend the Party of European Socialists (PES) convention, which was advertised as a “carbon neutral congress,” was actually a smart move because he avoided flying and contributing to global warming. “We’ve saved a lot of carbon,” Dean said.

    In his comments, Dean called for a “long-term global vision” for the transformation of the global economy and mentioned that disgraced Democratic President Bill Clinton had previously spoken at a meeting of the PES-sponsored Global Progressive Forum. The April 2-3 Global Progressive Forumalso featured Robert Borosage of the left-wing group that calls itself the Campaign for America’s Future.

    The Global Progressive Forum is also sponsored by the Socialist International, whose U.S. affiliate, the Democratic Socialists of America, includes long-time backers of Barack Obama.

    “Free-market globalization alone cannot achieve social justice,” Dean told the PES convention. “What the world needs is a global New Deal.”

    He defined this as a “transition to a low-carbon economy” involving “a major transformation in the patterns of production and consumption.” This will include “large-scale investments and mechanisms” to share the costs and the policies, he said. His remarks came on the eve of the United Nations climate change conference in Copenhagen.

    Dean never used the words “world government,” but did declare that “We need a new institutional framework to govern, manage and monitor implementation.”

    In order to bring this about, the PES Congress issued a “Call to Action” urging the imposition of a “global financial transaction tax” that would generate hundreds of billions of dollars and “provide funding for long-term public investments, to finance global development and climate change.”

    As AIM has disclosed, there is a secret plan by left-wing non-governmental organizations to bring about this global tax over the next several months.

    In another PES document, “A New Direction for Progressive Societies,” the group urged a “progressive peace policy” that says “…we fully support the initiative of the US administration in favor of global disarmament” and urges the “deepening [of] transatlantic cooperation with the new US administration.”

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