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Issue Analysis

    Delphi Pension Scandal: A Story That Should Be Bigger

    While it's true that national campaigns, especially the presidential, have to focus on broader themes and stay on message, there remains a laundry list of specifics that down-ticket candidates and new media types could and should be relentlessly hammering away at. Most notable among the topics are the Fast and Furious scandal, the failure of Solyndra and other stimulus backed "green" initiatives and the cronyism involved in implementing the Affordable Care Act in the form of waivers to Big Labor and other strong Obama supporters.

    Perhaps the most insidious case of cronyism occured as part of the auto industry bailout at the Delphi automotive parts manufacturing company. Twenty thousand non-union workers had their pension plans terminated while those of Delphi's union employees were preserved.

    The Obama administration insists that the decision was an independent one made by the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation. The PBGC is yet another one of the many independent-in-theory organizations that is chartered to make decisions about the private sector yet remains a part of the bureaucratic federal behemoth.

    There is evidence, however, that Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner was pulling the strings that made the PBGC dance. That evidence, along with the overwhelming egregiousness of termination of the pensions, has led to a bipartisan (Isn't that what we all want?!?) inquiry into exactly what went on during the decision making process for Delphi workers.

    The president and his surrogates are fond of trotting out isolated, heartstring-tugging, examples of the purported successes of the stimulus and the auto industry bailout, despite the fact that neither program has had many of them. (And yes, dear liberal readers, I know that the auto bailout began under George W. Bush. I wasn't a fan of it then, either.)

    This administration and its surrogates are forever peddling the notion that they are the only ones who truly care about the futures of seniors and soon to be retirees, which makes its very casual and real disruption of twenty thousand lives (more, actually, when the family members affected are factored in) at just one company all the more hypocritical and cruel. It is true that many pension plans in America are being altered to fit economic realities. Had the PBGC made across-the-board cuts at Delphi this would be just another sad story about this recession. The preservation of the union pensions at the expense of non-union employees makes it a prime example of exactly which Americans the Obama administration is fighting for and which are expendable.

    An organization called Let Freedom Ring is producing some videos featuring Delphi employees whose futures were endangered by the Obama administration's casual application of politics over principle. The video below is the group's latest ad and will hopefully help push this story into further prominence in the national discussion of the real issues to be considered before November.

    1 comments
    Sonny Dee
    08/24/2012

    Do you know why these issues aren't being addressed like they should, because the GOP establishment controls the party apparatus, ie; funding, and they are most all progressive GOP RINO's who only care about what they want to address, and not what needs addressing, issues that conservatives want addressed, ie; injustice issues, immoral, issues, etc., aka the truth.

    GOP progressives RINO's like Boehner, Romney, McConnell, etc,unfortunately are the leaders of the political offices in Washington, thus control the Republican Party agenda. And also unfortunately, they are more often than not on the same page as liberal Obamacrats, thus are almost always against and attack Reagan Conservatives / the Tea Party, ie; against the issues that are very important to us, not just the obvious issues of the Economy, and Obama's rampage of radical marxist tyranny against America, which must be exposed as horrendous violations of not just legal injustice, and just as importantly if not more, violations of moral injustice.

    Take for example Obamacare and it's mandate, not of just the individual mandate which compels the American individual citizen to purchase their govt healthcare insurance, for which I have no need for, but Obamacare also tries to sanction and legitimize coerced sterilization, which is permanently irreversible as you now, of young females as young as 12 by allowing them to decide if they should be sterilized as a form of contraception, without the parents consent and knowledge. This is Obama and Pelosi's liberal agenda to bring back selective race and gender program under the guise of women's reproductive health, which in actuality "eugenics".

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    "When the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act--a.k.a. Obamacare--was enacted in March 2010 it included (in section 2713) a non-specific requirement that health care plans must provide "additional preventive services" to women. These unspecified "additional preventive services," the law said, were to be "provided for in comprehensive guidelines supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration," a division of the Department of Health and Human Services.

    In developing the regulation to define these "additional preventive services," HHS commissioned a federally funded committee at the Institute of Medicine (IOM) to recommend what they should to be.

    In July 2011, this committee issued a report that said: “The committee recommends for consideration as a preventive service for women: the full range of Food and Drug Administration-approved contraceptive methods, sterilization procedures, and patient education and counseling for women with reproductive capacity.”

    The committee report said that “with reproductive capacity” meant “from the time of menarche to menopause.” Menarche is the beginning of menstruation--again, on average, about the age of 12 for American women.

    On Aug. 1, 2011, HHS announced that it was adopting the IOM committee's recommendation almost verbatim. In fact, it added just one word--placing "all" in front of "women with reproductive capacity." -unquote

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    Edwin Black, author of "War Against the Weak: Eugenics and America’s Campaign to Create a Master Race", told CNSnews(dot)com: “I find it abhorrent that a 15-year-old (or younger) girl, who is not old enough to consent to sexual activity, who is not old enough to consent to buying a beer, who is not old enough to drive herself to the hospital could possibly be considered old enough and mature enough to give informed consent for her own sterilization. And the most vulnerable of these girls will be those who are wards of the state who are presented a piece of paper and told ‘sign here,’ as they were in Virginia and California.” -unquote

    And you wonder why the liberals / democrats refuse to talk about that part of the war on women. Barbra Boxer mad e her usual snide comment to the press how Republicans probably hate their mother's and 1st wives, after US Senate candidate Akin's misstated words concerning his legal rape comment. I would venture to say she would have any comment about this part of her Obamacare hypocrisy that she voted for. This goes for the rest of the liberals, regardless of their party. This is the worst moral injustice to be legitimized into law since Brown vs the the Board of Education, let alone Chief Justice Robert's decision to call the Obamacare individual mandate a tax, constitutional, which it is not.

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