Who Really Wrote Obama’s Stimulus Bill?
posted at 10:34 am on August 25, 2009 by Howard Portnoy
From the beginning, it was well established that the president had not gotten his hands all ink-stained writing the so-called American Recovery and Reinvestment Bill. In fact, it was pretty much common knowledge that Nancy Pelosi and her minions authored the bill, right? (Well, her minions maybe; I doubt Pelosi can find her way upstairs without a map, much less author a piece of complex legislation.)
Certainly, that’s what I myself believed until yesterday when Glenn Beck (you know, the guy whose talk show, as Allahpundit reveals, may or may not have lost sponsors via an alleged boycott) asked an intriguing question: How has Congress managed to crank out several thousand pages of legislation in the space of several months? This is Congress, mind you. We of the electorate are lucky when 60 percent of them shows up for work on a given day.
Beck raises the possibility that Congress had help — and not in the form of Cliff Notes. Take a look at this press release dated January 15, 2009. It appears on the website of the Apollo Alliance, whose mission statement identifies it as “a coalition of labor, business, environmental, and community leaders working to catalyze a clean energy revolution that will put millions of Americans to work in a new generation of high-quality, green-collar jobs.” N.B. Community leaders in this context is code for “community organizers” (why does that phrase sound familiar?). And revolution in this context is code for “community organizers sticking it to the man.”
The press release, which contains highlights of the newly proposed stimulus package, also contains the following paragraph:
Almost all of the clean energy, good jobs programs made public today, along with the dimension of the spending called for by Congress and the new president, track closely with the ideas and proposals advanced last year by the Apollo Alliance in The New Apollo Program and the Apollo Economic Recovery Act. [Emphasis added.]
Could it be that the 1,200-page American Recovery and Reinvestment Bill, written prior to Obama’s inauguration, is actually cribbed from the Apollo Economic Recovery Act? If so, does that also hold true for the administration’s cap and trade energy bill, which has already passed in the House?
Lest there be any doubt, Obama has ties to the Apollo Initiative. Van Jones, the man he appointed Green Jobs Czar, is a co-founder and director of the Apollo Alliance. He is also a black nationalist, former terrorist, ex-con, and self-avowed Nazi communist (though presumably all of this occurred when Obama was 8, so it doesn’t count).
Cross-posted at Zombie Contentions